Vietnam has been welcoming millions of visitors from all over the world in the past years and tourism is growing steady here. Some of the reasons why so many people come to Vietnam is because the country is so diverse, has plenty of good food (it’s famous worldwide!), is very affordable and also safe to travel in, whether you’re with friends or traveling solo. It’s also worth mentioning that as a female solo traveler, you can also feel safe traveling in Vietnam.
There’s something for everyone in Vietnam. If you’re a big beach person, head to the coast and choose between plenty of beaches. Some of the most known ones are Nha Trang and Mui Ne. But there’s also beautiful beaches in the north, such as Cat Ba, the biggest island in Halong Bay. If going to the beach isn’t really your thing, there’s plenty of other things you can do here, such as kayaking in Halong Bay, go trekking, visit underground caves, bike along rice fields, go shopping in the big cities, explore traditional fishing villages, etc. The list goes on! A trip to Vietnam is a must.
When you’ve decided that you want to go to Vietnam, make sure that you apply for a Vietnam visa before you enter the country. You have two options as a citizen of Dominica, and they are:
I heard about Vietnam e-visa. Can I apply for Vietnam e-visa if I am citizens of Dominica? (No, citizens of Dominica are not eligible for Vietnam e-visa)
From 01 Feb 2019, under Decision 17/2019/NĐ-CP of the Government of Vietnam, there are 80 countries which citizens of it are eligible to apply online for an e-visa of Vietnam online (e-visa is a single entry valid for staying 30 days). We check but not found Dominica national in this list, therefore, citizens of Dominica should choose two options below to get a visa for Vietnam
1. Visa on Arrival (VOA) – Applying online for pre-approval then pick up your visa on arrival at the airport of Vietnam
This is the most preferred option for many travellers. If you live far away from the Vietnamese Embassy for example, or you do not want to send important documents such as your passport, this is a good option for you. It’s also easy, quick and affordable. To apply for a VOA, you need your computer and internet. If you get a Visa on Arrival, you are allowed to enter Vietnam through any of the 5 international airports: Da Nang, Khanh Hoa, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Hai Phong. You can only travel by air if you get a VOA, meaning you can’t enter Vietnam by bus, car, and so forth.
The process is very simple. What you need to do is fill out the Online Application form with all relevant information. What you need to state in the application form is:
- Your full name, as stated in your passport
- Date of Birth – The format they use in Vietnam is DD/MM/YY
- Your nationality – as stated in your passport
- Your passport number
- Date of Arrival – you can state a date of arrival and then arrive later, but not earlier
After you have filled this information out, you have to wait for a confirmation email which usually arrives within 1-2 working hours. Normally you will receive an Approval Letter within 2 working days. When the letter comes, don’t forget to print it out so the immigration officers in Vietnam can stamp your passport. If you need an emergency visa, you can get one within 40 minutes to 4 hours. This will cost you more money, but you will be able to get it much faster.
You also have the option to buy “On Arrival Support” which is a very good option for those who wants to check in to Vietnam faster:
- Standard Support : +US$20/pp
Our staff will meet you in front of the “visa on arrival” desk with a welcome board, then take care of all procedures necessary to get the visa stamped on your passport. Please prepare 25 USD/person and give it to our staff to pay for the visa stamp fee.
- VIP Support : +US$35/pp
Our staff will meet you in front of the “visa on arrival” desk with a welcome board, receive your passport and give it back with the visa within 5-10 minutes, then escort you to check out via the VIP gate. Please prepare 25 USD/person and give it to our staff to pay for the visa stamp fee.
2. Apply for a visa through the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in the nearby countries of Dominica
The reason why applying for a visa with the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in Dominica might not be recommended is because it’s not as convenient if you don’t live close to the embassy. It means you will have to spend time on transportation and money. You also need to remember to bring all the necessary documents, such as passport, and if you happen to forget anything, you need to start the process all over again. It’s time consuming and you usually need to pick up your passport in the embassy or consulate. Also, be kindly advised that the fees and procedures are subject to change depending on where you apply.