If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam soon, please note that you need to apply for a Vietnam visa before you arrive to the country. As a citizen of Guyana, you are required apply for a visa no matter the length of your stay or purpose. Luckily, the visa process is simple, affordable and easy to apply to. You have two options to choose from and they are:
I heard about Vietnam e-visa. Can I apply for Vietnam e-visa if I am citizens of Guyana? (No, citizens of Guyana 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 Guyana national in this list, therefore, citizens of Guyana 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 destination airport in 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 in 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 Guyana
The reason why applying for a visa with the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in Guyana 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.
When you arrive to Vietnam, you’ll notice how big the country is and that it might take longer to travel around the country than expected. Don’t underestimate the size of Vietnam. If you want to do north to south, or the other way around, you should plan to be here at least for one month. Although public transportation works very well, it might still take a long time to go from A to B. Flying is also a good and fast option, but if you’re on a tight budget or you prefer not to fly, you’ll have to rely on taxis, buses, trains or motorbike (you can buy or rent one and travel Vietnam on a motorbike).
The most important thing to think of when in Vietnam is to have fun! The country is filled with beautiful spots and activities that will keep you going for the entire trip. Why not try kitesurfing in Mui Ne or go hiking in the north amongst rice fields and waterfalls. A trip to Vietnam will leave you with great memories that you will remember forever.