Choosing Vietnam as your next travel destination is anything but a bad idea. It is one of the most fun, beautiful and thrilling countries to visit and if you’re hesitating about coming here, you shouldn’t! Each year, the country welcomes millions of visitors who’s looking for a captivating adventure in Southeast Asia and they’ll surely get it here. You can do everything here – go hiking in the jungle, explore underground caves, rent a scooter and drive cross country, stay in small villages, go shopping in the big metropole cities, laze around on one of many beaches in Vietnam, take a boat tour in Halong Bay, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and eat plenty of delicious local food. The Vietnamese kitchen is known throughout the world and it’s not hard to see why it’s become such a big hit amongst foreigners. The cuisine is flavorful, healthy and full of good spices, which makes for the best combo. You can even join cooking classes when you’re in Vietnam!
When you’ve decided that you’re traveling to Vietnam, just make sure that you apply for a Vietnam visa before you enter the country. As a citizen of Nicaragua, you have two choices: either you apply for a Visa on Arrival or go to the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate. The first option is the most popular way to obtain a visa because of how safe, easy and fast it is. However, if this option isn’t suitable to you, you can always go to your nearest Vietnamese Embassy and they will help you with the visa process. Here are the two options further explained:
Can I apply for Vietnam e-visa if I am citizens of Nicaragua? (No, citizens of Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua national in this list, therefore, citizens of Nicaragua should choose two options below to get a visa for Vietnam
1. Visa on Arrival (VOA) – Applying online for pre-approval then pick up visa on arrival at destination airport
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 the ideal option for you. To apply for a VOA, all you need is 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 Nicaragua or nearby countries
The reason why applying for a visa with the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in Nicaragua 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.