If you are a citizen of Oman and planning on traveling to Vietnam, you are obligated to apply for a visa in order to enter the country. You have two options: one is to get a Visa on Arrival, which you apply for online and is by far the most preferred option amongst travelers going to Vietnam. This option will save you time, money and it’s very easy to apply to. The VOA is the best alternative if you’re planning on arriving to Vietnam by air. The second option you have is to apply via the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate. Since there’s no establish Vietnamese Embassy in Oman yet, you must travel to Kuwait, the nearest country where there’s an Embassy, to get your visa. Therefore, it’s highly recommended to do it online.
Can I apply for Vietnam e-visa if I am citizens of Oman? (No, citizens of Oman 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 Oman national in this list, therefore, citizens of Oman should choose two options below to get a visa for Vietnam
Here are the two options further explained.
1. Visa on Arrival (VOA) – Applying online for pre-approval then pick up your visa on arrival at the airport of Vietnam
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, 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 letter 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 Oman
The reason why applying for a visa with the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in Oman 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.
Once your visa application is done and approved of, you can start planning your trip to Vietnam! Perhaps you want to start up north, amongst the rice fields in Sapa and learn more about the ethnic minorities living there? Or do you want to lay on a beach in the south and go snorkeling? Or why not rent a motorbike and go from north to south, or the other way around, and see as much of the country as you can? Whatever you choose, you can do it all here in Vietnam! It’s a mesmerizing country full of beauty, character and charm. Come to Southeast Asia and experience one of the most fascinating countries in the entire world!