Since Paraguay is not on the visa exempt list, all citizens of Paraguay are required to apply for a Vietnam visa in order to enter the country. This means that even if you’re only planning to stay for a day, or even a few hours, you must present the immigration officers with a valid visa that you have either acquired online or via the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate. If you’re planning on flying to Vietnam, the best option is to get a “Visa on Arrival”, which is by far the most preferred option amongst travelers.
Each year, Vietnam welcomes millions of foreigners, and most of them chooses to get the Visa on Arrival. It’s easy, fast and affordable! Here are the two options further explained:
Can I apply for Vietnam e-visa if I am citizens of Paraguay? (No, citizens of Paraguay 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 Paraguay national in this list, therefore, citizens of Paraguay 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
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 Paraguay or nearby countries
The reason why applying for a visa with the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in Paraguay 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 you have your visa, you’re all good to go! Exploring Vietnam is an adventure of a lifetime and you’ll quickly notice how much there is to do here. You have everything from the rice terraces which changes color depending on the season, the white sand beaches in the coastline, world famous Halong Bay where you can cruise around amongst thousands of limestone islands and islets, and metropole cities where there’s an abundance of restaurants, cafés, venues and shopping malls. The possibilities here are endless so make sure you make the most out of your trip in Vietnam! The most important thing is to enjoy it in your own way, whether that means to laze around a beach all day long, go hiking in the jungle or rent a scooter and go cross country.