Vietnamese Visa on Arrival Guide with iVisa – An Easy Process

Our Guide on How Easy It Is to Get A Vietnamese Visa on Arrival With iVisa

When you google how to get a Vietnamese Visa on Arrival there are so many options available it can be quite overwhelming and confusing.

How do you choose the right company? You need a company that is reliable and trustworthy and has a good reputation.  After working through the list we had decided to place our Vietnamese Visa on Arrival application in the hands of iVisa who had excellent reviews and who were also featured on the BBC and in the New York Times. They will handle it all for you.

(Updated October 2019)

Vietnamese Visa on Arrival

NB: If you are travelling by bus and crossing land borders you need to apply for your visa from a Vietnamese Embassy.

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How to apply for your Vietnamese Visa on Arrival

What Type of Visa Are You Applying For

There are four types of Visas:

  • e-visa for 30 days single entry
  • Visa on arrival for 90 days single entry
  • Visa on arrival for 30 days multi-entry
  • Visa on arrival for 90 days multi-entry

We will show you the steps required to apply for your Vietnamese Visa on Arrival.  It is so easy and quick. The initial application took 20 minutes from start to finish, it would have been quicker except I was taking screenshots and photos to assist you in your application process.

 

Pro Tip

Ensure your passport has at least 6 months validity on it to enter the country.

 

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Who Needs A Vietnamese Visa on Arrival for Vietnam

Step One

Fill your details in from the iVisa form below :

  • Choose your country from the drop down box
  • Choose where you are travelling to

Step Two

You will be taken to this screen. Note the green box at the bottom “A visa is required. We can assist in processing this document.”

 

Step Three

This is a straight forward form:

  • Your email address is required to confirm the application and to send your visa letter
  • Arrival date – note this is a drop down box
  • Departure date – note this is a drop down box.  If you are applying for a multi-entry this is the last day that you will leave Vietnam
  • Telephone Number is required
  • Port of Arrival – must be one of the 3 airports that you can enter Vietnam on – Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and Danang.
  • Applicant #1 – fills in details as required
  • Visa type – drop down box for the visa type and the cost
  • If there is more than 1 applicant – you will be able to fill in their details as well

Processing Time

Standard Processing Time: 6 days

Rush Processing Time: 4 days

Super Rush Processing Time: 2 days

NB: There are extra processing costs for the Rush and Super Rush Processing days.

Payment

Payment is via Paypal or via Credit Card.

Order Number

Once payment is completed you will be given an order number and a section to create a password so that you can track your lodgement.

Confirmation Email

You should receive a confirmation email shortly after payment has been made.  Our confirmation email went into Spam – so check your Spam Folder if you have not received it within 20 minutes.

Second Confirmation Email

A second confirmation email was received 24 hours later to advise that the visa application process was underway.

Vietnam Visa Approval Letter

4 working days later we received our Vietnam Visa Approval Letter.

Part of the Vietnam Visa Approval Letter shown below.  NB: visa approvals are submitted in bulk.  You will notice that other applications will appear on your Vietnam Visa Approval Letter. Check that all your details are correct.

 

On Arrival at either Danang, Saigon or Hanoi International Airport

Your iVisa is only applicable when you arrive at one of the above international airports.

Our Experience at Danang Airport

We flew from Chiang Mai to Danang with Air Asia – just a short morning flight. Check Skyscanner for the latest flight deals into Vietnam.

As we entered the Immigration Area there are signs – No Photographs Allowed – so we cannot show you the actual process.

As you come down the stairs to Immigration there is a booth in front of you that states Visa on Arrival – Payment.  At this booth, they will ask you to complete another visa form with all your details of your passport and visa application.  Once completed return to the booth, where the form will be checked and taken to a back office.  After about a 10 minute wait your passports are returned with the visa stamp in it.  Please check this stamp – make sure if you are requesting a multiple entry that it is shown and that the expiry date is 30 or 90 days from today’s date.  If all is correct they will then ask you for the USD25 or USD50 per person visa fee depending on whether you have requested 30 or 90 days. All you need to do now is head to one of the Immigration queues.  This was an easy process, it took about 20 minutes.

Arrival at Hanoi Airport

On arrival at Hanoi Airport as you come down the escalator, the Booth will be on your left.  The same procedure as above applies.

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Where to stay in Da Nang – Our Recommended Hotel in Da Nang

In Da Nang we stayed at the Pullman Danang Beach Resort located on the beautiful white sandy My An Beach.  The hotel offers double rooms, suites, Presidential Suite and cottages.  As well as the beach there is a pool, spa, gym and water sports are available.

You can choose between 2 bars – the Infinity Bar and the Azure Beach Club Bar and 2 restaurants – Epice and Azure Beach Lounge.

Whilst you are there why not take a morning market tour provided by the hotel and top off the afternoon with a cooking class in the Epice Restaurant.

Related Reading: Pullman Danang Hotel Review

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Where To Stay and What To Do in Hanoi

If you are planning a weekend in Hanoi we have created the perfect itinerary for you staying at the Pullman Hanoi Hotel.

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Travelling To Halong Bay

We spent 2 nights on Halong Bay with Emeraude Cruises. You can read our review here.  Most tour companies offer 1 night or 2-night cruises with transfers included from Hanoi.  There are many tour companies offering the adventure, we recommend that you choose wisely and understand what each offers.

Travelling to Sapa Vietnam

You can visit Sapa by overnight train or by bus.  There are many places to stay and trekking tours to enjoy.

You can read our article on What To Do in Sapa here. We travelled by overnight train.

Travelling to Mai Chau

Mai Chau is the alternative to Sapa if you only have limited time.  Mai Chau is only a 4-hour drive from Hanoi, it is perfect for a one night visit or a weekend.  There are many opportunities to trek and visit the local ethnic minority groups. Mai Chau is one of our favourite destinations in Vietnam. You can read more here.

Travelling To Hue

If you are travelling from North to South or vice versa in Vietnam we can recommend stopping off in Hue for at least 2 – 3 nights.

Some of our recommended tours are:

Imperial City Tour

Walk of Revolution Tour

Vegetarian Food Tour of Hue

How to get from Hue to Hoi An

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18 Comments

  • Alan says:

    Great information this will make applying for a for Vietnam Visa much easier. Thanks for sharing.

  • Clarice says:

    Thank you for sharing this very informative post. We’re thinking of visiting Vietnam and Cambodia late this year and had no idea about the visa requirement. This is very helpful.

    • Hi Clarice
      Thanks for your comments. We are glad our information has helped. We will be heading into Cambodia at the beginning of September and will use this service again.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Pooja says:

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time. I am planning my trip to Vietnam and was confused about the visa processing. Now I know how to plan my visit.

  • Hailey says:

    What a great breakdown of getting a Visa for Vietnam! i have always found the visa process very confusing and this makes it much easier to understand. I will be sure to send it to any one I know heading to Vietnam.

  • Emily says:

    I wish I had seen this article before heading to Vietnam. This article would have been very handy. I did it electronically before and had assistance from the company upon arrival. It smoothed the process and made my experience very enjoyable.

    • Hi Emily
      Thanks for your comments. We hope your enjoyed your visit to Vietnam. We are currently travelling from top to bottom for the next two months. We are loving it.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Amar Singh says:

    I must admit posts like these are so helpful at times when you area bit confused about visa details and planning a visit to a country. Good to know hat you can apply both online or get it at arrival. I must admit I am lucky enough to avoid this extra formality with a British passport in certain countries. The costs seem nominal so it should attract people to visit Vietnam as sometimes high visa fees can be a deterrent. Thanks for sharing this informative post.

    • Hi Amar
      Thanks for your comments. You are lucky with a British passport – it is such an easy passport to travel with. Duncan has a British Passport and I an Australian and there are many times where I have had to pay for visas and he hasnt.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Val says:

    I love your post, articles like this one makes life so much easier! I like that you’ve shown also screenshots from the actual visa process, it makes it really easy to replicate each step. Also, the Pullman Danang Beach Resort sounds amazing!

  • Yukti Agrawal says:

    Thanks for sharing a wonderful and useful guide on Vietnamese visa as to seek visa is very complicated process. It is good that you had done through iVisa and it was simple for you and after reading your experience I would also consider it now. Wow it is very fast that you got visa in 4 days.

  • Sarah Wilson says:

    At last, somebody has written an easy to understand guide to getting a Vietnam visa. I went to Vietnam a few years ago and the information online was so confusing. Love the step by step guide and the pic of what you receive when you get the approval. Wish this post was around when I went 🙂

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