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Vietnam Visa On Arrival vs Vietnam Electronic Visa (updated 2019)

Visa On Arrival (VOA) is an alternative way for travelers to travel to Vietnam. But VOA is only valid at 3 international airports in Vietnam such as: Hanoi, Hochiminh and Danang airports only. So how to get Vietnam Visa if you arrive by bus, motor bike or cruise?

From Feb 01st, 2017, The Vietnamese Immigration Department has implemented the e-Visa ( electronic Visa) which is valid at all international Vietnam airports, some specific Vietnam borders and seaports. This is a big convenience for travelers who arrive Vietnam by cruise or border crossing.

In this section, we compare all features between Vietnam Visa On Arrival and Vietnam Electronic Visa, in order to help you choose the appropriate Visa type for your trip.

1. Comparison

 Electronic Visa Visa On Arrival
Fees From US$44 (No additional fee on arrival) From $12 + stamp fee for government on arrival
Entry Type Single entry Single entry or multiple entries
Purpose Tourist or Business Tourist or Business
Length of Stay 1 month 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or 12 months
Processing time Normal: 2 business days
Urgent: rush in 8 hours
Normal: 2 business days
Urgent: 8 hours, 4 hours, 2 hours or 1 hour
Allowed through
Tan Son Nhat International Airport ( Ho Chi Minh)
Da Nang International Aiport ( Danang)
Eligibility All countries

2. How to apply

2.1. Vietnam Visa On Arrival

With 4 simple steps, you can get Vietnam Visa Approval letter easily through the Local Visa Department:

1st: Fill the application form online here

2nd: Check information and settle payment

3rd: Receive the Vietnam Visa Approval letter via email

4th: Print the letter out and use it to get Visa stamp upon arrival

To get more details about how Vietnam Visa On Arrival works, please click here

2.2. Vietnam Electronic Visa

With Vietnam Visa Electronic Visa, the procedure is same as visa on arrival, you need to finish the application form here Then you need to send us your passport scan + 1 photo size of passport to our email at [email protected].

After receiving your documents, we will send you the link to settle the payment of Visa fee by credit card.

Finally, you will receive the e-Visa which includes Visa Code via email after 2 working days and this Visa the Visa letter you use to get Visa stamp at the border upon arrival.