Is Vietnam visa for Philippine passengers not obligatory at Vietnam borders? Vietnam has offer a visa waiver program for Philippine travelers.
Why travelers from Philippines do not need Vietnam visa for Philippine passengers?
Up to now, Vietnam has signed the bilateral agreements with 68 countries and territories. In specific, the agreements between Vietnam and 62 countries has been effective recently. This agreement includes visa-entry for enter and exit out of country as well as take a transit at that country. In terms of the period, it is counted from the arrival date of country’s destination.
In particular, Vietnam has also joined to the visa-free travel agreement for ASEAN citizens since 2006 which includes 10 countries and Philippines listed as one out of 10 countries in this. Therefore, Vietnam Government does not require Vietnam visa for Philippine passengers to Philippine travelers who go to Vietnam for working or traveling for less than 21 days.
More specific, according to the ASEAN framework agreement on Visa exemption citizens of 10 countries are eligible to travel member countries without Visa.
Interestingly, Filipinos who obtain APEC business travel card has a right enter Vietnam legitimately and stay for up to 60 days without Vietnam visa for Philippine passengers. However, this business card must contains “VNM” on the backside.
Which case that Filipinos need Vietnam visa for Philippine passengers? Vietnam visa policy
Filipino passport holders need to obtain Vietnam visa in case they want to work or stay in Vietnam for more than 21 days.
Furthermore, those who want to work in Vietnam for more than 3 months must obtain work permit. In this case Vietnam visa for Philippine passengers is necessary document so as to gain Vietnam work permit.
How to get Vietnam visa for Philippine passengers?
There are 3 legal methods in order to gain Vietnam visa for Philippine passengers:
- Vietnam visa upon arrival (pick visa up at the airports)
First of all: fill-in your information directly at: https://www.vietnam-visaonline.org/visa-services-apply.html
After that: we will send you the approval letter from the Immigration department within 24 hours (normal service). It takes 4-8 hours for urgent service and less than 30 minutes for emergency case.
Final step: print out the approval letter we sent you to gain Visa sticker onto your passport at Vietnam airports.
- Apply Vietnam visa for Philippine passengers at Embassy of Vietnam
Applicants who have enough documents such as the invitation letter from legal Vietnamese partners, flight ticket can apply in person at Embassy.
The procedure at Embassy normally takes from 5 to 7 working days. Also, delivery fee is necessary to pay in advance to send back to applicants. However, this way is not guaranteed 100% that you can gain Vietnam visa because the Embassy can deny you in some cases. Therefore, the ultimate method is “Visa on arrival”.
- Filipinos can get Vietnam visa at landing borders, sea-ports and 8 international airports by Vietnam e-visa
Follow to the Immigration law has been improved since 01st Feb 2017, Filipinos are able to apply Vietnam e-visa throughout travel agencies so as to immigrate Vietnam by crossing landing borders. Filipinos just need to send the passport scan to email: [email protected], applicants are able to get result back after 48 hours.
Vietnam Embassy in Manila, Philippines
Address: 670 Ocampo St, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila, Philippines
Telephone: +63 2 521 6843
Email: [email protected]