October 24, 2019
Travel guide

Getting a Visa on Arrival in Vietnam and Exploring Its Beauty

Travelling offers you peace of mind, boosts your confidence, and enhances your creativity. For me, traveling is an instinct that makes us grow spiritually and physically. With the essence of Himachal (India) in my veins, I have always been an admirer of nature’s beauty and love to explore versatile corners of the world. One such astonishing part of the world is Vietnam that has an incredible culture and picturesque landscape.

Sunset view in Ninh Binh, VietNam

I got aquatinted with Vietnam culture and tradition through one of my close Viet college mates who was here to accomplish her course in management. I was entirely drawn to her traditional attires, and we instantly became good friends. She often used to talk about her country, traditions, and gorgeous places one must visit. With all her enthusiasm, she acknowledged me about some of the interesting things about Vietnam like:

  • Vietnamese people are the mix of North and East Asian Mongol race with Indian and Chinese influence.
  • The country has rich religion diversity, where Buddhism and Catholicism are the largest established religions.
  • Viet people are in love with Motorbikes. Once you are on Vietnam’s land, you can find motorbikes everywhere.
  • Ho Chi Minh is the hero of the country and recognized as a symbol of liberation after the war.
  • Snake liquor and snake wines are a few of the uncommon drinks that Vietnam people consume for gaining health benefits.
  • Vietnam has the world’s largest natural cave called Hang Son Doong
  • Vietnam is the second-largest coffee producing country.
  • Vietnam has rich flora and fauna where one can find around 16% of the world’s species.
  • Water puppet shows are one of the beautiful heritages one can discover in Vietnam.

There are so many interesting facts about Vietnam that made me quite curious to visit the country and witness its beauty with my eyes.

On the beach of Phu Quoc island, Vietnam

Eventually, I got the chance to visit Vietnam this year. However, applying for a Vietnam visa for an Indian was a real struggle. Initially, I tried to get a Vietnam visa through the embassy, yet, it was a time consuming and lengthy process. The procedure required 7 to 10 working days though mail for approval. The procedure was also hectic as I had to look after many details, including a lot of paperwork, sending the documents, visa fee, and prepaid self-addressed return envelope to gain my passport back through the post.

I was in a rush and immediately required a quick and better alternative.

Later my Viet friend suggested me to go for a visa on arrival. At that time, I didn’t know much about visa on arrival and was quite not sure if this will work or not.

Though she assured me that it is a safe and secure way to land in Vietnam quickly, and as she said, I managed to reach and gain my visa on arrival at the international airport in Vietnam real fast. The procedure was super easy and simple.

Here, is a brief description of how you can also apply for a visa on arrival and board to Vietnam conveniently:

Applying for a visa is easy; you should apply online for an approval letter. A few sites offer cheaper Vietnam visa fee for Indians. The visa approval letter will allow you to enter and exit Vietnam over a defined period. This document makes you eligible to gain your visa upon arrival at one of the international airports in Vietnam.

You can pay the service fee after filling the form. It will take 2 to 3 working days for the service provider to email you a scanned copy of the approval letter.

The visa service provider forwards your document to Vietnam immigrant’s checkpoints at International Airports. The immigrant’s officers at the airport will verify your approval letter and issue your entry visa immediately.

In case of an emergency visa on arrival, you can get your visa approval letter with 2 to 8 hours.

Keep the following Arrival checklist with you to ensure hassle-free approval:

  • Get a hard copy of the visa approval letter
  • Your passport must have a validity of 6 month
  • Two passport-sized photos without glasses
  • Visa approval letter
  • Completed entry and exit form (Form NA1)
  • Cash 25$ single entry and 50$ multiple entries.

List of international airports that provide Visa on arrival:

  1. Hanoi city (Noi Bai International Airport)
  2. Hai Phong city (Cat Bi International Airport)
  3. Nha Trang city (Cam Ranh International Airport)
  4. Da Nang city (Da Nang International Airport)
  5. Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat International Airport)
  6. Da Lat city (Lien Khuong International Airport)
  7. Phu Quoc Island (Phu Quoc International Airport)

Undoubtedly visa on arrival is an affordable, quick, and handy way to get into Vietnam. Yet, there are certain precautions you should know:

  • The visa on arrival is only applicable by air.
  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months on reaching the airport.
  • The cash fee on the airport can only be paid in cash.
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