November 2, 2019
Here’s what you must know about Vietnam E-Visa Application
There are 24 countries in the world whose citizens can come to Vietnam without any visa (Please see Vietnam visa waiver program for more details), provided they stay in the country according to the period permitted for an individual of their nationality. The rest of the countries, except the 81 e-Visa-eligible nations, need to have a visa issued on arrival or by the Consulate or Embassy for entering Vietnam. The electronic visa for Vietnam is available to you through a simple application online that hardly takes a couple of minutes and allows you to stay for thirty days in the country for holiday or any other purposes.
The best part about the online e-visa application for Vietnam is that it will take you no more than a few minutes to fill up the e-form and submit. And, you get to save yourself from the hassles of visiting the embassy or standing at long queues at the border to get your e-visa.
Moreover, you will not have to take any headache while filling out the online application form as well. It is as simple as it gets and you only need to input your basic details, personal information, travel details, and passport details. Finally, there are a few security-related questions to answer and you are through.
The requirements for Vietnam e-visa application
Eligible foreigners who travel for under thirty days to the country get to pre-register using the simple application and receive the online e-visa through email in the PDF format in the inbox. In order to meet the requirements for online e-visa application, the applicant has to:
- Have a valid passport for at least thirty days upon entry with a minimum two free pages for receiving the stamp at the borders of the country.
- Show a digital scan of the biographical page of the passport.
- Provide a digital passport-size image (of the dimensions 4×6 cm), in which the applicant must look straight in the camera and not wear something that blocks the face.
Completing the Vietnam e-visa application form
Filling in the Vietnam e-visa application is easy and it just takes a couple of minutes. The applicants need to answer a number of questions by entering information like their name, address, nationality, date of birth, and passport information like travel document number and issue/expiry date.
There are also a couple of questions about health and vaccination history, the details of travel plan, which includes the address in Vietnam where the person will be staying. There are several security questions given to pre-identify the public safety risks to Vietnam. However, regardless of all the questions that have to be answered, it does not take more than a few minutes to complete the e-Visa form.
Reviewing and confirming the fee payment for e-visa
For submitting the online e-visa application form for Vietnam, it is important to check and recheck all the information that you have included. Finally, you will have to pay a small fee using a debit or credit card. It has to be noted that this fee is non-refundable even if your e-visa is unused or rejected.
Any incomplete answers or inaccuracies on the online e-visa form can lead to unwanted delays in getting the PDF or even a rejection of the application altogether. It is, thus, important that you enter the details carefully and thoroughly check the passport and personal information and responses to the questions in order to avoid complications.
The processing time for Vietnam e-visa application
Right from the moment when the Immigration Department of Vietnam gets the completed form and the full fees, the Vietnam e-visa application takes not more than 72 hours to process. However, the process might take a longer time if the form has inaccuracies or errors.
The applicants should apply at least a week before the trip to make sure that they have enough time for the e-visa registration to get processed and the PDF copy of the e-visa to reach the email address that was given at the time of the application.
Receiving the approved e-visa online
Approved online e-visa for Vietnam are sent to the applicants by email in a PDF format. It is important to print a copy of the e-visa that you received in email to present it at the Vietnamese border, along with the valid passport. Keep in mind that the passport which you show to the authorities has to be the same one whose number you had put in the Vietnam e-visa application. Vietnamese e-visa is non-transferable between two passports.
The validity of the online e-visa begins from the date on provided during the Vietnam e-visa application and mentioned on the PDF document. The applicants can enter Vietnam on any date within this validity period. If a need arises to enter the country before the validity period, a new Vietnam e-visa application has to be filled in and forwarded. The previous Vietnam e-visa application will be cancelled once the new application is approved.