November 12, 2019

How my photography career gave an opportunity to visit Vietnam via visa on arrival?

Ever since my photography degree course from Delhi College ended on a good note, I started doing freelance work. And I am here to share my experience with you about how I secured a reputable position as travel photographer by visiting Vietnam through visa on arrival. Before that, let me introduce myself. Hi, I am Preeti Kankani. If you want to learn more about my experience, read on.

One lucky part of my student life was, I had no such barriers of becoming a reputable doctor or engineer or even scientist. My parents didn’t hesitate to let me know that chasing my dreams would be more realistic than running behind the rat race. That’s how photography became my passion for life, and here I am writing about my experience about traveling to Vietnam for my life-changing photography documentary.

How did I come to know about visa on arrival?

I was a freelance photographer when I used to work for several news-based websites. Everything was going swiftly only before I got a job offer in a website for the role of junior travel photographer. The field was different for me, since I only explored the streets in Delhi until then. And much to my knowledge, my experience in street photography had made me reach where I am today. Although I wasn’t a keen traveler, because of photography I could do that immediately.

No sooner than two months, my boss asked me to work on a photography documentary that is of a different place apart from India. That means I had to capture its cultures, history, adventure, and even cuisines. Now this is quite a challenging affair, especially at that point in time when I just joined an office for two months! I don’t know why, but somehow my street photography skills inspired my boss (he told me in a one is to one meeting). And maybe that is the reason why I got this wonderful opportunity. Nothing seemed to create obstacle between my Vietnam trip and myself. What I was hesitating about was the visa!

Money wasn’t a challenge since this reputable company which I was working for would already provide me all my financial expense. I had my passport (luckily), but didn’t have my visa! And the completion of this documentary had a deadline! So, what I was worried about was visa!

Now, I know that eVisa will take a longer span of time, and if I proceed with the same I wouldn’t be able to complete my project within the deadline. I had a talk with my boss, and he suggested me, ‘Why don’t you go for visa on arrival option?’

That’s when I came to know that e-Visa and Visa on arrival are two different things! I slowly grabbed my phone and checked the difference between e-Visa and visa on arrival. And you would be surprise that I came up with the below-offered thing!

How did I learn about the difference between e-Visa and visa on arrival?

While many get confused between the two, I learned that visa on arrival happens to be applied only after the arrival at the airport of one country. Not every country gives you the allowance of availing for visa on arrival option. But I was lucky to be an Indian and also to travel to Vietnam, for it provides visa on arrival for the Indians. All you require doing is applying online for the visa approval letter then visit the dedicated counters that are located there. You will be presented with the required documents (visa approval letter) plus fees in order to apply for the visa on arrival.

On the contrary, e-Visa happens to be the electronic visa that gets generated on the Internet at the e-Visa website of one country. This is more time-consuming job, you will have to upload your documents (the e-visa application form required to many information and your e-visa may get rejected if you make error) and pay fees (please note that e-visa is non refundable)! If that isn’t enough, a received receipt will get generated and some days and it may get delay for longer! And only then, the e-Visa will be sent to the mail but it has to be approved first. The last thing you’d have to do is to take a print out of the e-Visa and carry it at the airport.

I found that availing for visa on arrival is safer and quicker process, since I didn’t have much time for my project! I’m lucky to have a boss like Mr. Malhotra who taught me that traveling is never a monotonous affair (which I thought earlier). He has also helped me achieve my dreams by suggesting me to go for visa on arrival process to work on my project.

How I got my visa on arrival without following any challenging step?

  • I applied online here and receive the visa approval letter in 2 working days with $6 only.
  • I flied to Hanoi city with my passport. Don’t forget to print the a copy of the visa approval letter.
  • After which, I visited its Immigration Counter to pay the visa stamping fee (either in VDN or USD)  get the visa stamped on my passport.
  • I was welcomed then and there with my visa!

The visit to Vietnam was quite an experience. In a way, this was my first ever solo trip to an international destination. And for someone like me who didn’t at first liked traveling, it is quite a challenging adventure. By the way, the documentary was appreciated, that’s the reason why I’ve started working as a permanent employee in my office.


My name is Delilah Jane Van Den Berg, I am from Amsterdam and my nationality stands as a Dutch. For the past five months I have been planning to take my higher studies from a good and reputed international university.

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