With pristine beaches, mountainous highlands, distinct culture, delicious cuisine, and historic sites, Vietnam tops among the fastest-growing destinations worldwide. Vietnam is a popular destination among American Backpackers.
Citizens of the United States who are traveling to Vietnam must first secure a visa before they can enter the country. The good news is that acquiring a visa to Vietnam is now so easy for US passport holders.
Starting last February of 2017, in an effort to attract more foreign travelers into their country, the Vietnam Immigration has introduced the Vietnam e-visa. This eliminates the need for foreign visitors to go to an embassy and send in their visa application. The e-visa is eligible to citizens of more than 80 countries including those who are from the United States.
Here’s an overview of the Vietnam e-visa:
To be approved of the Vietnam e-visa, citizens of the US must make sure to have a US passport. It should have a validity of at least six months from the entry date. During your application of the e-visa online, you are required to submit the following requirements:
The Vietnam Immigration aims to process and approve all e-visa applications after 3 business days. For those who need to be in Vietnam in the next 24 hours and need the visa very urgently, you can pay more for the rush processing. This visa will be processed in as fast as 24 hours.
The standard cost of the processing fee for the e-visa for citizens of the US is $25. If you will choose the rush processing option, you could pay $45 or more. Take note that the processing fee is non-refundable. So if your e-visa got denied, you can no longer get your money back.
When applying for the Vietnam e-visa, you are required to fill out the online application form completely. What’s great about this type of visa is that the process of application is done online 100%. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about locating the nearest Vietnam embassy to send in your application. All you need is a laptop or mobile phone and a reliable Internet connection. Here’s how to go about it:
The Vietnam e-visa for citizens of the United States is a great choice for those who are entering Vietnam through land borders and seaports. So if you’re on a backpacking trip in Southeast Asia and you need to enter Vietnam through land borders, this is the best visa for you to avail. Those who are going on a cruise can also benefit from the e-visa. As mentioned, this visa can also be used at seaports.
Another advantage of getting the e-visa is that it’s very convenient. Unlike the Visa on Arrival where you need to queue at the airport as you arrive, you don’t have to go through that hassle with this visa. Once your e-visa is approved, just print the visa and show it at the Immigration Officer upon entry.
Vietnam is in the borders of Southeast Asia. It is famous for its Buddhist pagodas, temples, and modern active cities.