February 15, 2022
Vietnam reopen visa application (e-visa & visa on arrival) for citizens of Japan starting from March 15, 2022
Vietnam has suspended visa-free entry for all those citizens that are eligible for their visa waiver program. This includes travellers from Japan. The decision was made in an effort to curb the rapid spread of the deadly virus, also known as Covid 19. Vietnam has recorded more than a hundred confirmed cases of the virus. Some of these are due to foreign transmissions.
But now that things are going back to normal, Japanese visitors and other foreign nationals can now enter Vietnam once again. And under the visa waiver program, Japanese citizens are allowed to enter visa-free for as long as their stay is only 15 days or less. For those who are staying for more than 15 days, then a visa is needed.
Vietnam Visa Options for Japanese Visitors
Thankfully, it’s easy for all Japanese citizens to apply for a visa to Vietnam. You can choose between e-visa and visa on arrival. The e-visa is an electronic version of the regular Vietnam visa. This has to be applied online and the visa will be sent online as well. All you need to do is print the visa and use it to enter Vietnam. The e-visa will allow you to stay in the country for 30 days and is only good for a single entry.
The other type of visa that you can get is called the visa on arrival. While this visa can only be obtained upon arrival, you must register for it in advance. Then you will be given a pre-approval letter. Show this letter along with the other requirements at the airport and they will stamp your passport with a visa sticker. For this visa, you get to choose between single entry and multiple-entry. Also, you will be given an option to stay in the country for up to 90 days.
How to Apply for the Vietnam E-visa for Citizens of Japan
Applying for the e-visa is easy for all Japanese visitors. The entire process is done online so you don’t need to leave your home to apply for this visa. To give you an idea, here’s how to apply for the Vietnam e-via for citizens of Japan.
- Open the website for the Vietnam e-visa application. Fill out the form. Enter your complete name, nationality, and passport details. Review the details before you proceed to the next page.
- Next, you will be asked to upload certain requirements, such as your passport’s biographical page. If you don’t have the scanned copy, take a picture of the page and upload it.
- On the next page, you’ll be asked to pay for the processing fee. Enter your card details. You can also choose to pay with PayPal.
- After about 3 business days, you’ll receive an email for the status of your e-visa. If it’s approved, you will be given instructions on how to download the visa. After you download the visa, print at least two copies.
- When you arrive at the airport, go directly to Passport Control. Give your visa and passport and you can then enter Vietnam.
How to Apply for the Vietnam Visa on Arrival for Citizens of Japan
Take note that for the visa on arrival, you cannot just fly directly to the country. You must first get a pre-approval letter by filling out an online application form. Here’s how to do it.
- First, fill out the application form online to register. Make sure you enter the details correctly because this will be used for the processing of your visa.
- When your registration is approved, they will send you an email for the pre-approval letter. There will also be a blank application form that you are required to fill out. So print them and bring them on your trip.
- Upon your arrival in Vietnam, proceed to the Visa Landing Counter. Give the pre-approval letter, application form, and passport-sized photo. Pay for the stamping fee in cash and wait for your name to be called.
- Once your visa is processed, the immigration officer will call you back. Get your passport and check if it has a visa. Then you can go to Passport Control so you will be stamped for entry into the country.
Which Visa Should You Choose
So now the question that you probably have is which visa should you choose? This will depend on how long you wanted to stay in the country. If you are planning to stay for more than 30 days, then go for the Visa on Arrival. This visa will let you choose between a 30-day or 90-day stay. However, this visa can only be claimed from the airport. If you are entering Vietnam on a cruise or by land, you should choose the e-visa.