February 15, 2022
Vietnam reopen visa application (e-visa & visa on arrival) for citizens of North Korea starting from March 15, 2022
In response to the spate of Covid 19 cases in the world, Vietnam has stepped up its efforts to prevent the virus from getting into the country and spreading further. From March 2020, the Vietnam government has decided to temporarily stop issuing visas to all foreign visitors. Furthermore, all flights in and out of the country were also cancelled.
But now that everything is slowly going back to normal, Vietnam has decided to open its borders once again. They have started issuing visas again and is hoping to welcome more foreign visitors into the country and boost its tourism economy.
Do North Korean Citizens Need a Visa to Vietnam?
All North Korea passport holders need to have a valid Vietnam visa before they can enter Vietnam. It was only recently that Vietnam has opened a Visa facility for all North Korean citizens who wish to visit the country for tourism or business purposes. North Koreans can easily apply for their visa since they are eligible for both the e-visa and visa on arrival.
Also called the electronic visa, the e-visa is the electronic version of the standard visas that the Vietnam government would issue to foreign visitors. The visa can be applied over the Internet using the online visa application form. Once the visa is approved, it will be sent to email and all you need to do is print the visa and this is what you’ll show at the border in order to enter the country. This visa is good for single entry and has a validity of 30 days.
The Visa on Arrival is another visa that North Korean visitors are qualified to apply. Although this visa will only be issued upon arrival, you are required to register in advance. You need to fill out an application form, and once it’s approved, they will send you a pre-approval letter. The letter is required to claim the visa as you arrive. The Visa on Arrival will let you choose from a single entry and multiple entry visas. Plus, it lets you stay in the country for up to 60 days.
How Can North Korean Citizens Apply for the Vietnam E-visa?
Applying for the e-visa requires you to go online. Once you’re online, here’s how you can go about it:
- Fill out the application form with your name, nationality, passport number, and other important details.
- Next, upload the requirements that are being asked of you, such as the bio page of your passport. If you don’t have the scanned copy of this passport, you can take a photo of the page and upload it on the form.
- Get your card and pay for the processing fee. This will cost you around $25 and you can pay with your card or PayPal account. Submit your application and wait for confirmation.
- After a few days, you’ll receive a copy of your e-visa. Print the visa and show it at the Passport Control in Vietnam along with your passport.
How Can North Korean Citizens Apply for the Vietnam Visa on Arrival
If you need a multiple-entry visa, the visa on arrival is a good choice. This is how you can apply for this type of visa.
- Go online and register. Fill out the application form with your full name, nationality, passport details, and other information. Review everything and submit the form.
- After 3 – 5 business days, you’ll receive an email for the pre-approval letter. You will also get a blank application form that you need to fill out in advance.
- Upon your arrival at the airport, proceed to the Visa Landing Counter. Submit your passport, pre-approval letter, and the application form. You also need to submit a passport-sized photo so you need to prepare that in advance. There will be a $25 stamping fee that you need to pay at the counter.
- Then wait on one side while they process your visa. After a few minutes, you will be called back to the counter. The officer will give you back your passport. If you check it, you’ll find that it already has a visa sticker in it.
Take note that the visa on arrival is a type of visa that you can only get at the airport. So if you are travelling to Vietnam by land or on a cruise, you might as well choose the e-visa.
It’s also advisable to apply for your visa at least two weeks ahead of your trip. Now that the Vietnam government has just started issuing visas, they are expecting to receive tons of visa application. So to avoid any delays that could hamper your trip. If you have any questions about visa application, simply send an email to the Vietnam Immigration.