February 15, 2022
Vietnam reopen visa application (e-visa & visa on arrival) for citizens of Switzerland starting from March 15, 2022
When the number of coronavirus cases increased abruptly, the government of Vietnam has to take drastic measures to contain it. One of these is by canceling all visa applications. This is to prevent the entry of foreign visitors especially those who came from countries that were badly hit by the Covid 19 pandemic. But this move was only temporary until such time that the deadly virus will be contained.
Thankfully, the situation is getting better now. Vietnam is once again issuing tourist visas to all foreign visitors, including citizens of Switzerland. The Vietnam government is hoping to lure foreign tourists back into the country and boost its tourism industry.
Do Swiss Citizens Need a Visa to Vietnam?
As a citizen of Switzerland, you are required to apply for a Vietnam visa before you can enter the country. There are two ways in which you can apply for a visa to Vietnam. One is to send in your application online and get an e-visa. Another is to register online and claim a visa on arrival at the airport. Either way, both visas are easy to get.
The e-visa is an online version of the standard tourist visas that the Vietnam Immigration would issue to foreign visitors. This visa can be easily acquired online. You just need to fill out the online application form and provide the requirements. Once approved, you’ll get the visa online. Just print this and bring it on your trip. The e-visa is good for single entry and the maximum length of stay is only 30 days.
If you’re thinking of staying in Vietnam for longer than 30 days, you should consider getting the visa on arrival. Yes, this is a visa that you can get when you arrive in Vietnam. However, it will require you to register ahead online. When you register, you’ll be given a pre-approval letter. You are required to show this letter at the airport before your visa will be issued. What’s great about this visa is that you can apply for multiple entries. Not only that, but it will also let you stay in Vietnam for up to 60 days, which is great for long-term stays.
How Can Swiss Citizens Apply for the Vietnam E-visa?
Since the Vietnam e-visa is an electronic visa, you can only get this visa online. You can use your phone or laptop to apply. Here’s how Swiss citizens can apply for the Vietnam e-visa.
- Search for the official website of the Vietnam e-visa application system. Click on the button that says, “Apply now.” Fill out the information that’s required on the form. Enter your complete name, nationality, birth date, and other important details.
- Next, provide the required documents. You will be asked to upload your passport. Submit a scanned copy of the bio page. If you don’t have a scanned copy, take a photo of the page and submit it. You’ll also be asked to upload a passport-sized photo in white background.
- When you click on the next page, you’ll be taken to the payment section. Here, you will be asked to pay $25 for the visa-processing fee. So enter your credit card number. It’s also possible to pay with PayPal. After making a payment, submit your visa application.
- In around 3 -5 business days, you will get an email about your visa. If it’s approved, you’ll be asked to download a copy through the link provided. Download your visa and print.
How Can Swiss Citizens Apply for the Vietnam Visa on Arrival
If you need a Vietnam visa that will let you enter multiple times with a validity of 90 days, then get the visa on arrival. Here’s how Swiss citizens can apply for a Vietnam visa on arrival.
- First, go online to register. Fill out the form with your details, such as name, passport number, date of birth, etc. Submit the form and wait for a reply.
- After a few days, you will receive an email from the Vietnam Immigration. In the email, you’ll find the pre-approval letter and a blank application form. Print these out and fill out the form.
- When you arrive at the airport of Vietnam, proceed to the Visa Landing Counter. Here, submit the pre-approval letter, application form, photos, and passport. Pay for the stamping fee in cash using USD or VND.
- Wait for a few minutes while the officer in charge processes your visa. When he’s done, he will call you back to the counter and give your passport back. Check your passport and you’ll find your Vietnam visa.
It’s important to note that visas on arrival are only available at the airports. So this won’t be an option if you are entering through Vietnam’s land border checkpoints or seaports.