Vietnam Visa Information and Service
All travellers to Vietnam who are based in a country with which Vietnam does not hold a pre-existing visa agreement will be required to obtain a visa, or a “visa approval letter” before entering the country. Previously, both business and leisure travellers would be required to visit their local Vietnamese Embassy/Consulate to use their Vietnam visa service, which was not only a long-winded process, but also remarkably costly. Fortunately, as Vietnam has become a more prominent tourist destination, the Vietnam visa service has become much easier, and visa applications for entry to the country can now be made online, from the comfort of your own home.
A traditional visa will allow for a single stay of up to 30 days in Vietnam, although multiple stay visas for those who plan to leave and re-enter the country are also possible. However, many travellers find it much simpler to arrange for a “visa on arrival”, especially those who are making a last minute journey and do not have adequate time to arrange a visa before they leave home. A visa on arrival is just that - travellers enter into an agreement with a Vietnam Immigration Office through a Vietnam Travel Company which allows them to travel to the country. Travellers will receive a letter of visa approval, and, upon arrival, the visa can be picked up and the passenger is free to leave the airport. A visa on arrival can be arranged for any international airport in Vietnam, including Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang International Airport. If you’re travelling with family, all members of the party can be included on the same approval letter, making the process much more streamlined.
Unfortunately, some illegitimate Vietnam visa service companies have taken advantage of these more flexible visa options, and are conducting scams which take money but fail to arrange a visa on arrival. It is vital that you opt to use a Vietnam visa service which has a good reputation. If something smells fishy, it probably is. Don’t forget - you’ll need to ensure your passport has at least six months remaining before the expiration date in order to be granted a valid visa.
Official websites that maybe helpful for your trip to Vietnam://
Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.mofa.gov.vn
Visa Exemption for Vietnamese Residents Overseas: http://mienthithucvk.mofa.gov.vn/
Vietnam Customs: http://www.customs.gov.vn
Vietnam Administration of Tourism: http://www.vietnamtourism.com