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Vietnam visa for Switzerland citizens

Vietnam visa for Switzerland citizens

According to Vietnam Immigration law, Switzerland is not categorized into the visa exemption list of Vietnam. This is the reason citizens of this country wishing to enter the country for any purpose will be required to have a Vietnam visa. Presently, thanks to positive adjustment of the Immigration Department, procedure to get visa for Swiss is much simpler than previously. However, in order to get visa conveniently as well as to avoid any trouble may cause, applicants are still advised spend a couple minutes referring necessary information about visa for Switzerland citizens.

Requirement to get visa for Swiss citizens

Before requesting a visa, Switzerland travelers should check our passport to see that whether it is eligible to apply visa or not. The current policy of Vietnam states that foreign people wishing to get visa to Vietnam are required to have an ordinary passport with six month of validity and two blank pages remaining upward. In case your passport has valid duration or blank page that is less than requirement, you should contact Immigration office of your country to extend or renew your passport in advance.

Visa options for Switzerland citizens

Basing on valid duration of visa, Swiss passport holders are able to request one month single entry visa, one month multiple entries visa, three month single entry visa or three month multiple entries visa. All of these visa types are issued as Vietnam tourist visa according to working regime of the Immigration Department.

Basing on the way to obtain visa, visitors can choose between applying for visa issued at Vietnam Embassy and applying online for visa on arrival at Vietnam international airport.

Before requesting visa, Swiss citizens in particular and foreign travelers in general should consider your travel plan carefully to decide a suitable visa type. For instance, if you plan to depart for Vietnam by air way, you are recommended choosing visa on arrival. This visa type allows you to obtain official visa right after passengers land at international airport of Vietnam. However, if you intend to enter the country by land or sea way, the suitable visa type for you is Vietnam Embassy visa. Entering by these ways, there is no visa issued at Vietnam border or Vietnam seaport, so requesting visa at Vietnam Embassy before departure can be seen as the sole ways in these situations.

How to request visa at Vietnam Embassy for Swiss citizens

Getting visa by this way, applicants need to visit Embassy directly to submit visa application because the unit that issue visa in this case is Embassy of Vietnam. For those Swiss passport holders or foreign visitors staying in Switzerland, you can visit Vietnam Embassy with following address to request visa for Vietnam:


Vietnam visa for Switzerland citizens

Embassy of Vietnam in Stockholm, SWITZERLAND

Address: Schlosslistrasse 26, 3008 Bern - SWITZERLAND

Phone:  +41 (0)31 388 7

Fax:      +41 (0) 31 388





Office hour: Monday - Thursday: Morning: 9.00a.m - 12p.m Afternoon: 14.00p.m - 17.00p.m Friday: 9.00a.m - 12.00p.m

Or you also can visit Consulate General of Vietnam in Geneve, SWITZERLAND

Address: 18A, Chemin Francois-Lehmann, 1218 Grand-Saconnex, Geneve, SWITZERLAND

Phone:  (412) 798 9866

Fax:      (412) 798 0724


Officer hour: Monday - Friday: Morning: 9.30a.m – 12.00p.m Afternoon: 14.30p.m – 18.00p.m

It should be noticed that before going there, visitors should contact Embassy in advance to be guided on what you need to prepare to get visa because Vietnam visa requirement and charged fee for this visa option is various from Vietnam Embassy in different country. After that, you should prepare all needful as guideline and visit Embassy to submit visa request together with required documents for visa issuing. Visa fee also should be paid to Embassy at this time. Then, you can return your home and wait for visa issued in four to five business days. After processing time, you can visit Embassy again to get your passport back and pick up visa result.

According to experience of almost all visitors, for each visa request submitting at Vietnam Embassy, applicants will be charged USD 80 upward.

How to get visa on arrival for Swiss citizens

Unlike getting visa at Embassy of Vietnam, in order to request Vietnam visa on arrival, foreign visitors does not need to visit any Embassy of Vietnam or prepare any original document because all needful for this visa type can be completed online.

From wherever all over the world, Switzerland passport holders can get visa on arrival to Vietnam by completing two main steps including requesting online for visa approval letter and picking up official visa. For the first step, applicants can perform the needful easily as below:

-          Submitting Vietnam visa application with identical information as shown in your passport.

-          Sending visa approval fee to visa agent that you apply for visa. To get this done, applicant can choose PayPal, Bank Transfer or Western Union. Among three payment approaches, using PayPal or Western Union is highly recommended.

-          Waiting for visa processing in two business days

-          Checking register email and receiving visa approval letter issued by the Immigration Department of Vietnam


Vietnam visa for Switzerland citizen

After completing the first step, applicants can prepare needful for the step of getting official visa. Specifically, each passenger should prepare a printed copy of Vietnam visa approval letter, your own original passport, two photos in 4*6 centimeter and a fulfilled application for entry and exit Vietnam. Once having these documents, you just need to wait for your travel date to depart for Vietnam by airway and get visa upon arrival.

When your flight land at Vietnam airport, you should quickly move to landing visa or visa on arrival counter. There, you will be required to present the needful and pay stamping fee to Immigration officer. Staff in charge then will check your information and stamp an official visa onto your passport. After that you can complete custom requirement and enter the country legally.

How long does it take to get visa on arrival for Swiss citizens?

Waiting time to get visa letter issued will be depended on express service that applicants request. For those people want to get visa with standard service, you need to wait for two business days to get this document granted from Vietnam Immigration Department. However, you also can request express service to speed up processing time. Specifically, with urgent service, you need to want for one working day or you even just need for wait four working hours to get pre-approved visa document issued. Certainly, in these cases, express service fee will be charged plus. Therefore, Swiss visitors are advised considering your travel plan and requesting visa about four to five business days before arrival date to save money as well as to avoid any trouble may cause.

Then, to get official Vietnam visa on arrival at airport, each passenger should queue and wait for your turn in front of visa on arrival. In usual, waiting time is twenty minutes averagely. Sometimes, it may be longer a litter bit if there are so many foreign visitors getting visa on arrival.

How much does it takes to get visa on arrival for Swiss citizens

For each step in procedure of getting Vietnam visa online, applicants will be required to pay a kind of fee. When requesting visa approval letter, stamping fee is required and to get official visa, stamping fee will be required.

Unlike the fee to get visa at Embassy if Vietnam, visa on arrival cost is always stable for Swiss passport holders. In order to get pre-approved visa document, each applicants need to send USD 18 for one month single entry visa, USD 23 for one month multiple entries visa, USD 28 for three month multiple entries visa or USD 80 for three month multiple entries visa. This fee can be discounted for those applications containing three applicants upward. Please refer to Vietnam visa fee pages for detailed information.

It should be noticed that, in situation that Swiss citizens choose express service to get visa letter issued faster, service fee will be quoted together with approval fee. With urgent service, each applicant will be charged USD 10 plus and the charged fee will be USD 25/ person plus with super urgent service.

To get official visa, passenger need to prepare stamping fee in cash and pay to Immigration officer at Vietnam international airport. According to regulation of Vietnam Immigration Department, each passenger getting Vietnam visa on arrival needs to pay USD 45 for a single entry visa, USD 65 for a multiple entries visa with valid duration no longer than 29 days or USD 95 for a multiple entries visa with valid duration longer than 29 days and less than 90 days.

In conclusion, both getting visa at embassy of Vietnam and getting visa on arrival are legal and applicable for Swiss passport holders. However, in comparison, visa on arrival is much more convenient, time-saving and beneficial than the other one because it totally can be requested online simply within a few minutes. In addition, with Vietnam visa picked up at Vietnam airport, applicants do not need to prepare any original document for visa processing. You also do not need to visit any Vietnam Embassy to pick up visa. Therefore, it is very secure and economical. With above various advantages, visa upon arrival can be seen as the most option to request visa Vietnam. However, this visa type is applicable for air travelers only. For those people wishing to enter by other means of transportation, getting visa at Embassy of Vietnam before departure is still advised.

For any further information about Vietnam visa for Switzerland citizens or guidance on how to request visa, please feel free to contact us via email or hotline (+84) 975 85 66 33.  


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