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Vietnam visa for United States passport holders

Vietnam visa for United States passport holders

The Immigration policy of Vietnam regulates that Vietnam visa is compulsory document for United States citizens who want to visit the country for any purpose. In order to get visa conveniently, before applying, travelers should spend couple minutes referring below information about Vietnam visa for US passport holders.

Presently, there are two alternative options to obtain a visa for Vietnam including getting visa directly at Embassy of Vietnam or requesting visa online through assistance of a visa agent. Each way will have distinct requirement as well as different procedure of issuing visa. Therefore, visitors should base on your travel schedule and decide the visa option you want to get, so that you can prepare suitable documents.

Steps to get visa at Vietnam Embassy

In reality, Vietnam visa online has been enable recently. This is the reason some visitors, especially visitors who enter Vietnam at the first time still have doubt about this visa type and they choose to request visa in person. In this case, original passport of visitors is a compulsory document for visa issuing procedure. Besides this document, applicants may need to prepare a visa application and some other needful. Before requesting visa, travelers should contact Vietnam Embassy to know exactly about needful document and fee for issuing visa. After preparing, you should visit Vietnam Embassy in your country directly, submit all requirement and paying visa fee for issuing visa to Vietnam. Detailed information about Vietnam Embassy in United State is below:

Embassy of Vietnam in Washington DC, UNITED STATES

Address: 1233, 20th St., NW, Suite 400, Washington DC, 20036, USA

Phone:  (1-202) 861 073

Fax:      1-202) 861 0917

Or Consulate General of Vietnam in San Francisco, UNITED STATES

Address: 1700 California St, Suite 430 San Francisco, CA 94109

Phone:   (1415) 922 1577

Fax:      (1415) 922 1848

In this case, travelers do not need to apply for visa approval code in advance or paying visa approval fee. The total visa fee will be charged by Vietnam Embassy. However, waiting time may be longer and visa fee can be higher than getting visa online. Before requesting visa, visitors should contact staff working at Embassy to be guided specifically about Vietnam visa requirement and fee.


Requirement to request visa

Unlike getting visa at Embassy of Vietnam, in order to submit a Vietnam visa online request, US travelers do not need to prepare any original document such as your passport or any private paper. Your passport is necessary only when you pick up official visa. Before applying visa, what you need to do to prepare for getting visa online is checking your passport to make sure that it has six month of validity and two blank pages upward. This is compulsory requirement for not only for US citizens but also for foreign visitors of all countries. According to regulation of the Immigration Department of Vietnam, people who meet requirement about passport are eligible to request visa. In case your passport is going to expire or have less than two blank pages, you should contact Immigration office in your country to extend it or apply for a new passport first. 

 Vietnam visa for United States passport holders


Steps to submit a visa request online

It is very simple to submit a visa request online. With this visa type, visitors will not need to spend your time going to a Vietnam Embassy or handing in visa requirement like the traditional way. You totally can stay at home or from wherever all over the world and complete below steps to request visa:

-          Submitting Vietnam visa application. Because there is no original passport required for visa processed, applicants should fill your personal exactly as what shown in your passport. After your visa request is approved, it is impossible to change any information. Therefore in case you make any mistake in visa application, you need to have a new visit request in order to correct the mistake.

-          Paying visa approval fee. There are three payment approaches including paying through PayPal, Bank transfer or Western Union. Among these options, using PayPal or Western Union to send approval fee is highly recommended because of short transferring time.

-          Waiting for two business days at maximum to get pre-approved visa document

Getting official visa after applying online

When applying online visa for Vietnam, there are two visa types according to the way to receive official visa: visa code (the visa type is picked up at Embassy of Vietnam before traveling) and visa on arrival (the type of visa is picked up at international airport of Vietnam).

In case United States citizens request visa code, you will receive Vietnam visa approval code after applying online. Then you should bring this document together with your passport to the Embassy you registered in visa application and hand in these documents as well as pay stamping fee. After checking your all information, staff in charge will stamp an official visa onto your passport. This visa type is often recommended for visitors who enter Vietnam by land or sea way.

For those people who apply for visa on arrival, each applicant will be granted a Vietnam visa approval letter. This document is also consider a clearance that allows travelers to take on plane and depart for Vietnam and then get official visa upon your arrival at Vietnam international airport. In order to get official visa, each passenger should get ready a printed copy of visa letter, your original passport, two photos in 4*6 centimeter, and a fulfilled application for entry and exit Vietnam. Then, when you arrive at Vietnam airport, you need to present these things and pay stamping fee to Immigration officers, so that you will be issued official visa stamped onto your passport. Until now, visa on arrival is applied at Vietnam international airport only. In other words, only people who enter Vietnam by air way is eligible to obtain visa by this way.

How long does it take to get visa online issued?

For standard service, applicants can receive visa result within two business days. In some cases, if you need to have this document urgently, using urgent service or super urgent service is recommended. With these services, pre-approved visa document can be issued within only one business day (urgent service) or even after four working hours (super urgent service).

After having visa document, in order to get official visa, waiting time for this step is depended on your requested visa type. Picking up visa at Embassy of Vietnam may take 3 to five business days because staff working there needs to check again your information as well as your approval code before issuing visa. In case US citizens choose Vietnam visa on arrival, you just need to wait for twenty minutes averagely at visa on arrival counter to get official visa.

How much does it cost for a visa online request?

Vietnam visa fee is depended on the type of visa you request as the service you choose. In general, each applicants need to pay two kinds of fee including visa approval fee and stamping fee. For United passport holders, approval fee each applicant should pay is USD 20 for one month single entry visa, USD 25 for one month multiple entries visa, USD 30/ person for three month single entry visa and USD 80 for three month multiple entries visa. This is the fee for standard service. If travelers request express service, an additional fee for the service will be charged. In order to get pre-approved visa after one working days, applicants need to pay USD 10 plus. And if you want to get the document after a few hours, service fee you should pay additionally is USD 25. This fee should be paid to visa agent that helps you to process visa request right after you complete visa application online.

The second fee- stamping fee is the fee to pick up official visa. This fee is also depended on the way you pick up visa. If travelers get visa code at Embassy of Vietnam, there is no fixed number about stamping fee because Vietnam Embassy in different countries may regulates a separate fee. However, if you request Vietnam visa on arrival, stamping fee for this visa type is always USD 45/ person for single entry visa, USD 65/ person for multiple entries visa with valid duration of no longer than 29 days or USD 95/ person for multiple entries visa that is longer than 29 days and less than 90 days.

For any further information about Vietnam visa for US citizens, please contact us via email or hotline (+84) 975 85 66 33.


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