In reecent years it has become easier to get a vietnamses visa you must remember ( unless you arrange it in advance ) You cannot get a visa on arrival . You simply cannot arrive at the air port or land border and expect to pay a fee and get a visa stamp unless you have previously applied for said visa . The are no exceptions , no matter how much you cry , stamp your feet or beg. No visa – No entry !
Visa on arrival – Rather confusingly you can apply for a visa on arrival but this does require arrangement before you arrive in Vietnam and is only available if you fly into the following three airport : Noi Bai internatitonal Air ( HANOI) , Tan Son Nhat International Airport (HOCHIMINH CITY) and Danang Airport (Danang) . It is not possible to obtain the visa at any other airports or land crossings and you Must have organized and received a letter from a third party agent prior to your arrival.
To get a visa on arrival you must first apply online through one of the many reputable online companies who will act as your agent .They will charge their own fees generally from $9 upwards ( although some offer cut price deals in the hope you will use their tour ) . You will be sent a letter of invitation confirming that said company is acting as your guarantor throughout your stay in Vietnam
When you arrive at one of the three valid airports you take your letter to the visa kiosks and pay the visa processing fee. The date of writing are usd 45 for a one month ( 30 day ) of 3 month ( 90 day)single entry visa , USD 65 for a less than 30 day multi entry visa USD 95 for over your passport and receive it back with the visa insede .
Make sure that you have at the leat 6 month validity remaining on you passport before traveling otherwise a visa will not be granted .
Exempt Coutries – Form 1 july 2015 to 30 june 2016 all british passport holdesr traveling for tourism or business purposes can enter Vietnam for a maximum of 15 day without a visa . This incentive also applies to Germany , France ,Italy ,and Spain . Double check that this provision still applies before you make travel plans .
Simply send off your passport along with your visa – application and the relevant fee and you will receive your passport back with a full visa inside
Top tips – Processing times can vary so ensure that you leave plenty of time to get your visa back before you are due to travel.