New and Improved Vietnam e-Visa System for Tourists.

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We have visited Vietnam many times; in fact, one of our team members is about to head to Vietnam in a few weeks. As an American, we need to get a visa to enter Vietnam. There are three methods:

  1. Visit your local Vietnamese Consulate. There are four: Washington D.C., New York, San Francisco and Houston. In terms of expense, this falls in the ‘medium’ range — anywhere from $80 – $135.
  2. Hire a visa service here in the United States to do it for you. This is generally the most expensive option, where you pay the fees from Option #1 in addition to their service charge.
  3. Email a vendor in Vietnam for Visa-on-Arrival. This is by far the cheapest option, which will cost you $25 for the visa + $20 or so for the vendor.

The downside of option 1 and 2 is that you will be without your passport for a few days. Option 3, while the least expensive, always makes us a bit hesitant – you will receive an email with the approval letter and passport numbers of everyone who applied through that vendor in that time period. We have always gone with Option 3 as the turnaround time is pretty quick, despite the lack of data privacy.

But all this is now obsolete! As of February 1st, 2017, Vietnam has introduced an online e-Visa system for citizens of 40 countries. Lucky for Americans, we are one of them. You apply online and in 3 days, you’ll know whether or not you are approved.

The benefits are:

  • You keep your passport in your possession during the process
  • You are not dealing with another vendor like the old Visa-on-Arrival process
  • A flat $25 fee for a single entry, 30-day visa. This is the cheapest option now. The old Visa-on-Arrival was $25 for the visa plus the vendor fee which is usually another $20.

To apply, go to the Vietnam Web Portal on Immigration e-Visa Page. The page is available in English and Vietnamese.

Conclusion:

We are excited about this beneficial change. Not only is this cheaper than all the other options out there, but we deal directly with the Vietnamese Government versus some third party vendor to get this done. We hope you get to take advantage of this new system!

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12 Responses to "New and Improved Vietnam e-Visa System for Tourists."

  1. Caroline Lupini says:

    Does the e-Visa work only for air entries or is it good for crossing overland too?

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  2. Morgan says:

    I went to Vietnam in January. At the time it cost between $80 and $225 to get a visa in your passport (this took a total of 1.5 weeks). Price depended on which consulate you sent it to. We went this option because Vietnam raised the actual visa fee to $135. So it was $25 for the visa on arrival and $135 once you arrived. Before going with this method, make sure the visa fee is either waived or decreased again.

    Vietnam was awesome though. It’s definitely worth the effort!

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    • The Flight Deal says:

      @Morgan – they rolled back the $135 only option. there was a lot of resistance from the tourist industry in vietnam due to the potential drop in business.

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      • Neil says:

        So, I just got a little confused – is it $25 only or $25 plus another fee for the actual visa? Re-reading above it appeared that everything was included for $25. Please confirm. Thanks!

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  3. Matt @ The Resume Gap says:

    Argh, I just paid a vendor for a Vietnam VOA yesterday! This is great to know for future trips, though — thanks.

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  4. Gerald says:

    Do you know if such a Visa would act like a loose leaf visa and there won’t be any stamps in ones passport?

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  5. Steve Sparks says:

    Has anyone had any issue with this online application? Everything seemed to be working well until I tried to enter my date for entry into Vietnam. I’m traveling in June 2017 and am trying to select June 15, 2017 but I’m receiving an error message, as follows: Date > intented date of entry is not allowed

    Does anyone know why this might be happening?

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  6. Sam says:

    i just applied and it worked fine for me

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  7. Ann says:

    I already know that some information on my eVisa does not match the information on my travel document, and that my eVisa is therefore invalid. Can I request a refund?

    Reply

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