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An extremely safe country to travel to, Vietnam is on the South China Sea in SouthEast Asia. A must-visit travel destination, Vietnam is famous for exotic natural landscapes, ancient history, and diverse cultures. The rivers, beaches, Buddhist pagodas, French colonial landmarks, war history museums, tunnels and lots more make it a place worth travelling to. In order to enter Vietnam, you either need to have a pre-approval for a visa on arrival or a valid passport and a visa. The passport you will be carrying should be valid for six months beyond your planned itinerary and you must have at least one blank visa page. You may visit the website of the Embassy of Vietnam for more information.

Types of Vietnam visa  

There are basically three types of Vietnam visa. You may choose one among them as per your travel requirements:

  1. Vietnam E-visa: This is the easiest way to receive a Vietnam visa for citizens of all 146 countries around the world. What you need to do is apply online directly on the Vietnam Immigration Official Government website and get your e-visa over mail in 3 working days. Even if you wish to go for a 30-day single entry Vietnam visa, you can go ahead. For more details, please visit the official website of the Vietnam visa.
  2. Vietnam visa on arrival: There are two steps to it: (i) You need to get a visa approval letter through a private agency (the fees will be anything between US$6-US$50 depending on the urgency of the letter) (ii) You get your visa stamp on arrival in Vietnam (US$25-US$50 depending on single or multiple entry visa). In case you are looking for a multi-entry or ‘more than 30 days visa’ then a visa-on-arrival would be beneficial to you.
  3. Vietnam visa from Vietnam Embassy: You can apply for Vietnam visa from Vietnam Embassy, New Delhi or Consulate General, Mumbai. The fee involved is higher as compared to both visa on arrival and E-Visa processes. The entire process is effort intensive. You may opt for this type of Vietnam Visa through the Embassy if a visa-on- arrival or E-Visa do not serve your travel needs. However, ensure that you either carry a Vietnam visa pre-issued by the Embassy or visa-on-arrival approval letter or Vietnam E-Visa before your date of travel. 

Documents required for Vietnam visa 

In order to apply for a Vietnam visa, there is a short, common checklist of documents you will need to check against. And this list of documents remains the same for the nationalities of those countries who do not have visa exemption agreement with Vietnam. However, if you apply for a special type of visa other than tourist visa, then you will need some more additional documents.

The following is the list of documents which are required to apply for a Vietnam visa: 

  1. Passport: A passport with a validity of six months from the date of travel; you should know that a temporary passport may be declined.
  2. Application Form: For visa on arrival, you will need M3 entry/exit form
  3. Photo: Two recent passport size photographs, with a size specification of 4x6 cm with no eyeglasses
  4. Approval letter: At Vietnam airport, if you need a visa on arrival, an approval letter is required.

Vietnam visa fees

There are 2 types of Vietnam visa fees you must be aware of, before applying for visa on arrival: 

  1. Service Fee - This type is for visa approval letter processing. You may choose an online payment option with your bank account, credit or debit card, or any other online transaction platform.
  2. Stamping Fee - The stamping fee is paid to the Immigration officers of Vietnam at the arrival airport to get the visa stamp. One thing to remember is that credit cards will not be accepted. 

The E-visa fee of Vietnam is US$25 with an additional fee of US$0.96 charged by payment gateway, which totals to US$25.96. This fee is the standard payment for citizens of 46 eligible countries for Vietnam entry. Visit the E-visa site of the Vietnam Immigration department before your travel for any update.

Vietnam visa centres in India 

You can apply for your Vietnam visa from the Vietnam Embassy, New Delhi. Another representation of the country is at the Consulate General of Vietnam in Mumbai. These remain open from Mondays to Fridays except national holidays in both countries. Elaborate addresses, working hours, holidays, off days can be found at the Vietnam currency and visa-related websites.

Before travelling to Vietnam, it is always advised one does some research and planning. These include making a list of the ‘places to visit in Vietnam and knowing the best time to visit Vietnam. A lot of leading tour companies ‘where can I find the best tour package to Vietnam’; so, on and so forth. It is best suggested that you visit some authentic visa-related websites for all information about Vietnam Currency and visa information. 

There are numerous things to see in Vietnam. None should be skipped. Here is a detailed list of the best places to visit in Vietnam

Before you decide on the things to do in Vietnam make sure the Schengen visa to travel to 

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