The Vietnamese government has passed through electronic visa for citizens of 46 countries will be able to apply for 30-day, single-entry e-visas. For the full list of eligible nationalities:
9. South Korea
13. Czech Republic
|16. Timor Leste|
17. United States of America
23. United Kingdom
32. The Philippines
36. China (not applicable to Chinese e-passport holders)
44. The Netherlands
45. New Zealand
46. The U.A.E.
E-visa for Vietnam is the updated convenient way to get Vietnam visa compared to traditional method as going to Vietnam Embassy/ Vietnam Consulates. So is it really that superficial, see the table below to see the different of Vietnam E-Visa and Vietnam visa on arrival.
The different of Vietnam visa on arrival and Vietnam E-Visa:
|Item||Vietnam Visa on Arrival||Vietnam E-visa|
|Issuing authority||Vietnam Immigration Department||Vietnam Immigration Department|
|Beneficiaries||All travelers to Vietnam by air||Citizens of 46 countries in the list|
|Purpose of visit||Vacation, business, family/friend visit, and others||Vacation Only|
|Visa Fee||Depending on visa type, refunded in case your visa application is refused||US$25, non-refundable in case your visa application is refused|
|How to get Vietnam visa|
|Processing time||2 working days or even quicker to receive the visa approval letter||3 working days to know your Vietnam visa application is approved or not|
|Entry gates||5 (international airports in Vietnam, consisting of Noi Bai,Cat Bi, Da Nang, Tan Son Nhat and Cam Ranh)||28 (8 international airports, 13 international border gates, and 7 seaports across Vietnam)|
|Warnings||It may, but just sometimes, take you up to 30 minutes or 1 hour to get visa stamped at Vietnam airport if there are too many people staying there for the same purpose as yours.||As this kind of visa is very new, of which some certain airlines or even immigration staff at the airports may have not been aware and therefore may refuse it, you should check with your airlines in advance to avoid this.|
Above is a brief comparison between e-visa and visa on arrival for Vietnam.
For most citizens of 46 countries who are getting a visa to travel in Vietnam, the common concern is that they should apply for e-visa or visa on arrival. It can be considered that each of the two kinds has its own advantages as well as drawbacks. By having more necessary information, you will figure out which kind of visa is best fit in their circumstance.