Shalom! We are very happy to see that you are interested in traveling to Vietnam. Lately there’s been a huge tourist boom in the country and many citizens from Israel have found their way to this popular Southeast Asian gem.
It is no surprise that Israelis love to travel and there are not many places in the world that I have not encountered at least one Israeli while backpacking. Vietnam was no exception.
There’s many things that attracts foreigners to Vietnam – you have fascinating cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang and the very popular Hoi An. The prices are very cheap, especially if you come from Israel. Vietnam is a very affordable country to travel around in and with little money, you can still stay in the country for a long time and do what you want to do. The country also has amazing landscape, both the northern and southern parts. You have the majestic rice terraces, grand mountains, sand beaches, turquoise water and waterfalls that will make your jaw drop!
Vietnam is also situated very well – you continue traveling to Laos, Cambodia, China or Thailand from here. Southeast Asia’s popularity is only increasing and it doesn’t seem to stop.
But there is one thing that you need to think about if you are on your way to Vietnam – the visa. Yes. If you are from Israel, you need to acquire a visa before entering the country. But it’s very easy and affordable. For Israeli citizens, there are two options: one is to apply for a Visa on Arrival, and the other is to get your visa stamped on your local Vietnamese Embassy before entering the country (address below).
I heard about Vietnam e-visa. Can I apply for Vietnam e-visa if I am citizens of Israel? (No, Israeli citizens are not eligible for Vietnam e-visa)
From 01 Feb 2019, under Decision 17/2019/NĐ-CP of the Government of Vietnam, there are 80 countries which citizens of it are eligible to apply online for an e-visa of Vietnam online (e-visa is a single entry valid for staying 30 days). We check but not found Israel national in this list, therefore, Israeli citizens should choose two options below to get a visa for Vietnam
- Vietnam visa for business purpose with validity for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or 1 year.
- Vietnam visa for tourist purpose with validity for 1 month or 3 months.
The Visa on Arrival is the easiest way and you can apply for this from anywhere in the world – even from Israel! All you need is your computer and internet. This is the most effective way to apply for a visa if you are going to Vietnam. There is no need to send your passport or any other important private documents. What you need to do is fill out an Online Application Form, wait for your confirmation letter and you will normally receive an Approval Letter within 2 working days. When everything is done, don’t forget to print out the finalized document, bring it to the airport in Vietnam and get it stamped by one of the immigration officers.
If you forgot to apply for a visa in good time, there is also the opportunity to get an Emergency Visa. It is then proceeded from 30 minutes to 4 hours.
The second option is to go to the Vietnamese Embassy in Israel and you will be instructed step by step on how to apply for a visa there. You will need to come to the embassy at least two times. The first time, you will submit the required documents and the second time, you have to pick up your Vietnam visa. This can be a bit more inconvenient if you don’t live close by for example, and it also takes a bit longer to apply for and receive the visa. However, it is one of the options so if this fits you better, you will be glad to know that it’s one of the choices.
We hope you enjoy your stay in Vietnam! Toda raba for reading this article and we hope it was helpful for you. Have fun!
Embassy of Vietnam in Israel
- Address: 4th floor, Beit Asia – 4 Weizman street, Tel Aviv, Israel
- Telephones: 03-6966304; 03-6966311
- Fax: 03-6966243
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.vietnamembassy-israel.org