Over the past years, Vietnam has seen a huge increase in tourism and the popularity does not seem to stop anytime soon. Tourists from all over the world come to visit the country that many people are talking about. The majority of the tourists are in fact Chinese, and there are now more Chinese than ever before traveling to Vietnam. Could it be the proximity to the country? That Vietnam is more affordable? Well, it could just be because Vietnam has a lot to offer to the neighbors up north.
You can cruise around Halong Bay, visit various Buddhist pagodas, eat traditional local Vietnamese cuisine that varies from north to south, you can lay on a sand beach and read a book, and then hop on a train or bus to a big city where the people never sleep. There are many reasons why tourists find Vietnam charming and enchanting, and these are just some of the examples of what the country has to offer.
If you are a Chinese citizen, there are three ways for you to get a Vietnam Visa. First of all, you need your passport to be valid for at least 6 months after your arrival date in Vietnam, then you can start applying for your visa. You can opt for a Visa on Arrival, which is the quickest and easiest method to get your visa. But this is only valid if you choose to travel by air and arrives in one of the following airports:
- Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City
- Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi
- Da Nang International Airport in Da Nang
- Cam Ranh International Airport in Nha Trang city (Khanh Hoa province)
- Cat Bi International Airport in Hai Phong city
So, if you are planning on traveling via bus, train, boat, et cetera, this visa will not be valid for you. With the Visa on Arrival, you complete an online application form, pay the processing fee (either with your credit card or through PayPal) and you will then receive your Approval Letter via e-mail. This should not take more than one hour to two business days, depending on the visa you have selected. You then wait for the visa approval and once you get it, download it so you can present it at the airport and pick up your visa. When the staff sees the approval letter, you need to pay the stamp fee, and voilá! You are ready to enter Vietnam and explore.
This visa will help you get a multi-entry visa, so you can visit other countries and still be able to come back to Vietnam without having to apply for a visa again. With the Visa on Arrival you can apply to stay for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and even up to 12 months! It is really easy, smooth and affordable. Just make sure that you apply for a visa in time before you are leaving to Vietnam, so you have all the papers ready.
The second option is to go through a Vietnam Embassy in China. This is the more inconvenient way if you live far from the Vietnamese embassy. If you need to receive your visa faster, you can also use the Vietnam Visa Code Service, which has been specifically created to provide Chinese travelers a faster and less expensive way to get their visa approval. If you want to obtain a visa this way, you must apply online through a travel agent in China.
The third option is to apply for an E-Visa. This only applies to Chinese citizens that does NOT have an e-passport. Otherwise, you are eligible for an E-Visa. This visa will be issued electronically, and you can show it at the passport control when entering Vietnam. You don’t need to stop by the landing visa desk to pick up the actual visa as you would have to with a “Visa on Arrival” (VOA). The fee at the official website of the government (https:evisa.immigration.gov.vn) is low and is non-refundable if rejected or failed. There is, however, an opportunity to get a 100% Money Back Guarantee policy, the price is higher with this insurance if apply your e-visa through our website https://evisa-vietnam.com. The E-Visa allows travelers to apply directly online. It also allows you to enter Vietnam via airports, land ports and seaports. So, if you are planning on coming to Vietnam by cruise ship, road or airplane, this is a good choice.
Note: Chinese e-passport holders (passport number begin with “E”) are not accept for Vietnam e-visa application. Please apply for visa on arrival if you hold passport number begin with letter “E”.
The E-visa is valid for 30 days, single entry, which means that if you intend on staying for longer and wish to have a multiple-entries visa, you have to apply for another type of visa.
It’s so easy to apply for a Vietnam Visa – you just have to remember to apply in good time before your flight. Whatever you are planning on doing in Vietnam, you will have the time of your life. What are you waiting for? Do as many others and book that ticket!