Apply Vietnam visa online (Vietnam e-visa) for citizens of Bhutan

Pristine beaches, big mountains, green landscapes, rice terraces, metropolitan cities, picturesque towns and much more awaits you in Vietnam! The country has a variety of sights, activities and culture so get ready for a captivating journey into one of Southeast Asia’s gems. Whether or not you are looking for more adventurous things to do or you simply want to sit back on a beach, there are plenty of opportunities for you here.

The Vietnamese kitchen is also world famous for a reason and the food is reason enough to come here. Choose from everything to high-end restaurants to tiny, street food stalls, where you can enjoy some delicious local cuisine. The country is quite affordable to travel around in as well so whether or not you are on a low budget or you want to spend money, you will for sure be able to adjust to your budget here. Come to Vietnam if you are looking for a vacation like none other! You will guaranteed have a good time here.

Kayaks at the tropical beach at Phu Quoc island in Vietnam

Do not forget to apply for a Vietnam visa if you come from Bhutan. As a citizen of Bhutan, it is required of you to have an approved Vietnam visa that you can present to the immigration officers. Regardless of the length of your stay, you need to apply for a Vietnam visa. Thankfully, the visa process is both efficient and simple. Since there are so many people traveling to Vietnam from all over the world, the visa process has been made so you can apply for it from anywhere – that is if you choose to get a Visa on Arrival. You also have the option to go to your nearest Vietnam Embassy or Consulate to apply for it. Here are the two options further explained:

I heard about Vietnam e-visa. Can I apply for Vietnam e-visa if I am citizens of Bhutan? (No, Bhutanese 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 Bhutan national in this list, therefore, Bhutanese citizens should choose two options below to get a visa for Vietnam

1. Visa on Arrival (VOA) – Apply online for pre-approval then pick up your visa on arrival at the airport of Vietnam 

You can apply for a Visa on Arrival from anywhere in the world. All you need is your computer and internet. If you apply for this type of visa, you are allowed to enter Vietnam through any of the 5 big international airports in following cities: Da Nang, Khanh Hoa, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Hai Phong. You can only travel by air if you get a VOA, meaning you can’t enter Vietnam by bus, car, and so forth.

The process is very easy.  What you need to do is fill out the Online Application form where you state your date of birth and other relevant information. You will then have to wait for a confirmation email that usually arrives within 1-2 working hours. Normally you will receive an Approval Letter within 2 working days. When the letter comes don’t forget to print it out so the immigration officers in Vietnam can stamp your passport. If by chance you need to get an emergency visa, it will cost you more money, but you will be able to get it faster. You will get it within 30 minutes to 4 hours.

On arrival support for fast check-in at Vietnam Airports
On arrival support for fast check-in at Vietnam Airports

You also have the option to buy “On Arrival Support” which is a very good option for those who wants to check in to Vietnam faster:

  • Standard Support : +US$20/pp

Our staff will meet you in front of the “visa on arrival” desk with a welcome board, then take care of all procedures necessary to get the visa stamped on your passport. Please prepare 25 USD/person and give it to our staff to pay for the visa stamp fee.

  • VIP Support : +US$35/pp

Our staff will meet you in front of the “visa on arrival” desk with a welcome board, receive your passport and give it back with the visa within 5-10 minutes, then escort you to check out via the VIP gate. Please prepare 25 USD/person and give it to our staff to pay for the visa stamp fee.

2. Apply for a visa through the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in the nearby countries of Bhutan


The second option is to apply for a visa in your local or nearest Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in Bhutan. The reason why this option might not be recommended is because it’s not as convenient if you don’t live close to the embassy. It means you will have to spend time on transportation and money. You will also need to remember to bring all the necessary documents, such as passport, and if you by any chance forget anything, you need to start all over again with the process. It is time consuming and you usually need to pick up your passport in the embassy or consulate. Also, be kindly advised that the fees and procedures are subject to change depending on where you apply.

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