A few years ago, there were only a few tourists who had made it to Vietnam. These days, the country welcomes millions of visitors each year and the numbers are expected to rise. What is it about this Southeast Asian country that makes people want to visit it?
If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam from Kyrgyzstan, you’ll have endless of possibilities to make your vacation an unforgettable one. If you prefer to be in more crowded places, you can always visit the big cities of Vietnam such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang, all three with different characters but just as much fun to walk around in. They’re cities that never sleep! But if you prefer more quaint, calm cities, there’s Hoi An and Halong Bay, two of the most visited places in Vietnam, yet it has still remained its peaceful settings, and perhaps that’s why people rave about those particular places. If you want to lay on a beach for your entire stay, you can choose one of many beaches along Vietnam’s coastline. On the beach, you also have the possibility to try on kitesurfing, surfing and kayaking, if you feel like you want to be more active. There’s simply so much to do and see in Vietnam, so there’s no need to compromise – why not just do it all!
All citizens of Kyrgyzstan can travel in Vietnam for up to 30 days, so if you’re planning to go for a month or less, you’ll be pleased to know that you won’t need a Vietnam visa. However, if you are extending your trip or know that you’ll have to stay for longer, you are required to apply for a Vietnam visa, regardless if it’s for business or leisure. The visa process is however simple and you can receive a visa within days. However, if you need it faster, there’s also an ‘emergency visa’ you apply for. Let’s take a look at the two visa options:
I heard about Vietnam e-visa. Can I apply for Vietnam e-visa if I am citizens of Kyrgyzstan? (No, citizens of Kyrgyzstan 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 Kyrgyzstan national in this list, therefore, citizens of Kyrgyzstan should choose two options below to get a visa for Vietnam
1. Visa on Arrival (VOA) – Apply online for pre-approval letter then pick up your visa on arrival at the airport of Vietnam
This is the most preferred option for many travellers. If you live far away from the Vietnamese Embassy for example, or you do not want to send important documents such as your passport, this is a good option for you. It’s also easy, quick and affordable. To apply for a VOA, you need your computer and internet. If you get a Visa on Arrival, you are allowed to enter Vietnam through any of the 5 international airports: 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 simple. What you need to do is fill in the Online Application form with all relevant information. What you need to state in the application form is:
- Your full name, as stated in your passport
- Date of Birth – The format they use in Vietnam is DD/MM/YY
- Your nationality – as stated in your passport
- Your passport number
- Date of Arrival – you can state a date of arrival and then arrive later, but not earlier
After you have filled this information out, you have to wait for a confirmation email which 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 you need an emergency visa, you can get one within 40 minutes to 4 hours. This will cost you more money, but you will be able to get it much faster.
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 Kyrgyzstan
The reason why applying for a visa with the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in Kyrgyzstan 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 also need to remember to bring all the necessary documents, such as passport, and if you happen to forget anything, you need to start the process all over again. It’s 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.