Applying Vietnam visa online (Vietnam e-visa) for citizens of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Are you considering traveling to Vietnam from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines? You definitely should! It’s one of the most diverse countries in Asia and has something to offer to everyone. Whether you’re looking for pristine beaches, crystal clear water, mountains, underground caves, big cities or small, calm towns, you’ll find it here in Vietnam. Perhaps this is one of the biggest reasons for why so many has chosen Vietnam as their travel destination. There’s simply so much to do here, you’ll never feel bored!

The most popular route is to go from either north to south, or the other way around. You can do this by motorbike, if you have a lot of time and feel safe behind the wheel. Otherwise, there’s plenty of public transportation options as well. It’s a very easy country to travel around in and it’s also safe. So if you’re still having doubts about whether or not you should come, don’t think twice – come here and enjoy a slice of paradise! Whether you’re traveling with friends, family or solo, you’ll guaranteed have a good time in Vietnam.

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

As a citizen of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, you must remember to apply for a Vietnam visa before you enter the country. You have two options to choose from – either you get a Visa on Arrival or you go to your nearest Vietnam Embassy or Consulate and apply with them.

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

Tourist pick up visa on arrival at Da Nang Int'l Airport, Vietnam
Tourist pick up visa on arrival at Da Nang Int’l Airport, 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 out 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.

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 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Vietnamese-visa-sticker-in-a-passport
Vietnamese-visa-sticker-in-a-passport

The reason why applying for a visa with the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 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.