Applying Vietnam visa online (Vietnam e-visa) for citizens of Lesotho

Are you ready to travel to Vietnam from Lesotho? That’s great! Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia’s most popular and loved tourist destinations. Each year, millions of foreigners flock to Vietnam to discover everything the country has to offer. If you’re a fan of lush landscapes, pristine beaches,  grand mountains, big cities, ancient towns, underground caves and rice fields, you will adore Vietnam!

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

As a citizen of Lesotho, you must apply for a Vietnam visa in order to enter the country. You have two options to choose from and they are:

1. Visa on Arrival (VOA) – Applying online for pre-approval then pick up visa on arrival 

Vietnam visa on arrival office in Da Nang Int'l Airport, Vietnam
Vietnam visa on arrival office in Da Nang Int’l Airport, Vietnam

If live far away from the Vietnamese Embassy for example, or you do not want to send important documents such as your passport, this is the ideal option for you. 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 Lesotho

Vietnam tourist visa - single entry
Vietnam tourist visa – single entry

The reason why applying for a visa with the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in Lesotho 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.

The Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh City
The Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh City

When your visa is approved of, you can start planning your trip to Vietnam! The north is famous for its ethnic tribes in Sapa, Halong Bay, the capital city Hanoi and the incredible Ha Giang, which borders to China. Most people start in the north, head to central Vietnam where you can visit the old Imperial City in Hue, explore the underground caves in Phong Nha and wander around in the Ancient Town in Hoi An. Finally, end your trip in the south, where Vietnam’s biggest city Ho Chi Minh City is situated, where you can lay on the beach in Mui Ne for days and try kitesurfing and where you can fly to the island of Phu Quoc and swim with starfishes.

Adventure awaits you in Vietnam so don’t hesitate any longer and get your Vietnam visa today!