Vietnam e-visa open again starting from March 15, 2022

Due to Covid 19, Vietnam’s travel and tourism industry have been badly affected by the major decline of tourist visits in the country. This was all because of the coronavirus outbreak, which has also disrupted the rest of the world. To stop the spread of the virus, several countries have canceled flights coming in and out of their respective countries. Vietnam followed as well. Aside from canceling flights, Vietnam has also canceled the issuance of all types of visas, including the Vietnam e-visa.

Now that everything is back to normal, Vietnam has lifted the ban on visa issuance. If you are planning to visit Vietnam soon, then you may want to consider applying for the Vietnam e-visa. This is an electronic visa that you can easily apply online. With this visa, you don’t need to go through the difficulties of going to a Vietnam embassy to schedule an appointment. Everything can be done right in the comfort of your home.

What Is Vietnam e-Visa?

Vietnam issues different kinds of visas and one of these is the e-visa, also known as the electronic visa. Applying for this visa must be done online. There will be an online application form that you need to fill out. And once this visa is approved, you don’t need to go somewhere to claim it. That’s because the visa will be sent to your email and you just need to print it. Given the ease of applying for this visa, it’s not surprising why many foreign visitors would choose the e-visa for their visa application to Vietnam.

But take note that the e-visa is only applicable to citizens of more than 80 countries. So it is best to check in advance if you’re eligible for this visa before you start your application. If you are among those nationalities that are eligible for the e-visa, then go online and fill out the form.

It’s also worth noting that the e-visa will only grant you a stay of 30 days and is only valid for a single entry.  Therefore, it’s only recommended for tourists who are visiting Vietnam for less than a month.

What Are the Requirements Needed to Apply for the Vietnam e-Visa?

⚠️ Before applying for a visa, you are advised first to see who is exempted from a Vietnam visa.

Before you begin your e-visa application, you must prepare the following requirements:

  • Passport – when applying for any type of visa, the passport is the most important requirement you need to prepare. Your passport must remain valid for at least 30 days from your date of arrival in the country. Also, you must make sure to have a scanned copy of the biographical page since you need to download it during your application.
  • Application form – you need to fill out an application form when applying for the e-visa. But instead of the actual form, you’ll have to fill out an online version of the form. Provide your name, nationality, birthdate, passport number, and all other important details.
  • Debit card or credit card – just like with applying for a regular visa, you’ll be asked to pay for the processing fee when you apply for the e-visa online. For this, you can pay with your debit card or credit card.
  • Here is the official website of the Vietnamese government for an e-visa.

How Long Will the Processing Take?

The processing time of the e-visa will vary. You will actually be asked to choose how fast you want your e-visa to be processed:

  • Standard– this is the normal processing time, which will take 3 -5 business days.
  • Rush – visa will be released within 24 hours.
  • Super rush – your e-visa will be available in as fast as 8 hours.

How Much Will the E-visa Processing Cost You?

The cost will mainly depend on the processing time that you’d prefer for your visa. If you are not in a hurry, you can go for the standard processing, which will cost you around $25. But take note that there’s a possibility that the visa will be delayed. The Vietnam government is expecting a huge spike of e-visa applications now that the suspension of visa issuance has just been lifted.

So to avoid delays, you can choose the rush processing, which is around $40. But if you really need to fly to Vietnam sooner, then the rush processing is the best option. This will cost around $50.

Important Reminders

Since the e-visa is only good for 30 days, you need to make sure that you will be out of the country before the 30-day period ends. Otherwise, you’ll be slapped with penalties for overstaying. There are other options for long-term visas. You can choose the visa on arrival, which will let you apply for the multiple-entry visa with a stay of up to 90 days.

Make sure you carry a copy of the e-visa with you at all times. You’ll be asked to present it at passport control when entering the country. Also, if you’re entering the country on a cruise, you need to show it at the seaport. If possible, print several copies of your e-visa.