This must be good news to travelers who enter Vietnam by crossing landing border or sea-port since 3/2019. Let’s check new updates in the Vietnam e-visa now.
There are some new updates in Vietnam e-visa
- Vietnam Government had approved to issue e-visa for more 35 countries from 2/2019
Since the 2/2019 Vietnam Government had agreed for citizens from 35 countries to be eligible to apply e-visa. Meanwhile, there were only 46 countries are available to apply e-visa before 2/2019. This brings to the result, there are 81 countries now are able to enter Vietnam via landing, sea, and airports by obtaining Viet e-visa.
In further, these 35 countries includes Estonia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Belgium, San Marino, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Malta, Portugal, Mexico, Croatia, Montenegro, Western Samoa, Brazil, Latvia, Lithuania, Austria, Moldova, Serbia, Georgia, China, Hong Kong, Qatar, Cyprus, Macedonia, Palau, Micronesia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Marshall Islands, Nauru, and Vanuatu.
However, citizens from China with e-passports are unable to apply e-visa. In this case, they are able to enter Vietnam by air and choose a visa on arrival.
- Three more landing borders are added into the eligible ports on immigration
In addition, the Government also opens 3 more Immigration counters at 3 landing borders. By this, travelers currently are able to enter Vietnam legally by e-visa at Tay Trang (Dien Bien), Na Meo (Thanh Hoa) and La Lay (Quang Tri) landing points.
- Time frame
Vietnam also announced to run this policy from 1/2/2019 to 1/2/2021. As good news to travelers who come from these 81 countries, they do not have to go to the Embassy to get Visa anymore. In particular, even they want to enter Vietnam by bus, by vessel they just need to apply online from anywhere even when they are not in their home countries.
Can e-visa be extended normally like a visa on arrival?
Travelers who come with e-visa have the right to extend their visas legally. Also, the extension fee is relatively cheap compared to those who come with a visa on arrival.
How to apply? | Notices that you need to pay attention
How to apply
First, finish the application form online.
Second, settle the payment online
Next, we will email you to ask for sending a bio-data passport page (the page includes name, date of birth, passport number, etc…). This is a requirement from the Immigration to send so as to process e-visa for you while you do not have to send any documents if you go with “visa on arrival” procedure.
Final, we will send to you the visa code via email. Then, you print it out to collect the visa stamp on arrival and you do not have to pay stamping fee upon arrival.
Notices that you need to pay attention to
The e-visa is valid for single entry only (business and tourist types).
A copy of e-visa is compulsory to carry during their stay.
Same as visa on arrival procedure, applicants must have at least 2 blank passport pages.
There is one limitation of e-visa in comparison with visa on arrival, applicants have to exit out via the correct port that they have chosen when they apply for the visa.
The normal procedure of e-visa takes 2 working days and the urgent service takes 1 working day while 30 minutes-procedure is impossible