Vietnam Visa for Americans
Vietnam is a really attractive country for citizens of the United States.
And if you are a American who want to go to Vietnam, you will need a Visa.
Luckily there are 3 ways to get a visa to Vietnam.
You get get one before you arrive in Vietnam, you can get one after you arrive in Vietnam and as least you can get an online visa to Vietnam.
In this article we will explain what all the 3 ways are and how you can use them.
Getting a Vietnam visa before arrival
You can apply for a Vietnam visa in person or through the mail. You can mail the Vietnam Embassy in Washington DC, or any of the Vietnam Consulate Offices around the United States (Houston, New York, San Francisco).
This process takes approximately 2 to 3 business days to process once they have received your documents. For a fee of $30 per visa you will have expedited service available. Also it will expedite your application to 24 hours from receipt.
Below is the list with al the visa processing fees for United States citizens. There fees are all-inclusive for both the visa processing and for the visa stamp.
All the fees are listed in U.S. dollars.
- One month, single-entry: $80
- One month, multiple-entry: $135
- Three months, single-entry: $110
- Three months, multiple-entry: $160
- Six months, multiple-entry: $180
- One year, multiple-entry: $220
Note: for some reason, the San Francisco Consulate Office charges less for an one year, multiple-entry visa. Their they cost $215.
Getting a Vietnam visa after arrival
To obtain a visa stamp before arrival into Vietnam, you must first obtain a “visa approval letter” before you are going to Vietnam. This can easily be done online with any travel agency or visa service.
There are several companies on the internet, you only have to Google it and many companies will shop up.
But be aware that you always read the visa processing fees carefully, the fees can vary greatly from company to company.
We have done some research and you shouldn’t be paying more than $25 for a single-entry visa applications and under $60 for multiple-entry visa applications. If the company you are looking on charge more money that that, you’re overpaying and you should look for another cheaper company.
And once you have find a company that has the right price, you complete their online application form and pay their visa processing fee.
After that you will then receive an email a couple days later with your visa approval letter (it’s not as hard as you think).
it is possible that your letter may contain other random names that have also processed their visa approval letters that same day. That is okay. You only have to make sure that your name is also somewhere on that list. This is your proof of approved travel to Vietnam for the airlines.
The proc of obtaining a Vietnam visa upon arrival include an overall easier experience and cheaper overall fees.
Of course you have to pay twice; once for the online company to process your visa approval letter and you have to pay the government of Vietnam for the visa stamp. But combined they should still cost less than processing through the Vietnam Embassy.
Finally, Vietnam has a new process for travelling Americans.
It’s a simplified process for obtaining travel visas directly from the Vietnam government.
Vietnam introduced an E-Visa.
It’s an application system for citizens of 40 countries, including the U.S and U.K.
The e-Visa will allow all the citizens of the 40 countries to visit Vietnam for a maximum 30 days.
The 40 countries that are included in the Vietnam e-Visa program are: Armenia, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brunei, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Columbia, Czech Republic, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Myanmar, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Timor Leste, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.
It’s a new 2-year e-Visa program. it will be a addition to the current Vietnam travel visa process.
If you are a holder of the new Vietnam e-Visa, you’re allowed to arrive into Vietnam through any of the 8 international airports including Do Nang, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
You’re also allowed to cross between the 14 international land borders or the 7 seaports including Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau.
The e-Visas cost you a flat fee of 25 USD for 30-day, single-entry visa. Your 30 days will start when you arrive into Vietnam, so it doesn’t start when your e-Visa is approved.
The visa will only be valid for a single entry into Vietnam for a maximum of 30 days.
This means that you can fly into Vietnam, then go to Brazil and then return back to Vietnam for your flight to the U.S. It is only possible to visit Vietnam once.
So, that’s the whole process.
I hope that all the 3 ways of getting a visa to Vietnam are now clear.
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We wish you good luck in Vietnam!