Visa On Arrival

Since 2003 the Vietnam government has granted the visa on arrival, which means you can submit your visa request from wherever, whenever you access our website and pick up your visa when you arrive at any Vietnam international airports. This visa is exactly the same as a visa issued by an embassy/consulate, with the same limitations and conditions attached to its use. It's also cheap, quick and easier than getting a visa fromVietnamese embassies/consulates.

The visa on arrival paperwork is not a full visa, it is a pre-approval letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department. With this letter, you are allowed to board on the plane and get your visa stamped when you land. Visa on arrival has become one of the most convenient ways to get a visa to Vietnam without having to chase-down embassies&consulates.

Here is a table of comparison between getting a visa on arrival and getting a visa in person at Vietnam Embassy/Consulate:


Visa on Arrival

Visa in person at Vietnam Embassy/Consulate

Time to apply


Follow office hours

Processing Time

Less than 01 working day

More than 03 working days

Application fee

From 24 USD

More than 50 USD


Don’t need to send-off

Send via post or in person

Payment method

Accept any major credit cards / PayPal

Pay directly to Vietnam Embassy/Consulate by cash




Points to note:

- Visa on arrival is only applicable at one of the major Vietnam International airports (Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi,Nha Trang, Haiphong and Da Nang). It cannot be used if you arrive by cruise or land border crossing.

- The waiting time upon arrival to Vietnam airport just takes 15 - 20 minutes.

- The pre-approval letter is often issued by group basis – so you can see the name, passport number of other applicants on the same letter.