What is Vietnam Visa on Arrival?

Vietnam Visa on Arrival is an online, alternative way of getting a valid visa to Vietnam, in which the applicants will need to get a visa approval letter online beforehand and pick up full visa at Vietnam international airport upon arrival..

Before continuing with how it works, please keep in mind that Vietnam visa on arrival is for those traveling to Vietnam by AIR only.

How to get Vietnam Visa on Arrival?

It is very simple to get a visa on arrival to Vietnam. You do not need to visit any office to get your visa application submitted or your visa issued. Just prepare a device with internet connection and follow 3 simple steps as follows


Submit Application

Take 5 minutes to fill out the form online with minimum required information:

  1. Full name – Exactly as per passport
  2. Gender
  3. Date of birth
  4. Nationality
  5. Passport number
  6. Passport expiry date
  7. Date of arrival
  8. Purpose of visit
  9. Arrival airport


Get Approval Letter Via Email

After 2 working days (normal service), YOU WILL get visa approval letter via email (attached with Vietnamese visa application form)

After that, you need to:

  1. Print out the letter and form to fill out,
  2. Prepare 2 passport-sized photos 4x6cm and cash for stamping fee
  3. Take all with you and show your passport & approval letter to get on board at departure airport


Get Visa Stamped upon Arrival

Upon landing at Vietnam International Airport, head to the Landing VISA (VOA) Counter, present the following:

  1. Your passport, Visa approval letter
  2. 2 Passport-sized photos
  3. Vietnamese visa application form, and
  4. Stamping fee

to the Immigration Officer to get VISA stamped onto your passport

Frequently Asked Questions about Vietnam Visa on Arrival?

As this kind of VOA Vietnam is for those traveling to Vietnam by air only, you only can use it when you are traveling to Vietnam by air.

Yes. There is two very important remarks for all those using Visa On Arrival to Vietnam (or VOA Vietnam).

First of all, unlike visa on arrival to Cambodia or Laos which can be obtained right at the entry border gate by completing a form there, Vietnam visa on arrival requires travelers to obtain a visa approval letter beforehand to get visa stamped at Vietnam arrival airport.

The second important remark for visa on arrival for Vietnam is that it is only for those traveling to Vietnam by air through any of the 5 international airports in Hanoi, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City.

No. You do not need to provide any document to apply online for the Vietnam visa approval letter, you only need to provide your information, including:

  • Your contact details (name, email and possibly phone number);
  • Your travel dates;
  • Applicant’s information (full name, passport number, gender, nationality, date of birth and passport expiry date).

Here is the link to apply for VOA Vietnam and get the visa approval letter: https://booking.vietnam-visa.com/step1.html.

No. When using Vietnam visa on arrival (or VOA Vietnam), you have nothing to work with the Vietnam embassy regarding your visa for Vietnam.

After getting the visa approval letter via email, you only need to print it out together with the attached Vietnamese visa application form (formerly known as Entry and Exit Form) and then get the visa stamped upon arrival at Vietnam airport by showing these forms, original passport, photos and paying for stamping fee there.

It does not matter at all. In case you are still not sure about your travel dates, you can provide planned ones when you fill in online VOA Vietnam application form.

But please be kindly informed that you can enter Vietnam later than your provided arrival date but cannot enter sooner, so, please carefully consider before putting your dates into the form.

It does not matter at all.

As the Visa approval letter (to pick up visa on arrival) works at all 5 international airports of Vietnam (Noi Bai in Hanoi, Cat Bi in Hai Phong, Da Nang in Da Nang, Cam Ranh in Khanh Hoa and Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City), you can switch your arrival among those airports and get the visa stamped without problems.