What is Vietnam visa on arrival (Vietnam VOA for Indian citizens)?

What is Vietnam visa on arrival (Vietnam VOA for Indian citizens)?

Visa on arrival is one of two ways to obtain a visa for Vietnam in addition to the traditional way of getting a visa at Vietnam Embassy.

With Visa on arrival, the visa applicant is required to submit an online application for a visa approval letter which functions as an official permission allowing you to board the flight and have visa stamped at the arrival airport in Vietnam. This letter is approved and published by Vietnam Immigration Department in Vietnam.

At present, Vietnam Visa on arrival is available at 5 Vietnam international airport: Tan Son Nhat airport (SGN – Ho Chi Minh city), Noi Bai airport (HAN – Ha Noi city), Da Nang airport (DAD – Da Nang city), Cam Ranh airport (CXR – Nha Trang city) and Phu Quoc airport (PQC – Phu Quoc island)

To get visa stamped, you need to submit your Vietnam approval letter together with your passport (at least 6 months validity), 2 passport-sized photos, entry and exit form and stamping fee to Immigration Officers at the airport.

There is a basic difference between visa on arrival and visa at Vietnam embassies. With visa on arrival, the Vietnam Immigration Department will issue a visa approval letter with your name on it stating that you are allowed to enter Vietnam on a specified date. Then, you will have the visa stamped onto your passport at the arrival airport in Vietnam. But for visa applied at the Vietnam embassies, the visa stamp has been on your passport already when they send it back to you.

In summary:

Visa on arrival allows you to enter Vietnam and get Vietnam visa at Vietnam airports

To get Vietnam Visa on arrival, you need to apply online first for the Visa approval letter. You will use this letter for boarding and getting the Visa upon arrival

Indian citizens can apply Vietnam Visa online here and obtain the Visa at Vietnam airport

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