To receive a Vietnamese visa on arrival (VOA), one must first obtain an approval letter from the Vietnamese authorities. Vietnam Bike Tours® can help you to obtain this!
What is an approval letter?
An approval letter entitles an individual to apply for a visa upon arrival (VOA). It essentially acts as a travel invitation from the government, outlining the exact dates a person may travel or work in Vietnam.
How is a VOA processed?
In three easy steps!
Step 1 – Applicant sends the following details to Vietnam Bike Tours®
Date of Birth:
Passport Expiry Date: (must valid at least 6 months)
Type of Visa Desired: (single or multi-entry)
Port of Arrival:
*We recommend that you include a copy of your passport
Step 2 – Vietnam Bike Tours® obtains the visa approval letter
Our office will scan the approval letter and send to you by e-mail. You’ll need to bring this pre-approved letter and two (2) passport photos (size 4x6cm) to the landing visa desk upon arrival in Vietnam. See next step
Step 3 – Applicant obtains visa on arrival
In order to fly to Vietnam, you must demonstrate that you have a visa approval code (it’s on the visa approval letter). The clerk at the airline check-in counter will confirm this. Upon arrival, you will need to go to the "Landing Visa" counter; your visa will be processed there. You’ll be asked to fill out an additional form, which you’ll turn in along with your visa approval letter and two (2) passport photos. An immigration officer will then approve your request, stamp your new visa, and charge you accordingly.
Payment & term:
-Services fee = in advance for agent = US$ 20 per person (free of charge from 1st July 2016 for single entry only)
You can obtain a visa in your own country or a visa approval letter before arrival to obtain it at the airport. Before you travel, check your passport to ensure that there is room for a visa and entry/exit stamps (at least three pages) and that it has at least six months validity remaining.
Visa-on-Arrival Fees to be Reduced in November, 2015 for Airport Arrivals
Vietnam will cut visa fees for a number of international passport holders and overseas Vietnamese.
As of November 23, 2015 there will be changes to Vietnam visa fees. The single–entry visa will cost US25 instead of the current $45, and multiple–entry visas with validity of less than three months will cost $50 reduced from $95.
For multi–entry visa with validity between three and six months the cost will remain at $95, and $135 for validities between six months and one year. The fee for a visa valid for between one and two years is $145, and from two to five years, $155.
If foreigners enter Vietnam and continue traveling to Laos and Cambodia, then return to Vietnam for onward travel, the visa fee is $5 instead of $45 as currently charged.
Vietnam currently applies a one–sided free–visa policy to eight countries, including Japan, South Korea, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, and Belarus. In addition, Vietnam also has a visa–free policy for nine Southeast Asian countries, including Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and the Philippines.
In July, Vietnam started waiving visas for five European countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the UK.