Vietnam Visa Requirements for Indian Citizens - Documents, How to Apply & More

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Last Updated : 21 May 2024

Indian Citizens need a valid visa to enter Vietnam. You can apply for a Vietnam e-Visa through the e-Visa system or obtain a visa on arrival at Vietnam's International Airports. The e-Visa for Indian citizens is a single or multiple-entry tourist visa that is valid for up to 90 days.

To obtain a Vietnam visa on arrival, you need a pre-approval letter from the Vietnam Immigration Department before traveling. It is only applicable to tourists entering Vietnam by air (by flight) and cannot be used for entry by land or sea. Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi), Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City), and Danang Airport (Da Nang) are the only airports where visa on arrival facility is available for Indian citizens.

Documents Required for Vietnam e-Visa for Indian Citizens

  • Original passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of travel to Vietnam
  • At least 1 blank page in the original passport
  • Fully filled and signed evisa form (https://www.vfsglobal.com/one-pager/vietnam/india/english/pdf/Vietnam-VAF.pdf)
  • 2 passport size photographs with white background. The size should be 4x6 cm
  • Copy of the front and last page of the passport

Procedure to Apply for Vietnam e-Visa for Indians

Submit the visa application form on the official e-Visa Page - https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/web/guest/khai-thi-thuc-dien-tu/cap-thi-thuc-dien-tu

Once you submit the application, you will receive a registration code. Save this code to check the status of your application.

Vietnam e-Visa for Indians Cost

Vietnam e-Visa fees is:
- USD 25/single-entry electronic visa
- USD50/multiple-entry electronic visa

Vietnam e-Visa Processing Time

Vietnam e-Visa for Indian citizens is generally processed within 3 to 5 working days after the Vietnam Immigration Department receives the application and visa fees.

Make sure to print the eVisa before travelling to Vietnam. It is mandatory to have a physical copy of your eVisa to clear immigrations.

Vietnam Visa on Arrival for Indians

Indian passport holders can get Visa on Arrival  at several Airports in Vietnam. It is valid for a period of 30 days from the date of arrival into the country.

You can apply for Vietnam Visa on Arrival through the official website - https://vietnamvisa.govt.vn/apply-online

When you complete the online application form and pay the processing fees, you will receive an email with your approval letter within 1-2 business days. The copies of your Approval Letter are also forwarded to the checkpoints at Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, or Da Nang International Airport. When you arrive in Vietnam, the immigration officers have your documents ready.

Visa Application Fee: USD 17

FAQs for Vietnamese Visa on Arrival for Indians:

What is the approval letter?

The visa approval letter allows you to enter and exit Vietnam for a limited period of time. With this letter of approval, you can pick up your visa on arrival at one of three international airports in Vietnam. Once created, the approval letter cannot be amended, and in case you wish to change your information, you have to apply for another letter.

What if I change my flight and arrive at a different airport?

The approval letter can be submitted at any of the three international airports. Switching to a different airport does not change anything. You can get your visa on arrival at any airport.

When do you have to pay?

You must pay at the Vietnamese International Airport when you submit your approval letter and get your passport stamped.

What are the cards that are accepted?

Any credit/debit cards are accepted. Cards must be Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.

How much in advance should I apply for an approval letter?

You can apply for an approval letter whenever you wish. However, it is suggested that you apply 1 - 2 months before departure just to ensure that the plan does not change.

What is the procedure to get your visa on arrival stamp at the airport?

Upon arrival at the airport, fill in the sample form and attach your photographs in the area provided. Fill in the correct amount you are paying. This should take around 10-15 minutes. Normally, the entire stamping procedure takes 15-30 minutes. However, sometimes, due to too many arrivals, it may take up to two hours. Ensure you get off the flight and rush to the visa approval desk to finish the process as soon as possible.

Do I have to provide the exact date of arrival?

You do not have to provide an exact date of arrival. However, it is essential to note that you cannot enter the country before the date specified on the letter of recommendation. Also, you must leave the country before that.

Are there any exceptions to this kind of Visa?

The approval letter/ online visa is not valid for overland entry. It is only valid for entry through one of the three international airports. For an overland visa, you must visit an embassy.

What if my passport has expired?

Before applying for a Vietnamese Visa, your passport must have at least six months of validity. So if your passport is going to expire, ensure that you get a new passport before applying or the visa.

How do I receive my visa approval letter?

A PDF version of a color scanned copy of the approval letter is sent to your email address, so do ensure that you have provided the correct email address. 

Can the approval letter request be processed faster?

The approval letter is generally emailed within five business days. However, you may request for it to be processed faster in two ways:
(a) Same-Day Processing - If you submit your application and pay the fee by 12:00 PM Vietnam Time on a working day, you can request that the letter be sent by 6:00 PM.
(b) Next Day Processing -  If you submit your application and pay the fee by 12:00 PM Vietnam Time on a working day, you can request the letter to be sent by 6:00 PM on the next day.
Note that this does not apply for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

This article details the Vietnam Visa procedures for an Indian citizen as thoroughly as possible. To check the status of your application, visit https://www.myvietnamvisa.com/status.html.

This post was published by Sitara Kumbale

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