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Getting A Vietnam Visa: E-Visa Vs Vietnam Visa on Arrival

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There are several ways to get a Vietnam Visa. You can get the Vietnam VOA (Visa On Arrival), the Vietnam E-Visa or you can overpay for a Vietnam Visa service marketing itself as the official Vietnam Visa. The visa cost should ONLY be $25 USD after all fees and take 5 days to get.

Finding the official website Vietnam EVisa website took some time. The website name sounds and appears “phishy” but I took the time to reference it from multiple sources. Don’t mind the poor quality of the website, I got my official Vietnam E-Visa within a week and only $25 from them

Visa Requirements For Entering Vietnam

No Vietnam Visa Needed If You’re From

CambodiaStaying Less Than 30 Days
DenmarkStaying Less Than 15 Days
FinlandStaying Less Than 15 Days
FranceStaying Less Than 15 Days
GermanyStaying Less Than 15 Days
IndonesiaStaying Less Than 30 Days
ItalyStaying Less Than 15 Days
JapanStaying Less Than 15 Days
LaosStaying Less Than 30 Days
MalaysiaStaying Less Than 30 Days
NorwayStaying Less Than 15 Days
PhilippinesStaying Less Than 21 Days
RussiaStaying Less Than 15 Days
SingaporeStaying Less Than 30 Days
South KoreaStaying Less Than 15 Days
SpainStaying Less Than 15 Days
SwedenStaying Less Than 15 Days
ThailandStaying Less Than 30 Days
United KingdomStaying Less Than 15 Days

Countries That Require A Visa To Enter Vietnam

If you’re country isn’t listed above, you will have to get a Visa to enter Vietnam. Luckily, there are 80 countries that can apply for a Vietnam E-Visa online for only $25USD.

If you’re country is not E-Visa eligible, you’ll have to apply at your local Vietnam embassy/consulate. If you’re looking for some insight from the EU side in German, check out this German Vietnam Visa Guide.

List of Eligible Countries To Apply For E-Visa Vietnam

Andorra Georgia Nauru 
Argentina Germany Netherland 
Armenia Greece New Zealand 
Australia Hungary Norway 
Austria Iceland Palau 
Azerbaijan India Panama 
Belarus Ireland Papua New Guinea 
Belgium Italy Peru 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Japan Philippines 
Brazil Kazakhstan Poland 
Bruney Korea (South) Portugal 
Bulgaria Latvia Qatar 
Canada Liechtenstein Romania 
Chile Lithuania Russia 
China**Luxembourg Samoa 
Colombia MacedoniaSan Marino 
Croatia Malta Serbia 
Cuba Marshall Islands Slovakia 
Cyprus Mexico Slovenia 
Czech Republic Micronesia Federated States of Solomon Islands 
Denmark Moldova Spain 
Estonia Monaco Sweden 
Fiji Mongolia Switzerland 
Finland Montenegro Timor Leste 
France Myanmar United Arab Emirates 
**Including Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR passport holders United Kingdom of Great Britain
and Northern Ireland 
United States of America 
Uruguay 
Vanuatu 
Venezuela 

How To Get The Vietnam Visa Online

  • Go To The Official Vietnam Immigration Website
  • Fill In Your Information Carefully. Please see read the Immigration Shakedown Scam below.
  • After filling out the information on the website, you’ll get an email for a $25 payment. Pay that with a credit card. I wouldn’t trust any website with a debit card.
  • You should be approved within 5 business days
  • Print out your visa and bring it with you to Immigration in Vietnam.
The Vietnam EVisa Approval e-mail looks like this

Vietnam Visa On Arrival: Don’t Get It!

The first time I went to Vietnam I thought the Vietnam Visa for US Citizens was the Vietnam Visa On Arrival! It cost me around $60USD and I went through a third party vendor (I thought it was the official site).

When I landed in Ho Chi Minh City to get my VOA I had to wait for 2 hours at the airport to process my Vietnam visa! I couldn’t relax either, it was hot and loud in the airport and they didn’t give me a number. They just called peoples names by yelling them.

Now let me tell you, I don’t know what my name sounds like when misread with a heavy Vietnamese accent. So I had to stay alert for 2 hours jumping up at anything that sounded like my name.

If your country is not listed as Vietnam e-Visa eligible, I’m sorry and good luck

Vietnam Immigration Shakedown: The Vietnam E-Visa Error Scam!

Be sure to have a printed copy of your Vietnam EVisa and a digital copy on your phone.

SGN Airport Immigration Scam

My friend got the visa and filled out everything properly. The immigration agent at SGN Airport wouldn’t let him in the country stating my friend filled out the Vietnam E-Visa form incorrectly: his date of birth wrong as MM/DD/YY instead of DD/MM/YY. That was a lie. When you fill out t

When you fill out the date of birth on the official e-Visa application, you can’t but the date of birth wrong because you select it on a calendar.

The Situation

Along with my friend, there were several other tourists being hassled at the airport regarding their visa. This was at 1am in Ho Chi Minh airport. Tourists were being charged various visa fees from $20-$200USD depending on how the agents felt. My friend was being charged $150USD. He noticed a German tourist being charged $200USD.

Jin stayed strong and refused to pay along with the German tourist. The immigration agent threatened to send him back to South Korea and Jin agreed to leave Vietnam avoid the shakedown. Bluff called.

How The Scam Works

The immigration officer scammer will try to pull this move later at night when there’s less people coming through the airport and target tourists.

This is an outrageous price for a “fake typo”. The immigration agent will say your passport doesn’t match your Vietnam e-Visa. He will hang on to your print out and not show you the mistake. In this situation, he said the date of birth was wrong.

You will not have cell phone data on your phone when you arrive in Vietnam…even with Google Fi or Verizon.

The scammer will offer to expedite a new Visa for a price. $150 USD in this situation.

How To Avoid The Scam

If you have a digital copy of your visa, you can confirm if there was an issue filling it out. Reason with the immigration officer and tell him you know there’s no mistake. You can get his name and try to report him or leave a bad review on Google Maps for the airport with the officer’s name.

To confirm digitally, you can log in to see your e-visa Vietnam application online by logging in to the airport free wi-fi.

If you did make a mistake on your visa, you can wait at the airport until morning and confirm your visa with different immigration agents. They may be more lenient.

Bluff Called

SGN Airport (Ho Chi Minh) closes at 3:30am. The immigration agents were just about to end their shift since the airport closes. They negotiated with Jin and German tourist again and brought the “new visa” fee down to $75USD. They both agreed and were on their way out of the airport.

Thoughts?

This is definitely a bad way to start a vacation. I probably would have called the immigration agent a liar and waited it out. That or try negotiating a lower bribe. Depends on the situation. But if you’re still looking to have a great vacation, my other post lists tips on how to book the ultimate vacation.

Have you been scammed while traveling like this? If so what did you do and was there any justice?

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