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Remember those days when the Vietnamese visa cost 60 USD and you had to apply in advance?
I remember them very well, in the past four years I have traveled to Vietnam twice and I know how expensive it was. While people from most Western countries could enter to countries like Thailand, Cambodia and Laos without any problem, Vietnam was always a little bit more difficult and backpackers preferred to skip this beautiful place.
Now these days are over and since June 2015 traveling to Vietnam has become way easier. With a visa exception for 23 countries – 6 new since 06/15 – and a visa on arrival for most other countries, Vietnam tourism is booming and in my opinion now is the time to travel to this wonderful country.
In this article, I want to show how the visa regulations have changed and explain what type of visa you might need.
Citizens of these 23 countries are allowed to enter Vietnam for tourism for a period between 15 and 30 days (depending on the country) without a need to apply for a visa.
Source: Vietnam´s Visa
Visa on arrival
Citizens of most countries can get a visa on arrival. You can either obtain a letter of approval to pick up the visa upon arrival at a Vietnamese airport, or apply for a visa at the closest Vietnamese consulate or embassy (you don’t need to be a resident of that country to apply)
– If you plan to arrive by land, you need to obtain a visa beforehand, visa on arrival will not work for land entry.
– If you travel on a cruiseship, you can contact the cruise operator for visa procedures.
If you want to check if you can apply for a visa on arrival, check
The total price for a Visa on Arrival is based on:
Cost of the approval letter (online) + stamping fee (airport)
While the cost of the approval letter depends on which company you use, the stamping fee is regulated by the Vietnamese government. These are the prices for the stamping fee since Nov 2015
Source: Vietnam´s Visa
Once you applied for your visa on arrival you will receive a visa approval letter and with this letter you will be able to get your visa once you arrive in Vietnam.
If you want to get more information about other visa regulations for Vietnam you can check HERE or call the closest embassy.[spider_facebook id=”1″]