If you are a US citizens or US passport holder and wish to travel to Vietnam, you will have to first have to apply for a Vietnamese visa to be able to travel to this country. You should check visa requirements whether you need getting a visa to Vietnam or not? After checking please do the following steps:
- Your passport has at least 6 months expiry date from the arrival date in Vietnam.
- 2 photos 4x6cm available (less than 3months)
- You must prepare some money for Vietnam visa service fees.
- You have to fill in the form of entry and exit.
After completing required steps above, you are 100% sure a visa to enter Vietnam. There are two ways for getting visa to Vietnam for American Citizens in United States of America and Foreigners living in United States of America.
Apply Vietnam visa at the Vietnamese Embassy/Consulate
It is a little bit complicated to apply Vietnam visa from Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in your country. This case requires Vietnamese consulate or embassy that has been established in your residence country.
But this problem may be solved in United States of America, because there is one Vietnamese embassy in Washington DC, two consulate in San Francisco and Houston-Texas. Therefore, apply Vietnam entry visa is easy for American and foreigners who settled in United States of America.
Apply Vietnam Visa Online (Recommended)
Apply Vietnam visa online (or Vietnam visa on arrival at the airport), this is the most popular way today and it will save your time and money so much. Just a few minutes to fill in the form online then you confidently have visa to entry into Vietnam.
Now you have decided type of visa? Let’s move onto How to get Vietnam visa in the United States.
1. Apply visa at embassy/consulate
Requirements: vietnam visa for us citizens
A valid passport: the expiration date should be no earlier than 1 month after your visa expiration date. If you don’t want to provide the origin passport, you may send passport copy to request loose-leaf visa (visa not attached to passport).
Visa application form completed and signed (the form is available at Immigration Department page http://visa.mofa.gov.vn). You can also enter the website of Vietnam Embassy in United States to get the form.
01 passport-sized photograph if you apply for traditional visa and 02 passport photographs for loose-leaf visa request (make sure you have no glasses and hats on)
Prepaid return envelope: is required if you want the passport and visa to be delivered by post. One envelope can be used for more than one applicant.
Fees: is slightly various at each embassy/consulate in different countries. Contact with the embassy at which you apply for the visa to get the quote.
Processing time: 3-5 business days. The expedited processing (1-2 business day) is available for additional cost.
2. Visa on arrival
How to apply? vietnam visa for us citizens
Fill your passport details in the online form and submit it. You will get the Vietnam visa approval letter from Vietnam Immigration Department in 24 to 48 hours by E-mail in PDF or JPG file.
Then you must print this Vietnam visa approval letter and form of entry and exit out. Prepare two photos 4×6 cm, some cash (25USD /person for Vietnam single entry visa, and 50 USD / person for Vietnam multiple entries visa). The fee must be paid by CASH in US Dollars or VN Dong.
If you forgot to bring the cash, the immigration officer will escort you to the ATM to withdraw the money. Be aware of that the officer is not always available to solve your problem so you’d better prepare some cash to avoid any inconvenience
The Second important remark for visa on arrival for Vietnam is that it is only for those traveling to Vietnam by air through any of the 5 international airports in Hanoi, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City.
When you arrive at the airport, you just show all the prepared documents together with your passport for Immigration staff at the “landing visa” counter which is on the left sign at the check in point inside airports. Get their Vietnam visa stamped into passport by the Immigration Officers at the Immigration DeskThat is it! Welcome to Vietnam and have a good time
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