There are various reasons why you may want to travel to Vietnam. With its fascinating history, incredible landscapes and hospitable culture, more people are travelling to Vietnam for work, business or leisure. However, once you have plans to go to Vietnam, it is important to ensure you are able to get the right visa to enter the country legally and avoid any problems that may arise.
There are different types of visas available, these may vary depending on the purpose of travel, length of stay and other requirements that may need to be met. Among the various types of visas, the most common are:
A business visa (DN) is granted to those persons wishing to enter Vietnam for the purpose of conducting business. The term ‘business purposes’ includes (but is not limited to) attending meetings or consultations, signing of commercial contracts and attending conferences or conventions. The period of time granted for a business visa varies from 1 month to 1 year, with both single entry and multiple entry available.
There are certain countries from which the citizens of those countries are permitted to enter Vietnam, for a certain period of time, without obtaining a visa. Citizens from all other countries are required to obtain a business visa to carry out any business activities in Vietnam. The requirements for a business visa are:
There are 2 ways a business visa can be obtained:
The processing time of business visa is dependent on the method chosen. For an online application it takes 5 – 7 working days for the application letter to be received. An urgent application can also be made, at an extra cost, in which case the letter will be received within 2 – 3 working days. An application that is made through a local embassy or consulate may vary in processing time dependent on that particular embassy.
In order to work in Vietnam legally you are required to obtain a work visa (LD visa). The Vietnam work visa is valid for a period of 1 year (maximum) and the validity of the work visa is to correspond with the work permit (a work permit differs from a visa and is very important in a work visa application). A work visa would need to be obtained by the following persons:
The company based in Vietnam is to act as a guarantor and therefore should assist in obtaining the visa. These are the requirements to apply for a work visa:
Once all the relevant documents have been collected, the following steps should be taken:
The Vietnam Immigration Department usually takes 5 working days from the time all the required documents are received.
A Vietnam tourist visa (DL visa) is the visa obtained for purposes of tourism and leisure. The validity of this kind of visa ranges from 15 days to 3 months. You can apply for a single or multiple entry visa, depending on your travel itinerary, and it can be extended or renewed (only once) after arrival in Vietnam.
The following requirements have to be met in order to obtain a tourist visa for Vietnam:
Note: a tourist visa for Vietnam is not required for citizens of certain countries, for a particular duration of stay, as those countries have visa waiver arrangements with Vietnam.
Currently, these are the available tourist visas for Vietnam:
a) Visa on arrival:
The processing time for the approval letter is usually within 2 days, however in urgent situations it can be processed within 4 hours or 2 hours, for a higher fee.
b) Visa at the embassy:
The general processing time for a visa from an embassy is around 5 working days, however there may be additional time if you request that your passport be delivered by mail.
There are numerous other visas available including visas for journalists, dependents, family visits and conferences, amongst others.
A student visa is provided to those who wish to attend university or do a university course in Vietnam. This type of visa is usually arranged after you enter Vietnam. The individual would usually enter Vietnam on a tourist visa and then apply to change status at an immigration office after enrolling or registering for the course.
A diplomatic visa is granted to high ranking government officials or members of a visiting delegation. This visa is also granted to consulate personnel who are appointed to work in Vietnam and those appointed to assist them.
Unless there has been another arrangement made between the Vietnam government and the home country of the applicant, there is generally no fee for a diplomatic visa. A diplomatic visa is valid for a period of 1 year.
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