5 Common Mistakes People Make When Applying for a Visa on Arrival to Vietnam

We have listed the most frequent mistakes our customers have made when applying for a visa on arrival to Vietnam to help you avoid.

  • #1 – You must apply online in advance: Many people think that they can get a visa directly at Vietnam airport without applying online (like other countries in Asia such as Thailand, Cambodia, Laos..ect). That is NOT true, you may end up having to delay/cancel your flights, or waiting at the airport until the visa is approved. You will need to apply online for an approval letter in order to pick up your visa at a Vietnam airport.
  • #2 – You can’t get a visa on arrival at the border: Visa on arrival works for air travel only, meaning there is NO on arrival visa for overland/border crossing or sea/water entry. So, in case you are NOT entering Vietnam by air, just make sure you have the visa in advance.
  • #3 – Spelling/typo mistakes: Many applicants fill in the application form with the WRONG details: incorrect spelling of full name on passport, passport number or date of birth. This will lead to declined entry at the departure airport, as the information on the ‘letter of approval’ does not match what’s in your passport. So, make sure that you enter everything correctly and carefully.
  • #4 – Arrival date: Many people think that the visa validity will start from the date they enter Vietnam, not from the date stated on the visa letter. This is not correct. The visa validity will commence from the date you provide in advance, not from the date you enter the country. So, just make sure that you make a clear plan of when to enter before ordering a visa to Vietnam. For example: the letter says you are allowed to enter and remain in the country for 1 month from September 25th 2018 – this means you must leave the country on or before October 25th 2018 no matter what day you enter the country.
  • #5 – Visa extension: Many people think that it is easy to extend a visa once they are in Vietnam. In reality, it’s not quite that simple. Extending a visa may be a costly and time-consuming process, so, if you know you may have to stay for longer, apply for a three month visa in advance instead of a one month in order to save money on visa extension

We strongly believe that what we have written here is not a complete list of mistakes. If you wish to share/add something, you are welcome to email us at sale@myvietnamvisaonarrival.org.

Vietnamese New Year 2018

Tet Nguyen Dan, or Tet for short, is considered the biggest and most popular festival of the year in Vietnam. Celebrated on the first day of the first month in Lunar Calendar, Tet’s celebration is the longest holiday which may last up to seven to nine days. Vietnamese New Year in 2019 will last from 4 -10 Feb 2019.

How Tet is calculated?

Different from the Gregorian calendar, Lunar Calendar has a fix number of twelve months with 30 days each, and a leap-year will have a whole intercalary month instead of the 29th day of February. The new year of Lunar Calendar normally will start in late January or beginning of February according to Gregorian calendar. That explains why Tet days vary from year to year: it is because the leap month may fall shorter or longer which create a smaller or bigger gap between the two calendars.

When is Tet?

* In 2011, Tet day falls on February 3rd
* In 2012, Tet day falls on January 23rd
* In 2013, Tet is on February 10th
* In 2014, Tet is on January 31st
* In 2015, Tet is on February 19th
* In 2016, Tet is on February 8th (actual holiday from Feb 6-14)
* In 2017, Tet is on January 28th, Rooster
* In 2018, Tet is on February 16th, Dog
* In 2019, Tet is on February 05th, Pig
* In 2020, Tet is on January 25th, Rat

The actual holiday will last 1 day before and about 3-5 days after the day mentioned above.

Year Date Actual Days Holiday Zodiac
2017 Saturday, January 28 26 Jan to 06 Feb Vietnamese Lunar New Year Rooster
2018 Friday, February 16 14 Feb to 20 Feb Vietnamese Lunar New Year Dog
2019 Tuesday, February 5 3 Feb to 10 Feb Vietnamese Lunar New Year Pig

Update 2019: If you plan to visit Vietnam during the Tet Holiday, it is strongly advised that you apply for a visa as soon as possible as the embassy offices may close during the holiday time above.

What is Tet?

Tet is the occasion for Vietnamese to express their respect and remembrance for their ancestors as well as welcoming the New Year with their beloved family members. Moreover, in the past, Tet was essential as it provided one of few long breaks during the agricultural year, which was held between the harvesting of the crops and the sowing of the next ones. To make it easier, one can imagine Tet as a combination of Christmas and New Year: every family will get together to have big meals, decorate Tet trees and eat Tet food but to welcome the new year instead of a religious cause.

How is Tet celebrated?

Since Tet occupies an important role in Vietnamese’s religious beliefs, Vietnamese will begin their preparations well in advance of the upcoming New Year. In an effort to get rid of the bad luck of the old year, people will spend a few days cleaning their homes, polishing every utensil, or even repaint and decorate the house with kumquat tree, branches of peach blossom, and many other colorful flowers. The ancestral altar is especially taken care of, with careful decoration of five kinds of fruits and votive papers, along with many religious rituals. Everybody, especially children, buy new clothes and shoes to wear on the first days of New Year. People also try to pay all their pending debts and resolve all the arguments among colleagues, friends or members of family.

Like other Asian countries, Vietnamese believe that the color of red and yellow will bring good fortune, which may explain why these colors can be seen everywhere in Lunar New Year. People consider what they do on the dawn of Tet will determine their fate for the whole year, hence people always smile and behave as nice as they can in the hope for a better year. Besides, gifts are exchanged between family members and friends and relatives, while children receive lucky money kept in red envelope.

No matter where Tet is celebrated, it must be clarified from the beginning that Tet is not a day, but several days of celebration.

The general process is as follow (all dates quoted in lunar calendar):

Ông Công, Ông Táo Day (Kitchen God day) – December 23rd
Wrapping Chung cake – December 26-28th
Family reunion and Tất niên – December 30th
Giao thừa – New Year’s Eve: including praying sessions to God and Ancestors, Xông đất (First visit to a family in the new year)
First three days of the new year: visit paternal side on the first day, maternal side on the second day and teachers on the third day
Visit relatives, friends and neighbours: can take place from January 3rd – 5th
Hóa vàng – burn the offerings near Tet’s end for ancestors: January 4th
Reopen business: usually owners pick a good date that matches their age
Tết Nguyên Tiêu: January 15th

Food for Tet

The following food is often consumed during Tet; some are particular to Tet and often associated with the grand celebration:

Banh Chung/ Banh Tet
Pickled onions
Boiled chicken
Mung bean pudding
Vietnamese sausage – giò chả
Xôi Gấc – Red Sticky Rice
Roasted nuts and seeds
Read more about Essential Food for Tet holiday

Travelling to Vietnam during Tet

Tet has a very special attached meaning to all Vietnamese. It is the time for everybody to come back to their hometown, gathering with family, visiting relatives and having a good relaxing time after a hard-working year. If you have the opportunity to visit Vietnam during Tet holiday, make sure you join this festive and happy moments of Vietnamese!

How to get to Ban Gioc waterfall ?

Ban Gioc Waterfall is one of Vietnam’s best-known waterfalls, and its image adorns the lobby of many a cheap guesthouse. The falls, fed by the Quay Son River that marks the border with China, are an impressive sight and in a highly scenic location.

A police permit (200,000d for up to 10 people) is required to visit this region but the permit can be purchased at the police station here beside the waterfall. You’ll need to show your passport.

Frequent buses link Cao Bang and the waterfall, a trip of two hours (80,000d, hourly from 5.30am to 6pm).

Boat owners here will punt you on bamboo rafts (100,000d) close enough to the waterfall so you can feel the spray on your hair (bring shampoo!) and skin. Rafts on the Vietnamese side have green canopies, and on the Chinese side canopies are blue. You’re allowed to swim in the large natural pool on the Vietnamese side, but not in the river or close to the main waterfall.

There are numerous souvenir, snack and drink stalls by the cave and waterfall, and the only accommodation in the immediate area is the Saigon Ban Gioc Resort

Vietnam visa guide for Tet holiday 2017

On Vietnamese Tet Holiday 2017 the Vietnam Immigration Department has 7 days off (from 26 January 2017 until the end of 1 February 2017). During these days, all the visa approval process will be stopped except the emergency overtime visa service.

Vietnamese entry visa is required for most foreigners. It allows the visa holders to enter and exit Vietnam at Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hai Phong, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc airports. If the travelers are going to travel Vietnam in January, they are highly recommended to apply for a visa early to skip missing their visa application during Vietnamese traditional Tet Holiday. Below list of thing you should remember for Vietnam visa application during Tet Holiday 2017:

1. Check requirements for Vietnam visa for your passport

There are some nations don’t need a visa for Vietnam for 15 days to 30 days. If you are in the list, you don’t worry about visa process any more:
– Brunei, Myanmar passport holders are exempted from Vietnam visa for 14 days;
– France, Italy, Germany, Spain, UK, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Russia and Finland passport holders are exempted from Vietnam visa for 15 days;
– Philippines passport holders are exempted from Vietnam visa for 21 days;
– Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos passport holders are exempted from Vietnam visa for 30 days.

2. Overtime visa service on Tet holiday

Only emergency visa service available during Tet Holiday if you need to get the visa for the entry from 26 January 2017 until 1 February 2017. Normal service will run again on 2 February 2017.

3. Visa on arrival has the same validity as the one from the embassy

Don’t forget that you are granted a lifebuoy when you travel Vietnam on Tet Holiday while all the Vietnam Embassy is closed. It is Vietnam visa on arrival. There is no point in worrying about its validity as it is the Vietnam Immigration Department, not any travel agents that is able to approve your Vietnam visa on arrival. Accordingly, you will not receive full visa before departure to Vietnam, but the visa approval letter that will allow you to get full visa later at the arrival airport in Vietnam.

4. Please check if you need single or multiple entry

To be sure about the type of your visa is very important. It will help you to save a lot of time and money. In case you are going to fly into Vietnam first and travel Laos or Cambodia then come back to Vietnam for flight home, remember to use multiple entry visa. Otherwise, you will have to apply for a new one when come back to Vietnam on the way home.

5. Don’t forget visa stamping fee

Please remember to bring some cash (25 USD for single entry visa or 50 USD for multiple entry visa) to pay for the stamping fee at the arrival airport in Vietnam. The immigration counter at arrival airport doesn’t accept the payment with credit card or PayPal thus you should prepare some USD in advance.

Getting Vietnam emergency visa on Tet holiday 2014

Finding out a Vietnam visa agency working on Tet holiday 2014 is not easy. However, with our special emergency Vietnam visa service, there is no need to worry about it anymore. We make sure that you won’t miss your trip to Vietnam on these days if you could contact us soon enough.

The Vietnamese New Year Tet holiday is the most important celebration of Vietnamese culture. Celebrated on the first day of the first month in Lunar Calendar, Tet’s celebration is the longest holiday which may last up to 9 days in 2014, from Tuesday, January 28 until Wednesday, February 5 2014. On this occasion of the year, all the Vietnamese government organizations and offices will NOT work and every family will get together to welcome the new year.

For those who travel Vietnam during this holiday should remember to apply for Vietnam visa as soon as possible (it would be perfect if everything complete 1 week before Tet holidays). Vietnam visa arrangement on this occasion is very difficult as far as nobody will work on these days. Almost the online visa agency will stop providing Vietnam visa on arrival service. However, being an experienced local visa agency who has been working in Vietnam visa and immigration business for nearly a decade, we encounter many emergency entry needs which suddenly arise during Tet holiday and it is time you need our help.

With the special emergency Vietnam visa service, we make sure that you won’t miss your trip to Vietnam if you could contact us early enough. We will work at our best to make the visa for you to enter Vietnam successfully, even at weekend or holidays; on working time or non-working time. There are some mistakes with Vietnam visa on arrival during Tet holiday you usually make, criteria includes:

Getting Vietnam visa on arrival directly at arrival airports:

Many people thought that they can get Vietnam visa on arrival directly at arrival airport without any preparation. That is a serious mistake. Vietnam visa will be stamped on your passport at arrival airports only if you are approved by the Vietnam Immigration Department beforehand with a visa approval letter. The visa approval letter will be arranged by a Vietnam visa agency and you could make an online visa application very easy.

Vietnam Immigration Department still works on Tet holiday:

As stated above, all the government organizations will have 9 days off. During these 9 days, there is not any normal Vietnam visa processing will be expedited but the special emergency one.
What about the Vietnam Embassy, do they work on these days? No, they don’t. Like the Vietnam Immigration Department, they will have 9 days off too. All the visa application will be postponed to 5 Feb 2014 to process. For the detail working time, you should contact with the nearest Vietnam Embassy or Consulate.

Getting Vietnam visa at border gates on land:

Vietnam visa on arrival is available for air entry only. It means that there is NO visa on arrival accepted at the border gates on land. In case you don’t enter Vietnam by air, you should apply for Vietnam visa 1-2 weeks before Tet holiday.

Pay the stamping fee with credit cards:

The stamping fee which you pay to the Vietnam Immigration Counter at checkpoint must be in cash (USD or VND). It’s absolutely vital that you have a processing fee on you as far as there is no ATM, money changer or any other way to withdraw money in the immigration hall.

Couldn’t get visa stamped on Tet holiday or at night:

It is not true. There are Vietnam Immigration Officers available at arrival airport to handle your Vietnam visa 24/7. Anytime you arrive in Vietnam with a valid visa approval letter you will be welcomed and get a visa stamped on the passport within 15 to 30 minutes, even in the New Year Eve midnight.

What are the requirements for Vietnam visa on arrival on Tet holiday? As normal Vietnam visa on arrival, you don’t have to provide any documents to the Vietnam visa agency to get your visa approval letter. You just need to prepare a valid passport, which is 6 months validity beyond the arrival date with 2 blank pages for visa stamp. Besides, there are 2 recent passport size photos in color, front view and with a plain background are required. Some stamping fee in cash (USD or VND) should be prepared in advance.

Vietnam visa on arrival on Tet holiday will be available for tourist visa (C1) and business visa (B3). It means that you can apply for both Vietnam tourist visa for 1 month stay or business visa for 3 months stay on this occasion. Once you make an online application (make sure that you select the kind of service “Holidays, Saturday or Sunday processing”), you are requested to fill in with the required information like full name, gender, date of birth, nationality and passport number. The emergency visa approval letter will be normally ready within a few hours on to send you via email. The rates for visa applications with its arrival date from January 28th, 2014 through February 5th, 2014 will be charged as non-working time processing (Holiday, Saturday and Sunday service). Other applications made during these days but the arrival dates after February 6th, 2014 will be charged with normal rates (36 hours to 48 hours service).

Free hassle Vietnam visa on arrival for Egyptian citizens

Now it is no longer a problem for Egyptian in getting Vietnam visa with our Vietnam visa on arrival service. Any Egyptian tourist or businessman can apply for visa on arrival without providing any paperwork. Visa on arrival enables Egyptian travelers to get visa at 1 of 3 international airports in Vietnam (Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City). It is indeed one of the most convenient ways that they can get a visa to Vietnam.

According to the Vietnam immigration policy, all Egyptian citizens are required Vietnam visa for tourist or business purposes. However, Egypt, known officially as the Arab Republic of Egypt, is located in North Africa and Southwest Asia whose citizens have often got a problem with Vietnam visa approval. Normally, they are requested to provide a letter of guarantee from a Vietnamese company or organization when applying for a visa. This is really annoying for Egyptian citizens and many of them cancel their trip at the last minutes just because of visa barrier.

Now it is no longer a problem for Egyptian travelers in getting Vietnam visa with our Vietnam visa on arrival service. Any Egyptian tourist or businessman can apply for visa on arrival without providing any paperwork. Visa on arrival enables Egyptian travelers to get visa at 1 of 3 international airports in Vietnam (Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City). It is indeed one of the most convenient ways that they can get a visa to Vietnam.

Vietnam visa on arrival not only free the Egyptian tourist from embassy chasing down but also saves them a lot of money. They just need to follow some simple steps below to complete their online visa application:

STEP 1: Fill out the secure online visa form:

Get started by filling in the secure Vietnam visa application form with correct details as it appears on the passport.

STEP 2: Confirm and make online payment for the service fee:

– Double check with your current passport to make sure the information in Vietnam visa application online is correct.

– Make a payment for the visa service (we accept the online payment by credit cards via PayPal, through Western Union or bank wring transfer).

STEP 3: Receive visa approval letter and get visa stamped at arrival airport:

– After 2 working days (normal processing), 1 working day (urgent processing) or in 4 or 2 hours (emergency processing) we will complete the visa approval letter to send you via email

– You then print out the letter (colour is preferred but not required) and prepare 2 passport-sized photos + stamping fee in cash

– Upon arrival airport in Vietnam (at 1 of 3 international airports in Hanoi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City), you submit the printed visa approval letter, original passport and 2 passport-sized photos, fill out an entry and exit form (should do in advanced to save your time at arrival airport), and pay for the stamp fee (US$45 for 1 month single entry visa, US$65 for 29 days multiple entry visa and US$95 for 3 month multiple entry visa) to the Vietnam Immigration Officer, you will get your Vietnam entry visa stamped within couple of minutes.

Through our wonderful online visa application, the Egyptian citizens can get a Vietnam visa from anywhere with an internet connected computer or wifi enabled smart phone. It is really a hassle free process and there is no doubt that visa on arrival will be the first option for Egyptian travelers going to Vietnam.

Don’t waste your time going after the complicated procedures. If you have any further queries, comments or feedback, please kindly call us the number +84-904-879-729 or send an email to entryvietnamvisabooking@gmail.com. We are happy to assist you at our best.

How to get a private Vietnam visa on arrival?

Basically, this is our free extra service put into use since 2013 aiming to secure our customer’s privacy. The service make sure your passport details is safe and not shared to others. In fact, your personal information (full name, nationality, passport number and arrival airport) can be revealed in a shared approval letter and people can easily make the search through Google or Yahoo or other search engines to learn about you but with our private visa service, it is no longer your concern…

EntryVietnamVisa.com is one of the first and the only website providing special secured Private Vietnam visa on arrival in separated approval letter issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department.

Why use private Vietnam visa on arrival?

Normally, visa agencies and the Vietnam Immigration Department process several orders at the same time. It is common to get like 15-30 applicants on the same approval letter. It depends of course on when you made the order. In high seasons, you will find many other applicants on your visa-approval letter. You will then share full name, passport numbers, date of birth, nationality, entry date and visa type.

You don’t need to worry, this is a normal process. BUT we do understand the need for privacy and to protect your information. In some countries the passport numbers are almost the same as the personal number. This is why we have launched the private Vietnam visa. For users who wish to keep their passport details private, we offer this service. We make sure customers information is protected through the whole process. Until recently, separate processing is only available at the embassies.

The difference between private and shared visa approval letter

Sample of a private visa approval letter, which is an unique name appears in an issued document:

A shared visa approval letter with a dozen of stranger names:

How to apply for a private Vietnam visa on arrival?

When you apply for a Vietnam visa via e-Vietnamvisa.com, you are guaranteed to get a private approval letter. You don’t need to do any special things or pay any extra fees for this special service, just apply for Vietnam visa as follow:

Step 1: Fill out the online application form

Go online application form to fill in with required information and check it carefully before submitting to make sure everything correct as it appears in your passport.

Step 2: Conduct a payment as the guidance

The payment can be made by PayPal, Western Union or via bank wire transfer. Upon payment completion, you will get a confirmation from our booking system.

Step 3: Get a private visa approval letter

After 2 working days (normal processing) or 1 working day (urgent processing) you will get a private visa approval letter delivered via email. You just need to print out the letter, prepare 2 passport sized photos, your valid passport and some USD for stamping fee. An entry and exit form is required to fill in advance to save your time at arrival airport.

Step 4: Get your visa stamped

Take all above mentioned documents in step 3 to board your flight to Vietnam. At arrival airport check point, you will present these documents, pay the stamping fee and get a visa stamped onto your passport.

If you have any further queries, comments or feedback, please kindly call us by +84-904-879-729 or send an email to entryvietnamvisabooking@gmail.com. We are happy to assist you at our best.

How to find the right Vietnam visa agency?

Finding out the trustworthy Vietnam visa agency takes you time and effort. However, it will be very simple to get the right answer if you follow the guidance below…

The Vietnam Immigration Counter at arrival airport will accept all the approval letter issued by the Department of Vietnam Immigration (DVI) for visa on arrival. Basically, Department of Vietnam Immigration is only governmental organization can issue the letter of approval for foreigners wishing to enter Vietnam. However, if you do not feel confident in making an application online, or if your case is complex, you may want to engage a reliable Vietnam visa and migration agency to help you in your dealings with the department. Here below are some advices:

Ask your friends or colleagues

Your friends who have been to Vietnam will be a good counselor for you to find the right Vietnam visa agency.

Find the help from travel forums

There are some travel forums like www.tripadvisor.com or www.lonelyplanet.com which gather many travellers from all over the world who experienced in visiting Vietnam sometimes. You can open a thread in these forums asking about the experiences in getting Vietnam visa and you will find the right answer.

Read the comments about the visa agency carefully

Before making a visa application with a local agency, you should make a search for the reviews or comments on their service carefully. The visa agency could hardly hide their fraudulent business nowadays since their customers may give feedbacks instantly via internet. Some comments are good and reliable, some are just for criticized purposes but you are the one who make of your mind finally.

Pay the visa fee with PayPal

Paying with PayPal, your application and transaction are guaranteed by a trustworthy payment method. You can make a dispute as soon as getting an unqualified service and your money will be refunded.

Try to help other people with your reviews

Sharing your experiences in getting Vietnam visa to those who first time travel to Vietnam will be appreciated. Try to help other people like you have been helped.

Finally, if you are looking for a qualified candidate who you can trust then www.entryvietnamvisa.com will be your right choice. Being one of the reliable authorized Vietnam visa agency who work with the Department of Vietnam Immigration directly to arrange your visa, they build their reputation from a well known hardworking and dedicated attitude.

Urgent Vietnam visa application on working days or holidays

What would you do when you go to airport to take the flight to Vietnam and you suddenly find out that there is no visa in hand and the airlines authority man won’t let you board your flight?

We called it emergency visa since it has been arranged in very short time, in working hours or in non-working hours. When a rush Vietnam visa need raises, you are pleased to contact us via email sale@myvietnamvisaonarrival.org or call us +84 904 879729  as soon as possible. An urgent visa processing will be done online totally (applying, making payment and receiving an approval letter) and the most important thing is that you should be able to be online when we send you the letter right away to enable you to board the flight into Vietnam and the email you provided must be exactly and usable.

Basically, you must have a valid visa to enter Vietnam except you are citizenship of Vietnam visa exempted countries. Due to some reasons, you do not/ can not get your visa to Vietnam when you are getting stuck at departure airport. Obviously you do need help. The easiest and perhaps, the unique way now is to apply for Vietnam visa on arrival (learn more about Vietnam visa on arrival). What you need is an approval letter issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department and you just simply print it out, take it to board your incoming flight and pay visa stamping fee locally to the Immigration Counter when you land on Vietnam (the stamping fee will depend on what type of visa you would like to have).

Being an professional and the most experienced visa agent in Vietnam, we are assured that your rush visa can be arranged within 8 hours, 4 hours or even 2 hours, in business day or at weekend or Vietnamese public holidays. In this case, cost varies on the level of emergency, type of visa and time of making application (Saturday, Sunday, holidays or on business day) but it is somewhere from US$10 to US$60 per person (on working days) and US$152 per person (on Saturday, Sunday or holidays). Learn more about Vietnam visa fee

We normally do not want you, as our valued customers, to spend much money on this. We would suggest you to change your flight then we will have more time to process your visa at normal processing level and of course, much money will be saved. In the case where you are in urgent business and/or cannot delay the arrival then we will be ready to help. Please contact us as soon as possible and we will support 24 hours thus, this might be useful for you.

We know you are in hurry and we will work at the highest concentration, make full use of every minutes to help you not miss this flight.

For further information on Vietnam visa, please contact sale@myvietnamvisaonarrival.org or hotline (84) 904 879 729