Electronic Visa vs Visa On Arrival

In order to boost the domestic tourism industry, Vietnam Government has implemented the Vietnam Electronic Visa (E-visa) since Feb 2017. So, what are different between Vietnam Visa On Arrival and Vietnam E-visa?

  • Legitimacy Issue

Both of Vietnam Visa On Arrival and Vietnam E-visa are issued by The Vietnamese Immigration Department.

  • Comparison

Electronic Visa  

 Visa On Arrival      


From US$44 (No additional fee on arrival)   

From $19 + stamp fee for government on arrival

Entry Type

Single entry

Single entry or multiple entries


Tourist or Business

Tourist or Business

Length of Stay

1 month

1 month, 3 months, 6 months or 12 months

Processing time

Normal: 2 business days Urgent: rush in 8 hours

Normal: 2 business days Urgent: 8 hours, 4 hours, 2 hours or 30 minutes

Allowed through

Cat Bi Int Airport, Cam Ranh Int Airport,

Can Tho Int Airport,Da Nang Int Airport,

Noi Bai Int Airport, Phu Bai Int Airport,

Phu Quoc Int Airport, Tan Son Nhat Int Airport,

Bo Y Landport, Cha Lo Landport,

Cau Treo Landport, Huu Nghi Landport,

Ha Tien Landport, Lao Bao Landport,

Lao Cai Landport, Moc Bai Landport,

Mong Cai Landport, Nam Can Landport,

Song Tien Landport, Tinh Bien Landport,

Xa Mat Landport, Da Nang Seaport, Hon Gai Seaport,

Hai Phong Seaport, Nha Trang Seaport,

Quy Nhon Seaport, Ho Chi Minh City Seaport,

Vung Tau Seaport

Noi Bai International Airport (Ha Noi) Tan Son Nhat International Airport ( Ho Chi Minh) Da Nang International Aiport ( Danang)

Legit Nationalities

Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina,

Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, France,

Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong,

Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan,

South Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,

Luxembourg, Macau,  Macedonia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia,

Montenegro, Myanmar (Burma), Nauru, Netherlands,

New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea,

Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia,

Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor-Leste, United Arab Emirates (UAE),

United Kingdom (UK), United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela

All countries

  • How To Apply?

What you need is a computer/ laptop or just a mobile phone connected to the Internet and following simple steps bellow:

Visa On Arrival:

1st: Filling the application form and pay for the Visa fees

2nd: Receiving the Vietnam Visa Approval Letter via email and print it out.

3rd: Using the Approval Letter to get Visa Stamp at Vietnam airport upon arrival.

Electronic Visa:

1st: Filling the application form and pay for the Visa fees

2nd: Sending your passport scan + passport photo to our email at [email protected]

3rd: Receiving the Vietnam Visa Approval Letter via email and print it out.

Finally: Using the Approval Letter to enter Vietnam.

  • Advantages

Visa On Arrival:

    • applying easily and quickly
    • no required document
    • valid for all nationalities
    • multiple entry Visa available
    • Emergency processing (30 minutes) available
    • length of stay up to 1 year
    • can be extended
    • refund guarantee policy

Electronic Visa:

    • applying easily and quickly
    • no more fee upon arrival
    • valid for 28 different ports of entry (airports, seaports and borders)
  • Disadvantages

Visa On Arrival:

    • only valid for 5 international airports: Hanoi, Hochiminh, Danang, Camranh and Phuquoc
    • waiting for Visa Stamp upon arrival

Electronic Visa:

    • only 46 countries are eligible
    • single entry Visa only
    • 1 month staying maximum
    • Non-refundable for stamping fee if applicant will not come
    • visa is non-extendable