For US-UK Citizens: You need Vietnam E-visa or Visa on Arrival? Pros & Cons

The Vietnamese government has passed through electronic visa  for  tourists from US and UK and other major markets for Vietnam’s tourism sector.  For the full list of eligible nationalities, click here.

E-visa for Vietnam is the updated convenient way to get Vietnam visa compared to traditional method as going to Vietnam Embassy/ Vietnam Consulates. So is it really that superficial, see the table below to see the different of Vietnam visa on arrival and Vietnam E-Visa:

The different of Vietnam visa on arrival and Vietnam E-Visa:

ItemVietnam Visa on ArrivalVietnam E-visa
Issuing authorityVietnam Immigration DepartmentVietnam Immigration Department
BeneficiariesAll travelers to Vietnam by airCitizens of 46 countries in the list (UK, US)
Purpose of visitVacation, business, family/friend visit, and othersVacation Only
Visa validity
  • 1 month single/multiple entry,
  • 3 months single/multiple entry,
  • 6 months multiple entry,
  • 1 year multiple entry
  • 1 month single entry
Visa FeeDepending on visa type, refunded in case your visa application is refusedUS$25, non-refundable in case your visa application is refused
How to get Vietnam visa
  • Go online at and complete the form;
  • Make payment of service fee;
  • Receive the visa approval letter via email;
  • Get visa stamped at Vietnam airport upon arrival by presenting original passport, photos, entry and exit form and stamping fee in cash.
  • Go online to and complete the form and attach it with photos of yourself and your passport page;
  • Make payment of visa fee;
  • You will then be provided with a digital code will be provided with a digital code to check the application progress and print their e-visas once they have been issued.
Processing time2 working days or even quicker to receive the visa approval letter3 working days to know your Vietnam visa application is approved or not
Entry gates5 (international airports in Vietnam, consisting of Noi Bai,Cat Bi, Da Nang, Tan Son Nhat and Cam Ranh)28 (8 international airports, 13 international border gates, and 7 seaports across Vietnam)
WarningsIt may, but just sometimes, take you up to 30 minutes or 1 hour to get visa stamped at Vietnam airport if there are too many people staying there for the same purpose as yours.As this kind of visa is very new, of which some certain airlines or even immigration staff at the airports may have not been aware and therefore may refuse it, you should check with your airlines in advance to avoid this.


Above is a brief comparison between e-visa and visa on arrival for Vietnam. 

For most US UK citizens who are getting a visa to travel in Vietnam, the common concern is that they should apply for e-visa or visa on arrival. It can be considered that each of the two kinds has its own advantages as well as drawbacks. By having more necessary information, you will figure out which kind of visa is best fit in their circumstance.

Vietnam Visa – Pros and cons


Vietnam Visa at Embassy Vietnam Visa on arrival
  1. Visa is already stamped onto original passport before departure to Vietnam
  2. Applicable to travelers to Vietnam by any means of transport
  3. All the cost is paid once at Embassy
  1. No need to send original passport away
  2. Simple online process
  3. Exceptionally convenient for those who are currently living far away from Vietnam Embassy
  4. Receive dedicated support from staffs



Vietnam Visa at EmbassyVietnam Visa on arrival
  1. Requiring original passport
  2. Having to travel to the nearest embassy or send documents by post
  3. Working directly with Vietnam embassies
  4. Various visa fees and procedures at different Vietnam embassies
  1. Waiting in the line in front of Immigration Counter at arrival airports in Vietnam to have visa stamped
  2. Possibly having names of other people on approval letter
  3. Foreigners cannot apply for visa on arrival themselves, the application must go through authorized travel agencies in Vietnam or organizations



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