Citizens from the UK are accustomed to relatively hassle-free travel due to the simplified systems associated with many reciprocity agreements. However, British citizens do not qualify for a waiver of the standard 2-step process to enter Vietnam. And the British also require at least one electronic visa to enter this Asian country. The following article goes over some of the basic steps and fees for successfully navigating the Vietnam Visa application.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
WHAT IS A VIETNAM E-VISA?
The Vietnamese electronic visa (e-Visa) is a type of visa that foreigners need to enter this country. This document is issued by the Vietnamese Immigration Department, and it was created to be accepted with an electronic system.
DO BRITISH CITIZENS NEED A VISA TO ENTER VIETNAM?
Yes, it's mandatory. All British citizens need a visa to enter Vietnam. Nevertheless, they can apply for this Vietnamese visa online.
WHAT TYPES OF E-VISAS ARE THERE TO ENTER VIETNAM?
There are two types of visa to British citizens:
- eVisa on Arrival
HOW LONG IS THE VIETNAM E-VISA VALID FOR?
This Vietnamese e-Visa expires 30 days after arrival, so you'll be able to enter the country only for that amount of time.
The last one is the best option if you're in a rush and you need to enter Vietnam with urgency.
What documents do I have to provide to apply?
If you decide to apply online, then you're required to have the following in order to submit your application:
Applicant Photo Passport Personal Details Scan Last Page of Passport (if applicable)
Passport Personal Details Scan
Last Page of Passport (if applicable)
Don't forget that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after arrival date in Vietnam. You also need a Credit or debit card account, or at least one Paypal account to make the fee payments.
HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A VIETNAMESE E-VISA IF I'M FROM THE UK?
One way to get your Vietnamese e-Visa as a UK citizen is to book an official appointment online with the Vietnam Embassy website.
But there's an easier way to obtain this electronic visa. You can apply through iVisa too, which takes just a few minutes to process. Doing this also requires less hustle with the whole bureaucratic environment that has the traditional application process.
To complete the application for this e-Visa with iVisa is quite easy. It has three steps:
With the first step you have to fill in the online application form by providing the following info: the airport of arrival, date of arrival, full name, passport number, date of birth, and your nationality, of course.
With the second step, you proceed to pay the service fee and government fee online with your preferred method. After that, you will receive a validation email for your visa order. We will then process your Vietnam e-Visa and send it to you by email once approved. Keep in mind that this can vary according to the type of visa you choose.
The third step is simply to download the Vietnamese e-Visa and print it out. You need to show this once you arrive in Vietnam.
Click here and start your process. After you are done with this process, you submit your application form and just wait for your visa to arrive via e-mail.
Remember that in case you need some help or assistance to fill your application, iVisa has a support service that you can call 24/7, including holidays.
How Much Does My E-Visa to Enter Vietnam Cost?
This will depend on the type of visa and also how fast you prefer to have it. The sooner you need your visa, the most expensive it will be. That's why is important to mark that iVisa has three options for you according to this principle, and we will show you the prices of each of them with the most requested Vietnamese visa: the Tourist e-Visa.
- Standard Processing: With this particular option you'll have your visa in 5 days as long as you pay USD 45.00.
- Rush Processing: It will only take 4 days, but the price varies to USD 75.00.
- Super Rush Processing: This is the fastest option available for British citizens, that's why it costs USD 105.00, especially because you'll have your visa in only 72 hours.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO APPLY FOR A VIETNAMESE E-VISA?
You'll be ready in less than 20 minutes. You just have to fill in the application form, the rest of the process will be done by iVisa's staff.
Is This Document Acceptable if I Don’t Fly Directly to Vietnam from the UK?
No, this travel document only applies to travelers arriving at a Vietnamese port according to the ones we will show you below. Flying into another point of entry requires different documentation. Please avail yourself of our 24/7 staffing to get all your questions answered, so you are sure to get the correct travel documents.
I Saw A Bad Review About Getting a Vietnamese Visa Approval Letter related to the Visa on Arrival, Why was that?
We strive to provide the ultimate customer experience, and we understand the power bad reviews can have when you are choosing a travel document provider. Some of the fundamental confusion about Vietnam travel documents comes from the 2-part process. We make every effort to ensure customers are aware that the document we issue with the "Visa on Arrival" process is only one-half of the process and that additional steps and fees are necessary once the traveler enters Vietnam. Please peruse our webpage for UK Citizens obtaining Vietnam visas and scroll down to see our detailed explanation of the process.
How Do I Know if the Process Is Secure and I'll get What I Need?
At iVisa, we have chosen to use state-of-the-art methods for safeguarding our customer's data. We understand that there would be no faster way to ruin a vacation than to find out that a web purchase had compromised your financial or personal information.
Which points of entry am I allowed to enter with my e-Visa?
There are some points where you can enter and there are others where you can't. The points permitted with your e-Visa are:
- Cat Bi International Airport (Hai Phong)
- Cam Ranh International Airport (Khanh Hoa)
- Can Tho International Airport
- Da Nang International Airport
- Noi Bai International Airport (Ha Noi)
- Phu Bai International Airport
- Phu Quoc International Airport
- Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City)
- Bo Y Landport
- Cha Lo Landport
- Cau Treo Landport
- Huu Nghi Landport
- Ha Tien Landport
- Lao Bao Landport
- Lao Cai Landport
- Moc Bai Landport
- Moc Bai 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
I need more info about this e-Visa, where do I read more?
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You can also check in this link more info related to Vietnamese e-Visas. As a last resource, you can also talk to one of our [customer service agents] if you prefer something more direct.
The process for obtaining a visa for Vietnam may seem daunting, but at iVisa, we walk you through the process. When you are still on British soil, you can obtain the Vietnamese e-Visa rather than having to go to the Vietnamese embassy. This document qualifies you to fly to Vietnam, and according to what you prefer, you can simply enter with this one or apply to a VOA.
Just remember that with the Vietnamese Visa on Arrival, you just obtain part of the process. The last part is in Vietnam, waiting for your final Vietnamese Government authorization. Fees apply to both parts of the process. Please contact us with any questions or concerns about obtaining permission to visit Vietnam on your British passport.