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May, 2023

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 Tourist Vietnam visa for US passports- updated 2023

Tourist Vietnam visa for US passports- updated 2023

By Vietnamvisavoa

If you are an US citizen planning to visit Vietnam, you will need to obtain a Vietnam visa prior to your trip. Fortunately, the process is straightforward and can be done easily online. In this article, we will provide you with all the information you need to know about Vietnam visa requirements and the application process for US citizens.

Vietnam Visa Requirements for USA Citizens
As a citizen of the US, you have 3 options for obtaining a visa to Vietnam: Vietnam E-visa, Vietnam visa on arrival (VOA) and Vietnam visa at Vietnam Embassy in the US.
Let find out which option of Vietnam visa is the suitable one for you!

1. Vietnam E-visa on US passport

A Vietnam E-visa is best suited for USA tourists and business travelers who are planning to visit Vietnam for a short duration. The Vietnam E-visa is valid for a single entry and allows visitors to stay in Vietnam for up to 30 days. A Vietnam e-Visa allows you to enter the country by air, land or sea.
Applying for an e-Visa online is a simple and convenient process that can be done from the comfort of your own home. To apply for an e-Visa, you will need to follow these steps:
1. Visit the official website for Vietnam e-Visa application
2. Fill out the Vietnam E visa application form with your personal information, including your passport details and travel plans.
3. Upload a recent passport-sized photo.
4. Pay the visa fee online using a credit or debit card.
5. Wait for the E-visa to be sent to your email within 3-5 business days.
For an e-Visa, applicants have to pay Vietnam visa once only.
Tourist Vietnam visa for US

Pros and Cons of getting Vietnam evisa

The official fee for Vietnam Evisa is fixed for all nationalities in the Vietnam e-visa list(25USD)
You can apply online for it by yourself or ask a third visa agency to apply on your behalf.
You can enter and exit Vietnam on your Vietnam e visa through 38 international ports (air, sea, and land)
You only can apply for 30 days single-entry.
The fee is non-refundable. If your visa request is refused, you won’t receive your visa fee you paid. 
Can you apply for Vietnam evisa through a third party, a visa agency?
Yes of course. If you want a free-hassle procedure and save up your time from filling up an application online, you can authorize this work to us, Vietnam visa VOA office, we will take care of your Vietnam evisa application from the beginning to final steps of visa and make sure that the whole process is stress free. 
How much a Vietnam evisa for US citizens cost at
When you send your Vietnam evisa application to a service agency, you will pay two fees: visa service fee and government fee. The additional service fee that visa agency charges can be paid to benefit you by: 
+ Assisting you to fill up and complete your visa application online on behalf of you
+ Reviewing and consulting your visa case to make sure that you are eligible and your visa application is approved 
+ Directly dealing with the Immigration Department of Vietnam to submit your visa application and make sure that you will get your e-visa on time without any delay
+ Taking responsibility for any mistakes might occur by visa agencies when submitting your visa application 
+ Ensuring your smooth entry upon arrival with e-visa issued with their services as provided
Furthermore, depend upon how rush you want to get your Vietnam e visa, extra fee for urgent service of Vietnam e visa will be charged. The sooner you want to get Vietnam e visa, the much higher fee you must pay for.
Contact us:

Vietnam Visa VOA

+84.969.255.515 (Whatsapp/Viber/Wechat)

If you wish to expedite your Vietnam e-visa or want an emergency Vietnam e-visa, get further guidance here
Important note when you submit your Vietnam evisa request by yourself on Vietnam Immigration national website:
o It is crucial for applicants to ensure that all the details provided in the visa application form on the Vietnam Immigration Department website are accurate, as even a minor error (one digit or letter wrong) can result in the rejection of the visa or prevent you from boarding your flight at the departure airport.
o To our experience, it is allowed to switch between International airports with an E-visa, but it's recommended to confirm with the airline beforehand. Some airlines will not let you board if the airport in the e-visa does not match your actual arrival airport.
o Switching between land ports or seaports is not permitted. You will have to go through the exact entry checkpoint noted on your e-visa when entering by land or sea. It's essential to arrive early at the departures for any unforeseen circumstances.

Option 2: Vietnam Visa on arrival for USA

This is also an online way to get Vietnam visa. USA passport holders will work with a visa agent in Vietnam to get the visa approval letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department. At the Vietnam international airport, you submit that letter along with Vietnamese visa application form, a portrait photo and pay for the stamping fee to get Vietnam visa stamped on passport.
 Before Covid, this visa option seems to be the fastest and simplest option for obtaining Vietnam visa. However, after Covid, getting Vietnam visa on arrival is no longer a preference as it takes much longer time, normally within 5-7 working days to get Vietnam visa letter approved. Also, service fee of Vietnam visa approval letter become much higher than in the past.
 Right now in 2023, we only recommend this option for those who need to get multiple entry in Vietnam within 30 days and they have sufficient time for processing.
Vietnam visa on arrival is only granted for air travelers. If you travel by land or by sea, you must obtain a Vietnam visa code or get Vietnam visa sticker at Vietnam Embassy in advance. 
Vietnam visa on arrival for US

Apply for Vietnam visa approval letter on US passport at

Applicants submit below documents to Vietnam visa VOA (the required docs could vary among Agencies):
1. Passport copy page
2. Your flight ticket reservation (booking without payment)
3. Hotel reservation (if available)
4. What is your plan in Vietnam (Where are you visiting?)
Fees for Vietnam visa on arrival on US passport
There are two kinds of fees for applicant to cover when you apply for Vietnam visa on arrival:
1. Service fee: 
This type of fee is submitted to the travel agent for helping you grant the Visa Approval Letter by Vietnam Immigration. The fee varies depending on the type of visa, your nationality and the agency you choose.
Currently, Vietnamvisavoa is charging $65 US service fee for Vietnam visa approval letter on US passport on single entry and it is $75 US for multiple entry visa. 
       2. Stamping fee: 
This fee is paid in cash directly at Immigration counter at Vietnam airport when you collect the visa sticker. It is $25 US for single entry visa and $50 US for multiple entries visa.

Option 3: Vietnam Visa at Vietnam Embassy in US

This is the traditional way to get the visa for every countries in general and Vietnam in particular. All the visa procedures and requirements are guided by the officers there.
Here is the information of the official Vietnam Embassy in US:
1. Embassy of Vietnam in Washington DC, United States
Address: 1233, 20th St., NW, Suite 400, Washington DC, 20036, USA
Phone: (1-202) 861 073
Fax: 1-202) 861 0917
Opening hours: 9:30 to 12:30, Monday through Friday.
Phone: (202) 861- 2293, (202) 861- 0694 and (202) 861- 0737 ext. 221, 222, 236, 237 during 10:00 to 12:00 AM and 2:30 to 5:30 PM Monday through Friday
Fax: (202) 861- 1297 and (202) 861- 0917
2. Consulate General of Vietnam in San Francisco, United States
Address: 1700 California St, Suite 430 San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: (1415) 922 1577
Fax: (1415) 922 1848
The visa is stamped on passport before your departure.
You can apply for all types of visa and enter Vietnam through all means (plane, ship, car, etc.)
After Covid, Vietnam Embassy does not grant Vietnam visa by themselves but applicants are required to get a Vietnam visa approval letter granted by Vietnam Immigration Department in advance. Applicants hand in Vietnam visa approval letter along with original passport to Vietnam Embassy in US to get Vietnam visa sticker on the passport. It is so time consuming to follow this process. 
Vietnam visa on US passport

Urgent visa processing for Vietnam visa for USA

It is possible to apply for urgent processing of Vietnam visa for USA citizens. An e-Visa for Vietnam is currently the quickest and simplest option.
However, the processing time on Vietnam e-visa urgent basis may vary depend upon the urgency of your situation. It is recommended to contact the visa service provider directly to discuss your options for urgent visa processing.
Contact Vietnamvisavoa team in emergency cases via hotline (Whatsapp/Viber/Zalo): +84.969.255.515
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Frequent asked questions about Vietnam visa on US passport
o Can a tourist apply for 3 months visa on US passport?
After Covid, applicants just can apply for 30 days single entry on tourism purpose. 
o Is a 12 month multiple entry Vietnam visa available for US?
12 month Vietnam visa on US passport has been suspended since Covid and not yet resumed. 
o Can I extend my Vietnam visa during my stay in Vietnam?
Currently, it is not possible to extend your Vietnam visa during your stay in Vietnam. If you wish to prolong your stay, you must do Vietnam visa run.
o Can I just get Vietnam visa on arrival once I land in Vietnam?
Even though, there is Vietnam visa on arrival, it does not mean that you just get Vietnam visa issued at landing airport. You are required to get Vietnam visa letter in advance. 
o When do I need to show my Vietnam visa, at the departure or till I land in Vietnam?
In order to pass the check in counter at departure airport, you must show a valid Vietnam visa or Vietnam visa approval letter. 
In conclusion, among different options, Vietnam E-visa is a fast, convenient, and cost saving options for US travelers who are planning a short trip to Vietnam. 
Let’s start working on your travel plan to Vietnam now by contacting our dedicated support team: +84.969.255.515 (Whatsapp/Viber/Zalo)


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