Vietnam visa on arrival – common mistakes

We have listed here a few mistakes that travelers may usually make in order to help you avoid the same things when applying for a visa on arrival to Vietnam.

5 common mistakes with Vietnam visa on arrival
1 – Getting Vietnam visa on arrival right at the arrival airport in Vietnam

Many people think that they can get a visa directly at Vietnam airport without applying online. That is NOT true, you may end up with delaying/canceling your flights or waiting at the airport until the visa is approved or even if you can get board, you can be expelled. Thus, you need to apply for visa on arrival online prior to your trip in order to pick up your visa at the arrival airport in Vietnam.

2 – Visa on arrival at the border

Visa on arrival works for air travel only, it means there is NO on arrival visa for overland/border crossing or sea/water entry. Therefore, in case you DO NOT enter Vietnam by air, we highly recommend you to apply for visa at Vietnam Embassies/Consulates where you are living or staying in advance.

3 – Spelling/Type mistakes

Many applicants fill in the Application form with WRONG details: full name on passport, passport number or date of birth, passport expiration date. Normally, that may not be a big problem, however, in some cases; they will be refused by airlines at the departure airport since the information on your visa approval letter does not match those in your passport. So, make sure you submit everything correctly and carefully.

4 – Visa validity

Many think that the visa validity will start from the date they enter Vietnam, not from the date they submitted, however, it is not. The visa validity will commence from the date of entry printed in your visa approval letter, not from the date you will enter the country. Thus, please make sure that you make a clear plan of when to enter before ordering a visa to Vietnam.

5 – Visa extensions

Many people think that it is easy to extend a visa once they are in Vietnam, however, in fact, it is not that easy, and extending a visa may be a costly and time consuming process. So, if possible, just apply for a 3 month visa in advance instead of a 1 month one to save money on visa extension.

We do believe that what we have written here is not a complete list of mistakes, if you wish to share or add up something, you are welcome at [email protected].

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