New Zealand passport holders (Kiwis) are required visa for entering to visit Vietnam. Therefore travelers from New Zealand must apply for Vietnam visa at embassy of Vietnam in New Zealand or get approval letter from Vietnam Immigration Department to pick up visa on arrival to get in Vietnam for your trip.
Getting visa at embassy or consulate require visa applicant must queuing at embassy at least 2 times, one for submit visa application and one for getting visa result approved or not. However, Vietnam visa on arrival just require you fill secured Vietnam visa form online and pay online by cards credit or debit for service fee. Within 24 – 48 hours for standard service, they will send approval letter from Vietnam Immigration Department allows you pick up visa on arrival at international airports of Vietnam. Print the approval letter for boarding and show on arrival to get visa stamp on your passport then checking out for visit Vietnam.
What is approval letter for Vietnam visa on arrival ?
The approval letter for visa on arrival (also called pre-approval letter) is the letter approval by Vietnam Immigration Department allow permitted person pick up visa on arrival at international airport of Vietnam. In order to get the approval letter, you must contact with visa agent in Vietnam, who will take care your visa application, following procedure and documents required from Vietnam Immigration Department, send couriers to government office to submit visa application and get approval letter for your visa and get the letter scanned and sent to your email address.
After getting the approval letter for your visa on arrival, please check to make sure all details are correctly : entry and exit date, name, passport number, date of birth, …. Then print it out to show for boarding and show to get visa on arrival Vietnam.
Where to pick up visa on arrival at airport of Vietnam ?
When you landing at international airports of Vietnam, you will see landing visa office (also called visa on arrival office) located in front immigration line, go there to hand in your passport with the approval letter to get visa stamped on your passport. The visa office at the airport work 24/7 to issue the visa but please make sure you have the approval letter in hand.
How much for Vietnam visa on arrival ?
There are 2 fees to Vietnam visa on arrival. Official fee from Vietnam government (also called stamp fee), this fee approved by Vietnam Financial Ministry, based on latest decision valid from 01 Jan 2013, stamp fee visa at the airport is 45USD/pp for single entry visa valid less than 6 months (1 month single entry and 3 month single entry); 65USD/pp for less than 1 month multiple entry visa; 95USD/pp for multiple entry visa with duration of stay from 1 month to 3 month (full 1 month multiple entry and 3 month multiple entry); 135USD/pp for 6 month visa.
A part from official fee (stamp fee) from government, you have to pay for service fee for visa agent in Vietnam who taking care your visa application, following procedure and documents required from Vietnam Immigration Department on your behalf, send couriers to government office to submit your visa application to get approval letter for your visa on arrival, get the approval letter scanned and sent to your email address. Basis service fee is 16USD/pp to get approval letter for 1 month single entry visa, 25USD/pp for 1 month multiple entry visa, 30USD/pp for 3 month single entry visa, 45USD/pp for 3 month multiple entry visa.
Is Vietnam visa on arrival cheap ?
Based on the fee mentioned above, fee to get Vietnam visa on arrival = service fee + stamp fee
1 month single entry visa = 16USD/pp for service fee + 45USD for stamp fee = 61USD/pp in total
Less than 1 month multiple entry visa = 25USD/pp for service fee + 65USD/pp for stamp fee = 90USD/pp in total
Full 1 month multiple entry visa = 25USD/pp for service fee + 95USD/pp for stamp fee = 120USD/pp in total
3 month single entry visa = 30USD/pp for service fee + 45USD/pp for stamp fee = 75USD/pp in total
3 month multiple entry visa = 45USD/pp for service fee + 95USD/pp for stamp fee = 140USD/pp in total
Last but not least for Vietnam visa on arrival is saving your time and money to visiting and queuing at embassy or consulate at least 2 times, for submitting and get result. Just stay at home or office to fill online form, no passport send off to avoid passport get lost.