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Normally, a visa applied at the Vietnam Embassy in abroad will take 3 - 5 days to complete. The applicants have to not only spend much time on queuing in front of the Vietnam Embassy which is tiring and boring but also spend more money on moving toward the embassy or sending off the documents by post. For those who is living far from the Vietnam Embassy, visa application becomes more complicated.

With the Vietnam visa on arrival services, you just stay comfort at home accessing in our entry visa website to submit your visa application online totally, you will be likely to get an instant confirmation from the most dedicated, reliable and professional visa agency to arrange your Vietnam visa approval letter within 36 hours. These online procedures will take a couple of minutes and you can stay in Vietnam up to 3 months, for single or multiple entry, for both leisure or business purposes. If it's not an emergency situation, you should make a choice to apply for normal processing visa to save your money. Otherwise, you can give a request for rush visa to have an approval letter authorized by the Vietnam Immigration Department within 1 - 2 hours guaranteed.

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Near 50% visa stamping fee reduction from 23 November 2015


Decrease Vietnam visa stamping fee from 23, November 2015 under the new Circular 157/2015/TT-BTC on reduction of Vietnam visa fees for foreigners recently issued by the Vietnam Ministry of Finance

The Ministry of Finance has recently issued Circular 157/2015/TT-BTC setting up the regime of collection, remittance and use management of fee for issuance of passports, visas and papers sheet on entry, exit, transit and residence in Vietnam for two subjects including Vietnamese citizens and foreigners as well as overseas Vietnamese.

Starting November 23, the single-entry visa will cost US$25 instead of the current $45, whereas the fee for multiple-entry visas with validity of less than three months will go down from $95 to $50, according to a circular by the Ministry of Finance. Foreigners will still have to pay $95 for the multi-entry visa with validity between three and six months, and $135 for between six months and a year. The fee for a visa valid for between one and two years is $145, and from two to five years, $155.

Visa stamp fee is the amount that you must pay directly to immigration officers at arrival airport for visa stamp. The stamping fee is regulated by the Vietnam Ministry of Finance. Once you complete your visa stamping fee obligation, you will receive an invoice and a visa will be stamped onto your passport.

Stamping fees are to be collected in USD or VND, in cash. Please note that you have credit card with USD, but only VND cash can be withdraw sum of money from your account at ATM station in Vietnam and you have to pay for transaction service fee. Here is the first and very important reason that you should prepare your cash in USD before departure if you don’t want to change from your currency to USD with high exchange rate at the airport or pay for transaction service at ATM.

Visa stamping fee for foreigners changes from 23, November 2015

Visa categories Visa fee
from 23 November
Visa fee
before 23 November
Single entry visa
25 USD 45 USD – 20 USD
Multiple entry visa for 3 months or less
50 USD 95 USD – 45 USD
Upward 3 months to 6 months
95 USD 95 USD 0
Upward 6 months to 1 year
135 USD 135 USD 0
Upward 1 year to 2 years
145 USD 135 USD + 10 USD
Upward 2 years to 5 years
155 USD 135 USD + 20 USD

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Hoi An’s chicken rice

Together with Cao Lau, Hoi An’s chicken rice has now become the signature dish of cuisine culture of Hoi An’s people, which makes ​​up the famous brand in the culinary map for local and foreign tourists when visiting to this cultural world heritage. Chicken rice is a Hoi An’s specialty that you should  enjoy if given the opportunity to visit this place.

Walking through the alleies in Hoi An, tourists will be kept hold of seductive aroma of many delicacies. Plenty of snacks are scattered all over in the corner and the road. There is one thing that many people often transmit to each other that not eating Hoi An’s chicken rice is considered as not really visiting Quang Nam. Maybe this somewhat exaggerated saying stems from hometown pride when it comes to chicken rice – a strong and unforgettable home flavor of Hoi An’s people. However, the fame of Hoi An’s chicken rice is also rated by Lonely Planet – a well-known tourism magazine, as “A tasty dish, it’s something that makes people loving chicken have to give it a try … ”


What makes Hoi An’s chicken rice special features originates the distinction of chicken processing under the “style” of the Central area, ie, shredded chicken is saturatedly squeezed with onion, laksa leaves and spices. Skill of the cook is make the meat taste a little bit fragrant, spicy but not friable and chicken smelling loss.

There is also another way to cook Hoi An’s chicken rice, but people in the area of  Tam Ky – Quang Nam or Da Nang usually processe it in this way. Chicken meat is not only boiled and shredded but also cut into medium pieces, crispy golden fried. The rice in crimson orange color made from the red sweet gourd looks very eye-catching. And in accordance with the Vietnam folk poem ” The chicken clucked, pecked on a lime leaf “, the dish is presented with finely chopped lime leaves. This is similar to “style” of the North, but not makes the plate of chicken rice lose “feature” of the Central with orange-red rice grains cooked in chicken broth, specially flavored with pickled papaya combined with chutney and soy sauce.


Hoi An’s chicken rice is truly a delicious typical dish of the Quang Nam-Da Nang region which sold popularly on the streets. With many famous restuarants such as Ba Bui, Ba Minh, Cika chicken rice in Hoi An or Hong Ngoc and Hai chicken rice in Da Nang, etc,  people come here to enjoy “original” chicken rice with complete shredded chicken, roasted chicken served with onion, leaf lemon, peppermint, pickled papaya. “Hoi An’s chicken rice” will make any picky eater nod to compliment on its flavor.

Interesting experience of eating Hoi An’s chicken rice is that diners can both see a beautifully decorated plate and enjoy every yellow and sleeky rice grain as well as have a chance to sit happily chatting to friends. What a delicious meal! With all the ingenuity and meticulosity in the processing way, Hoi An’s people have created enough unique chicken rice to mark it a special name “Hoi An’s Chicken Rice”.

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How to get a Vietnam visa for Oman passport holders?

From Oman, visitors may apply for Vietnam visa on arrival in just a few hours by submitting visa application online via or get a visa at the Vietnam Embassy in Muscat, Oman in 3 – 5 working days.

Each type of visa application is offering some advantages and disadvantages. Visa on arrival is especially beneficial for those who are living far away from the Vietnamese Embassy; or those who do not want to send off their passport by post; or somebody who are tired of traveling a long distance from time to time and then wait for hours to submit a pile of documents. The other advantages of visa on arrival include faster processing, cost-saving and more efficient payment methods. However, Vietnam visa on arrival is available for air entry only.

Description Visa on arrival Local embassy issued visa
Issued by
Vietnam Immigration Department Vietnam Embassy
Processing time 2 working days (or 2 hours urgent) No information
Processing fee From US$9 (excluding stamp fee) No information
Additional fees
None Postal cost, driving, parking fees
Passport required Not required Required

Apply for Vietnam visa on arrival via

In order to apply for a visa on arrival, you are requested to complete 3 simple steps as follow:

– Firstly, fill in an online application form and make a payment for processing service fee

– Secondly, get a visa approval letter delivered via email within 2 hours (emergency service) or 2 working days (normal service)

– Thirdly, present the original passport, copy of approval letter (in hard copy), 2 photos (at passport sized) and pay the stamping fee to get visa attached on the passport at arrival airport



The citizens of Oman are NOT recommended to apply for visa on arrival since they might be subject to a high service fee (from US$180 – US$225 per visa, excluding stamping fee) to arrange their visa approval letter (more about Vietnam visa exception). If you try to apply for Vietnam visa at the local Vietnam Embassy in Oman or in neighbouring countries but you are denied finally then we are willing to assist. However, there is no guarantee it will be always approved by the Vietnam Immigration Department.
It should be noticed that, below document and information are required to process Vietnam visa on arrival for Omani:
– Your contact in Vietnam;
– Your passport copy;
– Your hotel booking receipt and round trip air ticket.

Learn more how a visa on arrival works

Apply for a Vietnam Embassy visa in Oman

At present, there is no Vietnam Embassy in Oman to issue a visa directly. You will need to apply for a visa on arrival instead or visit the nearest Embassy of Vietnam in neighbouring countries for the help.If you have any further queries, comments or feedback, please kindly call us by +84-912-685-141 or send an email to We are happy to assist you at our best.

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Arrival date changed, is the approval letter valid?


I applied and got the visa approval letter for 1 month single entry visa (from April 17 to May 17). But my plan changed and I will enter Vietnam about 5 days later (April 22). Does this approval letter work? If so, will I have 1 month in Vietnam or I must exit Vietnam by May 17 if I use this letter?


Be kindly informed that there is no problem if you actual entry date is later than the date issued in the approval letter. You are allowed to enter Vietnam 5 days later (April 22) without re-apply visa. However, the letter of approval is valid through 17 May that even you arrive later, your visa will be expired on May 17 as stated in the approval letter.

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How Indian living in Singapore apply for Vietnam visa?

Vietnam immigration policy regulated that all Indian citizens do need a visa to enter Vietnam for leisure or business purposes. From Singapore, Indian applicants may have 2 options to get a visa to Vietnam: getting a visa at the Vietnam Embassy in Singapore or applying for an online visa. Vietnam online visa (known as e-visa or visa on arrival) seems to be the easiest way for Indian citizens to get a visa for Vietnam if they want to avoid the complicated procedures and bureaucracy.

There are about 350,000 overseas Indian citizens who is living in Singapore nowadays. Many of them make a choice to depart for Vietnam from Singapore directly for leisure or business purposes. However, in order to enter Vietnam they are obliged to apply for a Vietnam visa. From Singapore, Indian applicants might choose to visit the Vietnam Embassy to apply for a visa in person as follow:

Embassy of Vietnam in Singapore, Singapore

Address: 10 Leedon Park St., SINGAPORE 267887
Phone: (65) 64625994
Fax: (65) 6462 5936

Office hours: Monday – Friday
Morning: 8.30 AM – 12.00 PM
Afternoon: 2.30 PM – 5.30 PM
Visa hours: Monday – Friday 9.00 AM – 12.00 PM
Normally, Vietnam embassy visa application will take 5 – 7 working days and the Indian applicants must prepare some qualified documents before queuing in font of the embassy to submit their Vietnam visa application, including:
– A valid passport is a passport claiming to have been issued by the applicant’s country which has at least 6 months validity and 2 blank pages for visa stamp
– Entry permit form (which can vary from one Vietnamese Embassy to another)
– Two photos (usually 4 cmx6 cm or 3 cmx4 cm)
– Visa fee
The Indian citizens who plan to travel Vietnam for business purpose then a business visa (3 months validity, single or multiple entry) is required and they need to provide a sponsorship letter by a licensed Vietnamese company. Vietnam visa processed by the Vietnam Embassy has been known as complicated and bureaucracy procedures. The applicants might not only wait for a long time to have their visa stamped on the passport but also spend much money on it. There is another choice that Indian visitors can make to simplify their application procedure, that is Vietnam visa on arrival.

Apply for Vietnam visa on arrival

To apply for a Vietnam visa on arrival, Indian citizens living in Singapore just follow some simple steps:

1. Complete an online application form (which take a few minutes)
2. Conduct a payment online via PayPal or Western Union or bank wire transfer (which take a few minutes to hours)
3. Wait for visa approval letter delivered by email (which can be done within 2 working days for normal processing visa or just 2 hours for emergency processing visa)
4. Get your visa approval letter printed and bring with your passport, 2 photos and stamping fee to board the flight. At arrival airport, an entry and exit form will be required to fill in and a visa will be stamped on the passport.

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Vietnam visa for transit flight in Ho Chi Minh City Airport


I am traveling from the UK to Phnom Penh with a 1 hour stop at HCM Airport Vietnam. Do I need a visa?


No, you don’t have to provide your Vietnam visa if you won’t leave the airport’s connecting counter. However, some airlines may require you to provide Vietnam visa before they allow you to board the flight to Vietnam so it is advised that you contact your airline for further information.


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Vietnam visa threaten to be canceled



Slightly complicated situation but if anyone can help me out and see if my company’s threats are bark or just bite. I just came back on a visa run and got a new 3 month B3 visa which they helped acquire for me. My company is saying that unless I sign a new contract with them (a very unfavorable one) they will inform the authorities and cancel my visa.

Thus my question is:
1. Can my visa actually be revoked/cancelled by my company
2. If it can be, what would my options for staying in Vietnam be? Visa Run? New Visa acquired in Vietnam?




Dear Mzonis,

We suppose that you use your business visa to work in Vietnam without work permit, that’s not allowed. You will have many troubles if your company inform the authorities and you might be deported then.

Your company couldn’t revoke or cancel your visa but you might be accused you of working illegally and that’s really annoying.

We suggest that you had better apply for a work permit as soon as possible and keep out of reach of your old boss and company. If you don’t want to have anything related to them, you can leave Vietnam for Cambodia and return with new 3 months visa. It’s should be noticed that all 3 months visa must be guaranteed by a commercial company or organisation and your current visa is sponsored by them.

When you return to Vietnam from Cambodia, please contact with a visa agency to arrange you another visa without any threat.

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Vietnam visa for volunteers


Hi there,

My partner and I are going to volunteer in Vietnam for a few months in early 2014. We will probably be there for about 3 months but I was wondering what kind of visas we will need to get?

From looking around I have found that we will need a business visa because what we will be doing is technically ‘work’ but other places have told me other wise.

Can anyone please advise what kind of visas we will need?




Dear Maddier,

We believe that being a volunteer you aren’t paid for what you are doing or your income might be from organization outside of Vietnam. In this case, a business visa (3 month single or multiple entry visa) is quite appropriate.

Best regards,


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Flying into Vietnam: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Danang?



You have three popular choices for flying into Vietnam: Saigon, Hanoi, and Da Nang.

Before arriving at one of Vietnam’s three major international airports, you’ll have to have a travel visa already in your passport or a Visa Approval Letter to receive your visa on arrival at the airport. If you arrive without a visa, you will be denied entry into the country.

Should you fly to Saigon or Hanoi?

Obviously, your trip itinerary and plans should be taken into account, however, most people wishing to see the entire country start in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).

For different reasons, flying into Saigon (airport code: SGN) is almost always cheaper than flying into Hanoi (airport code: HAN). In fact, Saigon’s Tan Son Nhat Airport handles approximately 75% of all international traffic in and out of Vietnam. If you intend to see the entire country, consider starting in the south and then applying the difference in flight costs to take the scenic Reunification Express train from Saigon to places of interest in the north, including Hanoi. When leaving Vietnam to fly home, structure your trip so that you can fly out of Saigon.

The cheapest flights to Vietnam typically originate from Bangkok, Singapore, and China. The state-run Vietnam Airlines handles international flights to Australia, Europe and the United States.International flights depart from Terminal 2 at the airport in Saigon.

Vietnam Airlines is a member of the SkyTeam alliance; with a little luck you’ll be rewarded with Delta SkyMiles when flying with them.

Airports in Vietnam

The airports in Saigon and Hanoi are functional and very easy to navigate.

Because the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Saigon is located within the city and cannot be easily expanded, construction on a new international airport is already underway. The new Long Thanh International Airport will be located around 31 miles northeast of Saigon and is expected to start handling flights in 2020.

Vietnam Departure Tax

An international departure tax of US $14 for adults and US $7 for children is levied when you fly out of Vietnam. Some airlines include the tax in the price of your ticket. If the departure tax is not included in your ticket price, you’ll need to go to a counter to pay before you get to your gate.

A very insignificant tax (less than US $1) is added to domestic departures.

Tip: Spend all of your Vietnamese dong before exiting the country. Exchanging dong outside of Vietnam is nearly impossible. The airport in Hanoi does not have money-changing facilities once you pass through the immigration checkpoint.

Getting around Vietnam

Getting around Vietnam has its challenges, however, fares are still surprisingly cheap for the distances covered. Vietnam’s unique shape means that most tourist stops are strung out along the north-south route between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

Aside from the most expensive option of hiring a private driver, you have three primary options for getting around Vietnam: flights, buses, and trains. Foreigners are not allowed to rent or drive cars.

While foreigners can get away with driving scooters in Vietnam without a license, make sure you’ve got what it takes to contend in the famously congested streets of Saigon or Hanoi before renting one. Scooters are a great way to reach the sights in smaller places such as the sand dunes in Mui Ne.



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UK launches priority visa service in Vietnam


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The British Government has decided to cut visa processing time for business, investor and work visa applicants in Hanoi, with a priority visa service which starts on October 1.

The fast-track processing service aims to return visa decisions within three to five working days compared to the standard 15-day service, said Lord David Puttman, the UK Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia at the launch ceremony on September 30.

He said the British Government is working to ensure it has the right services to encourage growth and support those who it wants to attract to the UK.

The new service and other recent enhancements to the UK visa operation in Vietnam, including the opening of a new visa application centre in Ho Chi Minh City this year, provide a more convenient and efficient service for customers and cater for the growing interest from Vietnamese in the UK as a destination for business, investment, work and study.

For the 12 months leading up to June 2013, the number of UK visa applications filed by Vietnamese amounted to some 13,700. Over the past two years, the demand for UK visas in Vietnam increased by 15 percent.

In addition to the new service, a number of UK visa policy changes will come into effect as of October 1 to give greater flexibility to business visitors and tourists and to UK businesses that employ international migrants.

The changes include allowing tourists and business visitors to undertake some study where it is not the main purpose of their visit, expanding the activities a business visitor can undertake in the UK, removing the English language requirement for intra-company transferees, making it easier for graduate entrepreneurs to switch into the skilled worker category, and allowing some students to stay in the UK after their studies to undertake a corporate internship.

“These changes will ensure that the UK continues to attract the very best global talent to work for British businesses, ” said Puttman.

During his working visit to Vietnam, he also visited a photography exhibition themed “Vietnam-UK relations: From the past to the future” that kicked off on September 30 in Hanoi to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the two countries’ bilateral diplomatic relations.

Co-organised by the British Embassy in Hanoi and the Vietnam News Agency, the exhibition, which will last until October 6, displays 100 photographs showcasing the co-operation between Vietnam and the UK.

Source VNA

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