Nov. 28 – The Vietnamese government has relaxed previous visa application requirements whereby foreigners had to apply at Vietnamese embassies and consulates in their country of origin to obtain single or multiple-entry visas. Now, Vietnam has outsourced the process to a number of select companies who can quickly process visa applications online.
Through such companies, foreigners can be issued single and multi-entry visas with a processing fee payable via PayPal. The online application typically takes 24-48 hours to process, or can be fast tracked in as little as 1 hour. Visa approval letters are then issued to each applicant via E-mail. Upon arrival to Vietnam, with the provision of the visa approval letter, passport, immigration form and two passport-sized photographs, an official visa is stamped into your passport. A visa fee of US$25 (single-entry) or US$50 (multi-entry) must be paid in cash at the airport to Vietnam immigration. One such company offering these services is Vietnam Visa Corp.
Also, under a new ruling from the Vietnamese Ministry of Finance (Circular No. 190/2012/TT-BTC), visa application fees are expected to increase from January 1, 2013. The fee for applying for a single-entry visa will increase from US$25 to US$45, while a 6-month multi-entry visa will increase in cost from US$50 to US$95. These changes will be applicable to all foreign nationals and overseas Vietnamese who are applying for Vietnam visas and temporary residence cards. See the below table for further details.
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