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Vietnam Visa for United States citizens
1. Vietnam visa procedures to United States citizens
To enter Vietnam, you need a valid U.S passport with at least six months validity remaining beyond the date of your arrival and a Vietnamese visa, a visa exemption document, or a written approval letter for a visa upon arrival. You may obtain a visa, or in limited circumstances, a visa exemption document from a Vietnamese embassy or consulate prior to travelling to Vietnam. To obtain a written approval letter, you must contact a travel agency prior to departure for Vietnam. U.S. citizens have reported unscrupulous travel agencies taking advantage of travellers and charging extremely high fees upon landing
A visa to Vietnam can be applied for by mail or in person at the Embassy as early as six months prior to the date of travel. The applicant must submit:
Downloading visa application form in the website of Vietnam embassy in the United States of America: http://visa .mofa.gov.vn
Completed form must be printed out, signed and attached with 1 photo ( passport size 2x2 inches). In case of a loose-leaf-visa request, 01 additional photo must be stapled to the form. If the applicant has already got a visa approval, she/he may write the reference number on the top of the form. For anyone who comes to Vietnam for less than 3 months and does not have visa approval, just leave “visa approval number” blank and the Embassy will take care of it. Additional processing fees for visa approval may be required.
Vietnamese visas are usually valid for a single entry, unless the traveller specifically requests a multiple- entry visa, which may incur additional fees. If you plan to leave Vietnam and re- enter form another country, be sure that your visa is valid for multiple entries into Vietnam. If it is valid for only a single entry, you will have to obtain another visa prior to returning to Vietnam
2. Visa fee
Please be aware that Vietnam has two fees: the visa fee and the visa processing fee. The visa fee are sometimes posted on the Vietnam Embassy’s website, but U.S Embassy and Consulate officials have received reports of processing fees that vary from one applicant to another and from one issuing entity to another
Vietnam visa fee must be in the form of money order, or cashier’s check, or company check payable to embassy of Vietnam.
Even if you have a valid visa, you may be refused entry into Vietnam. Note that Vietnamese immigration regulations require foreigners entering Vietnam to undertake only the activity for which their visas were issued. Travellers who plan to perform volunteer or charitable work should obtain the correct visa classification before traveling to Vietnam. If you change the purpose of your visit after you have received your visa, you must obtain a new visa outside of Vietnam appropriate for your new activities before beginning those activities. Individuals intending to work in Vietnam must first obtain a work permit before applying for their work visa. If you plan to travel from Vietnam to Laos by land, you should request that your visa be affixed to your passport. Lao immigration requires proof that travellers have departed Vietnam, something that can only be shown with an adhesive visa. Vietnamese officials remove detachable visas from passports when travellers depart Vietnam, leaving travellers with no proof of their Vietnam departure. This situation can result in Lao officials requiring the traveller to return to Vietnam.
If your U.S. passport is lost or stolen in Vietnam, you must obtain both a replacement passport and a replacement Vietnamese visa. In the event of an emergency, the U.S. Embassy and Consulate General can issue you a limited validity replacement passport in as little as one day; however, the Vietnamese government requires three to five working days to issue a replacement visa. Unfortunately, neither the U.S. Embassy nor the Consulate General can assist you in expediting the replacement of your Vietnamese visa.