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The difference between Vietnam visa on arrival and Vietnam E-visa

Nowadays, getting Vietnam visa is quite easy and convenient. As from 1 February 2017, the travelers coming from 40 countries have 1 additional option to get Vietnam visa called e-visa (electronic visa) besides two current kinds of visa. This is a new system to reduce barriers in visa processing, which is beneficial to the tourists staying in Vietnam no more than 30 days.

Therefore, at the moment, there are up to 3 ways to obtain a Vietnam visa online including:
1. Obtain Vietnam Embassy visa - getting visa stamped at the Vietnam embassy
2. Obtain  Vietnam visa on arrival - getting the visa stamped at the Vietnam airport
3. Obtain Vietnam e-Visa - getting online
In case, you do not want to go to the Vietnam embassy to get the visa stamped, Vietnam visa on arrival or Vietnam e-Visa is highly recommended. You can find the following table which is the brief description of this two kinds as well as the difference between them:
Item Visa on arrival E-visa
Issued by  Vietnam Immigration Department  Vietnam Immigration Department
Beneficiaries  All visitors travel to Vietnam by air  Citizens of 40 eligible countries 
Purpose of visit  Tourist, business or Visit friends/relatives  Tourist only
Visa validity  - 1 month single/multiple entry;
 - 3 months single/multiple entry;
 - 6 months multiple entry;
 - 1 year multiple entry.
 30 days single entry
Visa fee  Depending on visa type and processing time, refunded in case your visa application is refused  US $45, non-refundable in case your visa application is refused
Processing time  2 working days, 1 working day, or even 1-2 hours or 15 minutes  to receive the visa approval letter  Within 3 working days to know if your Vietnam visa application is approved or not
Entry ports  06 international airports in Vietnam including: Hanoi Airport, Hai Phong Airport, Da Nang Airport, Ho Chi Minh Airport, Nha Trang Airport and Phu Quoc Airport.  28 entry gates including 8 international airports, 13 international border gates, and 7 seaports across Vietnam

We do hope those are clear for you and could to help you in making your Vietnam visa application easier and quicker. If you need to apply for a visa for Vietnam right here, right now, kindly click the below button:
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