The very first thing to notice here is that all South African passport holders need a valid Vietnam visa for their every trip to the country for any purpose, except a direct trip to Phu Quoc island from a foreign country or territory to stay there for no more than 30 days and then leave for a foreign country or territory.
For those who need a visa to Vietnam, please don’t think that its process is a headache. Thanks to the open policy of the Vietnam government to welcome more and more tourists in general and South African passport holders in particular to the country, the process to obtain a Vietnam visa for South Africans have been made much easier with the 2 options for visa application as follows:
- Apply for Visa via the Vietnam embassy; OR
- Apply for Vietnam visa on arrival.
Basically, both options provide a valid visa to Vietnam. However, they differs from each other in the following points.
|Items||Vietnam Embassy Visa||Vietnam Visa on arrival|
|Issuing Authority||Vietnam Embassy in foreign countries||Vietnam Immigration Department|
|How to apply||
||Submit online application form for visa approval letter via a travel agent only.|
|Documents to be submitted||
||No documents required.|
|Fee||Pay once to the embassy. However, the fee may vary from embassy to embassy, so the applicants are highly recommended to contact the embassy for details.||Pay twice. The first (service fee) to be paid online to the travel agent for processing visa approval letter and the second (stamping fee) to be paid in cash at Vietnam airport to get visa stamped. Total cost of a 1-month single entry is around US$45.|
|Where to pick up||Vietnam Embassy||Vietnam arrival airport|
|Applicable travelers||All||Air Travelers only|
Should you need more information about Vietnam visa in South Africa, you can visit https://vietnam-visa.co.za/.