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What if I change my arrival date for Vietnam visa?

I want to apply for a Vietnam visa on arrival, but now I am not sure about my arrival date? Can I apply with a planned date and then arrive in Vietnam on another date? Thks. Seleagan.

Dear Seleagan,

Be kindly informed that you can apply for a Vietnam visa on arrival with a planned arrival date.

But please note that you are allowed to enter Vietnam later than the arrival date to be granted in your visa approval letter, and an early arrival is not allowed. If you want to arrive in Vietnam earlier than that date, you will need to apply for another visa.

So, we suggest you consider carefully before submitting your visa application.

To apply for a Vietnam visa on arrival with, you can click here.

We wish you a great day,


A bowl of Pho Bo Hanoi -

Hanoi beef noodle soup

Everyone visiting Hanoi will not miss the chance to enjoy a bowl of Phở bò (Beef noodle soup) which is considered one of the unique features of Hanoi.

A bowl of Pho Bo Hanoi -

For a very long time, “Pho bo Hanoi” has become a favorite dish of all Hanoians. They can enjoy it for breakfast, lunch and even dinner. Pho Bo is the traditional dish of the capital city. Good “Pho” consists of a flavorful broth, soft (but not mushy) rice noodles and tender meat.

A bowl of hot “pho” is an essential part of any authentic Hanoi experience.

The foundation of “pho” is its broth. When made with top-notch components and cooked by skilled hands over a period of hours, it’s a heavenly, multilayered marriage of protein (beef or chicken), dried herbs such as star anise and cassia bark, fresh scallions and ginger.

In addition to Pho Bo, Hanoi is also famous for many other specialties such as Cha Ca La Vong (La Vong grilled fish pies) or Com Lang Vong (young sticky rice of Vòng village ). Let take a street food tour of Hanoi and learn about the tastes of Hanoians.

How long to get a Vietnam visa approval letter?

Under normal circumstances, the visa approval letter is processed and delivered to your registered email within two (02) working days (excluding Saturday, Sunday and National Holidays) after you finished your Vietnam visa application and made payment of service fee to

But in urgent need, you can get your visa approval letter within 1 working day or even 4 working hours. In this case, please call us at out 24/7 hotline at +84.946.583.583.

To apply for a visa approval letter know, please click here.

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Can I leave Vietnam after the exit date issued in my visa approval letter?

I applied for a Vietnam visa approval letter and it states my exit date. But, my plan has changed and I need to leave Vietnam latter than that exit date. Can I? If not, what should I do?


Be kindly informed that you cannot leave Vietnam after the exit date granted in your visa approval letter. You if want to leave after that date, you have two ways as following:

  1. Apply for an other visa approval letter which match your itinerary in Vietnam if you haven’t entered Vietnam with that approval letter yet ; OR
  2. Extend your Vietnam visa when you are in Vietnam.

To apply for a new visa approval letter, please click here.

OR, for more information about the Vietnam visa extension service, please access to

Applying for Vietnam visa on arrival

Vietnam visa on arrival and common mistakes upon application

After many years operating in field of visa on arrival, we have found that there are common mistakes that are encountered by many visa applicants. While they are very simple to avoid, sometimes it costs the visa applicants much to fix. But if a little attention is paid, it is very easy for you to avoid such problems, and then avoid normal unnecessary troubles which may cost you more time and expense:

1. Getting a visa on arrival without applying for a visa approval letter online in advance

Many travelers is traveling to Vietnam by air and are sure that their nationalities are supported with Vietnam visa on arrival, and they think that with that kind of visa, they can get their visa directly at the arrival airport in Vietnam without applying for a visa approval letter in advance. But it is not true. They will be refused for boarding if they have not already had a visa or a visa approval letter. They may be ended up with the delaying or cancelling of your flight or you have to search everywhere on the internet to find an online agent to give you a rush visa (of course, it will cost a bigger amount to handle the situation. Therefore, we strongly suggest that you should apply online for your approval letter in advance (at least 2 days in advance) so that you can pick your visa up at one of three main Vietnam international airports (Tan Son Nhat airport – Ho Chi Minh City, Noi Bai airport – Hanoi, Da Nang airport – Danang City).

2. Get visa on arrival at the border

Please keep in mind that visa on arrival is applicable for those who travel to Vietnam by air only. In other words, there will be no visa on arrival for arriving in Vietnam by land or sea. So, please DO NOT apply for this kind of visa if you DO NOT travel to Vietnam by air. If you still apply for one and do not enter Vietnam by air, the travel agent will not refund your service fee. And with the approval letter, you will not be allowed to enter Vietnam at the border. You still have to delay your travel and contact the most convenient Vietnam embassy to apply for a visa.

3. Spelling or Typo mistakes:

Many applicants fill in the visa application form with WRONG details: full name, passport number or date of birth. Normally, no serious problems come from this upon processing your visa approval letter. However, you might get trouble at the departure airport if the information on your approval letter doesn’t match those in your passport. Therefore, entering everything correctly and carefully is the best way because it not only takes you just a little time but also prevents you from getting unexpected problems.

4. Arrival date: Many travelers may think that the visa becomes valid from the date they arrive in Vietnam, not the arrival date they provide in their visa application form. However, it is not true. Please be aware that your visa validity starts from the date you provided earlier, not the actual date you enter Vietnam, and you are allowed to enter Vietnam later that the provided arrival date, but not earlier. So we strongly recommend you make a clear plan about the date you will enter Vietnam before deciding to order a visa for your smooth trip.

5. Visa extension: Many travelers believe that it is easy to extend a visa in Vietnam so they don’t pay much attention to which kind of visa they must choose. For example, if they are not sure about how long they will stay in Vietnam, they can apply for a 1 month visa first, after that they can extend their visa if they have to stay in Vietnam more than that period (as they think extending visa process is simple and fast). However, please note that it is not as easy as you think it is supposed to be. In fact, extending a visa may cost you much expense and time-consuming too. So, if you think you can stay in Vietnam for 1 month or more, please apply for a 3-month visa, it may save your cost and time.

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Vietnam Embassy in Singapore

If you are in Singapore and want to contact the Vietnam Embassy to do your work, you will find yourself very lucky since there is one of such offices in this country.

Following are the contact details of Vietnam Embassy in Singapore:

Embassy of Vietnam in Singapore, Singapore

  • Address: 10 Leedon Park St., SINGAPORE 267887
  • Phone: (65) 64625994
  • Fax: (65) 6462 5936
  • Email: [email protected]

If you are Singaporean citizens or residents and want to obtain a visa to travel to Vietnam, you can do it by either of the following ways:

  1. Contact the Vietnam Embassy in Singapore, OR
  2. Apply online for a visa approval letter and then get visa stamped onto passport upon arrival at Vietnam airports (applicable for air travelers only).

For more information about differences between these two options, please refer to

What if I change my airport for getting Vietnam visa on arrival?

There will be no problem at all.

Vietnam visa approval letter works at three international airports of Vietnam (Noi Bai in Hanoi, Danang in Danang City and Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City). So, after having your visa approval letter in hand, you can enter Vietnam via any of such three airports to get visa stamped with that letter no matter which airport you put in your Vietnam visa application form.

What is Vietnam visa approval letter?

To use visa on arrival to Vietnam, firstly, you need to submit the online application for a letter called “visa approval letter”. It is issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department (belonging to the Vietnam Ministry of Public Security) as an official permission allowing person(s) having name(s) on it to get on flight and have visa stamped onto passport upon arrival at the Vietnam airport. If the travelers decide to use visa on arrival, they cannot get on flight without this approval letter.

Here is the sample of a visa approval letter:



To apply for a visa on arrival now, please click here.

get a vietnam visa from Singapore - Giant rubber duck to HCMC-Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City welcomes the world’s largest rubber duck

In these days, residents of and visitors to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) have had a chance to see the biggest rubber duck in the world. The city has become the 16th destinations in the world tour of the 26m high rubber duck.

get a vietnam visa from Singapore - Giant rubber duck to HCMC-Vietnam

The iconic duck of 600kg heavy is on display at the Ban Nguyet (Crescent) Lake in District 7 for one month starting on April 27.

The giant rubber duck was constructed with more than 200 pieces of PVC (polyvinyl chloride). There is an opening at the back of the body so that architecture/ staff can perform a body check of the rubber duck.

In addition, there is an electric fan in its body so that it can be inflated at any time, in either good or bad weather.

The creator of the giant rubber duck, Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, tried to entertain the world by a tour named “Spreading joy around the world” established in 2007. He aimed to recall everyone’s childhood memories by exhibiting the duck in 14 cities, starting in his own Amsterdam, Netherlands.

It has since been displayed in different cities around the world like Belgium’s Lommel, Japan’s Osaka, Australia’s Sydney and Hong Kong

Hofman once said in an interview that he wanted to remind people around the world of their childhood’s memories with the world exhibition of his work.

Vienam visa from Singapore - First Don Ca Tai Tu Festival

The first “Don ca tai tu” festival

Don Ca Tai Tu (or Southern Amateur music) – the musical art that UNESCO has recognized as intangible cultural heritage has long been become very popular among locals as well as travelers to Southern Vietnam. To appreciate as well as preserve its values, the first national festival of “Don ca tai tu” officially opened in the southern province of Bac Lieu on April 24 with the participations of artists from 21 provinces and cities in the region.

Vienam visa from Singapore - First Don Ca Tai Tu Festival

The festival featured a lot of exciting activities with a highlight of performances of “ Don ca tai tu” which were held on the first day of the festival at the Ho Nam eco-tourism site in Bac Lieu city.

Meanwhile, a tourism and trade fair was held introducing the specialties of regional localities. The host Bac Lieu brought traditional farm products, including rice and seafood, to display at the event, which will run until April 29.

A six-day exhibition on ornamental trees and a food festival are also taking place during the festival.

The national “Don Ca Tai Tu” festival is scheduled to be held triennially across southern provinces in turn.

Known as a musical art that has both scholarly and folk roots, “Don ca tai tu” developed in southern Viet Nam in the late 19th century. The impromptu art honours the creativity and artistry of the performers.

UNESCO recognised the art as intangible cultural heritage on December 5 during the eighth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Influenced by other forms of cultural heritage from the central and southern regions of Viet Nam, such as “nhac le” (ceremonial music) and “hat boi” (classical theatre and folk singing), the music genre was added to the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2012.