For many travelers, visa on arrival has become a convenient way to obtain a valid visa Vietnam. However, unlike visa on arrival to Cambodia or a few other countries which can be used for land border crossing, visa on arrival to Vietnam supports those traveling to Vietnam by air. It means that NO Vietnam Visa on arrival is available for travelers to Vietnam by land border crossing.
What if I cross land border to Vietnam?
In case you travel to Vietnam via land border and need a visa, you have only one option which is to apply for visa at the local Vietnam embassy or embassy of Vietnam in any third country which is convenient for you. It can be that in Thailand, China, or Cambodia which is your destination before Vietnam in case you have enough time there.
Documents to be submitted for Vietnam visa application at embassy:
As the visa procedure and application documents may vary from embassy to embassy, you are highly recommended to directly contact the embassy to which you plans to submit the visa application for details.
However, here are minimum documents that you are requried to provide when applying for visa at Vietnam embassy:
- Original passport (valid for at least 6 months from your arrival date);
- Completed application form in hardcopy (must be downloaded from website of the embassy via which you plan to apply for visa);
- Portrait photo.
To end, please keep in mind that, if you need a visa to Vietnam, in case you enter the country by land border crossing, you need to obtain it at the local embassy of Vietnam, but in case you travel to the country by air, you have another option to obtain Vietnam visa on arrival.