US or American passport holders are required a valid visa to enter Vietnam for tourist or business purposes.
Getting visa for entering Vietnam now easy than ever for US or American passport holders. There are 2 ways to get a visa for Vietnam today. We would like to introduce new way to get a visa for Vietnam fast, cheap and easy without visiting and queuing at embassy or consulate of Vietnam in the US – Vietnam visa on arrival at international airports of Vietnam and the old way to get visa for Vietnam at embassy or consulate of Vietnam which is usually consuming time and money.
Vietnam visa on arrival is supported by Vietnam Immigration Office. To get visa on arrival at Vietnam airports, you simply fill online application form at: http://www.vietnamvisaonline.net/apply/ or download vietnam-visa-application-form.doc, complete and send back to us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Provide all information above then click to check out and pay by Paypal or credit cards. Within 24 – 48 hours after the payment, you will receive approval letter (also called pre-approval letter) from Vietnam Immigration Department via email. Print it to show for barding and show on arrival to get visa stamp on your passport at international airport of Vietnam.
Vietnam visa on arrival service will help you get visa for Vietnam fast, cheap and convenience without going and queuing at embassy or consulate. Now you can stay at home or office to fill Vietnam visa form online and get approval letter from Vietnam Immigration Department with support from visa agents in Vietnam.
This video tutorial will show you how to apply for a visa-on-arrival to Vietnam, the process involves quite a few steps that must be completed before you can pick up your visa at Vietnam airport.
In order to get Vietnam visa at embassy or consulate of Vietnam in the US, US residences must going and queuing at the embassy in person to submit your Vietnam visa application form or you may use Vietnam visa service in the US to take care your visa application on your behalf. Please contact embassy or consulate if they accept Vietnam visa application via post. The applicant must submit:
1. Original PASSPORT (which requires at least 01 month validity prior the date of exit from Vietnam and/or 06 month validity to meet airlines’ requirements). You can request for a loose-leaf visa, then a copy of passport (photo and personal detail pages) may be submitted instead of the original passport.
2. Application form: The form must be completed, signed and attached with 01 original photo (2x 2in) . 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.
3. Visa fees must be in the form of MONEY ORDER, or CASHIER’S CHECK, or CERTIFIED CHECK payable to “THE EMBASSY OF VIETNAM.” Applicants applying together may submit combined payment in one money order or certified check. Fee for stamping visa can be checked at Consular Fee. Other current fees (such as visa approval arrangement fee, processing fee, shipping, handling and expedite services) may be checked at: Email: email@example.com Tel: 202 - 861 - 0737. Once visa has been applied, the fee is NOT refundable.
4. A prepaid return envelope, if the applicant requests the visa be returned by mail. Please use USPS - United States Postal Service (prepaid postage stamp envelope or return label bought online at www.usps.com) or prepaid return FedEx label (bought online at www.fedex.com. For your documents’ safety, the Embassy advices to use USPS Express Mail or FedEx with the tracking numbers. In case the package is lost, applicants is fully responsible for the problems that may occur.
Applicants applying together may provide one envelope for visas to be returned to the same address.
Processing Time: Five business days are required to process visa applications with approval. Expedited processing requires one to two business days after the Embassy has received the application (additional fee required).
Note: Please keep the tracking numbers of the envelopes to and from the Embassy. When the above deadlines have passed, use the tracking number to check with the mailing service first. Please do not make telephone inquires on the status of your application (make sure that you keep your passport number for this request) until after the 3rd business day for an expedited case and the 7th business day for a regular case. The Embassy will be closed on Saturday, Sunday, Vietnamese and US holidays 2011. Please take account of the observed holidays in planning for your visa application and travel. In addition, no mail can be delivered at the Embassy during weekends and holidays.
Opening hours: 9:30 – 12:30 Monday through Friday.
Phone: (202) 861- 0737 during 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday .
Fax: (202) 861- 1297 and (202) 861- 0917
866 UN Plaza Suite 435 New York N.Y. 10017 USA
Phone: +1-212-644 0594
Fax: +1-212-644 5732
Source : http://vietnamembassy-usa.org/services/visa-application-process