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Is the Vietnam Visa on Arrival Program Legitimate?

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 - 4:40 AM

Before you take a trip to Vietnam, you probably have many questions, including how much the trip is likely to cost and what cities you plan to visit while you are there. You may also have a lot of questions concerning about the entry requirements when entering Vietnam. Therefore, it is very important to get those questions answered before buying your airline tickets, booking hotel and heading out to the local airport.

There is a number of ways to get the paperwork you need to enter Vietnam for a business trip or vacation. You obviously need a passport to get in the country, and if you have traveled internationally before, you probably already have one. But right now, in Vietnam, a few additional requirements for business and leisure travelers are just being added, and it is necessary to be prepared for those requirements.

In addition to your passport, you need to have a legitimate visa in order to enter Vietnam. There is a couple of ways to get the visa you need, one of them is going to an embassy to get the required document. The problem is that many people do not have easy access to a local embassy, which can make it difficult to acquire the documents you need.

That is why Vietnam allows business travelers and tourists to obtain the entry visa they need when they arrive at the airport in Vietnam. The Vietnam visa on Arrival Program has been approved by the Vietnam Immigration Department, an arm of the Vietnamese government. The fact that this program has been approved by the government of Vietnam shows that it is a legitimate service, not a scam like some unscrupulous travel operators have claimed.

One important thing to keep in mind about the Vietnam visa on Arrival Program is that all paperwork is prepared and verified before the traveler ever leaves his or her home country. The fact that everything has all been completed and in order ahead of time makes it easy for the government officials to process the travel documents after the businessmen or leisure travelers step off the plane.

With the Vietnam visa on Arrival Program, the person traveling simply disembarks from his or her flight, then steps up to a special area of the airport reserved for visa processing. Since all of the paperwork has already been received by the government of Vietnam, there is really nothing much to do on the visa part. The travelers can quickly continue on their way.

Unfortunately, some people have claimed that the Vietnam visa on Arrival Program is not legitimate, and that the approval letters which are being provided to tourists are not real. But seriously, nothing could be further from the truth. Any travel agency or individual who misrepresents the visa on arrival program or produces fake approval letters is subject to criminal sanctions, including a certain amount of jail time. In simple terms, the risk is simply too great for anyone to even try to cheat the system.

It is simply because the same immigration officials that are in charge of the Vietnam visa on Arrival Program are also in charge of managing the airports and enforcing travel restrictions. These officials are really good at their jobs. They not only understand the program but also understand well the people who provide legitimate travel services.

We are not aware of what the embassies and other people have been saying about the Vietnam visa on Arrival Program, the approval letters we provide, or our other services, so we are unable to comment on those specifically. However, we can assure all of our clients and potential clients that our service is legitimate, and we make that all of our travelers get exactly what they pay for. We take our responsibilities seriously, and would never jeopardize our relationship with the clients, or our connection with the government officials in Vietnam.

We will always remain committed to helping our clients get the travel documents they need, under any time that is available to them. The visa requirements imposed by the country of Vietnam can make it difficult for both business and leisure travelers, especially those travelers who live far from an embassy. The Vietnam visa on Arrival Program and the approval letters we provide, will allow the travelers to plan their trips with confidence, knowing that everything will be ready in order when their flights arrive in our wonderful country.

Article 6. "ORDINANCE ON ENTRY, EXIT AND RESIDENCE OF FOREIGNERS IN VIETNAMapproved by THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (No. 24/2000/PL-UBTVQH10 of April 28, 2000)

1. Foreigners applying for entry shall be granted visas at Vietnam’s international border gates in the following cases:

a) They enter for funerals of their relatives, for visits to their seriously ill relatives;

b) They depart from countries where Vietnamese diplomatic missions and/or consulates are not available;

c) They enter for visits under programs organized by international tour enterprises of Vietnam;

d) They enter to provide urgent technical support for programs, projects; to give first-aid to seriously ill persons, accident victims; to provide rescue for victims of natural disasters and epidemics in Vietnam;

 e) For other urgent reasons.

Is Vietnam visa on arrival legitimated or trustworthy ? Please see

Ordinance On Entry, Exit And Residence Of Foreigners In Vietnam. http://moj.gov.vn/vbpq/en/Lists/Vn%20bn%20php%20lut/View_Detail.aspx?ItemID=411

Decree No. 21/2001/ND-CP of May 28, 2001 Detailing the Implementation of the Ordinance on Entry, Exit and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam. http://moj.gov.vn/vbpq/en/Lists/Vn%20bn%20php%20lut/View_Detail.aspx?ItemID=9148

Joint Circular No. 04/2002/TTLT/BCA-BNG of January 29, 2002 Guiding the Implementation of the Decree No. 21/2001/ND-CP of May 28, 2001 Detailing the Implementation of the Ordinance on Entry, Exit and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam. http://moj.gov.vn/vbpq/en/Lists/Vn%20bn%20php%20lut/View_Detail.aspx?ItemID=10333

Circular 190/2012/TT-BTC - Amending and supplementing the circular No.66/2009/TT-BTC, of march 30, 2009 of the ministry of finance stipulating the regime on collection, remittance, management and use of fees on passports, visas and papers on entry, exit, transit and residence in Vietnam. http://www.mof.gov.vn/portal/page/portal/mof_en/ld