An easier, safer and quicker alternative to this procedure is the Visa on Arrival facility. In order to apply for Visa on Arrival, you will first
have to get in touch with a travel agent based in Vietnam. You will have to fill up an online application form with details such as your name, address, occupation, the purpose of visit, duration of stay etc. While mentioning the purpose of visit, you will have to choose from options such as business, tourist, and transit. A business Visa offers a validity of one month, three months and a transit Visa offers a validity of fewer than five days.
This procedure requires the applicant to visit the facility several times before the Visa is issued. This becomes a hassle for all those living in far-flung areas and commuting to the embassy location for them is not an easy job. Also, your documents will be forwarded by postal mail, which means there are good chances that you may lose your documents if your package is misplaced or lost in transit.
Usually, online applications are processed in a day or two. Once your online application is processed, you will be issued a letter of approval. This letter of approval can be collected by your travel agent on your behalf and he can have it forwarded to you.
Once you have filled up the form and made the payment, the documents will be submitted for processing. Once the documents are processed, you will be issued a fully stamped Visa. The biggest benefit of applying through the embassy is that you can get hold of a fully stamped Visa before leaving for Vietnam. However, there are certain drawbacks too.
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