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Legal basis for Vietnam visa on arrival at international airports of Vietnam: Law on entry, exit and residence of foreigner in Vietnam

Vietnam visa on arrival is regulated in the Law on Entry, exit, transit and residence of foreigners in Vietnam 47/21024/QH13 dated 16 June 2014 which come in effect from 1 January 2015 hence it is endorsed by the Vietnamese Government. This is a legitimate process and your visa is issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department. As indicated in the Law on Entry, exit, transit and residence of foreigners in Vietnam, Chapter II, Article 18, foreigners are granted entry at International border gate point under the following conditions:

a) They depart from countries where Vietnamese diplomatic missions and/or Consulates are not available.

b) They must visit many other countries before arriving Vietnam;

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

d) Foreign seafarers on board anchored in Vietnam seaports who require to exit through other border gates;

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

f) They enter Vietnam to give first-aid to seriously ill person, accident victims, to provide rescue for victims of natural disasters and epidemics disaster or other special reasons as the request of the authorities of Vietnam.

Some people wonder if they are eligible to get visa on arrival if they travel Vietnam by themselves?

Actually, once you apply for a visa on arrival through Vietnam visa DEPT., you are engaging in an agreement to use our company service (an international travel agency service). Accordingly, we will submit the documents, including a nominal tour program to the Vietnam Immigration Department for their approval on your entry (the program can be changed later). We may ask you to provide tour programs and make a change if necessary, or we will take full responsibility on the nominal program which is given. Therefore, if you travel Vietnam under programs organized by tour agency or you travel by yourselves, you are always guaranteed to use a program organized by a international travel agency. In the letter of approval, you can see the name of the travel agency on the top of the letter.

For more details about legal basis of Vietnam visa on arrival at international airports, please see below:

Law on Entry, exit, transit and residence of foreigners in Vietnam 47/21024/QH13 dated 16 June 2014: click here


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