New Update: Vietnam visa requirements for South Africa

Who needs visa to Vietnam?
New Update: Vietnam visa requirements for South Africa

Does South Africa citizens need visa for entering Vietnam or not ? We wish to inform you that South Africa passport holders are required Vietnam visas..

Does South Africa citizens need visa for entering Vietnam or not ? We wish to inform you that South Africa passport holders are required Vietnam visas to enter Vietnam.

Vietnam is one of the most popular tourist destinations. Vietnam is known its pleasant weather and tasty food. As such Vietnam is a small country compared to other nearby countries, like China and India. In all there are three major international airports in Vietnam located in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city and in Da Nang.

I have been to Vietnam many times and every time I landed in Hanoi airport. People in Vietnam are very friendly and don’t saw any negative emotion about the Vietnam war. The economy of Vietnam is very much open to both small and big corporate enterprise. In simple words we can say that Vietnam is a city of complete fun and excitement. If you are not a citizen of Vietnam and it is mandatory for even individual to get a Visa for the same. However, the cost of visa may differ from one country to another. One can get connected with Vietnamese Embassy to know about the exact cost of visa, in addition, they can also opt for the online option as well.

If we talk about South Africa then people from this country also need Visa but their nationality have a benefit that they can opt for a special facility. This facility is visa on arrival (only for people coming by air). South Africans can apply for visa by two means: the first way is to directly visit the Vietnam embassy near you apply for the visa in written, then waiting a week to get their visa. This is the most common means, the second way is to approach for visa through online medium. This is one of the most convenient way because here you can apply for the visa sitting at home and you get the visa in one or maximum two working days. You get an approved letter of visa which you need to show on arrival at the Vietnam airport and immediately you get the visa stamp there.

If you need visa on urgent basis then opting for the online means is the best option you can consider. Let me clear out one very important thing that visa on arrival is not a complete visa, instead, you need to hire an agent you will take the approval on your visa from the VOA i.e. visa on arrival counter. This happens only when you have already landed in Vietnam. This visa will be valid for minimum 30 and maximum 90 days, cost for this visa is just forty five dollars. This amount is very nominal but the amount increases when you go for a visa which is valid for more than 30 days.

Remember that your passport must have a full visa for both single as well as multiple entries. During the visa approval time you will be asked some basic questions related to your nationality and some personal details. This procedure is undertaken to confirm your nationality as well as the authenticity of your passport. Its as simple as that.

How to get Vietnam visa in South Africa?

There are 2 ways for you to get a Vietnam visa:

1. Apply for your Vietnam visa in a Vietnam Embassy / Consulate:

You can come in person to the Vietnam embassy in your country and you will be instructed step by step on how to apply for a Vietnam visa there. By this way, you have to come directly to the Vietnam embassy at least two times. The first time you come there is to submit required documents and the second one coming there is to get your Vietnam visa.

For your convenience, we would like to give you the contact information of the Vietnam embassy in South Africa as below:

Embassy of Vietnam in Pretoria, South Africa

Address: 87 Brooks Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box Hatfield 0028

Telephone: + 27 (0) 12 362 8119

Fax: + 27 (0) 12 362 8115

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2.  Apply online to obtain an approval letter to pick up your Vietnam visa at Vietnam international airports (in case you travel by air to Vietnam) 

Please click here for Vietnam visa inquiry