Visa on arrival will save you at least 20% over getting a same one at embassy.
There will be no consulate fee, time fee as well as no transportation fee to visit the Vietnam embassy. There will be no postage fee as everything is done over email.
There are two kinds of fee for both Visa on arrival (pick up at the airport) and Visa code (pick up at the Embassy): service fee and stamping fee.
The service fee will be paid http://www.vietnamvisaonline.net/
Kinds of visa Service fee/pax (USD)
Visa on arrival/code -1 month single
Visa on arrival/code -1 month multiple
Visa on arrival/code -3 months single
Visa on arrival/code -3 months multiple
NORMAL PROCESSING service fee: GUARANTEED 2-3 working days.
URGENT PROCESSING service fee: GUARANTEED 1 working day (plus 10 USD/pax).
The stamping fee
Visa on arrival: You will pay this stamping fee at the Vietnam airport to get your passport stamped. Your approval letter will be the legal evidence to show the airport Officer that you are allowed to legally enter Vietnam by the Vietnam Immigration Department.
Visa code: You will pay this fee directly at the Vietnam Embassy in your country to get your passport stamped. This fee will be different from country to country.
Kinds of visa on arrival
1 month single
1 month multiple
3 months single
3 months multiple
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