Visa Approval Letter – Full Update in 2022

Last update: 09/09/2022

What is the visa approval letter?

Vietnam visa approval letter (also known as pre-visa approval letter) is a mandatory document which is issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department (under Vietnam Ministry of Public Security) to foreign travelers through a local visa agent. With the visa approval letter, its holder is given an official permission to get on board and have Vietnam visa stamped onto the passport at Vietnam international airport.

What does visa approval letter look like

A visa approval letter presents in both Vietnamese and English with the following details

⋅ Statement on permitting its holder(s) to enter Vietnam and pick up a visa stamp on their passport

⋅ Details of those allowed to enter Vietnam including full name, passport number, date of birth, nationality and duration of stay

Now, just have a look at the sample of visa approval letter for Vietnam

How to get a pre-approval letter for Vietnam visa

In order to get a visa approval letter with for tourist or business purpose, you are advised to follow some simple steps:

  1. Fill out an online visa application containing the information: full name, nationality, date of birth, gender, passport number, passport expired date, visa type, expected entry and exit date, arrival airport and the purpose of Vietnam entry.  
  2. Make payment online with credit/debit card or bank transfer
  3. Receive your visa approval letter delivered to your email

Who need a visa approval letter?

Vietnam visa approval letter is considered as a great advantage for those who wish to get Vietnam visa in an easy and convenient way. The following cases will likely to enjoy the most benefit from obtaining a visa approval letter

⋅ Travelers departure from the country where there is no Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate 

⋅ Those who are do not have enough time to apply visa at the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate

⋅ Foreigners who are not on the list of countries eligible for Vietnam E-visa or Visa Exemption

⋅ Visa approval letter is the best option for citizens from the Middle East and Africa. 

How much does a visa approval letter cost

The cost of a visa approval letter varies according to the type of visa, the processing time and the number of applicants for the visa approval letter.

The fee is normally paid online via different payment platforms provided by a visa agency. 

How long does it take to get visa letter

The processing time of the letter depends on the type of visa, applicant’s nationality and how fast you need. Here is the processing time for tourist and business visa

⋅ Tourist visa letter: it takes 2 working days for normal service or 1 working day/4 hour working hours for urgent/super urgent service. 

⋅ Business visa letter: it takes 7 working days for normal service or 2-3 working days for urgent/super urgent service

⋅ For some special nationalities, the processing time of tourist visa letter takes from 5 to 7 working days for normal service and no urgent or super urgent service is applied to them.

Where is visa approval letter accepted?

The Vietnam visa approval letter is only accepted at one of 9 International Airports of Vietnam including

⋅ Tan Son Nhat Airport (Ho Chi Minh city)

⋅ Noi Bai Airport (Ha Noi city)

⋅ Da Nang Airport (Da Nang city)

⋅ Cam Ranh Airport (Khanh Hoa)

⋅ Cat Bi Airport (Quang Ninh)

⋅ Lien Khuong Airport (Da Lat)

⋅ Can Tho Airport (Can Tho)

⋅ Phu Quoc Airport (Kien Giang)

⋅ Van Dong Airport (Quang Ninh)

For those who enter Vietnam through international border crossings or seaports, the visa approval letter can not be accepted. By entering Vietnam by land or sea, international visitors are required to pick up visa in advance at Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate.


Q: What is the validity of the Vietnam visa approval letter?

Be advised that the Vietnam visa approval letter is valid from the entry and exit date shown on it, not from the date you actually enter or exit Vietnam. 

You can absolutely apply for a visa approval letter at any time as long as your Vietnam travel itinerary is confirmed. 

Q: Is Vietnam visa approval letter legit?

Yes, it is absolutely. Because the visa approval letter is legally issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department via a visa or travel agency in Vietnam, you completely use it to get a visa stamped on your passport at the Vietnam airport. 

Q: Can I get a Vietnam visa on arrival without a visa approval letter?

No, you cant. Unlike some other countries such as Cambodia, Laos or Thailand, etc, which allows you to travel there and collect visa right at the entry port. With Vietnam visa approval, your visa is only issued if you have a valid visa approval letter presented upon your arrival. Without a visa approval letter, you can not even get on board, let alone visa to enter Vietnam. 


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