Business visa is an authorization for those who visit Vietnam with the sole purpose of doing business. This visa allows the holder to stay in Vietnam up to one year. Since business visa is a short-stay visa, your nationality is the main decisive factor whether you have to obtain a visa or not. Please read carefully the following list below to know how much time you can stay in Vietnam if you are in Vietnam Visa Waiver countries. If not, you have to obtain Vietnam business visa to perform your business making, attend exchange business events or B2B meetings, sign contracts, etc. There are three options to obtain the visa such as Vietnam Embassies or Consulates, Visa on arrival – recommended for tourism or business purposes, E-visa – available for only citizens of 46 countries (including the USA and the UK). However, unlike tourist visa, you have to shave a sponsor company registered and operated in Vietnam currently to help you get a business approval letter which takes about 5 – 7 business days. Depends on the service you choose, the cost and the procedure is varied. Each kinds of service is associated with pros and cons, so please consider carefully before making decision to use the suitable service for your case. Now let us share with you specifically how to obtain Vietnam business visa.
STEPS TO OBTAIN VIETNAM BUSINESS VISA
If you’re planning to get a business visa in Vietnam, you have to be sponsored by a company registering and operating in Vietnam. The whole procedure for the business visa must go through 2 steps:
Step 1: Having a visa Approval Letter (Pre-Visa) sponsored by a company in Vietnam, issued by the Ministry of Public Security in advance;
Step 2: The applicant pick up the business visa by themselves at the overseas Embassies/ Consulates of Vietnam, or at the international border gates or at the Vietnam’s international airports.
WHAT YOU NEED TO PREPARE TO OBTAIN VIETNAM BUSINESS VISA?
For the purposes of business, work or investment, the applicants are required a Visa Approval Letter from the Ministry of Public Security in advance. The Visa Approval Letter is the legal document approved by the Vietnam Immigration Department to allow foreigners enter into Vietnam and pick up visa at the overseas Embassies or Consulates of Vietnam, or at the international border gates or at the Vietnam’s international airports.
The required documents need to provide both the applicant and Vietnam’s sponsored company
- A notarized true copy of the sponsored company’s business or investment or representative license in Vietnam, tax and stamp registration certificate;
- Visa application forms must be signed and sealed by a legal representative of the company;
- Scanning the applicant’s passport;
- Providing the estimated date of arrival (this is the date you want your visa to start from. The start date of the visa itself will be the day you arrive – you can enter Vietnam at a later date (up to your exit date) but not before that date, so be sure to take time zone differences into account);
- Providing the place of picking up the visa (the visa can be picked up at either the Vietnamese Embassies/ Consulates in your own or another country, or airports of Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang or Nha Trang).
The visa duration is from 1 to 12 months with single or multiple entries
Normal processing time: 7 working days
Required documents for picking up the Business Visa
You are able to get your visa stamped at the embassy or the airport or border crossing, to do this you must submit the following documents:
- Applicant’s original passport must be valid for six months from your estimated arrival date, and must have at least one blank visa page;
- 2 passport sized photographs (4 x 6 cm);
- The copy of visa approval letter;
- Complete the entry and exit application form;
- Visa stamping fee depending on the visa single or multiple entry and visa validity (USD25 for 1 and 3 month single, USD50 for 1 and 3 month multiple, USD95 for 6 month multiple and USD135 for 1 year multiple entry) must be paid in cash at the place of picking up visa.
WHERE TO PICK UP THE BUSINESS VISA
There are three options to obtain a Business Visa:
- Obtain the visa at Vietnamese Embassies/ Consulates in your own or another country
- Obtain the visa at Vietnam’ international airports including Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, Noi Bai airport in Ha Noi City, Cam Ranh airport in Nha Trang City, Da Nang airport in Da Nang City or Phu Quoc airport in Kien Giang Province
- Obtain the visa at Vietnam’ international border crossings, Vietnam has over a dozen international overland border crossings. These allow overland travel to Cambodia (via five crossings), Laos (via six crossing) and China (at least two crossings)
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF THE THREE WAYS OBTAINING A VIETNAM BUSINESS VISA
Option 1: Via Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate
- Traditional approach to getting a visa
- Can be done in person or by post
- Can be used to apply for any type of visa
- The fee is uncertain as it depends on the consulate/ embassy
- Can be used for any entrance point, whether by land, air, or sea
- Takes about 5 working days to process, but can be sped up to 1- 2 days for urgent service.
- Visa is stamped before departure.
You can apply for a visa through the local Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate either in person or by mail. To do this, you need to fill out and sign an application form, sending it along with your passport and a passport photo.
The advantage of this way is that you already have the visa stamped in your passport before leaving for Vietnam, which means you do not need to queue on arrival for your passport to get stamped.
The application process is not the most convenient, especially for people who do not live near a Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate.
Option 2: Visa on Arrival
- Convenient, as it can be done by completing an online application form
- Can be used to apply for any type of visa (1- 3, or 6 months, or 1 year multiple-entry visa)
- You will need to pay two fees: 1. Service fee for Visa approval letter, 2. Stamping fee.
- The service fee is paid online to the service provider. The amount depends on the visa type (number of months and number of entries) and service provider.
- The stamping fee is paid at the arrival airport when the visa is stamped. The fee starts at $25 for 1 month and 3 month single entry, $50 for 1 and 3 month multiple-entry visas. The stamping fee must be paid in cash (USD or VND).
- Can only be obtained at Vietnam’s international airports in Ha Noi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh, Cam Ranh or Phu Quoc Airport. Hence it is only an option for air passengers.
- The business approval letter takes 7 working days to process
Visa on Arrival is a viable option with various advantages. With Visa on Arrival, you can apply for longer-term and multiple-entry visas, and you do not need to go in person to the Embassy, or apply by post. You just need to submit an online application and get a pre-approval letter.
Option 3: E-Visa
- Was launched on 1 February 2017
- Convenient, as it can be done by completing an online application form
- Only costs USD 25, which is non-refundable if the visa is declined
- Can be used for any entrance point, whether by land, air, or sea. (There are 28 entrance points, including 8 international airports, 13 international border gates, and 7 seaports.)
- Only for 1 month single-entry
- Takes about 3 working days to process, and you’ll know quickly whether the application was accepted or not
- The visa does not need to be stamped on your passport; hence there is no stamping fee and no need to queue for your passport to be stamped on arrival
- Only available to citizens of 46 countries (including the UK and the USA)
Applying for an e-visa is our recommended option for tourists as it is most convenient and cost-effective. However, please note that this visa is only for visitors visiting for less than 30 days. Longer-term visitors will need to consider the other two options.
Please note that the arrival port must be the same on the documents issued by Immigration Department. If you are to change the arrival port after receiving your E-visa, you should contact them to amend the information on the documents to avoid any problem on the ground.
As this kind of visa is very new, we suggest that visitors should contact Vietnamese Immigration Department via electronic system before processing the visa application.
OTHER INFORMATION RELATED TO VIETNAM’S WORK PERMIT, VISAS AND TEMPORARY RESIDENCE CARD
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- How To Apply Work Permit Extension
- How To Apply For Vietnam Visa On Arrival
- How To Apply For Visa Extension In Vietnam
- How to apply for Extension of Temporary Residence Card
- Procedures For Lost Vietnam Temporary Residence Card
- Vietnam Temporary Residence Card For Foreigner’s Relative
- Who Can Get Vietnam Temporary Residence Card
- How To Apply Vietnam Visa On Arrival
- How To Extend or Renew Visa In Vietnam
- How To Apply Vietnam’s Visa For Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Iran, Parkistan, Turkey Citizens
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