Vietnam visa on Arrival has many kinds depending on time you stay in Vietnam. As usual, people apply for short period but you know, you can get a long period type of visa. In case you want to enter Vietnam for several times and you and your parents have Vietnam origins, you can apply for 5 year Vietnam visa, even you are in Thailand.
How to get 5 year Vietnam visa?
5 year Vietnam visa for Thailand passport holders
Thailand citizens who are married to Vietnamese people or have Vietnamese relatives can apply for a 5 year Vietnam visa. This kind of visa allows you to stay in Vietnam for a period of 90 days, when it expires you may leave or apply for a stay extension. Most people use this opportunity to visit a neighboring country and then comeback.
You usually do not need too much to get this visa but have to come in person to apply. Of course, remember to bring the fees, charges may vary, so be sure to bring extra cash in case.
The following steps will help you to get 5 year Vietnam visa:
Step 1: Congregate the required documents and fill out the paperwork
Application form: A completed 5 year Vietnam visa application form here
2 passport photos: Two 4×6 photos (white background, taken within 6 months and without glasses) on demand.
Your original passport: Needs to be valid for at least 1 year (attached with a copy for the competent authority to save), your present Vietnam visa needs to have at least 7 days remaining.
1 original document proving you were either born in Vietnam or the child or spouse of a Vietnamese national. It could be a Vietnamese passport, birth certificate or verification of marriage.
Step 2: Come to your country’s embassy or consulate to get your foreign document verified.
Consulate General of Vietnam in KHONKHAEN, Thailand
Address: 65/6 Chatapadung, Khonkaen 40000, THAILAND
Phone: (66) 4324 2190
Fax: (66) 4324 1154
Embassy of Vietnam in Bangkok, Thailand
Address: 83/1 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, THAILAND
Phone: (662) 267 9602
Fax:(662) 254 4630
Working hour: 8h30 – 11h30 ; 13h30 -16h30 from Monday to Friday (Except Vietnamese and Thai public holidays).
The website Vietnam Embassy in Thailand is provided for news and service purpose, so you can find information about getting Vietnam Visa and so on here.
Step 3: Go to the Vietnam Office of External Relations to get the verified birth certificate authenticated and translated to Vietnamese
Vietnam Office of External Relations
Address: 184 Bis 1, Pasteur, Ben Nghe, Quan 1, Ho Chí Minh
Process: about one week
Direction: You need to go up the stairs and office just to your right. There should be a tray on one of the counters for you to drop your verified foreign documents. It takes you some minutes (no more than 10 minutes) to sit on one of the chairs leaning against the wall and wait for them to call your name.
Step 4: Submit your application and documents at the Vietnamese Department of Immigration
Vietnamese Department of Immigration in Ho Chi Minh city
Address: 333-337 Nguyen Trai, Nguyen Cu Trinh, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh
Process: 7 days
Direction: After entering the building, you should go straight to the counter 14 (no need to pick up and wait), give them your application and documents and they should know what to do. Then, go to the counter and wait on a nearby chair until they call your name to pay for fee (either in VND or USD). The entire process is simple and it will take less than 30 minutes.
You should return to the building 7 days later, go straight to the counter indicated on your receipt, show them the receipt in exchange for your passport to get your 5 year Vietnam visa.
5 year Vietnam visa fees
This is an experience that there are people lurking around the Vietnamese Department of Immigration, they will offer to take care of everything for you for US $150. Some people thought they could save money by doing it on themselves and refused help and ended up spending a lot more time and money than anticipated. In the end, they could only save USD 0.79 and had to take hours off of work over a series of weeks.
This experience isn’t talked to recommend you to use outside service, this is just a story for you to refer 5 year Vietnam visa fees.