Useful information about Vietnam visa in 2018

, and 11th anniversary

Vietnam-visa is very proud to be celebrating 11 years in business since 2007. Operated under Vietnam Discovery Travel JSC., through the ups and downs, we have made remarkable achievements. So far, Vietnam-visa has been the leading Vietnam visa center providing online application for Vietnam Visa on Arrival. We are committed to providing our clients with the very best level of service. Understanding the need for excellence, we ensure that our service is convenient and reliable to meet clients’ need.

What enables survive for up to 11 years in a highly competitive market?

Once using our service, you will find our 4 core values that we are committed to customers as follows:

  • The simplicity: We simplify visa processing and the required information is minimal
  • The transparency: we promise confidentiality assurance and no hidden fees
  • Service guarantee: reliable on-time delivery, 100% Legitimacy, 99.8% Success Rate
  • Real-time Customer Support: with clients around the world, our professional client support team is always available and ready to help clients 24 hours a day.

So far, we have received extremely positive feedback from clients who keep coming back to use our services. This is truly a big motivation for us to continue improving services and bring to our clients the best experience.

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As a part of 11-year anniversary promotion, we welcomed the 300,000th client and reached a significant milestone. We organize a ceremony to welcome the special clients at an international airport. The 300,000th client was a couple from Czech Republic, Mr. Ryan Nelson – an American and Mrs Sabina Nelson – a Czech. For being the lucky 300,000th client, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson received free “Full Fast-Track” service and “Car Pickup” at the airport for their visit to Hanoi.

With the Full Fast-Track service, our staff helped Mr. and Mrs. Nelson to complete the procedure quickly and get visa stamp on passport in a few minutes. After that, the staff escorted them to get through passport control via the priority gate. Then, the staff took them to the luggage lounge and supported them to collect their luggage.

Mr. Ryan Nelson and Mrs. Sabina Nelson became the 300,000th client of Vietnam-visa
Mr. Ryan Nelson and Mrs. Sabina Nelson became the 300,000th client of Vietnam-visa

At the welcoming ceremony, Vietnam Discovery Travel JSC CEO Bui Trung Thanh was present at Noi Bai international airport early to welcome those special clients. He was delighted to see Mr. and Mrs. Nelson, shaking hands and presenting flowers to them.

Mr. & Mrs. Nelson take part in a short interview with Vietnam-visa staff
Mr. & Mrs. Nelson take part in a short interview with Vietnam-visa staff

After that, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson joined a short interview to tell about their feelings and experiences of using Vietnam-visa services. Mr. Nelson said: “The (Vietnam-visa) service was fantastic, online and we finished in probably two minutes the whole process. We received the confirmation, information within an hour”. Mrs. Nelson expressed her experiences: “We appreciate how smooth it was everything at the airport, very quick, very nice.”

► See what our “Fast track” and “Airport car pickup” services are and why they are useful for you here.

Special gifts for's 300,000th client
Special gifts for’s 300,000th client

Finally, our 300,000th client received special gifts from Vietnam-visa, that’s Vietnamese rice paintings which were created by skillful artists in a very meticulous process. At the end of the ceremony, Mr. & Mrs. Nelson used “Car Pickup” service to move to their hotel directly.

The ceremony to welcome the 300,000th client is our tribute to every client who puts their trust in Vietnam-visa as well as Vietnam Discovery Travel JSC. We are honored that our clients have been with us all that time and played a significant part in our continued success. More than a decade, it’s been an incredible ride. Once again, thank you for the eleven remarkable years of trust and loyalty.

More information about Vietnam visa policy

Vietnam has opened its Vietnam visa policy to welcome more travelers to the country. To prove, the government has waived visa for to citizens of up to 24 countries under unilateral and bilateral visa exemption agreement.

► To figure out whether you are eligible for Vietnam visa exemption or not, refer to this Vietnam visa exemption and conditions.

For those who need a visa to Vietnam, then reading the following piece of information is a must to avoid any unexpected issues caused by the visa to the trip to Vietnam.

At the moment, there are up to 3 ways to get a visa to Vietnam, namely:

  1. Vietnam embassy visa (the visa obtained directly at Vietnam embassy/consulate abroad);
  2. Vietnam e-visa (the visa for citizens from 46 countries only getting to Vietnam on tourism purpose, valid for 30 days at maximum with single entry);
  3. Vietnam visa on arrival (applied online and picked up at Vietnam airport upon arrival – application to air travelers).

It’s now the matter of which one you should choose. If we are right, you should direct your attention to this comparison:

Once again, we – – are so proud of going along you during 11 years. We are always be proud of being a Vietnam visa center with the best services and also latest guide and information provided to our visitors. Should you need any further information or assistance, just feel free to contact us.

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Get Vietnam visa on weekend in 30 minutes? | Be careful I did mistake!

Are you staying at the airport to go to Vietnam on weekends without preparing in advance? I did same and I get Vietnam visa on weekend here! Get Vietnam visa on weekend’ related questions “I made a stupid mistake, I thought that just flight to Vietnam and get visa there without applying online in advance….

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Vietnam Electronic Visa for Border Crossing

Among variety of Vietnam Visa types and required documents, people are confused of choosing their appropriate Visa. In this section, we would like to mention about The Vietnam Electronic Visa which is a new updated Visa in Vietnam. All information bellow is newest updated from the Immigration Department and we will keep you updated if…

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Vietnam single entry visa type | Visa for entering Vietnam for 1 time

Vietnam has made visa procedure simple now for foreign tourists, expats who want to work in Vietnam. Apply Vietnam single entry visa type online now! Vietnam single entry visa type is now available for all of nationalities For short term visitors (both tourists and businessmen) who want to get 1 month or 3 month Vietnam…

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4 Tips for Teaching Online & Traveling in Vietnam

If it’s always been your dream to travel the world, you’ve probably come up with a few different ways that you could make ends meet while you see new sights and meet interesting people. However, did you know that you can become an online teacher and get paid for it? More and more wandering spirits around the world are learning about the benefits of teaching English online from the road, and if you’re serious about turning your travel dreams into reality, you should find out everything you can about this liberating new trend.

3 Benefits of Teaching English in Vietnam

Even if you eventually plan to travel the world, Vietnam might be the perfect place to start. The weather in this tropical paradise stays warm and sunny throughout most of the year, and even if you aren’t well-to-do in your home country, you’ll be able to live like a king in Vietnam for next to nothing.

Plus, Vietnam has become more and more industrialized in recent years, and it’s now possible to access high-speed internet in many areas throughout this welcoming country.

Best of all, the crime rate in Vietnam is relatively low, and when you aren’t staying in big cities, you won’t need to worry much about locking your room at night.

4 Tips for Making Remote Teaching Work in Vietnam as a foreigner

Here are a few basic tips that will help ensure the success of your traveling and teaching plans:

  • Try it out before you leave home: When you first arrive in Vietnam, you’ll be reeling from jet lag and culture shock, and the last thing you’ll want to add to the equation during this sensitive time is a new career. Get started with your English teaching ambitions before you even consider leaving home, and make sure that you have a good grasp of the basics of your new profession while you’re still in a familiar environment. If you get started early enough, it’s even possible to save up extra funds that you can then use to enjoy your first week or two in Vietnam work-free.
  • Lock down your internet access: Nothing is more unfortunate than setting up an English tutoring lesson only to realize that you won’t be able to make it to your session. While internet availability in Vietnam is generally good, the type of Wi-Fi that you can access in hostels and cafes generally isn’t strong enough to handle a video chat connection. Instead, opt for hotels or apartments which usually have a stronger and more reliable signal – you can even ask them to test the speed for you before booking.
  • Schedule around your adventure plans: Always remember that your main reason for teaching English remotely is to fund your plans to explore Vietnam. If your teaching schedule starts to interfere with your ability to travel, you might need to restructure your daily itinerary. Many successful remote English teachers dedicate three or four days out of the week to lessons, and then they spend the rest of the weeks checking out Vietnam’s ancient temples, bustling cities, and glorious beaches.
  • Learn how to budget: Teaching English remotely isn’t a formula for getting rich, but it can be just the fuel you need to make exploring Vietnam safe and comfortable. If you budget effectively, you’ll be able to spend as much time in this tropical Southeast Asian paradise as you want, but if you don’t act carefully, you could find yourself in a sticky situation sooner than you might think. Before you leave home or even buy your plane tickets, you should get a general idea of the bare minimum you’ll need to spend per month to keep yourself happy and comfortable during your travels, and you should write out a list of necessities and their general costs. Then, after your first week in Vietnam, you should revise your monthly budget while taking into account the actual costs that you incurred so far. Being able to budget effectively will keep you from the brink of financial disaster, and it will also give you a better idea of how much you need to work per week to purchase necessities.

Vietnam is an incredible place to explore and teaching online is a great way to see more of it – we recommend this guide if you want to learn more about teaching online.  If you’re interested in physically teaching English in Vietnam you can learn more here.

Quincy Smith is the founder of ESL Authority, a website that helps people understand their options when it comes to teaching abroad.  A former teacher himself, he has been traveling the world for the past 4 years.

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Vietnam has become one of the top choices when foreigners travel or settle down in Asia

The tourism is booming and almost 13 million people visited Vietnam in 2017. That’s a year-on-year increase of 29%, outperforming all previous years. The economy is also one of the fastest growing in the world and attracts increasingly more foreign investors.

We can see that Vietnam is performing well on many fronts at the moment.

Most importantly, with new real estate ownership regulations in place, it’s become remarkably easier to buy apartments and houses as a foreigner, and the market is red hot.  

In this article, you’ll learn more about how you can buy real estate by simply having a tourist visa in Vietnam, which districts you should have a look at, how high property prices are, and other interesting information.

Vietnam’s property ownership regulations for foreigners

Before 2015, it was practically impossible to buy and own real estate as a foreigner in Vietnam.

The same year, the government introduced a number of eye opening changes, welcoming foreign investors that had eagerly been waiting on the sidelines.

Vietnam has attracted many foreign real estate buyers since, and will continue to do so for years to come.

Below I’ve listed some of the most notable regulatory changes, showing how easy it’s become to buy and own property in Vietnam.

  • Foreigners can buy real estate by simply having a tourist visa. Tougher regulations were in place prior to 2015. Refer to for full information about how to get a tourist visa fast and easily.
  • You can rent out your property and enjoy the highest rental yields in Asia. If you’re not familiar with this term, rental yield shows the ROI (return of investment) when comparing the purchase price and the rental incomes earned. It’s shown as a percentage.
  • Technically, you can buy as many properties as you want, as long as you don’t exceed the quota of 30% of the units in a condo building, and 10% of the houses in a landed project. Previously, foreigners could only buy one apartment unit.
  • You can buy houses. Landed properties were not available to foreigners prior to 2015. Just keep in mind that you can’t own the land that the house is built on. Instead, you need to lease the land with a leasehold period of up to 50 years.
  • You can renew the leasehold period with up to 50 years (this wasn’t possible before 2015)
  • If you have a Vietnamese spouse, you can get freehold ownership (not possible before 2015)

Quite remarkable changes, right?

Hopefully, it doesn’t come as a surprise that many foreigners have Vietnam at the top of their lists when looking for real estate overseas.
Which districts should be of interest when buying real estate in Ho Chi Minh City?

Ho Chi Minh City is the financial hub in Vietnam and receives the most investment and attracts the most foreigners. Therefore, I will focus on Ho Chi Minh City in this article, and break down the city on a district level, showing which areas that are interesting at the moment.

Let’s start with the district that I personally like the most.

Real estate in District 2

Real estate in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
Real estate in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City

If you look a couple of decades back, District 2 was not very developed and suffered from poverty. It’s one of the districts that has experienced the fastest development the past years, and currently hosts many of Ho Chi Minh’s expats and other foreigners.

The district is one of the biggest districts and detached from central areas like district 1, Binh Thanh, and district 3. I like district 2 the most as it’s more relaxed, offers a wide range of bars and restaurants, international schools, and a high quality of life in general.

District 2 had many plush villas at a start, built to cater wealthy locals and foreign expats. It was kind of a test project. That has changed much and now you’ll see a number of new condo projects popping up here and there. 

If you ever want to go to the central areas, like district 1 or Binh Thanh, you won’t need more than 15-30 minutes by car (depending on the traffic situation).

Real estate in District 7

District 7 is probably the most developed district in Ho Chi Minh City, hosting many expats and foreigners. The same as it goes with district 2, you’ll find many international schools, bars, restaurants, and other amenities in this area.

With a more developed infrastructure, you can enjoy high instant rental income, which is not always the case in less developed areas, where you mostly find under construction projects, where infrastructure, such as roads, hospitals, and office space are still planned.

If you seek higher ROI and capital appreciations, you have plenty of other options in Ho Chi Minh, for example district 9.

Real estate in District 9

real estate in District 9 Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam visa service
Real estate in District 9 Ho Chi Minh City

District 9 is the biggest district in Ho Chi Minh City and is not as developed compared to district 2 and district 7, and the central parts. It’s not strange as it’s located further away from the city center, and on the right hand side of district 2.

The major benefit of buying real estate in district 9 is that it will have its prime time in the coming years. Many new projects are planned here and you’ll reach the central parts of Ho Chi Minh within a short time once the Metro is up and running in 2020.

The prime goal of developing district 9 is to expand Ho Chi Minh City eastwards, connecting it with Bien Hoa, a city where we see more commercial activity. Stretching eastwards will also increase the connectivity with An Phuoc, a promising and developing ward belonging to Ben Tre province.  

Many factories are located in district 9 and most of the new office space planned until 2025 will be dedicated to this area. This will naturally result in an increased demand of real estate.

As mentioned, the district still waits for infrastructural developments to finish. You won’t earn instant rental comes instantly in the same way like in district 2 and 7, as most of the real estate projects and infrastructural developments are still under construction.

Keep in mind that buying real estate in strategic areas in district 9, especially close to the Metro line, can result in high capital appreciations and ROIs. You just need to have some more risk appetite and long term goals.

How high are the property prices in Ho Chi Minh City?

Property prices have increased much the past years in Ho Chi Minh City. Still, investors from places like Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, and China see Ho Chi Minh City cheap alternative compared to buying property back home, and with greater potentials for high investment returns.

Prices are still surprisingly low in comparison with neighboring countries, averaging at $US 2269 per square meter in the central parts, while the price per square meter is merely 1083 US dollars in suburban areas.

That’s a fraction compared to places like Hong Kong and Singapore, where you need to pay 5-6 times more per square meter. 

Vietnam is currently one of the cheapest places to buy real estate in Asia, and the yields are high in places like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. As mentioned, if you have some risk appetite, long term goals, and want to buy property with a lower price tag, then places like district 9 should be of interest, where you can reap great yields later.  


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5 job trends in Vietnam for foreigners

Vietnam with many international activities is increasingly contributing to the modernization of the country, creating a diverse and profitable economy with many job opportunities which are open not only to local people but also to foreigners. From a survey with thousands of foreigners who have been working in Vietnam, we have identified up to 4 reasons to head to Vietnam for a permanent job here.

Don’t think that you only can find a job major city of Vietnam, like Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi which are considered the political and economic centers of the country, the job opportunities are present in almost cities and provinces along the country, in almost industries operated in Vietnam, but those who have experience finding jobs in Vietnam will find they are much present in tourism and education.

If you are intending to live permanently in Vietnam and find a job to earn your living, or at least wish to find a long-term job in Vietnam, let’s figure out 5 job trends preferred and applied by thousands of foreigners wishing to have a permanent job in this S-shaped country.

1. Become an English teacher in Vietnam with a desirable salary

 Teaching English in Vietnam can be an exciting opportunity. Vietnam is currently seeking to acquire the English language license in the form of a National Foreign Language Project. The goal of the program is to improve English proficiency for all students by 2020. Therefore, it is easy for you to find a job in a high-paying position.

Not only are job-coaches popular in public schools, but there are also many kindergartens, foreign language centers, international schools, and private schools. Based on the number of jobs in many locations, Vietnam employs a system of employment throughout the year, making the tourists easy to find a job teaching English in the country.

It’s not just looking for work through a quick recruiting process but a lot of interesting things in this country. Vietnam is a real paradise. Walking through the fresh fruit groves in Ho Chi Minh City, have some clothes in Hoi An, and enjoying fresh seafood and draft beers in countless beautiful coastal towns like a picture with year-round sunshine, the friendly people, the abundant nature, and the busy nightlife.

► In case you are interested in this kind of job in Vietnam, you must read How to find a Teaching English Job in Vietnam as a foreigner.

2. Working as online freelancer in Vietnam

Tourists who have the skills, knowledge of web design, graphics, programming or any special technology suitable for this job can work anywhere, as long as having free wifi. Although the competition in this area is quite fierce, if you have a solid foundation, you can still choose the appropriate project to make money while traveling.

There are countless ways to work as long as you are connected to the internet. In case you are not good at technology, you can still make money by working online. At present, there are many companies that need translation and writing in the form of collaborators. This job does not require you to be present at the company and is extremely comfortable on time. All you have to do is writing skill and relationships to increase your project’s reach.

3. Working in short-term at the restaurants and hotels in Vietnam

You can earn money while traveling by working at restaurants, hotels in the seasonal or long term. The work in the restaurant and the hotel is quite diverse, from the receptionist, chef, driver, to the shuttle staff at the airport.

Serving as tables, bartenders, and freelancers at a restaurant, hotel or resort can really help you get more income and communicate with many people. This job is paid well enough to cover your day. Especially, you can choose the night shift, which will be paid a little better. Besides, you can work voluntarily in some restaurants and hotels. Although being unpaid, the accommodation and meals are free. This is not a bad choice, right? The money earned may be less or nothing, but at least you will save the cost for meal and place to stay.

4. Being tour guides or staff in the tourism industry in Vietnam

This group may include supportive work such as onboard staff, standing and seating arrangements; guided tours of scuba diving or snorkeling, or tour guides. Tour guides are very suitable for active young people.

Working in the travel industry has two small disadvantages: Being reluctant to move, visit as you like and staying in the workplace for a certain period of time. But with a good salary as well as the opportunity of exchanging and learning from many people, this work is also not a bad choice for you to make money when traveling. Even if you have enough skills and abilities, consider opening a small tour of a surfing location, a ski trip, traditional markets, craft villages or meals, drinks at restaurants. Many young people in the world are doing at the high-quality bars.

You can find out about the local travel companies you are traveling to and contact them about the position you want to apply.

5. Writing a review of the tourist sites

This is one of the “hot” job attracting young people who want to make money when traveling. There are many travel companies, and the new hotel will organize a press trip for some famous travel bloggers. After that, these people will write some quality articles, share these articles with video clips, and photos to the community to promote the company or the hotel. As in the case of the famous travel couple, Jarryd Salam and Alesha Bradford, when they have a private blog, many companies will have to pay up to $2,000 if they want to post on their NOMADassaurus page.

Feeling about your interesting trip is also a “very gentle” way of making money, especially suitable for people who enjoy photography, film-making and writing.

Travel bloggers are also a trend. Travel companies often contact famous travel bloggers to become a “communication channel” for them by sharing their travel experiences, and still getting paid. You can write articles or make videos, depending on the capabilities and requirements of the company. Remember, you need to build your own personal brand to do this job.

In addition to the above-mentioned tasks, you may also consider seasonal, simple, though not highly paid, but also an enjoyable experience, such as seasonal fruit picking, organizing the festival, becoming street artists, and looking after kids. Surely, if you have enough passion, do not be afraid to go out and get rich.

However, it should be noted that maybe it will not be as easy as you think. The work may sound simple, but it requires certain skills and knowledge to be able to perform, such as foreign language ability, programming, design, work experience and working time commitment. Another point worth noting is that the outside world is very competitive and fair. You need to prove yourself competent and do the job; If not, nobody will dare to hire you. No one is willing to pay you thousands of dollars to do the easy job. There is no simple task at all and you always have to make the most effort in all matters.

Here come 5 job opportunities which are open to all foreigners in Vietnam. You may now wonder how to find and apply for these opportunities. If so, refer to this tip: How to find a Job in Vietnam as a foreigner.

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4 Reasons why you should head to Vietnam for a permanent job

Vietnam has an emerging economy and is one of the “rising stars” in overseas destinations. Many people in the European and American countries have been unemployed for years and can easily move overseas to Vietnam to find stable jobs for a long time.

Every year, hundreds of companies are established, thus promoting the country’s economic development, as well as creating jobs. And over the past 10 year, number of foreigners coming to Vietnam to work has been increasing rapidly. Now, let’s find out why you should come to Vietnam for a permanent job through the following article!

1. Many job opportunities for foreigners in Vietnam

Vietnam has become a popular recruitment market for other countries. A large number of foreigners come to Vietnam to find a better job which is suitable with their level. In addition, many overseas jobs in Vietnam attract the attention of foreigners.

As a developing economy, there are many jobs for foreigners in Vietnam. Foreign workers are mainly in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, but there are many jobs for foreigners in smaller towns. The fields attracting foreigners include the IT, construction and tourism industries. However, a large number of foreigners come to Vietnam and work as English teachers in schools, language center, and non-governmental organizations, especially in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Foreigners working in Vietnam can maintain the quality of their lives as they do in their hometowns. In addition, there are more professions in other fields such as construction, technology, tourism, and science. By learning to speak a little Vietnamese, you have the opportunity to cooperate well with your Vietnamese colleagues and increase your leisure time when exploring Vietnam.

It is known that Vietnam is lacking in highly qualified labor, so foreigners come to Vietnam to find a job that seems to be a factor narrowing the gap in certain areas. In some areas of public relations, labor from the Philippines, Indians, and Westerners came to Vietnam to work.

Most foreigners who come to Vietnam choose to teach English. Most language centers and school systems in Vietnam prefer to hire native teachers to improve the quality of education in Vietnam, especially in linguistic development. Vietnamese is the official language of the country, and Vietnamese are influenced by Confucianism, so the education is also affected by these traditions. However, Vietnam is in the process of integration, the international exchange is necessary. Many opportunities for teaching and learning for foreigners are created. Foreigners teaching in Vietnam are usually paid between US $15 and US $25 per hour in some areas such as linguistics and technical training. However, if you are a teacher in Vietnam, you have to travel a lot. Teaching in Vietnam is not only common in big cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City but also in other provinces, even in remote areas.

In addition to working as an English teacher in Vietnam, foreigners can find jobs in other fields such as the senior staff of large corporations, private enterprises, or Foreign investment capital. Many foreigners work in the fields of business development and sales. The reason for Vietnamese companies to hire foreign employees is the good quality of English as well as the working style of foreigners. At present, most of the partners of companies in Vietnam are foreigners. Therefore, when negotiating for cooperation, officials like foreigners will be much more successful than Vietnamese in the same position. Job vacancies in the tourism and construction sectors are interesting jobs in Vietnam for foreigners because they require highly skilled professionals. Salaries of foreigners in these areas range from US $ 10,000 to US $30,000, depending on qualifications. Although the payments are relatively low in comparison with their country, they can have a good, even luxury life in Vietnam.

You can search for jobs by checking classified ads in local newspapers, job sites, or by contacting an employer. You can also seek assistance from foreign trade offices in Vietnam.

Many industries love hiring foreigners for a variety of reasons, such as lack of skills in the local labor market, promising faces for the development of the company, and the ability to work with companies/international investors. If a foreigner can develop a reputation, they can live and work here in a long time in the way they want.

2. Low cost of living for foreigners in Vietnam

According to a newly published ranking, Vietnam is the country with the cheap cost of living for foreigners compared to any other country in the world.

Compared to the cost of living in the US, the cost of living in Vietnam is cheaper than 45%. For example, the monthly costs in Vietnam are:

  • Renting a house: $397.63
  • Power + Water supply: $56.76
  • Public transportation: $6.60
  • A cup of cappuccino: $1.66
  • A cup of local beer: $0.88

In the 2017 foreigner survey, 65 countries and territories are listed in the Personal Finance index. The sample size used is a minimum of 75 respondents in each country, however, there are nearly 50 countries with a sample size of more than 100.

According to the rankings in 2017, Vietnam became the leading country in the Personal Finance Index. Nearly three out of 10 respondents (28%) are completely satisfied with their financial situation when living in Vietnam, higher 11% than the global average (17%).

Only 7% of foreigners in Vietnam think that their family income is not enough to cover their living expenses. In fact, 93% of respondents said they had enough or more than they needed, far more than the global average of 77%. Almost one in five (18%) even think they have more money than they need to live.

More than nine out of ten foreigners (91%) are also happy with the cost of living in Vietnam, with more than four in tenths (43%) saying that costs are very reasonable (on average, only about 15% of the respondents praised the host country for a reasonable cost of living). InterNations’ 2017 survey also found that nearly three-quarters of foreigners (73%) considered the lower living expenses was a potential benefit when considering moving to live in Vietnam.

In conclusion, with the same salary, a foreigner cannot live in their own country but can live comfortably in Vietnam. In addition, the work is quite comfortable and not too stressful.

3. High salary for foreigners working in Vietnam

Most of the local people work in the agriculture field. Therefore, foreigners can find jobs in the field of information technology and communications, commerce, industry, and finance.

In addition, many foreigners have been seeking employment in the field of education, for those proficient in foreign languages ​​such as English, French, Chinese or Japanese. Then you can get a full time or part-time work as a teacher if you qualify.

If you get a job in Hanoi, you can expect a monthly salary of about 10 million – 20 million dong equivalent to the salary of a local manager with many years of experience.

Vietnam is known for being one of the most ideal countries for international teaching opportunities. On average, teachers in Vietnam can earn about $800/£640 per month, with a bachelor’s degree, TEFL and some years of teaching experience, $1,800/£1400 for private schools and learning centers.

4. Vietnam – beautiful country – ideal for combined working and traveling

Vietnam is not only beautiful by nature, but also extremely interesting because of its history, culture, and people. In the eyes of foreigners, Vietnam is an attractive tourist destination. In addition to the beautiful nature, good food, foreigners often advise each other to travel in Vietnam because this is a place “very rich in culture and history,” which still retain its very own characteristics representing Vietnamese culture.

Therefore, they are particularly interested in the tourism program to explore the culture, history of Vietnam. Vietnam has many beautiful sights of nature, constantly named in the scenic world honors. By 2014, Vietnam has been recognized by 18 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including 2 natural heritages (Halong Bay, Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park); 5 cultural heritages (Thang Long Imperial Citadel, Hanoi Citadel, Hue Imperial Citadel, Hoi An Ancient Town, My Son Temple); a mixed heritage (Trang An Complex) and other intangible cultural heritage.

These legacies are not only a demonstration of a beautiful country, diverse in natural landscapes but also a destination that attracts many domestic and international visitors to visit each year.

There is a question that if you ask 100 people, surely more than 90 respondents will say yes: “Do you like to travel?”. Most of us want to travel around the world in the short years of life. But how many of us can make the dream come true? In fact, most of us only experience the trip through the computer screen in the same office thinking of “my money is limited” or “no work after traveling”.

However, if you come to Vietnam, you can both travel and work. It promises to be a very enjoyable experience.

Being a foreigner working in Vietnam, you will feel that coming to the country and looking for a job that is a right and happy decision.

If this idea sound exciting, now, let’s learn 5 job trends for foreigners in Vietnam.

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How to distinguish a Vietnam visa center operated by government or privately

Vietnam visa is kind of travel documents allowed by Vietnamese competent authorities, giving the authorization to travel to and enter Vietnam. In Vietnam visa policy, there are certain nationals who do not need a visa for Vietnam, unconditionally or conditionally. See details of Vietnam visa exemption policy here.

For those who need a visa for Vietnam, at the moment, there are up to 3 ways to get a visa for Vietnam, namely:

  • Vietnam embassy visa;
  • Vietnam e-visa; and
  • Vietnam visa on arrival

While the visa in the first and the second way are issued by Vietnam authorities (Vietnam embassy or Vietnam Immigration Department respectively) directly to applicants, the last one requires travelers to get a visa approval letter issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department through a Vietnam visa center. As such, those using the third option are required to submit their application via such a center.

Can such a Vietnam visa center be under operation of a government authority?

Is there any Vietnam visa center operated by Government authorities
Is there any Vietnam visa center operated by Government authorities

Many may wish to find a government Vietnam visa center to get their visa on arrival as they believe it’s more reliable. It’s now the matter of whether there is any Vietnam visa center operated by Vietnam authority and if yes, how to define it.

With more than 11 years serving in this market, we must say that at the moment, there is no government agency offering this kind of service. All websites in this aspect are operated by private owners.

Don’t believe in this fact? Just make a look around, pay more attention to the link you access to:

  1. Domains of a Vietnam government/authority website are often ended by .gov or;
  2. While domains of privately-operated website are ended with others, including .com,,,, .vn.

In case you find any website offering this VOA service ended with .gov or, it’s a government website. Otherwise, it’s not.

If you spend more time reading text, many trustworthy Vietnam visa centers have proudly announced that they are just commercial websites offering the service, but many others do not state anything in this regard.

How to find a trustworthy Vietnam visa center?

How to find a trustworthy Vietnam visa center?
How to find a trustworthy Vietnam visa center?

Among several privately-owned Vietnam visa centers, it’s the matter of how to find a reliable one.

Here, we recommend you 5 criteria as grounds for your decision:

  1. Identify their experience, how long they have operated in Vietnam visa aspect;
  2. Test their hotline to make sure it works 24/7
  3. Check their Vietnam visa service reviews
  4. Read their terms and conditions to know your rights and their obligations
  5. Check their address to make sure they are real

You can refer to for full details.

How to work with a Vietnam visa center?

How to work with a Vietnam visa center?
How to work with a Vietnam visa center?

After the first part of this post, you perhaps know that to get the visa on arrival, you are required to work with a Vietnam visa center to get the approval letter beforehand. This center actually:

  • makes your visa procedure simpler by processing your information with a Vietnam government agency – Vietnam Immigration Department on your behalf, and
  • acts like a person responsible for your money and visa as well.

The whole process with them can be summarized in 3 simple steps as follows:

  1. Access to their website, find their online application form and fill the form with your information, and make payment of service fee;
  2. Receive visa approval letter sent to your email within certain period of time (remember to select a reliable center to ensure you get it on time as guaranteed);
  3. Show your passport and letter at departure airport to get on board and then show them together with Vietnamese visa application form (formerly known as entry and exit form), 2 passport-sized photos and pay stamping fee in cash for visa stamping at arrival airport in Vietnam.

Cost of Vietnam visa on arrival charged by Vietnam visa center?

Vietnam visa cost with Vietnam visa center
Vietnam visa cost with Vietnam visa center

Through this process, you perhaps already know that to get this kind of visa, you need to pay two kinds of fee:

  1. Service fee, and
  2. Stamping fee.

The service fee is the fee you shall pay online in advance to the Vietnam visa center for processing your visa application with Vietnam Immigration Department, get the approval letter from the department and deliver it to your email. This fee may vary by your nationality, the visa type you wish to get, number of people in your group, processing time (normal or urgent) and also the visa center as well.

The stamping fee is the fee you shall pay in cash at VOA counter at arrival airport in Vietnam to get visa stamped. This fee is fixed by the Vietnam Ministry of Finance and only depends on your visa type.

You can see here for full details of Vietnam visa cost for each nationality.

Here comes useful information for you to choose a trustworthy Vietnam visa on arrival center and also a brief introduction to this kind of visa. Should you need any further information, please feel free to let us know.

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Vietnam Visa Policy – A full Picture of Visa for Vietnam

Perhaps many travelers, who have never been abroad or hold powerful passport just traveling to countries they do not need a visa, may not be aware that visa is a very important item they need to be aware of for their every trip abroad.

Vietnam, of course, is not an exception.

Now, let’s learn full details about Vietnam visa with us.

I. What is Vietnam visa?

Vietnam visa is a certificate issued or a stamp marked (on the applicant’s passport) by the immigration authorities of Vietnam (Vietnam embassy/Consulate or Vietnam Immigration Department) to indicate that the applicant’s credentials have been verified and he/she has been granted permission to enter Vietnam and stay in the country within a specified period. It is also called official permission for Vietnam entry.

Please remember that visa is completely different from passport. See how different they are here:

II. Forms of Vietnam visa

At the moment, Vietnam visa is issued in two forms:

  • Loose-leaf visa which is often issued to those whose valid passport has no black page;
  • Stamp visa.
Vietnam visa forms
2 forms of Vietnam visa

III. Types and codes of Vietnam visa

Based on purpose of visiting Vietnam, Vietnam visa is now classified into up to 20 types with corresponding code (under Law No. 47/2014/QH2013 of June 16, 2014 on entry, exit, transit, and residence of foreigners in Vietnam – Issued by the National Assembly of Socialist Republic of Vietnam), namely:

  1. NG1 – to be granted to members of delegations invited by the Secretary General of Vietnam’s Communist Party of, the President of Vietnam, the President of the National Assembly, the Prime Minister.
  2. NG2 – to be granted to members of delegations invited by standing members of the Secretariat of the Vietnam’s Communist Party, Deputy President of Vietnam, Deputy President of the National Assembly, Deputy Prime Minister, President of Vietnamese Fatherland Front, Executive Judge of the People’s Supreme Court, Chief Procurator of the People’s Supreme Procuracy, State Auditor General; members of delegations at the same levels of Ministers, Secretary Generals of Provincial Communist Authorities, Presidents of the People’s Councils, Presidents of the People’s Committees of provinces.
  3. NG3 – to be granted to members of diplomatic missions, consular offices, representative offices of international organizations affiliated to the UN, representative offices of intergovernmental organizations and their spouses, children under 18 years of age, and housemaids during their term of office.
  4. NG4– to be granted to people who come to work with diplomatic missions, consular offices, and representative offices of international organizations affiliated to the UN, representative offices of intergovernmental organizations, visitors of members of diplomatic missions, consular offices, representative offices of international organizations affiliated to the UN, and representative offices of intergovernmental organizations.
  5. LV1 – to be granted to people who come to work with units affiliated to Vietnam’s Communist Party; the National Assembly, the Government, Central Committee of Vietnamese Fatherland Front, the People’s Supreme Court, the People’s Supreme Procuracy, State Audit Agency, Ministries, ministerial agencies, Governmental agencies, the People’s Councils, the People’s Committees of provinces.
  6. LV2 – to be granted to people who come to work with socio-political organizations, social organizations, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
  7. ĐT – to be granted to foreign investors in Vietnam and foreign lawyers practicing in Vietnam.
  8. DN – to be granted to people who come to work with enterprises in Vietnam.
  9. NN1 – to be granted to Managers of representative offices or projects of international organizations and foreign non-governmental organizations in Vietnam.
  10. NN2 – to be granted to heads of representative offices, branches of foreign traders, representative offices of other foreign economic, cultural, professional organizations in Vietnam.
  11. NN3 – to be granted to people who come to work with foreign non-governmental organizations, representative offices, branches of foreign traders, representative offices of other foreign economic, cultural, professional organizations in Vietnam.
  12. DH – to be granted to people who come to study or serve internship.
  13. HN – to be granted to people who come to attend conventions or conferences.
  14. PV1 – to be granted to journalists who have permanent residences in Vietnam.
  15. PV2 – to be granted to journalists who come to work for a short period of time in Vietnam.
  16. – to be granted to people who come to work.
  17. DL – to be granted to tourists to Vietnam.
  18. TT – to be granted to foreigners that are parents, spouse, children under 18 years of age of the foreigners issued with LV1, LV2, ĐT, NN1, NN2, UNIVERSITY, PV1, LĐ visas, or foreigners that are parents, spouse, children of Vietnamese citizens.
  19. VR – to be granted to people who come to visit their relatives or for other purposes.
  20. SQ – to be granted to people in the cases mentioned in Clause 3 Article 17 of this Law.

The two most popular types of visa applied by travelers to Vietnam are tourist visa (DL) and business visa (DN).

Based on number of entries, Vietnam visa is classified into:

  1. Single entry visa; and
  2. Multiple entry visa.

In case you are still confused about what they are and which one matches your itinerary in Vietnam, see how different a single entry visa and a multiple entry visa for Vietnam is here.

Based on visa validity, Vietnam visa is classified into:

  1. 1-month visa;
  2. 3-month visa;
  3. 6-month visa; and
  4. 1-year visa.

IV. Who do not need a visa for Vietnam entry – Vietnam visa exemption

At the moment, not all travelers are required to get a visa for Vietnam. This Vietnam visa exemption policy is detailed below.

Vietnam visa exemption policy for holders of popular passports:

Up to date, holders of popular passports issued by 24 countries do not require visas for Vietnam. However, the exemption is in some cases unconditional, but conditional in other cases. And the visa exemption duration vary from 90 days at maximum to 14 days at minimum.

Its details are available here: List of nationals eligible for Vietnam visa exemption and conditions.

Map of Vietnam visa exemption policy for popular passport holders
Map of Vietnam visa exemption policy for popular passport holders

(Source: Wikipedia)

Vietnam visa exemption policy for overseas Vietnamese national who holds a foreign passport

Holders of Certificates of Visa Exemption do not require a visa regardless of nationality. A Certificate of Visa Exemption is valid for up to 5 years or up to 6 months before the passport expiration date (whichever is shorter). This is available for Vietnamese residing abroad or spouses or children of Vietnamese citizens or Vietnamese residing abroad. The exemption is valid for up to 180 consecutive days of stay and can be extended for a further 180 days. There is no limit placed on the number of entries or exits during the stay or minimum waiting time needed in between each 180 days of stay.

Vietnam visa exemption policy for holders of a non-popular passport

Holders of diplomatic or service passports of Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, North Korea, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, and holders of diplomatic passports only of Czech Republic, Estonia, Israel, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland and Uzbekistan do not require a visa to visit Vietnam.

Visa waiver agreements for diplomatic and service passports were signed with Ethiopia in August 2018, Greece in July 2018, Namibia on 19 Nov 2013 and Cameroon in December 2017 but have not come into force.

Map of Vietnam visa exemption policy for non-ordinary passport holders
Map of Vietnam visa exemption policy for non-popular passport holders

(Source: Wikipedia)

Vietnam visa exemption policy for those traveling to Phu Quoc Island

All travelers who directly visit Phu Quoc Island from a third country will be exempted from Vietnam visa requirements for up to 30 days. Travelers who are not exempted from visa requirements can visit Phu Quoc without a visa for up to 30 days.

V. Vietnam visa application – what to do for any traveler who needs a Vietnam visa

Vietnam visa perhaps does not pose any problem or difficulty for those who need a visa to enter Vietnam as at the moment, there are up to 3 ways to get a valid and legitimate Vietnam visa, namely:

  1. Apply for visa at Vietnam embassy;
  2. Apply for Vietnam visa on arrival; and
  3. Apply for e-visa.

Now, let’s learn one by one briefly.

3 ways to get a valid visa for Vietnam
3 ways to get a valid visa for Vietnam

1. Vietnam embassy visa (also known as Pre-arranged Vietnam visa)

This is the traditional way to obtain a visa for Vietnam. This kind of visa is issued by Vietnam missions in foreign countries (Vietnam embassy/consulate).

To get this kind of visa, applicants will normally need to:

  1. Visit website of the embassy/consulate with which they need to apply for the visa;
  2. Complete the form, stick your photo there and sign it;
  3. Travel to the embassy/consulate of Vietnam to submit the form together with original passport and other documents (as required) and pay the visa fee;
  4. Travel back home and wait;
  5. Travel to the embassy/consulate again to receive the passport together with visa stamp.

This whole process may take 3 to 5 working days. And it is available for both tourists and business travelers to Vietnam with a validity of up to 1 year. Vietnam visa cost of this kind varies by visa type and embassy as well.

Here are contact details of Vietnam embassy/consulate worldwide: Vietnam Embassy Directory.

2. Vietnam visa on arrival (VOA – also known as Vietnam visa at airport)

This kind of visa is issued by Vietnam Immigration Department. This option is the most commonly used way to get the visa today due to these 5 undeniable advantages of Vietnam visa on arrival.

Its application covers 3 simple steps as follows:

  1. Applicants need to access to website of a Vietnam visa center, then complete an online form, and make payment of service fee to such center;
  2. After a certain period of time, normally 2 working days, they will receive a visa approval letter via email;
  3. They will show the letter to board the flight and then finally get visa stamped upon arrival at Vietnam airport by showing original passport and the visa approval letter and paying stamping fee.

This kind of visa is available for both tourists and business travelers to Vietnam with a validity of up to 1 year. But it is for those traveling to Vietnam by AIR only. The Vietnam visa cost may vary by visa type, normal or urgent processing, number of applicants in a group. You may see for reference.

This way of Vietnam visa application are very popular among travelers, and perhaps is the single option to get a visa within a few working hours. And in the VOA market today, there are hundreds of Vietnam visa centers, and which one to trust in becomes a concern of various travelers.

Here we will show you 5 criteria to identify a reliable Vietnam visa center to trust your money and therefore your trip as well.

3. Vietnam electronic visa (or E-visa)

This is the newest way of getting a visa for Vietnam. It has been introduced since February 1, 2017 in a 2-year pilot duration. This kind of visa takes 3 working days for processing, costs US$25 and is granted for single entry visits for up to 30 days to nationals of the 46 eligible countries.

The full list is here.

To apply for e-visas,

  1. those citizens need to access to, complete the form with required information and documents.
  2. After that, they will receive an application code and will be asked to pay a non-refundable fee online.
  3. After around 3 working days for tourists to find out if their applications have been approved or not.
  4. If yes, they will receive a loose-leaf e-visa with a QR code. This visa should be then printed and showed to immigration officer at arrival gate in Vietnam as a part of the immigration process.

Here comes a brief description of 3 ways to get a visa for Vietnam today. A full comparison which provides you with basis to decide which one is the most suitable option for you is available here: 3 ways to get legitimate Vietnam visa.

This detailed Vietnam visa policy is collected by – a trustworthy Vietnam visa center with over 11 years of uninterrupted service in VOA market, assisting over 300,000 groups of travelers from over 210 countries to get a visa for Vietnam. In case you do not find any information you need in this post, feel free to let us know.

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