Vietnam visa requirements for Bhutanese citizens

Vietnam visa requirement for Bhutanese nationality

Bhutanese nationality is not included in the visa exemption list; therefore, all Bhutanese need to apply visa to Vietnam for either tourism or business purpose.

Vietnam Embassy has NOT been established in Bhutan;
Vietnam visa is required for all Bhutanese citizens;
Bhutanese citizens are NOT eligible for e-visa;
Bhutanese citizens can get visa on arrival;

At present, there are 3 options for the Bhutanese citizens applying for Vietnam visa:

1. Apply for a visa at the Vietnam Embassy:

Since there is no representative office of Vietnam’s government in Bhutan at present, the foreigners (including Bhutanese citizens and other nationalities residing in Bhutan) are suggested to contact the nearest Vietnamese Embassy in neighboring countries: Bangladesh, Myanmar, India, Laos, China and Thailand to get pre-stamped visa.

2. Apply for Vietnam visa on arrival:

If it is inconvenient for you to visit the Vietnam Embassy in neighboring countries, you may select Vietnam visa on arrival to simplify your visa application process.
Visa on arrival is an alternative way to obtain a visa to Vietnam in addition to the traditional way of obtaining a visa at Vietnam Embassy or Consulates. Once issued, it has same validity with the visa get from Vietnamese Embassy or Consulates. However, visa on arrival is applicable for those who travel Vietnam by airplane only.

3. Apply for e-visa for Vietnam

From 1 February 2017, the citizens from 46 countries are eligible to apply for the 30 days (single entry) e-visas for Vietnam. As Bhutan is not in the list, Vietnam e-visa is NOT available for Bhutanese passport holders at present.

Applying for Vietnam visa is never easier than ever! With the support of internet and high technology applications, getting a visa for Vietnam is becoming more and more simple. The customers now have different options to apply for Vietnam visa at their most convenience. Each option has its own pros and cons and below is the comparison between 2 popular options:

DescriptionVisa on arrivalTraditional visa
Issued byVietnam Immigration DepartmentVietnam Embassy or Consulates with the approval of Vietnam Immigration Department
Passport required or not?No need to send your original passport awayParting with your original passport
Processing timeNormal service: 2 working days;
Urgent service: 1 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours or 1 working day;
Normal service: 3 - 5 working days
Processing fee (*)From US $6 + stamping fee, 100% refundable if visa rejectedFrom US $45, non-refundable in any case
Payment methodMoney order, cashier’s check, company checkCredit cards, Paypal, Western Union, bank wire transfer
Additional feeNonePostal cost, driving fee and even air fares to reach the Vietnam Embassy
Visa applicationOnline totallyIn person or by post
Travel byBy airplanes onlyBy any means of transport
Get visa stampedQueuing in front of Immigration Counter at arrival airport in Vietnam to get visa stamped. This can be skipped with our fast track service.Having visa already stamped onto your passport before entry Vietnam.
SupportLimited online support24 hours a day, 7 days a week
ConvinienceIt is especially convenient for those who are staying far away Vietnamese Embassy.Difficult for those who is living in the country with no Vietnam Embassy
AvailabilityFor travelers to Vietnam by air onlyFor travelers to Vietnam by any transports

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