Beginning 1 Feb 2017, Vietnam officially launched their new e-visa program. The advantage of an e-visa is that clients will not have to wait at the airport for a Visa on Arrival, resulting in a faster Immigration process.
Nationals of eligible countries will be able to apply for a 30-day, single-entry e-visa. The fee is US$25/pax, paid at the time your application is submitted. This fee is non-refundable, even if the visa is refused.
Below is the full list of eligible nationalities:
Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brunei, Bulgaria, Chile, China (not applicable to Chinese e-passport holders), Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Myanmar, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Timor Leste, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela
From 27 JAN – 2 FEB 2017, Vietnam will celebrate Tet Nguyen Dan (Vietnamese New Year) or “Tet” as it is more commonly known.
Tet is the biggest and most popular festival of the year
Preparation for the Tet holiday is a special and significant affair and begins well in advance of the holiday. Many Vietnamese cook special holiday foods and thoroughly clean their own home as well as the gravesites of their ancestors. Vietnamese begin cleaning early in an effort to get rid of bad luck before the New Year begins. One can not sweep during the holiday because one would be sweeping away the good luck. Painting one’s home, polishing all kitchen utensils and planting new flowers is common. Many people, especially children, purchase new clothes and shoes to wear on the first day of the year. Another well-known – and popular – custom during Tet is to put money in a red envelope and give it as a gift to children.
The first person to visit your home during Tet is considered a forecast of the coming year