Do citizens of Puerto Rico need a visa for traveling to Vietnam or not?

Puerto Rico Passport Holders are required visa for entering Vietnam.

There're 2 ways to get visa for entering Vietnam : 1/ Apply visa at embassy & 2/ Apply online to get approval for getting visa on arrival Vietnam.

- Unfortunately, No embassy of Vietnam in Puerto Rico & Embassy of Vietnam in Countries Close to Puerto Rico if you want to go : Cuba & Venezuela

- Best way for citizens of Puerto Rico to get Vietnam visa without going to embassy : Apply for getting Vietnam visa on arrival

Being a Puerto Rican citizen, do I need a Vietnam visa?

To answer the question, there are a total of 17 countries, the citizens of which do not require a visa for entering Vietnam and staying there for a limited amount of time within a 30 days cycle. The 17 countries which allow visa free entry for its citizens to Vietnam are: Denmark, Finland, Japan, Norway, Russia, Sweden and South Korea are allowed to enter Vietnam exempt of visa requirements for a period of 15 days in a 30 days cycle. 

Citizens from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand can also enter Vietnam free of visa and stay for 30 days. And the citizens of Philippines can come to Vietnam and enjoy a visa free stay for a period of 21 days. Finally, nationals of Brunei and Myanmar are allowed a visa free stay in Vietnam for a period of 14 days in a 30 days cycle. Note, that by a 30 days cycle, we mean that a person can only stay for the aforementioned time period allotted by the Immigration department of Vietnam by the Immigration law and are required to leave Vietnam for at least 30 days before they can come back again. In case they exceed their free of visa staying period, they will be required to apply for a visa and also if the citizens of the above mentioned countries return to Vietnam in less than 30 days break, they will also require a visa. 

So, yes a citizen holding an ordinary passport of Puerto Rico will require a visa for visiting Vietnam. Every Puerto Rican citizen is required to apply for a Vietnam visa except the ones who are married to people holding a Vietnam visa. 

How to apply for a Vietnam visa for a citizen of Puerto Rico?

As there are no Embassy of Vietnam in Puerto Rico, a person visiting Vietnam from Puerto Rico can apply for a visa in three ways: they can either go to the nearest Embassy of Vietnam in a neighboring country and apply for visa there, or they can apply for a visa ‘on arrival’ i.e. at the airport in Hanoi, No Chi Minh City or Da Nang and the lastly, they can also apply for a visa online. 

Now the first option of applying for a visa from an Embassy at the nearest neighboring country is highly inconvenient and also tremendously time consuming, needless to mention expensive. So the last two options are the most cost effective ones as well as easier. 

Especially applying online can be described as the quickest and most hassle-free way to obtain a Vietnam visa, as all necessary procedures can be done from the comfort of your own home over the internet. And one will obtain the ‘visa approval letter’ from the Immigration department of Vietnam easily, which all they need to do is, get a print out of and stick it to the passport. And that is all one will need to get on board and arrive at Vietnam. Lastly, the ‘visa approval letter’ needs to be stamped at the airport in Vietnam by an Immigration officer and Voila. One can enjoy a pleasant and hassle free visa-approved stay in Vietnam for a maximum of 1 or 3 months depending on the type of visa. 

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