Ways for obtaining a Vietnam visa for citizens of Puerto Rico

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

As for citizens of Puerto Rico, an ordinary Puerto Rican passport holder cannot enter Vietnam without a Visa, i.e. citizens of Puerto Rico are required to apply for a visa for entering Vietnam, except for those who are married to a Vietnamese visa holder. Also all Puerto Rican nationals are required to be guaranteed for, by an agent from Vietnam. 

Which countries are allowed to enter Vietnam exempt of visa?

Citizens of the below mentioned countries are allowed to enter Vietnam without needing a visa for a fixed amount of days. They are:

Brunei and Myanmar: 14 days 

Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Japan and South Korea: 15 days

Philippines: 21 days

Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia: 30 days

Note: according to the Immigration Law of Vietnam, citizens of the above mentioned countries can only enjoy a visa free stay in Vietnam if they leave after the aforementioned span of time for a minimum of 30 days and then come back to enjoy their visa-free trip again. 

Where to apply for a Vietnam visa for citizens of Puerto Rico?

Currently there is no Embassy of Vietnam in Puerto Rico, so visitors planning to come to Vietnam can only opt for an ‘on arrival visa’, this is provided to them on arrival at the airport at Vietnam. 

Applying for Vietnam visa from Puerto Rico:

If you are a citizen of Puerto Rico holding an normal Puerto Rican passport, then the procedure for applying a visa for Vietnam can be a little complicated and the visa application fee can also be a little higher than other countries. 

As for fee requirements for applying for a Vietnam visa for citizens of Puerto Rico, two types of fees are payable to the Immigration Department of Vietnam. A ‘visa approval fee’ and a ‘visa stamping fee’, the visa approval fee is paid to the Vietnamese Immigration for acquiring the visa application form for Puerto Rican citizens. This fee is usually paid to the agent who represents the Puerto Rican citizens and requests to send the visa approval letter for them. A Puerto Rican citizen can pay this fee in any way, either using a credit/debit card, Bank transfer, Pay pal or even use Western Union money transfer. A noteworthy point to be mentioned here is that, one must understand that the ‘visa approval fee’ should be paid to the agent prior to the issuance of the visa approval letter.

The ‘visa stamping fee’ should be paid at the airport at Vietnam, at the time when an applicant(s) get their visa stamped. Now this fee amount remains the same for citizens of all nationalities. In order to stamp the visa for foreigners traveling to Vietnam, the Immigration officer at Vietnam will ask for your passport and the visa approval letter. 

You can also choose to apply for visa online and complete the whole procedure through the internet for a more convenient and faster visa processing. You will receive the visa approval letter from the Immigration Department of Vietnam and all you need to do is stick the printed letter at the back of your passport when getting on board. 

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