Ways get visa Vietnam for New Zealand citizen

There're 2 ways to get visa for entering Vietnam :

1/ Apply visa at Embassy of Vietnam in New Zealand in person at location as below: 

- Address: Level 21 Grand Plimmer Tower, 2-6 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

- Website:  www.vietnamembassy-newzealand.org

2/ Or if you don't want to go to embassy location, you can apply online to get approval for getting visa on arrival Vietnam.

If you are a citizen of New Zealand and you are planning to visit Vietnam it is mandatory that you have a valid visa. However, many countries are there who are exempted from having a visa to enter Vietnam, but unfortunately New Zealand is not among the list. Since 1996 rules are made more flexible and now New Zealand citizens coming to Vietnam can collect their visa on arrival to the Vietnam airport. 

There are officially two ways to get a Vietnam visa form New Zealand. 

• Visa from Vietnam Embassy - There is a Vietnam Embassy in New Zealand which is the best place to collect your Vietnam visa from New Zealand. Here you need to collect the visa in person. The processing time needed is 5-7 business days. For getting a visa in this way you need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. The Vietnam embassy is situated at Wellington at New Zealand. 

• Visa from online - This service is mainly for those who reside far away from the Vietnam Embassy in New Zealand. This is also a safe process as you don’t need to show your passport while collecting the visa. This process is also termed as Vietnam visa on arrival process. If you choose this procedure you can apply for the visa via a tourist agent or a tourism company online. The issuing department of the visa is the Vietnam Immigration Department. The processing time needed is 1-2 business days. 

How to collect Vietnam visa on arrival?

There are many online sites for apply for visa on arrival to Vietnam. Once you visit any of these sites the immediate step that you need to do is fill in the application form online and pay the service tax by using a credit card. You generally need to wait for 2 business days. If you want it urgently then it will take 1 day time and your approval letter will be mailed to you. The next important step is to collect your visa which can be done on arriving the Vietnam airport. For collecting the visa you need a copy of your approval letter, your passport, 2 passport size photos and some dollars to be paid as stamping fee at the Vietnam airport. 

Things to remember

The second method i.e. Vietnam visa on arrival is only applicable to the people having a New Zealand passport and travelling by air. If you plan to visit Vietnam by some other transport, then you need to collect your visa directly from the Vietnam Embassy in New Zealand. In such cases make sure that you passport is valid for 6 months. This way of getting a Vietnam visa is preferred by most of the people due to its short processing time and it is also a cost effective way. 

It is also to be remembered that VOA is also not a full visa. Instead it is a particular situation in which the traveler employs a travel agent before he or she arrives to Vietnam in order to obtain an official approval letter on their approval to Vietnam. 

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