How to get Vietnam Visa for Chinese Passport Holders?

Chinese Passport Holders are required to apply for visa to enter Vietnam. Like most of other countries, there are 2 ways to get Vietnam visa for Chinese citizens: either get Vietnam visa directly at Vietnam Embassy in China or apply for visa on arrival through an online booking travel agent.

     –  Getting Vietnam visa at Vietnam Embassy/Consulate in China

This seems to be the most popular and classic way to obtain Vietnam Visa before you leave for Vietnam. The normal time will take 5-7 working days. The paperwork includes your original passport, 2 passport-sized photos, stamping fee ranging from USD 80 or even doubled for urgent cases.

What way to get Vietnam visa from Vietnam Embassy quicker and cheaper?

With increasing demands of Chinese citizens for an effective and hassle-free visa procedure, Vietnam Visa Code Service has been developed to assist Chinese passport holders in picking up their visas at Vietnam Embassy in China.

Vietnam Visa Code (or Visa Approval Code) is a letter granted by Vietnam Immigration Department. The procedure to obtain Vietnam Visa Code is similar to that of visa on arrival in some ways. You only need to apply online through a travel agent and get the letter through email. After printing the letter, the applicants only need to bring their original passports and present the copy of the visa approval code at the Vietnam Embassy and get their visa stamped there.  By such this way, you will save a lot of time going back and forth to Vietnam Embassy to complete the whole process and visa fee you must pay also will be decreased in agreement between Vietnam Immigration Department and Vietnam Embassy.

     –  Applying for visa on arrival through an online booking travel agent

Visa on arrival is no longer a strange term for those who often travel to foreign countries these days.  This is considered as the easiest and cheapest way to obtain visa to Vietnam. The only thing you must consider about this type of visa is about means of transport since visa on arrival works well for air travel only.

Can all Chinese passport holders apply for visa on arrival?

The answer is “No”. Sounds strange? But this regulation is quite unique to Chinese passport holders who fly from China mainland. The reason comes from the fact that Chinese Immigration Officers at airports in China deny to realize visa approval letter as an official document to pass through the customs. Therefore, if you are Chinese passport holders who fly from China mainland to Vietnam, you must apply for visa at Vietnam Embassy prior to your departure.

Then how can Chinese passport holders apply for Vietnam visa on arrival?

If Chinese citizens arrive from an international airport of a third countrysuch as Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, etc., which is not China mainland, they completely can apply for Vietnam visa on arrival. In this case, what they need to do is fill in the online application form, make payment and get the letter of approval within 2 working days for normal processing.

Currently, Immivietnamvisa offers both 2 methods for Chinese applicants to get Vietnam visa. For more details about service fee and application process for Chinese passport holders, please send us an email to

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