For a tourist visa, you just need to apply Vietnam visa with short period but with other purposes you want to stay for a long time, what can you do? A long period type of visa such as 6 months or 1 year Vietnam visa and 5 year Vietnam visa can help you to stay in Vietnam longer. However, applying 5 year Vietnam visa also has condition: you and your parents have Vietnam origins.
How to get 5 year Vietnam visa?
5 year Vietnam visa for UK citizens
UK (United Kingdom) citizens who are married to Vietnamese people or have Vietnamese relatives can apply for a 5 year Vietnam visa. With this kind of visa, you are allowed to enter Vietnam several times, but each time you can only stay in Vietnam for 90 days, when it expires you may leave or apply for a stay extension. Most people consider this an opportunity to visit a neighboring country and then comeback.
5 year Vietnam visa does not make you to do too much but have to come in person to apply. Of course, remember to bring the fees, charges may vary, so be sure to bring extra cash in case.
Step 1: Regroup the required documents and fill out the paperwork
Application form: A completed 5 year Vietnam visa exemption application form
2 passport photos: Two 4×6 photos (white background, taken within 6 months and without glasses) on demand.
Passport: Needs to be valid for at least 1 year and has at least 7 days remaining(attached with a copy for the competent authority to save).
1 original document which proves you were either born in Vietnam or the child or spouse of a Vietnamese national. It could be a Vietnamese passport, birth certificate or verification of marriage.
Step 2: Present at your country’s embassy or consulate to get your foreign document verified.
Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in England
Address: 2-14 Victoria Road, London W8 5RD
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Embassy of Vietnam in England, it is provided for information about embassy and service purpose.
Step 3: Go to the Vietnam Office of External Relations to get the verified birth certificate authenticated and translated to Vietnamese.
Vietnam Office of External Relations
Address: 184 Bis 1, Pasteur, Ben Nghe, Quan 1, Ho Chí Minh
Process: about 1 week
Direction: You need to go up the stairs and office just to your right. There should be a tray on one of the counters for you to drop your verified foreign documents. It takes you some minutes (no more than 10 minutes) to sit on one of the chairs leaning against the wall and wait for them to call your name.
Step 4: Submit your application and documents at the Vietnamese Department of Immigration
Vietnamese department in Ho Chi Minh city
Address: 333-337 Nguyen Trai, Nguyen Cu Trinh, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh
Process: Exactly 7 days
Direction: You should go straight to the counter 14 (no need to pick up and wait) after entering the building, give them your application and documents and they should know what to do. Then, go to the counter and wait on a nearby chair until they call your name to pay for fee (either in VND or USD). The entire process is simple and it will take less than 30 minutes.
Return to the building 7 days later and go straight to the counter indicated on your receipt, show them the receipt in exchange for your passport to get your 5 year Vietnam visa.
5 year Vietnam visa fees
An experience was told that there are people lurking around the Vietnamese Department of Immigration who will offer to take care of everything for you for US $150. Some people thought they could save money by doing it on themselves and refused help and ended up spending a lot more time and money than anticipated. In the end, they could only save $0.79 and had to take hours off of work over a series of weeks.
We do not tell this story to recommend you to outside service, this is just a story for you to refer 5 year Vietnam visa fees.