As a citizen of Somalia, you are kindly advised to have Vietnam Visa to enter Vietnam. This article will help you with many ways to apply for Vietnam visa in Somalia.
Do Somalia citizens need a visa to visit Vietnam?
According to the current Vietnam’s Law, Vietnam has an exemption list that some country do not need a visa to enter. This is list of countries that Vietnam Immigration allows their citizens to enter Vietnam without visa with detailed length of stay.
If you are Somalian passport holders, unfortunately, your country is not in exemption list to enter Vietnam so you need to apply visa. If you are not Somalian citizens but live in Somalia, please look up the list above to see whether your nationality is required a Vietnam visa or not.
Applying for Vietnam Visa at Vietnam Embassy in Somalia
This is a traditional way that foreigners usually use when they want to apply for a Vietnam visa. How can foreigners apply for Vietnam visa in Somalia? You just need to follow these steps to apply for a Vietnam visa at the Vietnam Embassy in Somalia:
- Contact the Embassy (with the details provided above) to make an appointment. In case there is no Vietnam Representative Office in your country, please kindly check other countries to find the nearest Vietnam Embassy/ Consulate to contact for getting Vietnam Visa.
- Go to the Embassy website, download and fill in the application form.
- Bring all needed documents (see below).
- Return to the Vietnam Embassy to collect your visa after 5 working days.
- Process time: it depends on you and how fast you need your visa. In many different cases, time will not be the same. For a detail answer, you should make a call to your agency or to Vietnam Embassy in advance.
The documents to apply visa at the embassy/ consulate are different from regions to regions. However, it normally includes:
- Application form.
- Passport which is valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Vietnam and still has at least two blank pages.
- Recent passport-sized color photos (Image must be taken within the last 3 months; Photos should be in color and should be taken against a white background; Image must show the full face and without headgear (headgear worn in accordance with religious or racial customs is acceptable but must not hide the facial features)).
- Relating documents basing on particular embassy/ consulate request.
At this moment, Vietnam Embassy or Consulate has not been established in Somalia, so you must to contact with The Vietnam Embassy in the nearest countries such as Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
Applying Vietnam visa on arrival in Somalia
Instead of coming directly to Vietnam Embassy to apply Vietnam visa, there is another way which takes you less time than the traditional one, called Vietnam Visa On Arrival. What is Vietnam visa on Arrival? With just a click for application, after filling out an online application form and making a payment for service fee, applicants will get approval letters issued by the Immigration Dept of Vietnam after a few working days. With this letter, the applicant will be able to get visa stamped upon arrival at any Vietnam international airports they land. This is called Visa on Arrival.
By using visa on arrival Vietnam, the Somalia travelers do not need to wait too long to get the approval letter, an official document issued by Vietnam Immigration Department giving permission to get the visa upon arrival.
In order to get a Vietnam visa on arrival, Somalia visitors should pay two types of fee: the service fee and the stamping fee.
- Service fee: The service fee is for visa approval letter processing.
- Stamping fee: The stamping fee is paid in cash to the Vietnam Immigration Officer at the arrival airport to get the visa stamp.
How to apply for Vietnam visa on arrival in Somalia?
Step 1: Fill out the apply Vietnam visa on arrival form online with your personal information and kind of visa you want to apply.
Step 2: Make online payment by Credit card via PayPal. After finishing to make payment, you immediately receive an email informing about your order with detailed information. Your job is to wait for the result. It takes about 2 working days for basic services or faster if you choose urgent services.
Step 3: Receive Approval letter which helps you when you get in airplane and it’s required to show at “Landing Visa” or “Visa Upon Arrival” office for picking up your visa.
Step 4: On arrival at your destination airport, you are required to submit your visa approval letter + passport + Vietnamese visa application form, then waiting to be called for paying the visa stamping fee to get your visa.
Applying Vietnam visa on Arrival, you can get your Vietnam visa in Mogadishu, Hargeisa, Bosaso, Burco, Kismayo, Borama, Baydhabo, Beledweyne, Galkaio, Garowe or any places in Somalia. Let’s apply visa at visavietnamonline.org!
Before obtaining Vietnam visa, you should note:
- Make sure your passport has minimum 6 month validity and left pages.
- For visa upon arrival option, it is applicable for those traveling by air to Vietnam.
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