Do I need to obtain a Vietnam visa for traveling from Haifa? If yes, how to obtain it? These are perhaps questions that all travelers to Vietnam from Haifa may have, especially in their first time to Vietnam.
No need to look somewhere else, reading this post shall provide you enough information in these issues.
Now, let’s deal with these issues one by one.
Vietnam Visa Requirement in Haifa
When mentioning Vietnam visa requirement, we mention your nationality, not your current place. So, there will be two scenarios in this case:
1. If you are Israeli passport holder in Haifa or in any place, you will be exempted from Vietnam visa if:
- You directly travel to Phu Quoc Island from a foreign country or territory outside Vietnam;
- Stay there for no more than 30 days, and then leave it for a foreign country or territory outside Vietnam.
Otherwise, you will need a visa to Vietnam whether you travel from Haifa or any place.
2. In case you hold passport of other nationality but is currently is in Haifa, please check whether you need the visa or not by accessing to https://www.vietnam-visa.com/vietnam-visa-exemption/. If your nationality is listed in this link, a visa is not required.
Otherwise, you will need a visa to Vietnam.
So, if you do not need the visa, you can ignore the following section. But in case you need one, you may wonder if it is difficult to get a visa for Vietnam in Haifa which will be dealt with below.
How to get Vietnam visa in Haifa?
Getting Vietnam visa in Haifa is said so easy today thanks to two ways to do so, namely:
- Getting visa via the Vietnam embassy; or
- Getting visa on arrival.
Following are major differences between these two ways:
Visa on arrival
Vietnam Immigration Department
2 working days (or 2 hours urgent)
4 – 5 working days
From US$21 (excluding stamp fee)
Varied by case
Postal cost, driving, parking fees
Now, let’s see in details how each of them works to figure out which is the best for you.
For Visa at Vietnam Embassy:
There is a big inconvenience in this case that there is no office of Embassy of Vietnam in Haifa, but only one in Tel Aviv, around 92 from Haifa. They may accept submissions in person or by post. So, if it is not convenient for you to reach the embassy in person, you are highly recommended to contact them in advance for exact information.
If they accept submissions via post, then follow the steps below:
- Download the application form on website of the embassy you are planned to apply for visa with, fill it out and attached it with a photo;
- Prepare documents for application, including: application form, original passport, photos and visa fee, an envelop with unused stamp and others as required by the embassy;
- Send all the documents and visa fee to the embassy address by post;
- Wait and receive the envelop back with your original passport and visa stamp;
When sending your important paper, including your original passport and visa fee to the embassy, please select the reliable carrier to ensure such paper shall not be lost on their way to reach the embassy and vice versa.
For Visa on Arrival
This way is said to solve the inconvenience of the former way – risk of losing passport on the way forth and back from the embassy by post; various documents to be submitted for visa application. Its application is made completely online without submitting any documents. Accordingly, it is said very convenient for those in Haifa who are far from the embassy of Vietnam.
Here is the process to get Vietnam visa on arrival for Haifa residents:
- Access to https://booking.vietnam-visa.com/step1.html, and complete the form here (no document is required);
- Review to make sure all information is correct, and then make payment of service fee online;
- Wait for maximum 2 working days or even 2 working hours in urgent cases (for tourist visa) to get visa approval letter delivered to email;
- Get visa stamped upon original passport upon arrival at Vietnam airport (a few minutes at the airport).
But one big disadvantage of visa on arrival is that it is available for those traveling to Vietnam by air only. The former way remains your single choice in case you travel to Vietnam by bus, train or ship.
After reading this post, can you well define your case? Do you need a visa to Vietnam and what is the best way for you to get a convenient and cheap Vietnam visa from Haifa?