Vietnam has no shortage of stunning natural wonders, from the gorgeous emerald waters of Ha Long Bay to the canals of Hoi An, the architectural wonders of Da Nang, and even the imperial places of Hue.
This colorful and exciting country is buzzing with life and activities, which is one of the main reasons why it gets so many tourists — over 15 million international arrivals only in 2018, to be more exact.
Luckily, Vietnam has a simple electronic visa policy that was introduced back in 2017. This new technology allows Vietnam to be one of the many countries that offer online visas (also called eVisas) to tourists from different countries.
Do Greek Citizens Need a Visa for Vietnam?
One of the most common questions is, “Do citizens of Greece need a visa in order to travel to Vietnam?”. The answer is very clear: Yes, all travelers from Greece who are planning on entering Vietnam must have a visa in order to do so. The only exception is for holders of a diplomatic passport (not an ordinary passport), who do not need a Vietnamese visa.
Thankfully, the process to obtain a Vietnamese eVisa is very simple and easy for Greek travelers. All they have to do is fill out a short Vietnam visa application form, wait for the eVisa to be processed, and receive the document online.
There is no need for Greek nationals to wait in line at the embassy, fill out any paperwork, or even have a face-to-face interview with an immigration officer. Everything is processed electronically, saving you time and adding an extra layer of convenience.
Vietnam Tourist Visa for Greek Passport Holders
Travelers who hold a visa for Vietnam from Greece are able to travel to Vietnam for many different purposes, including but not limited to tourism, visiting relatives, investing in businesses and property, and to study.
The Vietnamese tourist eVisa is a single-entry visa that is valid for a maximum of 30 days. Travelers can enter Vietnam via land, sea, or airports with their electronic travel permits.
There are only a handful of Vietnam visa requirements for Greek citizens. Applicants will only need to have the following:
- A valid Greece-issued passport
- A clear and recent digital passport photo of themselves
- A digital scan of the traveler’s passport’s biometric page (with their photo, passport number, and date of issue/expiration)
- A valid credit or debit card to pay the eVisa application fee
- A valid email address to receive correspondence related to the Vietnamese eVisa
Please note that the Greek passport must be valid for 30 or more days after the date of arrival in Vietnam. The passport must have two (or more) blank pages where the immigration officer will add stamps at the border.
Travelers who wish to apply for a Vietnam electronic visa from Greece can do so via the online application form. The application takes less than 15 minutes and will ask travelers to provide their:
- Full name (first and surname)
- Contact information
- Passport information
- Date of birth
- A brief summary of their trip
The second part of the application will ask for the traveler’s arrival and departure dates, the address where the traveler will reside (hotel or accommodation), and about their vaccine history.
Travelers can expect to have their Vietnamese eVisa processed within 24 to 72 hours after they have submitted the application online. In rare circumstances, it may take more than 72 hours due to public holidays, delays, or inaccurate answers. Therefore, it is recommended to go over the application and double-checking to make sure that everything is correct before submitting it.
It is also advisable to be aware of the conditions when extending the Vietnamese e-Visa.
Vietnam Visa on Arrival for Greek Citizens
Vietnam also offers travelers from Greece to have the option of receiving a Vietnamese visa on arrival. The Vietnam visa on arrival (also called a VOA) is only available to travelers who will be arriving at any of the five main airports in Vietnam. The VOA is available for either a 30-day or 60-day stay in Vietnam.
However, the process of obtaining a Vietnamese VOA takes more paperwork than the eVisa, as travelers must submit an online form, print out the approval, and carry two passport-style photos to be presented when they arrive in the country.
Taking the VOA route may also be longer than applying for a traditional Vietnamese eVisa because travelers will need to stay in a separate queue to get their visa on arrival and a passport stamp. Sometimes, this queue may take hours, which is why Vietnam recommends obtaining the eVisa ahead of time.