Vietnam welcomed 1.99 million international visitors in January 2020, representing a 32.8% year-on-year increase, evidence of the country’s growing appeal.
To support the booming tourist industry, Vietnam now offers an electronic visa, facilitating entry to the country: with no need to present paperwork in person at an embassy or consulate, it is much more convenient than a traditional visa application.
Among those eligible for the Vietnamese eVisa are citizens of Panama. To take advantage, Panamanins should first ensure they meet all the Vietnam visa requirements and apply for the permit online, as detailed below.
Do Panamanian Citizens Need a Visa for Vietnam?
A visa is required to travel from Panama to Vietnam. Only those citizens with a diplomatic or service category passport are able to enter the country visa-free.
Fortunately, the visa application process for Panamanian citizens is straightforward and can be obtained 100% online.
The Vietnam tourist visa online is valid for a range of purposes in addition to tourism, including:
- Business trips
- Visiting family and/or friends
- Official visits or summits
- Short-term employment
Documents Required to Get a Vietnam Visa from Panama
Panamanian citizens can apply for the Vietnamese eVisa from the comfort of their own home, 24 hours a day. The form and all supporting documents are submitted electronically.
To be eligible for the permit, applicants must have a Panamanian passport valid for 6 months beyond the date on which they will enter Panama.
A recent digital passport photograph is requested in addition to a scan of the passport’s biometric page showing the photo, number, and issue/expiry dates of the document.
The only other requirements are a debit or credit card to pay the Vietnam eVisa fees and a current email address to which any correspondence and the approved visa will be sent.
Applying for a Vietnam E-visa with a Panamanian Passport
To obtain the travel document, citizens of Panama are required to complete the Vietnam eVisa form with the following information:
- Personal information including full name and date and place of birth
- Passport details such as the number and expiry date
- Arrival date and accommodation details
Additional questions relating to the individual’s medical history must also be answered.
To avoid Vietnamese eVisa rejection and delays it is important that all details are filled in accurately, free of any errors including spelling mistakes.
Once the form is completed, the eVisa fees are paid using a debit or credit card and the application is submitted for approval.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Vietnam eVisa from Panama?
Panamanians can complete the eVisa request form in under an hour.
Applications are processed within 1 to 3 business days, in case of any delays or complications, it is recommended to apply a week before departing Panama for Vietnam.
The approved eVisa is emailed directly to the address provided on the form, to be printed and presented with the passport at the border.
The Vietnam eVisa is the quickest way for Panama citizens to gain access to Vietnam.
How Long Can Panamanians stay in Vietnam with an E-visa?
The Vietnam eVisa is valid for 30 days from the arrival date provided when making the application. If the visa holder does not enter the country within this timeframe, a new eVisa will need to be obtained.
The eVisa is single-entry and citizens of Panama can enjoy a stay of up to 30 days in Vietnam with the approved travel document.
It is important not to overstay a Vietnamese visa, doing so may lead to fines or issues accessing the country in the future.
Tourists who wish to extend the Vietnam eVisa should contact the Vietnamese Department for Immigration for assistance.
Vietnam Visa on Arrival for Panama Nationals
Citizens of Panama can obtain a visa on arrival for Vietnam, available at one of the country’s 5 major airports. Thirty and 60-day VOAs are offered.
The visa on arrival (VOA) for Vietnam requires more paperwork and the process is longer.
Not only does an online form need to be submitted, but applicants must also acquire an approval letter for the Vietnamese VOA. This letter must be printed and presented at the immigration office along with 2 passport-style photos.
Another drawback is that travelers have to wait in the immigration line at the airport in order to get a passport stamp and be granted access to the country. An additional stamping fee must be paid in cash at the airport (USD and Vietnamese Dong are accepted).
To avoid queuing at the border for a VOA, many Panamanian visitors opt for the Vietnam eVisa which offers the fastest and most straightforward solution.