With the steady increase in the number of international visitors in Vietnam, in 2017 the Vietnamese government introduced an electronic travel authorization, the Vietnam eVisa, available for citizens of 81 countries around the world.
In addition to these, citizens of 24 countries are allowed to enter Vietnam visa-free for short term stays between 14 and 90 days, the period varying based on nationality.
Vietnam is an important touristic destination year-round, attracting travelers to the cities of Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City, the many national parks, World Heritage Sites, islands and beaches.
The eVisa allows travelers a single-entry visit to Vietnam for up to 30 days for tourism purposes and also for a few other different reasons:
- Visiting friends or relatives
- To invest in Vietnamese enterprise
- For labor or short employment
- Study purposes
- For an official visit or summit
The eVisa allows travelers to enter Vietnam through the following types of entry ports:
- One of the 8 international airports
- Some eligible seaports
- Some eligible land crossings (from China, Laos, and Cambodia)
Vietnam Visa Entry Requirements for Peruvian Nationals
The following are the Vietnam visa requirements for Peruvian citizens:
- A passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry in Vietnam
- A passport-style digital photo
- A digital scan of the biographical page of their passport
- A valid email address
- A credit or debit card for the payment of the visa fee
Travelers should ensure they have all the necessary documentation before applying for a visa.
In some situations, they may also require a vaccination. While there are no mandatory vaccinations for Vietnam, these can depend on the nationality of the traveler, their health history and the purpose and length of their trip so they should consult a doctor prior to departure to learn more about any vaccinations they might need.
How to Apply for Vietnam eVisa from Peru
Peruvian travelers can easily apply for a Vietnam eVisa from the comfort of their home. All they will need is an internet connection and the abovementioned documentation.
Filling out the application form will only take a few minutes. In the form, they will be prompted to provide the following:
- Personal information such as full name, address, date of birth
- Passport details, including the number, issue, and expiry date, nationality
- Travel plans: dates, hotel address
- Health information: this item might include questions about travelers’ medical history, and whether they have the proper vaccinations to visit the country
The processing time of the Vietnam eVisa is between 48 and 72 hours. To make sure they will receive their visa on time, travelers are invited to apply at least seven days prior to departure.
Applicants will receive an email containing their eVisa in a PDF. It is important to print the PDF in order to present it at the entry port, together with the passport.
Peruvian citizens holding two passports should make sure to use the same one when filling out the application form and during their trip to Vietnam. Otherwise, there is a risk of the visa application being rejected.
Vietnam Visas Available for Peru Passport Holders
There are two types of Vietnam visas available for citizens of Peru:
- Vietnam eVisa
- Visa on Arrival, also known as VoA
The Vietnam visa on arrival has some pros and some cons. The benefit of requesting a visa on arrival is having the choice between a 30-day and a 60-day visa.
However, the visa cannot simply be obtained at the airport. Travelers will still need to submit an online application before their trip in order to receive a Letter of Approval. The processing time is slightly shorter, of around 2 business days.
Travelers will need to print the Letter of Approval and present it at the dedicated immigration office at the entry port, along with two passport-sized photos that meet certain criteria. Next, they will need to queue to get the stamp on their passport that will grant them access to Vietnam.
To avoid queuing at the airport, travelers are invited to apply for an eVisa rather than a visa on arrival. The process is much faster and applicants will receive their visa before departure. This way all the documentation is submitted and reviewed prior to the trip and there is no risk of being denied a visa at the entry port.
Note: Overstaying the period of validity of the visa will lead to fines. Travelers should make sure they leave the country within the validity period. If they wish to stay longer in Vietnam, they can simply leave the country, apply for a new eVisa and then re-enter. There is no need to go all the way back home to do this. Travelers can cross the border at one of the land crossings to China, Laos or Cambodia and request their eVisa from there.