Visa exemption agreement and VOA for South African citizens

Vietnam Visa Exemption agreement

The Agreement was signed on May 24, 2007 and valid on June 23, 2007. The exemption of visa includes exemption for entry, exit and transit visa. The duration of stay subject to visa exemption begins from the date of entry. The intension of visa exemption agreed upon between Vietnam and South Africa are as follows:

  • Exemption of visa is granted to bearers of diplomatic passports or official passports with the stay duration not exceeding 90 days from the date of their entry.
  • Exemption of visa during the whole tenure is granted to bearers of diplomatic passports or official passports who are members of the diplomatic mission or consular posts on the territories of the other Party and members of the families of the above-mentioned people bearing diplomatic passports or official passports.

You can check visa requirements for South African citizens through the useful website  to prepare for your trip at the best. 



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VOA Vietnam for South African citizens

The most convenient and time-saving option to obtain a valid tourist visa to Vietnam for South African citizens is VOA Vietnam – Vietnam Visa on Arrival. Holders of this kind of visa are let to enter Vietnam through any of 5 international border gates including Hanoi, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Khanh Hoa and Ho Chi Minh City.

Normally, all South African citizens need to pay two kinds of fee to get Vietnam visa on arrival. They are approval fee (service fee) and stamping fee.

Approval fee could be easy known as the fee that you need to pay for getting visa application from Immigration Department of Vietnam. South African citizens can pay by Credit card, Pay Pal, Bank transferring or Western Union. The thing you could get after paying is a visa approval letter via email or post (if you want). At this stage, you are considered as being success and approved.

The second fee type is stamping fee. This type of fee you can pay at Vietnam International airport when you get the visa stamp. The fee is the same for every country citizens. Note that to be stamped on arrival for foreigners, the Immigration Department officer will require you to submit the visa approval letter that you got from previous stage and also your passport.

To be easy to catch up, we will summarize the procedure of Vietnam Visa on Arrival as below:

  • Submit Online Application
  • Get Approval Letter via Email
  • Get Visa Stamped upon Arrival

Note: Travelers just need to apply online to get a Visa Approval Letter beforehand and then get approval letter via email and finally get visa stamped upon their arrival at Vietnam airports.