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Vietnam visa for United States



United States citizens can apply for Vietnam visa from United States, or from any other countries where they are staying or living in by selecting rapid visa online application. The visa on arrival is the easiest and cheapest way for the United States people getting the visa to Vietnam.

1. Vietnam and United States relations

The United States established diplomatic relations with Vietnam in 1950, following its limited independence within the French Union; France continued to oversee Vietnam's defense and foreign policy. In 1954, Vietnamese nationalists fighting for full independence defeated France, and the now-divided Vietnam entered into two decades of civil war. The United States did not recognize North Vietnam's government, maintaining the U.S. Embassy in South Vietnam, supporting the South against the North, and entering the war on the South's side. In 1975, the United States closed its Embassy and evacuated all Embassy personnel just prior to South Vietnam's surrender to North Vietnamese forces.

Vietnam was reunified under communist rule. In 1978, it invaded Cambodia following border clashes. U.S. policy held that normalization of its relations with Vietnam be based on withdrawal of the Vietnamese military from Cambodia as part of a comprehensive political settlement and on continued cooperation on prisoner of war/missing in action (POW/MIA) issues and other humanitarian concerns. In 1995, the United States announced the formal normalization of diplomatic relations with Vietnam.

U.S. relations with Vietnam have become increasingly cooperative and broad-based in the years since political normalization. The United States and Vietnam hold an annual dialogue on human rights, which resumed in 2006 after a 2-year hiatus. The economic relationship between the United States and Vietnam is flourishing. Vietnam is a partner in nonproliferation regimes, including the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, and takes advantage of expertise, equipment, and training available under the Export Control and Related Border Security program. With the support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Megaports Initiative, Vietnam is installing radiation detection equipment to help it detect and identify weapons of mass destruction and their components at the commercial port of Cai Mep - Vung Tau. The United States and Vietnam have signed an agreement on counternarcotics.

Since entry into force of the US - Vietnam bilateral trade agreement in 2001, trade between the two countries and U.S. investment in Vietnam have grown significantly. The United States and Vietnam have concluded a trade and investment framework agreement; they also have signed textile, air transport, and maritime agreements. The two countries participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations that seek to develop a regional free trade agreement. U.S. exports to Vietnam include agricultural products, machinery, yarn/fabric, and vehicles. U.S. imports from Vietnam include apparel, footwear, furniture and bedding, agricultural products, seafood, and electrical machinery.

2. Getting the Vietnam visa from United States

Vietnam Immigration policy regulates that all United States passport holders need to apply for visa for Vietnam before entering the countries. From United States, you can get a visa to Vietnam by two 2 options:


1. Get Vietnam visa on arrival: Visa on arrival is beneficial for those who live far away from the Vietnamese embassies and do not wish to send their passports away by postal mail.
- Issuing unit: Vietnam Immigration Department
- Processing time: 1 to 2 working days
- No passport send off required
- How it works? You go online at http://www.rapidvietnamvisa.com, fill in the secured form, and just wait 36 hour to 2 working days (normal service) or within 1 working day (urgent service) to get your Visa approval letter via email. Taking this letter of approval, your passport, 2 photos and US$25 (for single entry)/ US$50 (for multiple entry) as stamping fee to get your visa at airport. Further information, please visit application process or contact with us.


2. Get Vietnam entry visa at Vietnam Embassy in United States:
- Issuing unit: Vietnam Embassy
- Processing time: 4 to 5 working days
- Your original passport required


Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in United States of America
1233 20th St NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036, U.S.A.
City: Washington DC
Phone: (202) 861 0737
Fax: (202) 861 0917

Vietnam Embassy in San Francisco, United States of America
1233, 20th Street, N.W. Suite 400 Washington DC, 20036
City: San Francisco
Phone: 861 0737
Fax: 861 0917

Consulate General of Vietnam in San Francisco, US
1700 California Street, Suite 430, San Francisco, CA 94109
City: San Francisco
Phone: (415) 922-1707 / (415) 922 1577
Fax: (415) 922-1848 / (415) 922 1757

Permanent Mission of the S.R. of Vietnam to the United Nations
866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 435, New York, NY 10017, City: New York
Phone: 212-644 0594 / 0831
Fax: 212-644 5732

However, visa getting at Vietnam Embassy tends to consume more time and money. There are a lot of our clients choose applying for Vietnam visa online to avoid bureaucratic barriers and nuisance there. To get more information about the Vietnam visa on arrival, please refer to Vietnam visa on arrival and FAQ page.


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