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I am a US citizen. In November, I will be taking a cruise, which will have multiple stops at Vietnam ports. I have researched a lot on visas and it looks like I need a multiple-entry visa. Can someone confirm this and how does one obtain one? I really don't want to do Visa on Arrival (VoA) since it appears to be time-consuming. Also I will not be entering at any airport. The cruise is less than 2 weeks long. The cruise ship will not do it for us but did give us some names of visa companies.

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If you are a US citizen traveling to Vietnam you can obtain a visa by any of the following 3 methods:

  1. You can apply ahead of time at a Vietnamese embassy. (Recommended)
  2. You can apply for an e-visa. However, the online service is for single entry only.
  3. You can get a visa on arrival though it seems you need a pre-approval for it which may cost more as it involves travel agencies.

The easiest for you would be to apply for a 1 month multiple entry visa at the Embassy in DC using any of the below methods.

You can apply in person if you can go all the way to DC. It's a walk-in process and no appointments are needed. Otherwise, you can apply by mail or by email; the processing time is 3 business days and you will get the visa via mail.

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  • This answers how to get one, but it doesn't answer if it is necessary. Commented May 3, 2018 at 18:49
  • I thought it was a default understanding since the OP knows that it is required. And if you follow the first link it leads to a more information (travel.state.gov) that a visa is required. Even for the on-arrival visa, you need a preapproval as mentioned in the answer.
    – Newton
    Commented May 3, 2018 at 19:04
  • Well given that the actual question in the OP's post was "[c]an someone confirm this and how does one obtain one?" (where "this" referring to the multi-entry requirement), not really. Commented May 3, 2018 at 22:23

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