Why is it that when applying for a Vietnam Visa approval letter could cost up to 45 USD(like this one) when some could cost as low as 5 USD(like this one)?

Is there any risk of using the cheaper ones? Or is there any benefit using the more expensive ones?



Vietnam now has an eVisa system, so an approval letter is no longer needed. These sites are either scams or simply outdated. The fee is $25 USD. Anyone that charges more or less is a scam. Here is the official page as they must either find another fee to add (or not deliver anothing) or they pocket the difference. Note that official sites are on .gov.vn not .govt.vn (as the first link you sent).

  • But in the list of countries that allows eVisa issuing, some countries aren't within(ex: Taiwan). In that case, what are the options? – Michael Jan 22 '19 at 2:22
  • There is also a list for those who can apply for approval letters and it overlaps a lot with the evisa. For most other countries, other than those excempt from a visa going to Vietnam, you must apply a Vietnamese embassy, either in person or by mail. Which embassy depends on where you are. Here is the info for the Vietnamese embassy in Canada for example. The even have a warning displayed about not dealing with unofficial websites. – Itai Jan 22 '19 at 2:43

If you are eligible for E-visa, you should apply this kind of visa. It costs 25 USD and has these features: - 30 days of stay - single entry - Be eligible for 46 countries - Can enter through 28 ports (included airports, seaports and land borders) - Apply through Vietnam government website

If you are not eligible for E-visa, you should apply Visa on arrival. It costs from 6 - 50 USD (depend on how long you stay, how many time you enter and which agency you apply with)

  • Can stay in Vietnam 1 month, 3 months, or more
  • Single or multiple entry
  • Be eligible for all countries
  • Can enter through 6 international airports
  • Apply through Vietnam agency

My recommended agency: Vietnam-evisa.com (it costs 6 USD for approval letter for 1 month single tourist visa. They processing time said that 2 working days, but I received within 1 day)


Most likely one site (the cheap one) is the genuine one, and the expensive one charges you lots of money to send your details to the original one.

From my experience a Turkish e-visa is $20 and the two first sites on google search try to charge $65 and $89.

The only benefit of paying more is that you keep some scammer happy.

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