Are you thinking of traveling to a place which has a stunning coastline, fascinating culture, delicious food, stunning cities and nature that will take your breath away? Then Vietnam should be your next destination. Tourism has increased in the last few years and it seems to only be rising more. There are several reasons why Vietnam is so popular and the best way to find out what the reasons are is if you come here and check it out yourself.
Most people start from either north to south or do the other way around when they travel in Vietnam. If you have a whole month to spare, I’d highly recommend you to be there for this time since there is so much to do and see! If you are starting from the south, why not go to Phu Quoc Island and explore the many beautiful beaches. The ambiance there is more calm, relaxed and you will definitely get the “island life” vibe here. Hop on over to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s biggest city, where you might get a bit intimidated by the amount of motorbikes in the beginning. But once you have embraced the chaos, you will love this city. Nightlife is especially good in Bui Vien. Some other destinations you should do on your way up north is Da Lat, where you can see waterfalls, Hoi An, Da Nang, Hue – the former capital city of Vietnam and then Ninh Binh. Once you have reached the north, spend a few days in Hanoi and indulge in some of Vietnam’s cuisine. Pho is a dish that has spread worldwide and what better place to try it than here.
If this all sounds tempting, you should book your ticket and fly to one of Southeast Asia’s most beloved countries. In order to be able to enter Vietnam from Panama, you will have to apply for a Vietnam Visa. As a citizen of Panama, you have two choices to apply for a visa to Vietnam and they are:
1. Electronic visa or Vietnam e-visa for citizens of Panama
From 01 Feb 2019, under Decision 17/2019/NĐ-CP of the Government of Vietnam, citizens of Panama are eligible to apply online for an e-visa of Vietnam online (e-visa is a single entry valid for staying 30 days).
Panama passport holders, who want to visit Vietnam for less than 30 days for a single trip, can apply online for an e-visa directly at the government website https://evisa.immigration.gov.vn (please note that the fee is non-refundable if you apply your e-visa at the government website).
If you want to secure your e-visa with refundable policy (100% satisfied or get back your money) you can apply your e-visa through our easy form application (filling your entry date, entry and exit port of arrival then submit your passport copy online) then we will take care of the rest of the procedure to get your e-visa on time as promised.
Note : if you want to visit Vietnam for multiple times in one month or want to visit Vietnam for more than one month, please choose options below :
2. Visa on Arrival (VOA) – Apply online for pre-approval then pick up your visa on arrival at the airport of Vietnam
This option is preferred by many foreigners who comes to Vietnam. It is easy to apply to, convenient, quick and it saves you time. You can also apply for the VOA from anywhere in the world. All you need is your computer and internet. If you apply for this visa, you are allowed to enter Vietnam through any of the 5 international airports in Da Nang, Khanh Hoa, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Hai Phong city. You can only travel by air if you get a VOA, meaning you can’t enter Vietnam by bus, car, et cetera.
The process is very easy. What you need to do is fill out the Online Visa Application form where you state your date of birth and other relevant information. Then you wait for a confirmation email that will come in around 1-2 working hours. Normally you will receive a Visa Approval Letter within 2 working days. When the letter comes, don’t forget to print it out so the immigration officers in Vietnam can stamp your passport. If by chance you need to get an emergency visa, it will cost you more money, but you will be able to get it faster. It will take from 30 minutes to 4 hours.
You now also have the option to buy “On Arrival Support”, which is a very good option for those who wants to check in to Vietnam faster:
- Standard Support : +US$20/pp
Our staff will meet you in front of the “visa on arrival” desk with a welcome board, then take care all procedures necessary to get the visa stamped on your passport. Please prepare 25 USD/person and give it to our staff to pay for visa stamp fee.
- VIP Support : +US$35/pp
Our staff will meet you in front of the “visa on arrival” desk with a welcome board, receive your passport and give it back with the visa in 5-10 minutes, then escort you to check out via the VIP gate. Please prepare 25 USD/person and give it to our staff to pay for visa stamp fee.
2. Apply for a visa through the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in Panama
The second option is to apply for a visa in the closest Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in Panama. The reason why this option might not be recommended is that it’s not as convenient if you don’t live close to the embassy. It means you will have to spend time on transportation and money. You will also need to remember to bring all the necessary documents, such as passport, and if you by any chance forget anything, you need to start all over again with the process. It is time-consuming and you usually need to pick up your passport in the embassy or consulate.
After your visa has been approved, you can start your journey and explore everything that Vietnam has to offer. And trust me – it offers a lot!