Vietnam is a hub of many natural picturesque landscapes and beautiful cave for the travelers to visit and enjoy the time in the country. Many travelers face difficulties when they search for a visa to apply to visit Vietnam.
One of the popular Southeast Asian borders to travel to Vietnam is from Laos. The border crossing through Vietnam e-visa is hassle-free, and one can easily opt for any means of transport he wishes. Various nationalities can use the Vietnam e-visa for border crossing from Laos to enter Vietnam, and there is also an option of entering visa-free from Laos too. The visa-free entry is only for the southeast Asian and European countries mostly. However, around twenty-six nationals can go for e-visa to gain entrance in Vietnam. Please check Vietnam visa requirement to see if you are required visa or NOT.
Vietnam e-visa (30 days, single entry) open for citizens of selected countries to apply to apply online (List Of Countries That Allowed For Vietnam E-Visa). E-visa holders can get into the country through international border gates between Vietnam and Laos.
Different land crossings can be attained from Laos to gain entrance in Vietnam. There are 8 different land border crossings between Laos and Vietnam which Vietnam e-visa holders can get into Vietnam:
There are many ways that one can get in Vietnam via Laos. But the ones mentioned below are the famous and the easiest ones.
From Laos, the applicant fills the Vietnam e-visa application form, where he gives his personal information. The information includes the applicants’ name, birth date, and address the details of the travel document-passport. The applicant has to make sure he types the information correctly, such as the format of the birth date and passport number. If the applicant makes any typing or spelling mistakes, chances of either rejection or delay in the approval of the e-visa increase. The other information that the applicant needs to provide during the process of the e-visa application is the address of stay in Vietnam and the applicant’s stay dates in Vietnam. The applicant also requires a debit or credit card to pay for the the e-visa fee online.
The Vietnam e-visa application process is completed within 3 days, except for a complicated case where it may take 7 days. Once the visa is approved, the applicant gets the e-visa via email. He requires to take print of it and confer to the immigration officer at the arrival of the point of entry.
At the port of entry, the traveler once shows the e-visa print copy; he also needs to present the passport along with the e-visa. If any traveler has more than one passport, he needs to make sure he brings the passport that aligns with the passport information in the e-visa application.
Once the traveler gets the print of the Vietnam e-visa, he then travels to Vietnam via bus, which is the cheapest and the most comfortable mean of transport. One can also rent a car to go to Vietnam from Laos. Many prefer buses as there are agencies who schedule trips daily to cross the border of Laos and land in Vietnam with Vietnam e-visa from Laos.
The traveler can also opt for a sleeper bus from Luang Prabang. The bus will take the travelers to Hanoi in twenty-seven hours at the expense of USD 45. The timings for the departure of the sleeper bus are 6 pm, and the arrival of the traveler at Hanoi is 6 am.
The traveler, when he reaches the Hanoi or any other port of entry of Vietnam from Laos, he needs to go to the counter of passport control. At this counter, it requires the traveler to show the Vietnam e-visa together with the passport. The officer puts the stamp on the visa.
The Chinese nationals can face difficulties in obtaining Vietnam e-visa because of the controversy on their microchipped passports (passport with nine dash line map). The Chinese e-passport holders are now required to apply for Vietnam visa individually via a different process for application (visa at the embassy or visa on arrival).
Vietnam transit visa is the document that allows travelers to enter Vietnam while they move to another country after waiting in Vietnam for a short time. This visa is only for travelers who wish to stay in Vietnam for a brief time, say a few hours or a day to reach their final destination.