Vietnam electronic visa is a fast and effective way to get a visa to Vietnam via governmental online system as it requires no document send-off, no show-up, no queue up at the arrival airport. From another perspective, since it is done on the Internet, applicants are more likely to make mistakes and unfortunately, those can’t be revised once you submit. We list down some popular e-visa Vietnam mistakes here so that you will not encounter the same things.
1. Unqualified Vietnam e-visa photo
By applying online, you must upload a photo stored in your electronic device. In some circumstances, applicants make use of an original picture and crop it to the requested size. That makes the image become such a blurry version that the Official can’t see clearly. It might be one of the causes for their rejection. You can check the Vietnam e-visa photo requirements for better preparation.
Another mistake with photo is uploading the wrong picture of your passport. At the very first step in the process, you must upload 2 pictures: 1 is your portrait one and 1 is your passport data page. You might upload the passport cover picture whereas you are required to upload the personal data page with all details like full name, date of birth, address, valid date, etc.
2. Unmatching passport details
It is a common e-visa Vietnam mistake that our customers frequently share with us. This seems to be obvious as the passport page has just been shown above, people still type inconsistent information with that in their official passport. Incorrect details can be missing full name, wrong spelling, reverse order in full name, incorrect date of birth, unmatching passport number and so on. Your e-visa will be issued with unmatching information and those may make your boarding declined at departure ports. Therefore, make sure that you enter correctly and scan through again the form before submission.
3. Wrong date input
Although the date format is noted next to the field names as dd/mm/yyyy, some people provide in mm/dd/yyyy sequence as a habit of their writing. In the application form, there are fields relating to this mistake: date of birth, passport expiry date, planned date of entry. It matters as the airlines will not let you go on board with the wrong date on visa unless you have a new visa.
4. Entry port inflexibility
On visa on arrival, it mentions that the-visa is valid at all international airports. That means you can switch arrival ports among 8 airports in Vietnam. In contrast, e-visa only allows you to enter through the port chosen in application form. Misunderstanding in this rule often results in Vietnam e-visa wrong entry point. Thus, for those who want to obtain e-visa, it’s compulsory to define the arrival port in advance, then pick it accordingly in the list of online form.
5. Arrival date validity
A common misunderstanding of Vietnam e-visa is its effective arrival date and validity period of the-visa. They assume that it is valid in 30 days from the day they actually arrive in Vietnam. As a result, they come to Vietnam when the-visa is coming closer to expiry date, which shortens their stay and may require-visa extension to have more time in the country.
The fact is e-visa commences from the arrival date you wrote in application form. Although you can’t come to Vietnam before that date but on or after the provided arrival date, you should not delay entry for too long. Otherwise, 30 days of validity passes by without arrival. Thus, a clear plan and flight schedule to Vietnam are worth full attention.
6.Online status tracking
Applicants may think that the result will be automatically sent to provided email since the process is online. Or they’re just not aware of the status check function on the website. After 3 working days, you must actively go to the website of the Vietnam Immigration Department to manually check if your application is approved. The outcome is tracked by registration code, email and date of birth. No email of issued e-visa will be sent out to applicants due to a large number of dossiers a day.
7. No double check information in e-visa
Those above mistakes sometimes can happen, which leads to Vietnam e-visa wrong information. However, if you can identify those when downloading e-visa, you still have time to apply for a new one and change flight as soon as possible. It will cost less than being denied at the airport on departure day and result in less negative sequences.
It is not frequent but the errors in e-visa could be made by the Vietnam Immigration Department. You should verify all details when the-visa is received and contact the Department if you find out any so that they can tackle beforehand.