There are many kinds of Vietnam visa on Arrival, including short period and long period. One of long period visa types is 5 year Vietnam visa, it is also called visa exemption. This visa is granted for you in case you want to enter Vietnam for several times, you and your parents have Vietnam origins, even you are in Israel you can obtain as well.
How to get 5 year Vietnam visa?
5 year Vietnam visa for Israel citizens
Who are eligible to obtain this kind of visa? Of course, every type of visa has different requirement and so does 5 year Vietnam visa. Israel passport holders who are married to Vietnamese people or have Vietnamese relatives can apply for it. This kind of visa allows you to stay in Vietnam for 90 days, but when it expires you may leave or apply for a stay extension. Most people usually take this opportunity to visit a neighboring country and then comeback.
Getting this visa is not difficult, you usually do not need too much but have to come in person to apply. Of course, do remember to bring the fees, charges may vary, so be sure to bring extra cash in case.
Step 1: Regroup the required documents and fill out the paperwork
Application form: A completed 5 year Vietnam visa exemption application form here
2 passport photos: Two 4×6 photos (white background, taken within 6 months and without glasses) on demand.
Passport: Needs to be valid for at least 1 year (attached with a copy for the competent authority to save, your present Vietnam visa needs to have at least 7 days remaining).
1 original document which proves that you were either born in Vietnam or the child or spouse of a Vietnamese national. You can apply one of them: a Vietnamese passport, birth certificate or verification of marriage or some similar documents.
Step 2: Present at your country’s embassy or consulate to get your foreign document verified.
Vietnam Embassy in Israel will supply you with all information about how to get Vietnam visa, this website is provided for information and service purpose.
Step 3: Go to the Vietnam Office of External Relations to get the verified birth certificate authenticated and translated to Vietnamese.
Vietnam Office of External Relations
Address: 184 Bis 1, Pasteur, Ben Nghe, Quan 1, Ho Chí Minh
Process: about 1 week
Direction: Firstly, you need to go up the stairs and office just to your right. You will see a tray on one of the counters for you to drop your verified foreign documents. It takes you some minutes (no more than 10 minutes) to sit on one of the chairs leaning against the wall and wait for them to call your name.
Step 4: Submit your application and documents at the Vietnamese Department of Immigration
Vietnamese name for department in Ho Chi Minh city
Address: 333-337 Nguyen Trai, Nguyen Cu Trinh, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh
Process: Exactly 7 days
Direction: After entering the building, you should go straight to the counter 14 (no need to pick up and wait), give them your application and documents and they should know what to do. Then, go to the counter and wait on a nearby chair until they call your name to pay for fee (either in VND or USD). The entire process is simple and it will take less than 30 minutes.
Returning to the building 7 days later and go straight to the counter indicated on your receipt, show them the receipt in exchange for your passport to get your 5 year Vietnam visa.
5 year Vietnam visa fees
An experience was told that there are people lurking around the Vietnamese Department of Immigration who will offer to take care of everything for you for US $150. Some people thought they could save money by doing it on themselves and refused help and ended up spending a lot more time and money than anticipated. Finally, they could only save $0.79 and had to take hours off of work over a series of weeks.
We tell this story in order not to advise you to use outside service, it is just a story for you to refer 5 year Vietnam visa fees. There is not an exact price for you, because depends on visa agent that the fee is difference.