A lot of people believe that having a US passport will not require them to apply for a visa to visit any other country in the world. However this does not hold true for Vietnam. Vietnam government is yet to extend its visa waiver to the United States which further means that all the citizens of US need a visa while traveling to Vietnam.
Applying in person
Getting a Vietnam Tourist Visa for U.S. citizens costs around $100 and requires a processing time of 2-3 days. The first step is to visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Of Vietnam Visa Application page. The second step is to tap on the ‘Fill the Form’ tab in order to begin the completion of the online visa application. After this step you need to put forth your purpose of visit that should ideally read as tourism.
If you happen to be a US citizen, Vietnam offers you three locations that you could choose from while you are applying in person. These three locations are New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
Once you have filled out the application, you will get a popup reminder that will remind you to personally appear at the required location to apply for the visa.
The items that you need to carry along are a completed online application form, your current passport, a recent passport size photograph and a visa approval or reference number. The visas that are categorized under NG1 and NG2 are generally issued within 1 working day.
The biggest advantage of this type of application is the facts that there is quick turnaround if there happens to be emergencies so that there you do not need to wait in longer queues at the airport. The only disadvantage is the fact that you might have to travel to any of the other destinations that will incur more cost.