Both the Vietnamese embassies and consulates as well as for example also the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs assert that a Visa Approval for a Visa upon Arrival isn't a official possibility for entry into Vietnam. This would be possible only for persons who urgently need a Visa and those in their country of residence are no embassies or consulates of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs located. Furthermore the staff of Vietnamese missions abroad claiming that it is even in the case of availability an Approval for a Visa upon Arrival can be happen that entry into Vietnam will be rejected and it needs to flight back. How safe is it then to get with an available Approval also the Visa upon Arrival issued by the Vietnamese Immigration Department for entry into Vietnam?
The entry into Vietnam with a issued Approval of the Vietnamese Immigration Authorities for a Visa upon Arrival is 100% safe unless that the details in the application for Approval are done incorrectly.
First would be to say that the Ministries of Interior received the information regarding the entry into Vietnam from the missions abroad of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry. Therefore these information’s are similar but it is not the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs instead it is the Vietnamese Ministry of Interior which is responsible for the confirmation or denial of entry permits.
Since the Vietnamese missions abroad (embassies and consulates) also needs to apply the entry permit at the Vietnamese Ministry of Interior (Immigration Department) before a Vietnam Visa can be issued is the statement that the permits for a Visa upon Arrival by the Vietnamese immigration authorities can lead to problems at entry rather baseless. If that were so this would concern also the Visas of one of the Vietnamese Missions Abroad.
In the event that these kinds of entry in Vietnam, only would reserved to persons who urgently need a visa and can apply for a visa at any of the Vietnamese embassies, would the Vietnamese immigration authority most certainly no visa permits for citizens from countries that issue with Vietnamese embassies and consulates or visa approvals, 9 months prior to departure. Yet this is exactly what is practiced by the Vietnamese Immigration Department.
Visa permits are issued up to 9 months in advance and mainly for travelers from countries where Vietnamese Missions Abroad are located. Among the travelers and customers who apply for a Visa permit of the Vietnamese Immigration Department at ITI-HOLIDAY belong individuals, business travelers, travel agents, and employees of institutions such as the Maltese Cross, airlines and of the German Foreign Ministry. Quite certainly they would not apply for a Visa permit if it were not a official way for travel to Vietnam or if it is not saved.
Incidentally at the Vietnamese Embassy in Washington DC, explicitly states that the entry with a Visa permit or the discounted issuing Visas with a Visa Approval Number is possible. It is beyond our knowledge for what reason other Vietnamese Embassies this denying and we wouldn't speculate about sales strategies.