So I have learned the hard way about applying for Visa's when you're travelling.... Here's a little story to help you avoid the same mistakes!
Let's start this story at the beginning... I hop in the car and ride for 2hrs from my home to the Guanzhou airport. I casually stroll over to the ticket counter to check in... the line is HELLA long y'all. After spying a shorter line to my left, I ask the airport attendant if I can join said line. Yo, it's not even a line, there's like TWO people. Request DENIED! Because that line is only for travellers on their way to Ho Chi Mihn. I'm flying through Hanoi you see, so NOPE, I can't use the Ho Chi Mihn line.
But eventually the airline attendant sees how inefficient this is strategy is and lets me check in at the other counter. Check in goes a little something like this....
"Passport please, and what city are you going to?" -Flight Attendant
"I'm going to Hanoi"- Me
"Okay, where is your visa?" -Flight Attendant
"UMMMMMMM, What Visa??? It says online that I can get a Visa On Arrival" - Me
"Yes, but you need an Invitation letter from Vietnamese government, BEFORE you are allowed to fly" - Flight Attendant
"But, the US website says nothing about this 'so called letter', it just says that you can get VISA.... ON.... ARRIVAL, after you've ARRIVED." -Me
"I'm sorry miss, you can't fly today. You need to come back tomorrow" -Flight Attendant
Cue Panic attack!!!!!
At this point, my heart starts racing. I'm going to have to drive 2hrs home and do this all over again tomorrow???? I begin to think about the hotels and tours that I've prepaid for.... I'm freaking out at the thought of buying a brand new plane ticket that I will have to PAY OUT THE ASS FOR BECAUSE IT'S CHINESE NEW YEAR (aka the most expensive time to buy a last minute ticket in China).
So as I back away from ticket counter to go drown myself in $1000 worth of tears, which is the price of a new ticket out of China....