How to get a visa for Vietnam

“Do I need a visa for Vietnam?”

The answer of Yes or No depends on your nationality, how long you will stay, what you come to Vietnam for and some requirements for exemption…

Types of Vietnam visa

Vietnam visa categories are diverse. Base on the purpose of your trip, you can determine what type of visa might suitable for you.

Tourist visa and tourist visa extension

As the most popular type of visa, the tourist visa is mostly applied. It’s fairly easy to get this visa for tourists. There are two types of tourist visa: 30-day single and multiple entry. The tourist visa can be extended once for 30 days. For convenience, you could have a travel agency do this extension for you.

Re-entry visa

If you decide to arrive in Vietnam first, then visit bordering countries, and then come back to Vietnam, you will need a re-entry visa. This type of visa should be obtained before you leave Vietnam. If not, you will have to apply for an entry visa from the beginning again.

Business visa

For purposes of work, you can apply for a business visa. A Business visa can be valid for three to six months. Compared to the tourist visa, the business visa has its pros and cons. With a business visa, you can stay for more than 90 days. But of course, the fee is a bit higher.

Student visa

For students from abroad who have received admission from schools in Vietnam, you can apply for student visa. This visa can be applied before your arrival or changed from the tourist visa once you have enrolled in your school.

Transit visa

This visa is only valid for five days maximum. The Department only issues the transit visa for groups of tourists with a guarantee from a legit travel agency.

Diplomatic and official visa

These types of visa are only granted to those visiting Vietnam on government or diplomatic business. When applying for these visas, you must submit an official letter from the local government, the embassies or consulates credited to the applicant's country, international organizations or other endorsed organizations.

Visa exemption

Overseas Vietnamese, their spouses and children are eligible for Vietnam 5 year visa exemption.
In order to be granted visa exemption certificates at Vietnamese representative offices abroad, overseas Vietnamese need conditions:
- Foreign-issued permanent residence certificate (PRC) with the validity of at least six months since the date of entrance.
- Visa exemption paper (VEP) is granted by Vietnamese appropriate authorities.

By Mar 2020, citizens following country will have visa exemption when entering Vietnam:

Countries Maximum stay
Chile less than 90 days
Cambodia less than 30 days
Indonesia less than 30 days
Kyrgyzstan less than 30 days
Laos less than 30 days
Malaysia less than 30 days
Singapore less than 30 days
Thailand less than 30 days
Philippines less than 21 days
Brunei less than 14 days
Myanmar less than 14 days
Belarus less than 15 days
Denmark N/A (Visa exemption is Temporarily unavailable)
Finland N/A (Visa exemption is Temporarily unavailable)
France N/A (Visa exemption is Temporarily unavailable)
Germany N/A (Visa exemption is Temporarily unavailable)
Italy N/A (Visa exemption is Temporarily unavailable)
Japan less than 15 days
Norway N/A (Visa exemption is Temporarily unavailable)
Russia less than 15 days
South Korea N/A (Visa exemption is Temporarily unavailable)
Spain N/A (Visa exemption is Temporarily unavailable)
Sweden N/A (Visa exemption is Temporarily unavailable)
United Kingdom N/A (Visa exemption is Temporarily unavailable
Note: British National Overseas (BNO) passport holders are not eligible for the 15-day free visa exemption. Hence, it is required to apply for a visa to visit Vietnam.

The 30-day visa exemption is granted to those entering the coastal economic zones decided by the Government when those zones meet the following conditions:

  • having an international airport,
  • having their own space;
  • having defined geographical boundaries and be separate from the mainland;
  • being in line with socio-economic development policies while posing no threat to national defense, security, social order and safety of Vietnam.

Vietnam Electronic Visa (e-Visa)

Vietnam's e-Visa is now available to nationals of 80 countries:

Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Chile, China (including Hong Kong and Macau passports), Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Salomon Islands, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor Leste, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, and Western Samoa.

The e-Visa takes three working days to process, costs about 25 USD, and is a single-entry visa, valid for 30 days. You can enter Vietnam on an e-Visa at any of the country's eight international airports, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang, as well as 14 land crossings and seven seaports.

Vietnam Visa on Arrival

If there is no Vietnam Embassy or Consulate in your country, or if you just want to make Vietnam part of a multi-destination trip, then Visa on Arrival is the best option.
This is most likely the easiest way to obtain your visa without having to chase down embassies, consulates and the like prior to your trip. The entry visa will be stamped on your passport at the Visa On Arrival Desk at the International Airport in Vietnam. Then you can pass through the Immigration checking point. With this type of visa, you only can enter the country by air.

To obtain a visa on arrival travelers will need a letter of approval issued by immigration. Travel Authentic Asia offers this service to clients also. To expedite this service we will need your FLIGHT DETAILS AND COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT (please ensure your passport has at least two blank pages and six months before expiration), and your processing fee
In addition you will also need two passport photographs, your original passport (please ensure your passport has at least two blank pages and six months before expiration), and your processing fee.

Notes: Difficult visa has not the same the procedure, check case by case

Once we have the letter done, we will send you a scanned copy.(Copies of the same document will be forwarded on your behalf to Vietnam immigration checkpoints at International Airports also). You just need to print out the scanned copy to check in flight to Vietnam.

Upon arrival at Vietnam's airport, at Immigration you are expected to fill in a simple application form (we will send you this form in advance so that you can fill in to save time waiting at the airport). Then pay stamp fee to get visa stamp on passport (single-entry 25 USD/person, multiple-entry 50 USD/person). You will need a photo for the visa application form.

How to get a visa for Vietnam- the common process?

To obtain your entry visa you have to apply to any Vietnam Embassies and/or Consulates worldwide.
Tourist visas are valid for a single 30-day stay and allow visitors to enter and exit Vietnam at Hanoi, HCMC and Danang airports or at any of land borders, shared with Cambodia, China and Laos.
Processing a tourist-visa application typically takes four or five working days in countries in the West.
If you plan to spend more than a month in Vietnam, or if you plan to exit Vietnam and enter again from Cambodia or Laos, you just need to arrange a multiple-entry visa.

Documentary requirements for a visa

You must provide your actual signed passport, including one copy of the personal information page of your passport. Your passport must:
Be valid for the next six months
Have at least one blank visa page (amendments and endorsement pages cannot be used to fulfill this requirement)
Not be frayed, torn, separating, or altered in any other way

You must provide at least 2 color-passport-type photograph. The photograph must:
Be printed on photo paper
Be two inches by two inches
Have been taken within the last six months

Visa Application Form
You must provide one completed visa application form. The application form must:
Include answers for all fields
Display your full name as it appears in your passport
Be signed
The visa application form may vary from Embassy to Embassy, so you need to take the form from the specific Embassy where you will obtain your visa. Submit this filled form with your original passport, 2 or 3 photos, accompanied by the visa fees. It will take between 4 to 10 days depending on your country of origin

Visa fee
Visa fee ranges from US$45 to US$85 if application is sent directly to the Embassy or US$25-55 if your visa has been pre-approved. This fee depends on the embassy and type of visa required.


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