Vietnam visas & passports

The rules around visa requirements to enter Vietnam and fees for obtaining different types of visas are constantly changing. We recommend that ALL travelers contact their Vietnamese embassy or consulate to get the latest information and updates. The Vietnamese embassy or consulate websites in each country generally have up to date information as well as application forms.

As a general rule, most visitors must obtain a visa to enter Vietnam. However, as of January 2019, the holders of passports from the following countries do not require a tourist visa for a single entry into Vietnam, for the allotted number of days:

  • Chile, 90 days
  • Cambodia, 30 days
  • Indonesia, 30 days
  • Kyrgyzstan, 30 days
  • Laos, 30 days
  • Malaysia, 30 days
  • Singapore, 30 days
  • Thailand, 30 days
  • The Philippines, 21 days
  • Brunei, 14 days
  • Myanmar, 14 days

I. Which Visa to Vietnam do you need?

There are different visas depending on what passport you hold, how long you will stay in Vietnam, and where you are arriving.

US passport

Arriving by air, stay less than 90 days, single or multiple entry
Arriving by air, stay 90 days–1 year
Arriving by land or sea, stay less than 30 days, single entry
Arriving by land or sea, stay more than 30 days or multiple entry

Canada, Australia, New Zealand passport
Arriving by air, stay less than 90 days, single or multiple entry
Arriving by air, stay more than 90 days
Arriving by land or sea, stay less than 30 days, single entry
Arriving by land or sea, stay more than 30 days or multiple entry

European passport
Arriving by air, stay less than 15 days, single entry
Arriving by air, stay 15–90 days or multiple entry
Arriving by air, stay more than 90 days
Arriving by land or sea, stay less than 30 days, single entry
Arriving by land or sea, stay more than 30 days or multiple entry

ASEAN passport
Arriving by air, stay less than 30 days, single entry
Arriving by air, stay 30–90 days or multiple entry
Arriving by land or sea, stay less than 30 days, single entry
Arriving by land or sea, stay more than 30 days or multiple entry

South American and Indian passport
Arriving by air, stay less than 90 days, single or multiple entry
Arriving by air, stay more than 90 days
Arriving by land or sea, stay less than 30 days, single entry
Arriving by land or sea, stay more than 30 days or multiple entry

 

II. Conditions apply for the following countries

1. They have never been in Vietnam with a visa exemption before;
2. They have been in Vietnam with a previous visa exemption, so their arrival date must be at least 30 days after the exit date of their last stay in Vietnam with the visa exemption. In other words, a subsequent visa exemption requires a 30-day interval;
3. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the last date of the visa, with the exception of a Belarus passport, which is required to be valid for a minimum of 2 years and 6 months from the end date of the visa.

  • Belarus, 15 days
  • Denmark, 15 days
  • Finland, 15 days
  • France, 15 days
  • Germany, 15 days
  • Italy, 15 days
  • Japan, 15 days
  • Norway, 15 days
  • Russia, 15 days
  • South Korea, 15 days
  • Spain, 15 days
  • Sweden, 15 days
  • The United Kingdom, 15 days, not applicable to British National Overseas (BNO) passport holders

- For a stay of over the allowed time, citizens of the countries on the exemption list are required to apply for a 3-month single/multiple entry visa for Vietnam.

- APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) holders with valid passports are exempted from Vietnam visa requirements for a stay of no longer than 60 days.

 

 

III. The available methods

1.  Visa at the local embassy

Please contact the local embassy in the country where are residing.

2. Visa on arrival (VOA)

You can complete your visa application in just a few simple steps, receive the visa approval letter by email in 3-5 working days and print out the documents to pick up the visa upon arrival at Vietnam airport. The visa on arrival (VOA) only applies to arrival at the international airports of Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang or Hanoi. All other entry points require a standard-process visa or e-visa.

 

3. E-Visa:

In February 2017, Vietnam launched the e-Visa program to simplify the process to enter the country. Now citizens of 46 countries, can apply online and get their e-Visa electronically. 

E-visas seem to be taking the lead in easy Vietnam visa acquisition, notably because of the credit card online method of payment, as well as the choice of airports, seaports and border crossings where the e-visa is accepted.

At the time of this writing (November 2019), the e-visa takes three working days to process, costs 25 USD, and is a single-entry visa, valid for 30 days. Visitors from a list of 80 countries 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.

Once issued, the e-visa and the VOA visa hold exactly the same weight as the standard-process visa issued by any Vietnamese embassy/consulate, with the same limitations and conditions attached to their use.

 

What do I need to apply for a Vietnam e-Visa?

You are required to have the following in order to submit your application:

- A Passport (Valid for at least 6 months after arrival to Vietnam)

- A Credit / Debit card / Paypal account

- Digital Passport Scan (main page)

- Digital ID/Passport image

 

How long does it take to obtain an e-Visa?

It depends on the method of processing time you choose. There are three options:

- Standard Processing: 5 business days.

- Rush Processing: 4 business days.

- Super Rush Processing: 3 business days.

 

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How long is the Vietnam e-Visa valid for?

The Vietnam e-Visa is valid for 30 days after arrival and it is a single entry visa.

The visa cost for Vietnam e-Visa is 25 USD. Additionally, there is a service fee of 20 USD for standard processing. For rush processing and super rush processing the service fee is 30 USD and 60 USD, respectively. Hope this review can be helpful and assist your amazing experience in Vietnam.

 

IV. Immigration & customs

 

Thanks to policies to promote tourism, customs regulations in Vietnam today are becoming simpler. However, as a sensible visitor, you should be aware of what you can and cannot bring to and from Vietnam, and arrange any required documentation.

Goods and products

Visitors are permitted to carry up to the following maximum limits without having to declare the items or pay import taxes:

  • Cigarettes: 400
  • Cigars: 100
  • Tobacco: 100 grams
  • Liquor: 1.5 liters
  • Perfume and jewelry for personal use
  • Souvenirs and gift items valued at not more than US $300

Prohibited items include the usual things – but also a few that are more specific to Vietnam (note the last two items):

  • Weapons, ammunition, explosives and flammable objects
  • Military technical equipment
  • Drugs, opium and other narcotics
  • Anti-government literature, pornographic literature, etc.
  • Video tapes and CDs may be taken away for screening for prohibited or undesirable content and then returned to you after a few days (or kept)

 

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