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Vietnam visa requirements

You are going to travel Vietnam for different reasons whether it is for a short stay as a tourist or businessperson with a purpose of working with Vietnamese Enterprises or attending a meeting with Vietnamese partners. You could also stop in Vietnam as a transit passenger. In any way, there are cases when a visa of certain kind is required or exempted.

Vietnam visa requirements on each nations is different. You should check to ensure that Vietnam visa is required for your entry or not.

Checking if visa required or not…

In order to travel Vietnam you must have sufficient documents as follow:

  • Valid passport with at least six months validity remaining at the time of your arrival;
  • Valid visa to Vietnam issued by the Vietnam Embassy or Consulates abroad or a legitimate visa approval letter issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department (via a visa agency) permitting you to enter and exit the country in a certain period of time;

There are 3 ways to apply for Vietnam visa at present:

1. Apply Vietnam visa at the Vietnam Embassy or Consulates nearby:

– Step 1: Download the visa application form at the Vietnam Embassy’s website or get the form directly from the Vietnam Embassy or Consulate to fill in;

– Step 2: Submit the completed application form, 1 passport-sized photo, original passport and visa fee at the Vietnam Embassy or Consulate. These documents can be delivered via post if you are living far from the Vietnam Embassy. In this case, you should follow the instruction of the Vietnam Embassy or Consulate officers to avoid missing your important documents.

– Step 3: Obtain visa stamp and passport after 3-5 working days at the Vietnam Embassy or Consulate or via post

See more about Vietnam Embassy or Consulates address over worldwide

2. Apply Vietnam visa on arrival anytime:

This is the easiest way to obtain visa for Vietnam at present. You can apply for Vietnam visa by this way with peace of mind from anywhere at anytime. It is good for those who live far from the Vietnam Embassy or Consulates or those who need a rush visa.

– Step 1: Go online and fill in the form at http://www.visumvietnamonline.com/apply-online/;

– Step 2: Make payment for visa processing fee with credit cards or PayPal;

– Step 3: Get visa approval letter delivered after 2 working days (or 1 day, 8 hours, 4 hours, 1-2 hours in emergency cases);

– Step 4: Print out the letter, bring along with original passport, photo, stamping fee to pickup visa at arrival airport.

Our advice on visa on arrival application

  • Visa on arrival is available for air entry only. Those travel Vietnam by land or cruise ship should not use this way;
  • You should check your passport to make sure it is 6 months validity at the time of arrival with 2 blank pages at least;
  • Your information in the visa approval letter is very important. It must be displayed correctly as your passport. Please double check to avoid any typos may happen;
  • You can travel on or before the date of arrival stated in the visa approval letter. In case you change your date of arrival, please arrange another visa approval letter;
  • To avoid extra cost, you should apply for visa as early as possible;

List of countries are applicable for Vietnam visa on arrival

No Country name Visa requirement
1AlbaniaApply now
2AlgeriaApply nowRead more
3American SamoaApply now
4AndorraApply now
5AngolaApply nowRead more
6AnguillaApply now
7AntarcticaApply now
8Antigua and BarbudaApply now
9ArgentinaApply nowRead more
10ArmeniaApply now
11ArubaApply now
12AustraliaApply nowRead more
13AustriaApply now
14AzerbaijanApply now
15BahamasApply now
16BahrainApply now
17BarbadosApply now
18BelarusApply now
19BelgiumApply now
20BelizeApply now
21BeninApply now
22BermudaApply now
23BoliviaApply now
24Bosnia and HerzegovinaApply now
25BotswanaApply now
26Bouvet IslandApply now
27BrazilApply nowRead more
28British Indian Ocean TerritoryApply now
29BulgariaApply now
30Burkina FasoApply now
31BurundiApply now
32CanadaApply now
33Cape VerdeApply now
34Cayman IslandsApply now
35Central African RepublicApply now
36ChadApply now
37ChileApply now
38ChinaApply nowRead more
39Christmas IslandApply now
40Cocos (Keeling) IslandsApply now
41ColombiaApply nowRead more
42ComorosApply now
43Cook IslandsApply now
44Costa RicaApply now
45Cote d'IvoireApply now
46CroatiaApply now
47CubaApply now
48CyprusApply now
49Czech RepublicApply now
50DenmarkApply now
51DjiboutiApply now
52DominicaApply now
53Dominican RepublicApply now
54EcuadorApply now
55EgyptApply nowRead more
56El SalvadorApply now
57Equatorial GuineaApply now
58EritreaApply now
59EstoniaApply now
60EthiopiaApply nowRead more
61Falkland Islands (Malvinas)Apply now
62Faroe IslandsApply now
63FijiApply now
64French GuianaApply now
65French PolynesiaApply now
66French Southern TerritoriesApply now
67GabonApply now
68GambiaApply now
69GeorgiaApply now
70GibraltarApply now
71GreeceApply now
72GreenlandApply now
73GrenadaApply now
74GuadeloupeApply now
75GuamApply now
76GuatemalaApply now
77Guinea BissauApply now
78GuyanaApply now
79HaitiApply now
80Heard Island and Mcdonald IslandsApply now
81Holy See (Vatican City State)Apply now
82HondurasApply now
83Hong KongApply now
84HungaryApply now
85IcelandApply now
86IndiaApply now
87IrelandApply now
88IsraelApply now
89JamaicaApply now
90JerseyApply now
91JordanApply now
92KazakhstanApply now
93KenyaApply now
94KiribatiApply now
95KuwaitApply now
96KyrgyzstanApply now
97LatviaApply now
98LebanonApply now
99LesothoApply now
100LiechtensteinApply now
101LithuaniaApply now
102LuxembourgApply now
103MacauApply now
104Macedonia (FYROM)Apply now
105MadagascarApply now
106MalawiApply now
107MaldivesApply now
108MaltaApply now
109Marshall IslandsApply now
110MartiniqueApply now
111MauritaniaApply now
112MauritiusApply now
113MayotteApply now
114MexicoApply now
115Micronesia, Federated States OfApply now
116Moldova, Republic OfApply now
117MonacoApply now
118MongoliaApply now
119MontenegroApply now
120MontserratApply now
121MoroccoApply now
122NamibiaApply now
123NauruApply now
124NepalApply now
125NetherlandsApply now
126Netherlands AntillesApply now
127New CaledoniaApply now
128New ZealandApply now
129NicaraguaApply now
130NigerApply now
131NiueApply now
132Norfolk IslandApply now
133Northern Mariana IslandsApply now
134OmanApply nowRead more
135PalauApply now
136PalestineApply now
137PanamaApply now
138Papua New GuineaApply now
139ParaguayApply now
140PeruApply now
141PitcairnApply now
142PolandApply now
143PortugalApply now
144Puerto RicoApply now
145QatarApply now
146ReunionApply now
147RomaniaApply now
148RwandaApply now
149Saint HelenaApply now
150Saint Kitts and NevisApply now
151Saint LuciaApply now
152Saint Pierre and MiquelonApply now
153Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesApply now
154SamoaApply now
155San MarinoApply now
156Sao Tome and PrincipeApply now
157Saudi ArabiaApply now
158SerbiaApply now
159SeychellesApply now
160SlovakiaApply now
161SloveniaApply now
162Solomon IslandsApply now
163SomaliaApply now
164South AfricaApply nowRead more
165South Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsApply now
166Sri LankaApply now
167SudanApply now
168SurinameApply now
169Svalbard and Jan MayenApply now
170SwazilandApply now
171SwitzerlandApply now
172TaiwanApply now
173TajikistanApply now
174TanzaniaApply now
175Timor LesteApply now
176TogoApply now
177TokelauApply now
178TongaApply now
179Trinidad and TobagoApply now
180TunisiaApply now
181TurkeyApply nowRead more
182TurkmenistanApply now
183Turks and Caicos IslandsApply now
184TuvaluApply now
185UgandaApply now
186UkraineApply now
187United Arab EmiratesApply now
188United StatesApply now
189United States Minor Outlying IslandsApply now
190UruguayApply now
191UzbekistanApply now
192VanuatuApply now
193VenezuelaApply now
194Virgin Islands, BritishApply now
195Virgin Islands, USApply now
196Wallis and FutunaApply now
197Western SaharaApply now
198ZambiaApply now
199ZimbabweApply now

List of countries are limited from Vietnam visa on arrival

No Country name Visa requirement
1AfghanistanContact us
2BangladeshContact us
3CameroonContact us
4CongoContact us
5GhanaContact us
6GuineaContact us
8IraqContact us
9LiberiaContact us
10LybiaContact us
11MaliContact us
12MozambiqueContact us
13NigeriaContact us
14North KoreaContact us
15PakistanContact us
16Sierra LeoneContact us
17SyriaContact us
18SenegalContact us
19YemenContact us

List of countries are exempted from Vietnam visa

No Country name Visa requirement
1CambodiaLess than 30 days
2IndonesiaLess than 30 days
3LaosLess than 30 days
4MalaysiaLess than 30 days
5SingaporeLess than 30 days
6ThailandLess than 30 days
7PhilippinesLess than 21 days
8BelarusLess than 15 days
9DenmarkLess than 15 days
10FinlandLess than 15 days
11FranceLess than 15 days (from June 2015 to July 2017)
12GermanyLess than 15 days (from June 2015 to July 2017)
13ItalyLess than 15 days (from June 2015 to July 2017)
14JapanLess than 15 days
15NorwayLess than 15 days
16South KoreaLess than 15 days
17SpainLess than 15 days (from June 2015 to July 2017)
18SwedenLess than 15 days
19RussiaLess than 15 days
20United KingdomLess than 15 days (from June 2015 to July 2017)
21BruneiLess than 14 days

3. Apply for e-visa:

The e-visa has just been official launched in February 2017. This is an effort of Vietnamese government to simplify the immigration procedures for the foreigners. However, it is available for the citizens of 40 countries with limit of support. This is not recommended for urgent entries.

See full list of 40 countries

Update: From February 1, 2019 the list is upgraded to 80 countries whose citizens are eligible for e-visa. Please see full list of 80 countries here

Start apply for e-visa for Vietnam now!

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