Vietnam offers visa exemptions to travellers from 24 countries, and e-Visas to travellers from 80 countries. Travellers can also easily apply for a visa on arrival online or in person at a Vietnamese embassy or consulate. Below is all the information you need on visas for Vietnam.
Vietnam offers visa exemptions ranging from 14 to 90 days to citizens of 24 countries holding valid ordinary passports. Here is the full list of countries with visa exemptions. To view visa exemptions for diplomatic and other passports, please visit this link.
Vietnam’s e-Visa is a simple, online visa approval process available to citizens of 80 countries. Payment and delivery of the e-Visa is done entirely online, and takes three working days.
Before applying, make sure your nationality is one of those approved for Vietnam’s e-Visa:
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 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 e-Visa Requirements:
A passport with six (6) months’ validity
A photo in .jpg format of your full passport data page
A passport photo in .jpg format (4x6, white background, without glasses)
A valid international credit or debit card
An email address for support purposes
A temporary address within Vietnam
Your entry and exit dates and entry and exit points/airports
Upload .jpg images of your passport data page and passport photo
Fill up all required info from your passport data page
Fill up all required info regarding your trip
Pay the e-Visa fee using any of the payment methods offered
Receive your registration code and save the number
TIP: Be sure to save your registration number – you will need it to check and download your visa later on.
Where to Download Your Vietnam e-Visa:
After applying for your e-Visa online, you’ll need to wait three working days for your visa to be released. After three days, you may search for your visa at this link.
Enter your registration code, email, and date of birth to gain access to your visa. Download the .pdf file and print your e-Visa in two copies for safety when travelling. If three working days have passed and your visa is still unavailable, email Vietnam's e-Visa Support at this page.
How to Use Your e-Visa in Vietnam:
Your e-Visa is valid for entry at any of 28 international checkpoints within the country, including eight international airports. For the full list of airports, seaports and border crossings where the e-Visa is accepted, please click here.
Upon arrival in Vietnam, submit your passport and your printed e-Visa at the immigration counter.
TIP: Keep your printed e-Visa to show on departure.
If you are planning a multiple-entry visit or a stay of more than 30 days, you will want to apply for a visa on arrival.
The following foreigners are eligible for visa on arrival:
Departing from a country where there is no competent Vietnamese visa-granting authority:
Travelling through many countries before entering Vietnam;
Visiting Vietnam on tours organized by an international travel agency operated in Vietnam;
Foreign crewmembers on board vessels anchored in Vietnam’s seaport wishing to exit through other border checkpoint;
Visiting Vietnam to attending a relative’s funeral or visit a seriously ill family member;
Entering Viet Nam to engage in emergency response, search/rescue activities, disaster or epidemic control or for other special purposes at the request of the competent authority in Vietnam.
Before entering Vietnam, applicants for visa on arrival must apply for a visa approval for picking up visa at the border checkpoint issued by the Immigration Department, the Consular Department or the Department of External Affairs of Ho Chi Minh city.
Documents needed to apply for visa on arrival:
A 4x6 passport photo with a white background and no glasses
A filled-out visa application form
A passport or substitute ID valid for six months from the date you plan to enter Vietnam
Payment (25 USD to 50 USD) for visa fees, and
A Letter of Approval from a Vietnamese embassy or consulate (if you are picking up your visa at the airport)
If you are near a Vietnamese embassy or consulate, you can submit your photo, application form, passport, and visa fee in person. This website will guide you through the process.
If you are unable to reach a Vietnamese embassy, or are short on time, there are trusted services online who can provide you a valid Letter of Approval for a fee. Bring this letter and together with a visa application form and your other documents to the Visa on Arrival counter at the airport when you land.
TIP: You will need to pay your visa stamp fee in USD or Vietnamese Dong on arrival at the airport.