Apr
22

How to Get a Visa for Vietnam – An All Inclusive Guide

How to get a visa for Vietnam? The process of getting a Vietnam Visa is quick and easy if you figure out the way that fits your plans out of three ways to get the Vietnam visa.

Vietnam is fast becoming a popular tourist destination, ranking third in the top 10 countries with a substantial increase in tourists. Why not, with a varied landscape, a lot of world famous UNESCO heritage sites to explore and very affordable makes it a sought-after destination.

Here we are talking about the Vietnam Tourist/Visitor Visa (DL). For all other types of Vietnamese Visa, check the official website of Vietnam Embassy.

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VIETNAM TOURIST VISA

Vietnam Tourist Visa is valid for up to 90 days (3 months) single or multiple entry. One year multiple entry visa for Vietnam is available for US passport holders only.

VIETNAM VISA EXEMPTION

The nationals of the following 24 countries can enter Vietnam without a visa for a certain limited duration of time.

List of CountriesThe Maximum Duration of Visa-Free StayPassport and Proof of Departure Required
Brunei14 DaysYes
Myanmar14 DaysYes
Belarus15 DaysYes
Denmark15 DaysYes
Finland15 DaysYes
France15 DaysYes
Germany15 DaysYes
Italy15 DaysYes
Japan15 DaysYes
Norway15 DaysYes
Russia15 DaysYes
South Korea15 DaysYes
Spain15 DaysYes
Sweden15 DaysYes
United Kingdom15 DaysYes
Philippines21 DaysYes
Cambodia30 DaysYes
Indonesia30 DaysYes
Kyrgyzstan30 DaysYes
Laos30 DaysYes
Malaysia30 DaysYes
Singapore30 DaysYes
Thailand30 DaysYes
Chile90 DaysYes

If your country isn’t listed in the above table, you should read further. Those lucky nationals who have been listed in the table should stop here and pack their bags.

Note: The visa exemption of 15 days for British, French, German, Spanish and Italian citizens is valid till June 2021.

Refer here for more on the list of countries and the maximum duration of free stay allowed.

There are some exceptions to the visa exemption rules which might be beneficial to have a look before –

  1. Nationals of the 24 countries listed above are exempted visa but for a limited duration.
  2. Visiting Phu Quoc island only for a maximum duration of 30 days. This is applicable if directly entering Phu Quoc or even if transiting from other Vietnam International airports. The exemption is valid even if you enter by water. The only requirement is that you should have a valid return ticket. Vietnam is promoting Phu Quoc, a white sand paradise as a major tourist destination. The amount of construction on the island affirms the same.
  3. APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation)  business travel card holders of 18 countries are allowed to travel visa-free for a maximum of 60 days for business purpose only.

Note: You can avail the visa exemption rule multiple times for a free entry, the only condition is that there should be a 30-day gap between last exit and re-entry into the country. If staying beyond the exemption time, a visa is required.

Once you have checked the eligibility, you are ready to apply for the visa.

Related Read: Singapore Visa for Indians

HOW TO APPLY FOR A VIETNAM VISA

There are 3 different ways to apply for the Vietnamese visa

You can choose depending on the purpose of travel, mode of travel, duration, and convenience.

Apply at the Vietnamese Embassy

Traveling into Vietnam by air, sea or land, the visa can be applied at the Vietnam embassy. Search for the nearest Vietnamese embassy in your country here.

How to get a visa for Vietnam Vietnam vietnam embassies

Select the country/city of Vietnamese embassy where you will be applying for the visa. Complete the Visa application form online, print and sign the declaration/application form.

For tourism purpose, choose Entry purpose as ‘Travel’. You will have to submit different applications for each individual of the family separately.

How to get a visa for Vietnam vietnam visa form 1

Walk into the embassy in your country with the following documents to obtain a visa –

  • Visa application form print.
  • Passport with at least a validity of 6 months and 2 blank pages
  • 2 passport size photos 4*6 cm in size (with no glasses and no dark/decorated background)
  • visa stamping fees

Visa fees: Please contact the respective embassy for the fees as Vietnam embassies in different countries charges differently. It is a lot cheaper in South Asian countries than other parts of the world. If you are traveling to other SE countries before Vietnam, you can apply there to save some bucks.

Processing time: After visiting the embassy, you will receive the stamped passport within 7 working days.

Some Vietnam embassies accept the application through the mail/post also. It’s better to contact the embassy directly and clarify the requirements.

Vietnam Embassy in the USA

The Vietnam embassy in America is located in Washington DC and consulates in New York, Houston (Texas) and San Fransico (California).

Address: 1233 20th St NW, Ste 400, Washington, DC 20036 Tel: 202-861-0737

Timings: Mon – Fri, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The visa can be applied in person at the embassy or through the mail. US passport holders can even apply for the visa online at the embassy.

Refer the website for Vietnam embassy in the US for more details and apply for the visa.

Vietnam Embassy in the UK

The embassy in London handles for the region of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. While the British citizens can travel visa-free to Vietnam for 15 days, citizens from Ireland do require a visa.

Address: 12-14 Victoria Road, London W8 5RD. Tel 020 7937 1912

Timings09:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon – Fri)

Email: [email protected]

For non-Vietnamese citizens living in the UK, the visa can be applied in person, by post or email to the embassy.

For people in Ireland, they can apply for a loose-leaf visa to the embassy by attaching the documents through email. The visa is sent by post and doesn’t require the passport to be sent.

For all queries and forms, refer to the website.

Vietnam Embassy in India

The Vietnam embassy in India is located in New Delhi and they have a consulate general in Mumbai where you can apply for the visa.

Address17 Kautilya Marg Chanakya Puri, Malcha, New Delhi, Delhi 110021

Timings: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)

Applicants in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Gurgaon can also apply for the Vietnam Visa at the Global VFS centers in their respective cities. The VFS will apply for the visa on your behalf to the embassy.

Visa fees in India: INR 4400 + VFS service fees (as of Dec 2018)

Processing time: 5 working days for a normal tourist visa while 4 days for express service.

Related Read: US Tourist Visa from India

Visa on Arrival (VOA)

This facility is applicable only for visitors traveling by air to one of the 5 international airports in the cities of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Nha Trang, and Hai Phong.

VOA is the process of obtaining a visa approval letter through travel agencies by paying a service fee. There are many websites/agencies for applying VOA on your behalf who charge a service fee ranging from $8- $25 per visa.

  1. Fill an application online with expected date and airport of arrival.
  2. You will receive an email with the approval letter issued from the Vietnam Immigration Department within 2-5 working days. If you need it faster, you can pay additional service fees for the expedited timeline.
  3. On reaching the Vietnam airport, enter the line for VOA along with the visa approval letter, 2 passport photos 4*6 cm in size and passport. Pay $25 cash or in Vietnamese Dong for the visa fees and get the passport stamped. You might have to wait depending on the number of tourists in VOA line.

You can apply online through many agents like Vietnam-evisa.org or evisa.com.vn or through the hotel concierge where you’ll be staying.

At most of these online sites, you need to fill just 1 application for all the people traveling together. You would be required to enter

  • arrival and exit date
  • port of entry
  • type of visa
  • applicants names as in passport and their passport number

Processing time: You will receive the visa approval letter within 2-5 business days. If you need it early can go for expedited processing, but the service fees would increase. Some agents can even get you approval letter within a couple of hours or on weekends if required. In fact, my dad forgot to get his visa approval letter and he had his flight on a Sunday. But the hotel concierge at Vietnam was able to arrange the letter within a few hours for which he had to pay a hefty $100. So do apply for the letter well in advance to save on the money and hassle.

Visa fees: $25 visa fee (payable at Vietnam airport) + $8-$50 service fee (payable to the agent)

Note: If entering by land or water, you need to contact the local embassy for a visa or apply for e-visa if traveling for less than 30 days.

Beware: There are many fake websites and agents who claim to be official websites that apply visa for you. Most of them are agents and some even fake.

Pro Tips

  1. Do check the spellings and dates on the approval letter and visa after receiving. We had to face trouble and spend extra bucks to get things corrected.
  2. Carry USD cash or Vietnamese Dong for the visa fees. No other currency is accepted.

Read More: Schengen Visa for Indian Passport Holders

E-Visa

eVisa is the hassle-free option available for travel for a maximum of 30 days and a single-entry visa by air, land or water. So, if you meet these criteria, then this is the easier, quicker and cheaper version. Since, this is a pilot program launched not long ago, a lot of people are oblivious of its benefits.

The 30-day visa is granted from the expected date of arrival, so choose your dates carefully. Although you can always enter the country after the expected date, you will have fewer than 30 days then.

This is a pilot program launched by the Immigration Department applicable for the nationals of 46 countries – Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bruney, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (Not apply to Chinese e-passport holders), Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherland, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Timor Leste, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela.

The list of the ports that accept e-visa at entry and exit are:

International airports – Cat Bi Int Airport (Hai Phong), Cam Ranh Int Airport (Khanh Hoa), Can Tho International Airport, Da Nang International Airport, Noi Bai Int Airport (Ha Noi), Phu Bai Int Airport, Phu Quoc International Airport, Tan Son Nhat Int Airport (Ho Chi Minh City).

Landports- Bo Y, Cha Lo, Cau Treo, Huu Nghi, Ha Tien, Lao Bao, Lao Cai, Moc Bai, Mong Cai, Nam Can, Song Tien, Tinh Bien, Xa Mat

Seaports – Da Nang, Hon Gai, Hai Phong, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau.

All you need to do is fill in the online application form for each individual traveling and pay $25 fees electronically.

How to get a visa for Vietnam e-visa form

After you submit the application, don’t forget to note down the registration id number. This number along with the date of birth will be used to track the status of the application. You can track your visa application here.

You will receive a confirmation email with the registration id when the visa is approved. This is how the e-visa looks like.

How to get a visa for Vietnam e-visa sample

Do take the print out of the visa and you are all set to explore Vietnam. We got our visas within 3 working days and was the most convenient way to avoid agents and lines at the airport. We highly recommend using e-visa if you are planning to stay less than 30 days and a single entry to Vietnam.

Note: You don’t need to stand in VOA line at the airport. Head straight to the immigration. The arrival date will be stamped by the officer on the passport. There will be no visa stamp in your passport. Keep your e-visa printout with you all the time. You might need to show at the hotel during check-in.

Visa fees: The Vietnam visa fee is $25 for single entry and $50 for multiple entry.

For more queries check e-visa faq.

VIETNAM VISA RENEWAL OR EXTENSION

Visa renewal is applicable for

  • visas getting expired
  • nationals with visa exemption and wishing to stay longer.
  • both single/multiple entry visa up to the maximum of 3 months.

After applying for renewal, a new visa sticker is issued on the passport.

Visa Extension for extending your current stay is applicable for

  •  single entry visa (1-month visa extended for another 1 month and 3-month visa can be extended for 1 or 3 months)
  • depends on the current visa duration
  • extension stamp is posted on the passport

Fees: The duration and fees of extension/renewal depend on the visa already obtained, nationality and port of entry. It is generally expensive than getting a new visa.

Pro Tip: Apply for extension/renewal at least 7-10 days before the current visa expires. You will need to provide the passport for the process.

Immigration Department offices – You can apply for extension/renewal at Immigration offices in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, and Da Nang or through an agent.

  1. In Hanoi: No 44 – 46 Tran Phu Street,, Ba Dinh District, Ha Noi. Email: [email protected]. Phone: (+84) 4 38257941.
  2. In Ho Chi Minh: 333-335-337 Nguyen Trai Street, P. Nguyen Cu Trinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.  Phone: 0839202300
  3. In Danang:  7 Tran Quy Cap, Da Nang City, Quảng Nam province, Vietnam. Phone: (84) 2363822381

TIPS FOR VIETNAM VISA APPLICATION

  1. The passport size photographs should have been taken within the last 1 year of applying. The photo should have no glasses, hats and dark/decorated background.
  2. Stamping fee is paid in cash in USD or Vietnamese Dong at the airport for VOA.
  3. Do check the details on the visa/approval letter for dates and spellings as incorrect details can cause trouble.
  4. If your itinerary includes Phu Quoc along with other parts of Vietnam, you need a valid Vietnam visa. The exemption is valid only if traveling to Phu Quoc.
  5. Don’t forget to take insurance for a carefree and fun trip.
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34 thoughts on “How to Get a Visa for Vietnam – An All Inclusive Guide”

  1. It’s sad that my first thought upon reading that the UK was included was if that would change when the UK leave the EU? Can you tell I’m from the UK (though I live in Ireland ) and am wondering how it will affect my future plans!

    • Thanks for stopping by Emma. As per my understanding, UK moving out of EU should have no impact on their Vietnam visa process because the visa process is different for UK and other European countries. If you stay in Ireland, you are eligible for applying for a loose leaf visa through an email to [email protected]. You can read about the process in detail at http://vietnamembassy.org.uk/

    • Thanks for appreciating. If you are from UK, you will get 15 days of visa-free travel. But if you plan to visit for a longer duration apply for evisa as its easy and cheap. Don’t get confused by the visa on arrival term, as for that also you need to apply for a Visa approval letter beforehand.

  2. So, Americans get 1 YEAR multiple entry visa, seems rather ironic given the history.
    A very detailed post, and I mean VERY. I remember that I had to get the visa approval letter (which listed names of random other people on it as well) online and paid $20, and then, on arrival, I paid another $25 to get the sticker visa. It was super confusing at the airport and had no idea what was going on. I can’t remember using an agency and I think there was an official website for it in 2017.

    • Ha ha..now you can judge the power of American passport. 🙂
      THANKS a lot for appreciating the post. Yes very few people know about the evisa process, also because it’s not very old. Infact my father also applied for VOA and was a daunting and expensive process. But evisa is seamless and no standing in airport lines to get your visa stamped.
      And as far as I know there is no official website for applying for VOA, although the name of the website may sound so, as you scroll to the bottom you can read the Disclaimer. 🙂

    • Thanks for liking. It feels great to know that we can be of help and our efforts are not futile.
      And to let you know we have a few other detailed visa guides(USA, Schengen, Singapore) on our website that you can refer.

    • Thanks a lot for those kind words. Feel humbled. Yes Vietnam visa process is daunting, but once you are clear about the various options then it’s simply following the procedure. Truly, evisa was so seamless and easy process. Would highly recommend it.

    • That’s awesome. Vietnam is a beautiful country and becoming a popular destination. SUre, do let me know in case you need any help when you plan to travel.

  3. This is a really goof guide for those who are required to apply for Vietnam visa to visit the country. I’m just lucky I don’t have to do this. At least I will be able to go see Vietnam anytime 🙂

    • Yes, you sure are lucky as you are saved from the visa hassle. It’s always great when you can spend all your energy planning your vacation rather visa process. So when are you traveling then??

    • Vietnam is becoming so popular travel destination. Good luck for your travel and I am glad could be of your help. Do message me in case you need any pointers.

  4. This is honestly such great info. Vietnam is very high on my list. I managed to stay at many European places with no need of a visa (20+ Days). Pinning this for future.

    • Thanks you so much Diana for stopping by and appreciating. Yes it’s a beautiful country to visit. Wow!! you are lucky that you have a powerful passport. It’s always great to be able to travel without thinking about visa. Sometimes you get a good deal, but then we have to worry about visa first, so can’t make some last minute travel plans.

    • Oh that’s sad to hear. Yes I was also very worried before applying for Vietnam visa as had heard about so many fake websites. But then i got to know about evisa and to be honest it was seamless.
      Thanks for reading and appreciating. Hope it helps others who plan to travel.

  5. Pretty neat post on how to obtain a Vietnamese visa. I am a big fan of e-visas and take advantage of that whenever possible. I agree on your point that you should be very careful when you put in your date of entry because that can make a lot of difference. We were flying in to Ho Chi Minh city from Siem Reap and the couple next to us had gotten their dates wrong. The airline gave them a real tough time.

    • Thanks a lot for the kind words. Yup, me also try and see if evisa is an option. And when I was planning on Vietnam, most people had no clue about the evisa thing.
      Oops, that sounds scary as your entire vacation goes haywire. Were they able to fly in then?? I know many people think that evisa is for a month, so some months have 31 days, but its clear that its 30 days.

  6. Thanks for such a simplified guide. This doesn’t sound that complex as I am planning to visit Vietnam soon. Looking forward to read your travel tips for the country.

    • Thanks for reading it and appreciating it. Yes, it’s not that complex but some things are tricky about the visa. One needs to be clear of their criteria and see which option will be valid. Do drop me a mail in case you need help when you visit Vietnam.

    • Thanks. Glad that it can be of help. And you are lucky that you don’t have to go through visa process. Good luck to your boyfriend. And do check if he’s eligible for visa free days. Drop me a message in case you need help.

  7. Thanks a lot, Rajat for reading and appreciating the work. It’s always good to be able to help to provide all the details, as visa process is a bit scary. 🙂

  8. As someone that visited Vietnam many times in the past, I have to say you did a great job of preparing your readers with everything they need to know before getting a visa for Vietnam.

    • Thanks Daniel. It’s exhilarating to hear such kind and inspiring words. We are glad that we can be of help to our readers and achieve our motive.

  9. Vietnam with its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas, bustling cities with French colonial landmarks, Vietnamese War history museums and the Củ Chi tunnels is such an exotic place to visit. This is a very well written and detailed post for anyone who wants to apply for Visa to this Exotic Destination!!

    • Yes exactly..it’s a place for all types of travelers with so much to offer. Thanks Richa. It’s always good to know that you are able to help travelers.

  10. That’s great Cate. I am happy that this could be of help to you. Yes, I have tried to put all the details that I try and look for when I am traveling. Have a fun trip to Vietnam and do message me in case you need any help.

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