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.
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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 Countries||The Maximum Duration of Visa-Free Stay||Passport and Proof of Departure Required|
|South Korea||15 Days||Yes|
|United Kingdom||15 Days||Yes|
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 –
- Nationals of the 24 countries listed above are exempted visa but for a limited duration.
- 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.
- 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
- Directly at the Vietnam embassy
- VOA (Visa on arrival) – applied through an agent.
- Evisa – Vietnam visa online.
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.
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.
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
Timings: 09:30 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.
Address: 17 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.
- Fill an application online with expected date and airport of arrival.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Carry USD cash or Vietnamese Dong for the visa fees. No other currency is accepted.
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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.
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.
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.
- In Hanoi: No 44 – 46 Tran Phu Street,, Ba Dinh District, Ha Noi. Email: [email protected]. Phone: (+84) 4 38257941.
- In Ho Chi Minh: 333-335-337 Nguyen Trai Street, P. Nguyen Cu Trinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Phone: 0839202300
- In Danang: 7 Tran Quy Cap, Da Nang City, Quảng Nam province, Vietnam. Phone: (84) 2363822381
TIPS FOR VIETNAM VISA APPLICATION
- 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.
- Stamping fee is paid in cash in USD or Vietnamese Dong at the airport for VOA.
- Do check the details on the visa/approval letter for dates and spellings as incorrect details can cause trouble.
- 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.
- Don’t forget to take insurance for a carefree and fun trip.
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