Vietnam Visa Requirements: All you need to know

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Navigating the intricacies of international travel can be daunting, especially regarding visa protocols. Understanding the Vietnam Visa Requirements is essential for a seamless journey to this Southeast Asian gem. Stay tuned as we delve into the specifics, ensuring you’re well-prepared for your next Vietnamese adventure.

All Vietnam destinations are open. No self-isolation is required.

  1. Starting March 15, 2022, Vietnam reinstated its visa policy (unilateral visa exemptions, bilateral visas, e-visas, and visas upon arrival) and entry and exit procedures for international visitors before the Covid-19 outbreak.
  2. From May 15, 2022, international travellers are not required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination, undergo Covid-19 testing, or adhere to quarantine regulations. They only need valid medical/travel insurance that covers Covid-19 treatment.

Vietnam Visa Exemptions

Visitors from the following countries can enter without a visa and stay for a specified number of days. Here is the complete list of countries that are granted visa exemptions. To view visa exemptions for diplomatic and other passports, please visit here for more information.

To stay beyond this number of days, you may apply for a visa extension upon your arrival in Vietnam.



ContinentCountryVisa Exemption Duration
AsiaThailandLess than 30 days
MalaysiaLess than 30 days
SingaporeLess than 30 days
IndonesiaLess than 30 days
CambodiaLess than 30 days
LaosLess than 30 days
PhilippinesLess than 21 days
MyanmarLess than 14 days
BruneiLess than 14 days
South Korea, JapanLess than 15 days
EuropeRussiaLess than 15 days
SwedenLess than 15 days
DenmarkLess than 15 days
FinlandLess than 15 days
NorwayLess than 15 days
United KingdomLess than 15 days
FranceLess than 15 days
GermanyLess than 15 days
SpainLess than 15 days
ItalyLess than 15 days
BelarusLess than 15 days

Notes on visa exemptions:

Citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany, the French Republic, the Italian Republic, the Kingdom of Spain, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Russian Federation, Japan, South Korea, the Kingdom of Denmark, the Kingdom of Sweden, the Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Finland, and the Republic of Belarus can enter Vietnam with a temporary residence duration of 15 days, counted from the date of entry, regardless of passport type or entry purpose, as long as they meet all conditions stipulated by Vietnamese law. Additionally, the visa exemption policy for citizens of the aforementioned countries will be in effect for three years from March 15, 2022, to March 14, 2025, and its extension will be considered in accordance with Vietnamese legal regulations.


Here is the details of Resolution 32/NQ-CP.

Vietnam Electronic Visa (e-Visa)

Vietnam’s e-Visa is now available to nationals of 80 countries, so you can :

  • 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 Macao 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
  • Solomon Islands
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Timor Leste
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Western Samoa

You only need to register online to apply for an electronic tourist E-visa, valid for 30 days. The e-visa fee is $25, and the processing time is 3 business days. You will receive your code via email to print your visa.

Check out the ports where foreigners can enter and exit Vietnam using an E-visa.

How to Apply for Vietnam’s e-Visa Step by Step:

Step 1:  Prepare your information:

  • One 4×6 passport photo in .jpg format with a white background, without glasses.
  • One photo in .jpg format of your passport data page.
  • Passport valid for at least six months.
  • Your temporary address in Vietnam and points of entry and exit.
  • Debit or credit card for payment.

Step 2: Click this link For outside Vietnam Foreigners personally applying for E-visa
or access and go to ‘E-visa Issuance’, after that click on the link for ‘Outside Vietnam foreigners‘.

Step 3: “Upload your .jpg files (both the passport data page and passport photo), complete all mandatory fields in the form, and then hit ‘Submit’.”

Step 4: Make a payment of 25 USD for the e-Visa fee. Note down the provided document code for future reference.

Step 5: Expect an email update about your e-Visa application within three business days. If you don’t receive an update, check the status of your e-Visa [here](this link).

Step 6: Retrieve your e-Visa online using the document code. It’s recommended to download and print two copies for added security.

TIP: If you have an e-Visa, proceed straight to the immigration counters upon arrival. There’s no need to stand in the Visa on Arrival queues.

Vietnam Visa on Arrival


If you intend on making multiple entries or staying for over 30 days, consider applying for a visa on arrival. Here’s what you’ll require:

  • A passport photo (4×6) set against a white backdrop, sans glasses.
  • A duly completed visa application form.
  • A passport (or an equivalent ID) that remains valid for at least six months from your intended Vietnam entry date.
  • Visa fee payment ranging from 25 USD to 50 USD.
  • An Approval Letter procured from a Vietnamese embassy or consulate, especially if you’re getting your visa at an airport.

Should you be in the vicinity of a Vietnamese diplomatic mission, you can personally submit your photo, application, passport, and the visa fee. Navigate through the procedure using this website.

For those who can’t access a Vietnamese embassy or are pressed for time, reliable online services can offer a legitimate Approval Letter for a certain charge. Once you arrive, present this letter, along with the visa application and other necessary documents, at the airport’s Visa on Arrival desk.

TIP: Ensure you have either USD or Vietnamese Dong to cover the visa stamp fee upon landing at the airport.

The latest cost of visa for Vietnam

Here is the latest cost of visa for Vietnam:

1Single-entry visas25 USD
2Multiple-entry visas:
– 3-month validity50 USD
– 3-6 month validity95 USD
– 6-12 month validity135 USD
– 12-24 month validity145 USD
3Visas issued for children under 14 (regardless of duration)25 USD
Transferring a visa between passports (in case the passport has expired or run out of pages)5 USD
4Written visa exemption10 USD
5Temporary residence cards:
– 2-year validity or less145 USD
– 2-5 year validity155 USD
6Extending temporary residence10 USD
7Issuing/re-issuing temporary residence cards100 USD
8Permitting entry to prohibited/border areas10 USD
9Transit visas for airway/seaway passengers visiting and touring Vietnam5 USD
10Visas for approved personnel visiting, touring, or transiting by sea5 USD
11Permitting immigration for foreigners residing permanently in Vietnam without passports200,000 VND
12Permitting individuals who have entered border economic zones via border laissez-passers to visit other places in the provinces10 USD

Note about Vietnam Visa Requirements

When applying for a Vietnamese visa, you should take note of the following:

  1. Type of visa: Firstly, determine the type of visa you need. There are various visas based on the purpose such as tourism, work, visiting relatives, studies, and duration of stay.
  2. Passport validity: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you intend to enter Vietnam.
  3. Passport photos: Photos should be clear, not blurry, and must meet size and background requirements.
  4. Visa fee: Visa fees can vary based on the visa type and processing time. Ensure you have the appropriate amount and note that some places only accept cash or USD specifically.
  5. Processing time: Depending on the visa type and processing agency, the processing time can range from a few days to a few weeks.
  6. Accurate and detailed information: Ensure all information provided on the visa application and related documents is accurate and error-free.
  7. Entry and exit dates: When applying, clearly state the intended entry and exit dates to avoid issues at the border.
  8. Entry point: If you’re applying for an online visa or visa-on-arrival, make sure you enter through an approved entry point.
  9. Stay updated: Sometimes there might be changes in visa regulations or document requirements based on political, health situations (like the COVID-19 pandemic), or other issues.
  10. Document storage: Once in Vietnam, keep your visa, passport, and any other vital documents in a safe place.

Remember, always keep yourself updated and research thoroughly before applying to avoid any unnecessary complications.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long is the Vietnam visa valid for?

  • The validity period of the visa depends on the type of visa you apply for. Each visa type has a different validity and duration of stay in Vietnam.

2. What documents and information are required for the visa application?

  • The required documents can vary depending on the purpose and type of visa (tourism, business, etc.). Typically, you will need a 4×6 photo, a passport valid for at least 6 months, and a visa application form.

3. How much is the visa fee, and how can I make the payment?

  • The visa fee can vary depending on the visa type. Payments can be made online, in cash, or in USD at visa application points or airports.

4. How do I apply for a visa-on-arrival in Vietnam?

  • For a visa-on-arrival, you’ll need an Invitation Letter from a company or organization in Vietnam. Upon arrival at the airport, present the Invitation Letter, your passport, and necessary documents to process and receive the visa directly at the airport.

5. If I wish to change the purpose of my visit or extend my stay, what’s the procedure and requirements?

  • To change the purpose of your visit or extend your visa, you should contact the immigration department or visa service companies for detailed guidance on the procedure and requirements.

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