An Official Guide to Vietnam Entry and Exit Formalities

Vietnam Visa Application Form
Vietnam Visa Application Form

Vietnam offers:

  1. Visa Exemptions to travellers from 24 countries.
  2. e-Visas to travellers from 80 countries.
  3. Visa on arrival (VOA): Travellers can also easily apply for a visa on arrival (VOA) online or in person at a Vietnamese embassy or consulate. Below is all the information you need on visas for Vietnam. 

Vietnam Visa General Requirements:

  • An original passport having at least two blank pages to get visa stamp and a validity of six (6) months from the travel date to Vietnam
  • Your entry and exit dates and entry and exit points/airports.

Which countries are exempt from Vietnam visa?

At this time, citizens of the following countries do not need to apply in advance for a Vietnamese visa (when arriving by either air or land) for certain lengths of stay. Always double-check visa requirements before you travel as policies change regularly. If your visit is less than 15 days, some nationalities are now visa-exempt (for a single visit, not multiple-entry trips). Check Vietnam Visa Exemption for more details.

Who need visa when visiting Vietnam?

Some nationalities need a visa in advance for all visits, some don’t. The standard length of stay for tourist visas is 30 days; for visa-exempt nationalities it is 15 days.

  • If your visit is less than 15 days, some nationalities are now visa-exempt (for a single visit, not multiple-entry trips).
  • If you are staying more than 15 days and from a Western country, you’ll still need a visa (or approval letter from an agent) in advance.

How To Apply for a Vietnam Visa?

There are multiple ways to apply for your tourist visa to Vietnam, that may include:

  1. Visa on Arrival (VOA)
    – Visa on Arrival (VOA) is the preferred method for most travellers arriving by air, since it’s cheaper, faster and you don’t have to part with your passport by posting it to an embassy. Online visa agencies email the VOA to you directly.
    – It can only be used if you are flying into any of Vietnam’s six international airports, not at land crossings. The process is straightforward: you fill out an online application form and pay the agency fee (around US$20). You’ll then receive by email a VOA approval letter signed by Vietnamese immigration that you print out and show on arrival, where you pay your visa stamping fee in US dollars, cash only. The single-entry stamping fee is US$25, a multiple-entry stamping fee is US$50.
    – There are many visa agents, but there are some inefficient cut-priced operators out there. It’s recommended to stick to well-established companies; the following one is professional and efficient:
    Sunviet Visa Center (http://sunviettravel.com/) Online support from native English-speakers. This agency also guarantees your visa will be issued within the time specified. Offers a two-hour express service for last-minute trips.
  1. Visas via an Embassy or Consulate
    – You can also obtain visas through Vietnamese embassies and consulates around the world, but fees are normally much higher than using a visa agent and (depending on the country) the process can be slow. In Asia, Vietnamese visas tend to be issued in two to three working days in Cambodia. In Europe and North America it takes around a week.
  1. E-visas
    – A pilot e-visa program introduced in early 2017 allows visitors to apply for visas online through the Vietnam Immigration Department. Citizens of 40 countries are eligible, including those from the UK and the USA (though not Australians, Canadians or New Zealanders).
    – E-visas are single-entry only, valid for 30 days (non extendable), and cost US$25. Processing takes three to five days.
    – However this e-visa system has not exactly been efficiently implemented. The official website is glitch-prone and often fails to load. We’ve also heard of several cases where applications have gone AWOL and photos rejected for not being picture-perfect.
    – There have been reports of visitors being deported due to incorrect details (such as wrong date of birth or mispelt names) on the online application form. If you do apply for an e-visa, double-check that all the information you provide is 100% accurate.
    – E-visas can be applied for online at https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn

Source: Vietnam Immigration

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