All You Need To Know About Vietnam Visa

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Vietnam visa is one of the most important documents when foreigners enter Vietnam. So, how to apply for a Vietnam visa? What are the steps that you need to do?

Read this article for more information, from which visa type to the procedure of visa applications.

Vietnam visa


Types of Vietnam visa for foreigners

There are two bases for classifying a Vietnam visa:

Firstly, based on travel purposes, Vietnam visas are divided into three categories:

  • Tourist visa
  • Commercial visa
  • Visas for other purposes

Secondly, based on the length of stay and the number of times of entry, Vietnam visas are divided into four categories:

  • 1-month with one entry
  • 1-month visa with multiple entries 
  • 3-month visa with one entry 
  • 3-month visa with multiple entries


Where to apply for a Vietnam visa?

Foreigners wishing to travel or work in Vietnam or overseas Vietnamese who no longer hold Vietnamese nationality must apply for a visa before entering Vietnam.

Currently, there are two places to apply for a Vietnam visa:

  • At Vietnamese Embassies / Consulates in host countries
  • At Vietnam’s international airports (Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat, Da Nang)

Tan Son Nhat airport to Saigon Ho Chi Minh city center Vietnam


How to get a tourist visa for Vietnam?

Step 1

Determine the purpose of travel, temporary stay, and entry times of foreigners to obtain a visa that matches the needs of foreigners.

Step 2

Prepare related documents to submit to the competent authority to apply for Vietnam Visa for foreigners. Depending on the type of visa, you need different documents.

Option 1: Apply for a visa at the Vietnamese consular office of the host country

– Passport valid for at least 06 months, not torn or blurred.

– The Vietnamese visa application form is completed.

– Copy of documents proving the purpose of entering Vietnam

– Pay the visa fee at the Embassy / Consulate as prescribed.

Option 2: Apply for a Vietnam visa at the airport

To apply for a Vietnam visa at the airport, you must prepare the following documents:

– Passport valid for at least 06 months, not torn or blurred.

– Immigration dispatch issued by the Immigration Department – Ministry of Public Security of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam allows you to enter and get a visa at the international airport in Vietnam. The Immigration Department issues this Official Letter to an individual or an organization. (In case of visa exemption, no entry letter is required.)

(*) To apply for a Vietnam visa at Vietnam’s international airport, foreigners need to present their passport and official dispatch (photo on A4 size), fill out the form as instructed by the Manager. Immigration at the airport and pay the fee as prescribed.

Option 3: At the agency

With more than ten years of experience, Vietnam-visa is a leading one of the leading agencies in Vietnam visa application for foreigners. 

Step 3

Apply to the foreign visa-issuing authority.

Immigration agencies of provinces or cities or immigration bureaus settle visas for foreigners.

Step 4

Receive a visa and pay the prescribed fee.


Vietnam visa fee

  • One-time visa validity: 45 USD
  • A multiple-entry visa that is valid for less than 1 month: 65 USD
  • A multiple-entry visa that is valid for less than 6 months: USD 95
  • Visa for multiple visas is valid for 6 months or more: 135 USD
  • Visa renewal:  15 USD


Citizens of countries that do not need visa entry for Vietnam

1. Citizens of Brunei and Myanmar are granted bilateral visa-free entry no more than 14 days

2. Citizens of the Philippines are granted bilateral visa-free entry no more than 21 days

3. Citizens of Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan are granted bilateral visa-free entry no more than 30 days

4. Citizens of Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Russia, Finland, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Belarus are granted unilateral visa-free entry no more than 15 days

5. Citizens with APEC business cards from member economies of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are granted visa-free entry with no more than 60 days of residence

6. For tourists to Phu Quoc, Vietnam: Foreigners and abroad residing Vietnam citizens entering Vietnam through an international border and traveling to Phu Quoc island, then residing under 15 days are granted Vietnam visa-free entry.


Procedures for an electronic visa (E-visa) for foreigners visiting Vietnam

Currently, Vietnam grants e-visas to citizens of 40 countries with a 1-month visa term and has the right to enter 28 international border gates of Vietnam.

The fee for an e-visa is 25 USD, and you can pay online when doing online procedures.