Vietnam Visa For Tourists: Complete Guide

The Vietnam visa is one of the most important documents you need to enter Vietnam. So, how to apply for a tourist 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

Vietnam Entry requirements

From 15/5/2022, you can travel to Vietnam at ease with just your passport and visa. There’s no need for a negative covid test or insurance.

Vietnam visa types for foreigners

Vietnam visas are divided into three categories:

  • Tourist visa
  • Business visa
  • Visas for other purposes (study, relatives, etc.)

At the moment, you can apply for an eVisa tourist visa (1 month) or a business visa (3 months with a sponsored company).

You can also get a visa exemption if you are from certain countries. Please check this section for more information.

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:

In this article, we’ll focus more on a tourist visa.

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

Vietnam eVisa

Currently, Vietnam grants e-visas to citizens of 80 countries (*) with a 1-month visa term and has the right to enter 28 international border gates of Vietnam.

You can apply online through the Vietnamese Immigration Department portal.

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

Application is typically processed within 03 working days(**) after the e-Visa fee has been paid with sufficient and valid information.


(*) 80 countries include 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 Macau 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, Salomon Islands, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor Leste, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, and Western Samoa.

(**) The working days exclude the weekend and national public holidays.

How to apply for Vietnam e-Visa

Here are step-by-step instructions to apply for Vietnam e-Visa. Please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months.

Step 1: Prepare required documents.

  • One 4×6 passport photo in .jpg format with a white background, without glasses
  • One photo in .jpg format of your passport page
  • Points of entry and exit
  • Your temporary address in Vietnam
  • Debit or credit card for payment 

Step 2: Click here to apply.  

Step 3: Upload your passport photo and data page images. Fill out the required fields and submit your form. 

Step 4: Pay the e-Visa fee of 25 USD. You’ll receive a “Payment successful” email with the transaction code, transaction date, and registration code.

Step 5: Within three working days, you should receive news of your e-Visa application via email.

Step 6: Download and print the e-Visa.

How to check the e-Visa result

 To check your e-Visa result, follow these steps:
   • Step 1: Visit the page:
   • Step 2: Provide the required information, including registration code, email, and date of birth, to check and PRINT OUT your e-Visa result on paper.

For e-Visa support, please directly contact to Vietnam Immigration Department or click on the following link:

Vietnam visa exemption

CountryVisa-free period
Thailand30 days
Malaysia30 days
Singapore30 days
Indonesia30 days
Cambodia30 days
Laos30 days
Philippines21 days
Myanmar14 days
Brunei14 days
South Korea15 days
Japan15 days
Sweden15 days
Denmark15 days
Finland15 days
Norway15 days
United Kingdom15 days
France15 days
Germany15 days
Spain15 days
Italy15 days
Belarus15 days
Russia15 days
Vietnam visa exemption countries.

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

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

3. Citizens of Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia, and Laos are granted bilateral visa-free entry for 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 for no more than 15 days.

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  1. Hi Ha,
    We have booked a two week holiday to Vietnam for next May.
    Coming from Ireland we will be visiting Hanoi, Halong, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh and are really looking forward to the trip.
    Your guide to applying for an e-visa looks very helpful and we hope to use it.
    We have 1 question though and that is regarding the $25 fee. Do you know if there will be another fee to be paid at the airport when we present the e-visa or does $25 cover everything.
    Best Wishes

    1. Hi Patrick,
      At the moment, you only need to pay for the $25 e-visa online and present it at the airport. There’s no other fee. Hope you’ll have a good trip.

  2. Jacky Oats says:

    Hi Ha
    My son is travelling from Bankok to Vietene he was told by ThaiSmile Airlines that he needed US$1000 to board the airplane to enter Vietnam. He cannot draw more than 500 from his bank so he is stuck. Furthermore he is hoping to get a landing visa in Vietene (he is South African) he believes this is possible but now I am anxious that this will be problematic. This is all happening now so would so appreciate your input.

    1. Hi Jacky,
      I’ve never heard of this situation so it may be it’s just ThaiSmile asking so. However, I suggest you can show the bank statement to ThaiSmile (no need to withdraw) or your son can also try booking a different airline. Hope it helps.

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