Vietnam Visa For Tourists: Complete Guide

Are you planning to visit Vietnam? You may need to apply for an e-visa, depending on your nationality and length of stay.

So, how to apply for a tourist visa? What are the steps that you need to take?

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

Vietnam visa

Vietnam Entry requirements

From 15/8/2023, you can easily travel to Vietnam 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.)

You can now apply for an eVisa tourist visa (3 months) 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

From 15/8/2023, Vietnam grants e-visas to all countries with a 3-month visa term and has the right to enter 13 airports, 16 land, and 13 sea border gates of Vietnam.

You can apply online through the Ministry of Public Security Portal.

The fee for an e-visa (3 months, multi-entrance) is 50 USD, and a single entrance is $25. 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.

(**) 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 the 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 te-visaisa fee. 

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

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: or
   • Step 2: Provide the required information, including the Application number, to check and PRINT OUT your visa result on paper.

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

Vietnam visa exemption

1. Citizens of these countries are allowed to stay for 45 days: Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK, Northern Ireland, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Belarus.

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

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

4. Citizens of Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia, and Laos are granted bilateral visa-free entry for no more than 30 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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