You can save time by completing the Entry/Exit form before you arrive at one of Vietnam’s international airports. To get started, click below to download, print, and complete the PDF form. (See document notes for photo requirements)
Vietnam Visa Makes It Simple to Get a Business or Tourist Visa
GETTING A BUSINESS OR TOURIST VISA TO VIETNAM IS SIMPLE AT VIETNAM VISA
Step 1 — Fill out a quick application form online (you will need to know your arrival date and the name of the airport at which you will arrive)
Step 2 — Pay the visa servicing fee online
Step 3 — Within two business days, you will get an email with your official Vietnam visa Approval Letter issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department
Step 4 — Print the Approval Letter and prepare two (4cm x 6cm) photos of yourself according to noted requirements
Step 5 — Bring the printed Approval Letter, photos, and the government Stamping Fee (along with your passport and any other required documents) with you on your trip to Vietnam
Step 6 — When you arrive at your destination airport in Vietnam, show the Approval Letter and photos at the Immigration office
VISA POLICY OF VIETNAM
Visitors to Vietnam must obtain a visa from one of the Vietnamese diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries eligible for electronic visas.
* A gap of at least 30 days between two visa-free visits is required. Must have a printout of onward ticket. 1 – for British citizens only.
Holders of Certificates of Visa Exemption do not require a visa regardless of nationality. A Certificate of Visa Exemption is valid for up to 5 years or up to 6 months before the passport expiration date (whichever is shorter). This is available for Vietnamese residing abroad or spouses or children of Vietnamese citizens or Vietnamese residing abroad. The exemption is valid for up to 90 consecutive days of stay. There is no limit placed on the number of entries or exits during the stay or minimum waiting time needed in between each 90 days of stay.
In May 2018, Vietnam announced it would extend the visa free validity period for five European nationalities (the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy) through to 13 June 2021.
Citizens of China, Cuba and North Korea holding passports for public affairs or normal passports endorsed “for public affairs” do not require a visa for Vietnam.
Holders of diplomatic or service category passports of Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, North Korea, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, and holders of diplomatic passports only of Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Israel, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland and Uzbekistan do not require a visa to visit Vietnam.
Visa waiver agreements for diplomatic and service passports were signed with Cameroon in December 2017, Ethiopia in August 2018, Lithuania on 23 January 2019 (for diplomatic passport), Namibia on 19 Nov 2013 but have not come into force.
Passengers of any nationality may transit through Vietnam by air without a visa for less than 24 hours providing that they do not intend to leave the sterile transit area. Staying overnight in the transit lounge is permitted.
Vietnam has introduced a pilot electronic visa system on 1 February 2017. The e-visas have a cost of US$25 and are granted for single entry visits for up to 30 days to nationals of the following 81 eligible countries and territories.
1 – does not apply to e-passport holders.
APEC Business Travel Card
Holders of passports issued by the following countries who possess an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) containing “VNM” on the back of the card can enter visa-free for business trips for up to 60 days.