Vietnam Visa Requirements

Vietnam offers visa exemptions to travellers from 24 countries, and e-Visas to travellers from 80 countries.

Travellers can also easily apply for a visa on arrival online or in person at a Vietnamese embassy or consulate.

Below is all the information you need on visas for Vietnam.

UPDATE: To staunch the spread of COVID-19, for 30 days from March 18, 2020, Vietnam will not be issuing visas to any foreign nationals.

Travellers from countries with visa exemptions will only be allowed to enter if they can show medical papers certifying they are free

of the virus. All incoming travellers from the United States, European and ASEAN nations must undergo medical checks and 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Vietnam. 



Important update from Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs on March 15, 2020:

vietnam visa suspension coronavirus

Valid from noon on March 15 for 30 days after:

1) Travellers from the 26 Schengen countries and the UK, or those who have visited these countries in the past 14 days, will not be allowed visas or entry into Vietnam. This applies as well to those who currently hold visas or visa letters. 

2) Vietnam will stop issuing visas on arrival for all foreign nationals. This applies to all new applicants, except those travelling for diplomatic or official purposes. Those who currently hold visas to enter Vietnam will need to undergo medical checks and may be quarantined before being allowed to enter the country.

See more information related to COVID-19 travel policies here.

Vietnam Visa Exemptions

Vietnam offers visa exemptions ranging from 14 to 90 days to citizens of 24 countries holding valid ordinary passports. The full list of countries with visa exemptions is below. To view visa exemptions for diplomatic and other passports, please visit this link. 

TIP: All nationalities traveling directly to Phu Quoc Island can visit the island for 30 days visa-free. To do this you will need to show an outbound ticket on arrival in Vietnam. 

VIETNAM VISA EXEMPTION

Area
Country
Term of residence
Asia
Thailand Thailand
Less than 30 days
 
Malaysia Malaysia
Less than 30 days
 
Singapore Singapore
Less than 30 days
 
Indonesia Indonesia
Less than 30 days
 
Cambodia Cambodia
Less than 30 days
 
Lao Lao
Less than 30 days
 
Philippines Philippines
Less than 21 days
 
Myanmar  Myanmar
Less than 14 days
 
Brunei Brunei
Less than 14 days
 
South Korea South Korea
Temporarily Suspended
 
Japan Japan
Less than 14 days
 
Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan
Less than 30 days
 
 
 
Europe
Russia Russia
Less than 15 days
 
Sweden Sweden
Temporarily Suspended
 
Denmark Denmark
Temporarily Suspended
 
Finland Finland
Temporarily Suspended
 
Norway Norway
Temporarily Suspended
 
UnitedKingdom UnitedKingdom
Temporarily Suspended
 
France France
Temporarily Suspended
 
Germany Germany
Temporarily Suspended
 
Spain Spain
Temporarily Suspended
 
Italy Italy
Temporarily Suspended
 
Belarus Belarus
Less than 15 days
South America
Chile Chile
Less than 90 days


Notes on visa exemptions:
  • Starting Mar. 8, 2020 Vietnam has temporarily suspended visa exemptions for citizens of the European Union, the United Kingdom, and as well as other countries with more than 500 cases or grow more than 50 cases a day. 
  • As of Feb. 29, 2020 visa exemptions for South Koreans will be temporarily suspended until further notice, and as of Mar. 2, 2020 visa exemptions for Italians will also be temporarily suspended.
  • The exemptions listed above for Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Belarus, Finland, Japan, South Korea, and Russia are valid until Dec. 31, 2022.
  • The exemptions listed above for the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy are valid until June 30, 2021.
  • Spouses or children of Vietnamese citizens are allowed to stay in the country without a visa for six months and must show papers proving their eligibility. For full requirements, please visit this link. 


Vietnam Electronic Visa (e-Visa) 

Vietnam's e-Visa is now available to nationals of 80 countries: 
  • 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 e-Visa takes three working days to process, costs 25 USD, and is a single-entry visa, valid for 30 days. You can enter Vietnam on an e-Visa at any of the country's eight international airports, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang, as well as 14 land crossings and seven seaports. 
How to Apply for Vietnam's e-Visa:

Step 1: Prepare the required materials: 
  • One 4x6 passport photo in .jpg format with a white background, without glasses
  • One photo in .jpg format of your passport data page
  • Passport valid for at least six months
  • Your temporary address in Vietnam and points of entry and exit 
  • Debit or credit card for payment 
Step 2: Click this link or access www.immigration.gov.vn and go to 'E-visa Issuance' then click on the link for 'Outside Vietnam foreigners'.  

Step 3: Upload your .jpg images (passport data page and passport photo) and fill out the required fields on the form completely. Submit your form. 

Step 4: Pay the e-Visa fee of 25 USD. Copy down the document code provided.  

Step 5: Within three working days you should receive news of your e-Visa application via email. If not, you can also run a search for your e-Visa at this link. 

Step 6: Use your document code to locate your e-Visa online. Download and print the e-Visa in two copies for extra safety. 

TIP: Travellers with an e-Visa can go directly to immigration counters at their point of entry and do not need to queue at Visa on Arrival counters.

Vietnam Visa on Arrival

If you are planning a multiple-entry visit or a stay of more than 30 days, you will want to apply for a visa on arrival. To do this you'll need:
  1. A 4x6 passport photo with a white background and no glasses
  2. A filled-out visa application form
  3. A passport or substitute ID valid for six months from the date you plan to enter Vietnam
  4. Payment (25 USD to 50 USD) for visa fees, and
  5. A Letter of Approval from a Vietnamese embassy or consulate (if you are picking up your visa at the airport)
If you are near a Vietnamese embassy or consulate, you can submit your photo, application form, passport, and visa fee in person. This website will guide you through the process. 

If you are unable to reach a Vietnamese embassy, or are short on time, there are trusted services online who can provide you a valid Letter of Approval for a fee. Bring this letter and together with a visa application form and your other documents to the Visa on Arrival counter at the airport when you land. TIP: You will need to pay your visa stamp fee in USD or Vietnamese Dong on arrival at the airport."

Source: Vietnam.travel