Whether I need a visa to enter Vietnam

Whether I need a visa to enter Vietnam

You are planning a holiday to Vietnam? You would love to know whether you need to get a visa to enter Vietnam or not? If not, how you can obtain it? This article can provide the information in details about visa exemption policy and visa requirements when you are doing a trip to Vietnam. Let's have it referenced and be confident to go ahead booking your Vietnam holidays..........

Vietnam Visa Requirements to enter Vietnam

As a local inbound tour operator in Vietnam, Golden Holiday Travel have been constantly asked this question : " Whether I need a visa to enter Vietnam?" by our beloved clients and we think that it is a common question among travellers paying a visit to Vietnam on their first time and we would love to reply this question about Vietnam's Visa Exemption Policy & How to get a visa to enter Vietnam if you are not on that visa exemption policy in details.

Vietnam Visa Document

Vietnam visa paper

Vietnam Visa Exemptions : you do not need a visa to enter Vietnam.

Currently, Vietnam offers Visa Exemptions ranging from 14 to 90 days to the citizens of 24 countries holding valid ordinary passports. This full list of countries will answer the question "whether you need a visa to enter Vietnam?" To view visa exemptions for diplomatic and other passports, please visit this link



Term of Residence



Less than 30 days



Less than 30 days



Less than 30 days



Less than 30 days



Less than 30 days



Less than 30 days



Less than 21 days



Less than 14 days



Less than 14 days


South Korea

Less than 15 days



Less than 15 days



Less than 30 days



Less than 15 days



Less than 15 days



Less than 15 days



Less than 15 days



Less than 15 days


United Kingdom

Less than 15 days



Less than 15 days



Less than 15 days



Less than 15 days



Less than 15 days



Less than 15 days

South Ameria


Less than 90 days

Notes on visa exemptions:
  • The exemptions listed above for Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Japan, South Korea, and Russia are valid until Dec. 31, 2019.
  • 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

"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"

Rice harvest in Hoang Su Phi

Rice harvest among local tribes in Hoang Su Phi rice terraces - Vietnam

Visa Requirements & how to obtain it?

Already checked with Vietnam's Visa Exemption Policy and your country is not on the list, then you need to get a visa to enter Vietnam.Luckily, getting a tourist visa to Vietnam, it has become really convenient now : you can get an e-visas or visas on arrival online or in person at Vietnamese Embassy/ Consulate.

1.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.

Click here for a full guide on how to apply for Vietnam's e-Visa.

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.

Visa to enter Vietnam - Ninh Binh

Beautiful Tam Coc ricefields in Ninh Binh

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 'For 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."

Ham Rong mountain - Sapa

2.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 Vietnam visa on arrival. To do this you'll need:

  • A 4x6 passport photo with a white background and no glasse
  • A filled-out visa application form
  • A passport or substitute ID valid for six months from the date you plan to enter Vietnam
  • Payment (25 USD to 50 USD) for visa fees, and
  • 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." 

Hopefully, this answer to the question : "whether I need a visa to enter Vietnam" is useful for your planning a coming hoilday to Vietnam. In need of local travel support : travel consultancy, vietnam travel packages to explore Vietnam, please, drop us an email to goldenholidaytravel.vn@gmail.com or whatsapp us at +84.988451530 (whatsapp).

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