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Do You Need a Visa to Visit Vietnam?

January 14, 2022
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Do You Need a Visa to Visit Vietnam?
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October 20, 2023
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Here is a quick guide to visa requirements in Vietnam. In this post, we have listed ways on how you can apply for your Vietnam visa and where you can extend your visa without leaving the country.

In general, most nationalities are required to get a visa to enter Vietnam. There are also visa exemptions to citizens of 24 countries for stays ranging from 14 to 90 days. For other citizens, there’s an option to apply for an Electronic Visa (E-visa) or a pre-approved visa on arrival, which you can also get online.

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Visa Exemptions

If you are a citizen holding a valid ordinary passport from this list of 24 countries, Vietnam offers visa exemptions from 14 to 90 days. 

Women wear conical hats on a boat in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.


Vietnam has an Electronic Visa (E-visa) which can easily be obtained online. This is a convenient way to acquire a visa for tourists and it is eligible to 80 countries. Here is a list of the countries that allow E-visa issuing. 

An E-visa is a single entry visa valid for a maximum of 30 days. It is processed in 3 to 5 business days and costs 25 USD per applicant. You may wish to apply at least 1 to 2 weeks in advance just to be sure. With your E-visa, you are allowed to enter and exit Vietnam at any of the 33 international checkpoints, including 8 International airports. Here is the full list of entry ports that includes air, sea, and land for your reference.

If you are a tourist traveling by air, getting your E-visa is more convenient as you do not have to wait in line at the visa counter. You just have to show your printed visa to the immigration officer at the airport. However, you must only enter and exit Vietnam in the ports mentioned in your E-visa. In case you change, you will need to get a new one. 

E-visa is the best option if you are visiting Vietnam for a month or less on a single entry and you have a fixed schedule. It is cheaper and more convenient. 

A small house surrounded by rice paddies in Northern Vietnam.

How to Get Vietnam’s E-Visa

  1. Head to the official website for Vietnam’s E-visa application.
  2. Select the right section for your application.
  3. Upload an image of your passport photo and passport data page.
  4. Fill out your personal information.
  5. Fill out detailed trip information, including your travel dates and entry and exit points.
  6. Pay your E-visa fee by debit or credit card.
  7. Receive your registration code, which you will need to download your E-visa after 3 to 5 business days. 
  8. Check your application status and download your E-visa at this link
  9. If you haven’t received your visa after 5 business days, you may contact Vietnam’s E-Visa support on this page
  10. Print your E-visa and show it at the immigration counter. 

A group off boys inspects a fishing boat at the beach of Mui Ne, Vietnam.

Visa on Arrival

Vietnam’s Visa on Arrival is an alternative way to obtain a visa to visit Vietnam. It is also convenient and it offers few visa options for tourists and business travelers. Visa on arrival is only valid for travelers arriving by air at one of the several international airports in Vietnam. This includes airports in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, or Da Nang.

Visa on arrival offers a 1-month or 3-month visa, for either single or multiple entries. You will have to apply online to receive a Vietnam-Visa Approval Letter which you will show at the airport. It is important to note that there is no official website that offers visa on arrival services. All the websites are private agencies, so be aware of fake government websites. 

The fee you’ll pay online is a service cost for processing your approval letter. The cost depends on your type of visa, the desired number of entries, and processing time. The normal processing time takes 2 business days but it is possible to request a fast and urgent processing time for an additional charge. 

We have used vietnam.visa.govt successfully in the past and found that they offer the cheapest service online. A 1-month single entry visa costs 17 USD while a 3-month single entry costs 25 USD. Check their website for the most updated pricing.

Woman wearing a conical hat in Da Lat, Vietnam

How to Get Vietnam’s Visa on Arrival

  1. Head to vietnam.visa.govt or any reliable site of your choice
  2. Fill out the online forms detailing the type of visa, processing time, and your personal and travel information
  3. Make payment for service fee using any of the payment options
  4. Receive your approval letter online and print a copy
  5. Upon arrival at the international airport, head to the visa on arrival counter to get your visa stamped.
  6. Fill out the NA1 form which you can find at the counter. You can also print this form to fill out in advance.  
  7. Present all your documents. This includes your passport with at least 6 months validity, 2 passport-sized photos (4cm x 6cm), a printed copy of your approval letter, and a completed NA1 form.
  8. Pay for your stamping fee in cash. The office does not accept cards and it’s hard to find an ATM at the airport. It costs 25 USD for a single entry and 50 USD for multiple entries.
  9. Wait. Depending on how busy the counter is, expect to wait at least 30 minutes to 1 hour. 
  10. Receive your passport with your Vietnam visa and you can head to the immigration counter. 

Colorful boats against a steep cliff in Con Dao, Vietnam.

Visa Extension

If you wish to stay longer in Vietnam, it is possible to extend your visa without leaving the country. To get a Vietnam visa extension, you must have a passport valid for at least 6 months following your date of arrival and 2 blank pages on your passport. 

There are two options for getting a visa extension. You can either apply by yourself or with the help of a private visa agency. 

The most convenient but more costly way is to apply with a reputable agency. For a 1-month extension, you can expect to pay around 80 USD. They’ll handle everything including filling out forms, which can be challenging if you’re applying on your own as most forms are in Vietnamese. However, if you decide to do it yourself, try to go with someone who speaks Vietnamese as English is not widely spoken in the country. 

A young buffalo is seen grazing in Northern Vietnam.

Where to Extend Visa in Vietnam

Here is a list of the immigration offices in charge of extending visas in Vietnam. They are open on Monday to Friday from 7 to 11:30 a.m and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Check their websites for the most updated times. 

Ho Chi Minh City:

The Ho Chi Minh City Police Department's Immigration Office

Ministry of Public Security Department Of Immigration

Da Nang:

Police Department's Immigration Office

Ha Noi :

Ha Noi Police Department's Immigration Office 

Ministry of Public Security Department Of Immigration

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