How to Apply a Visa to Vietnam
Foreigners who enter and exit Viet Nam shall hold their passport or alternative documents (hereinafter referred to as passports) and shall be issued visas by competent authorities of Viet Nam, except in case of visa exemption. Alternative documents shall be presented in advance and approved by Vietnamese competent authorities through diplomatic channels.
Vietnamese nationals who reside abroad hold travel documents issued by the competent authorities of the host country as valid documents for entry/exit into/from the host country, the sample of which has been officially presented to and accepted by Vietnamese competent authorities through diplomatic channels are allowed to enter Viet Nam with these documents.
Vietnam Visa on arrival is NOT VALID for ENTRIES BY LAND and BY SEA. It is just applicable for those who travel to Vietnam by air. You can pick up your visa at any international airports in Vietnam, including Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi), Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Hochiminh City), Cam Ranh ( Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa) and Danang Airport (Da Nang).
There is a difference between a single entry visa and a multiple entries visa to Vietnam which lies in number of entries:
- Single entry visa: You are permitted to enter Vietnam ONCE during your visa validity. After exiting Vietnam, your visa will automatically become invalid. If you would like to re-enter, you need to apply for a multiple entries visa.
- Multiple entries visa: You can enter and exit Vietnam many times as you want during your visa validity.
There are some examples of Vietnam Visa:
1 Month single entry: You are permitted to enter Vietnam ONCE during one Month your visa validity. After exiting Vietnam, your visa will automatically become invalid. If you would like to re-enter, you need to apply for a new visa.
1 Month Multiple entries: You are permitted to enter Vietnam as Many Times as you want during One Month your visa validity.
3 Months single entry: You are permitted to enter Vietnam ONCE during Three Months your visa validity. After exiting Vietnam, your visa will automatically become invalid. If you would like to re-enter, you need to apply for a new visa.
3 Months Multiple entries: You are permitted to enter Vietnam as Many Times as you want during Three Months your visa validity.
6 Months Multiple entries: You are permitted to enter Vietnam as Many Times as you want during Six Months your visa validity.
1 Year Multiple entries: You are permitted to enter Vietnam as Many Times as you want during One Year your visa validity.
The requirements to get your Vietnam visa:
PASSPORT VALIDITY: Must have six months’ validity remaining
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES: One visa page required for entry stamp
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED: Yes
VACCINATIONS: Not required
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY: None. However, Vietnamese Dong in excess of VND 150,000,000 or foreign currency in excess of 5,000 U.S. dollars or equivalent must be declared.
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT: None. However, Vietnamese Dong in excess of VND 150,000,000 or foreign currency in excess of 5,000 U.S. dollars or equivalent must be declared.
You must have a valid passport and a visa (or pre-approval for a visa on arrival) to enter Vietnam. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay, and you must have at least one blank visa page. Visit the Embassy of Vietnam website for the most current information. If you arrive in Vietnam without an appropriate visa (which could be an e-visa) or pre-approval for a visa on arrival, you will be denied entry.
When you apply for a visa to enter Vietnam, be sure to request the visa category that corresponds to your purpose of travel. If you plan to work in Vietnam, you must obtain a work permit before applying for your visa. If you change the purpose of your visit after you have received your visa, you must obtain a new visa outside of Vietnam appropriate for your new activities before beginning those activities.
If you plan to travel from Vietnam to Laos by land, you should request that an adhesive visa be affixed to your passport instead of a detachable one. Lao immigration officials require proof that travelers have departed Vietnam, something that can only be shown with an adhesive visa. Vietnamese officials remove detachable visas from passports when travelers depart Vietnam, leaving travelers with no proof of their Vietnam departure. This situation can result in Lao officials requiring travelers to return to Vietnam.
Pre-approval for Visa on Arrival:
The Government of Vietnam has authorized some businesses and travel agencies to arrange for pre-approval for a “visa on arrival” at the airport. The Governments recommend that travelers obtain a visa directly from an embassy or consulate of Vietnam prior to arrival.
U.S. citizens can apply online for a single entry E-visa. The E-visa is valid for a maximum of 30 days for the purpose of tourism. An E-visa is usually processed within three working days after the Vietnam Immigration Department receives the completed application and E-visa fee. E-visa holders must present the printed E-visa and valid passport at the port of entry. When applying for an E-visa, carefully review and follow the E-visa application steps.
Certificate of Visa Exemption:
Vietnamese nationals residing abroad indefinitely, their spouses, and their children may apply for a Certificate of Visa Exemption. The certificate has a maximum validity of five years, during which time the holder can enter Vietnam and stay for up to six months without applying for a visa.
For more information and apply a Vietnam visa online, please visit the Embassy of Vietnam website.