Vietnam Visa Guide 2020 – Do I Need One & How To Get One (For All Nationalities)

If you’re heading to Vietnam soon you may be wondering how to get a visa for Vietnam. This complete Vietnam visa guide details all the information you’ll need to get a visa for your trip to Vietnam. 

I update this page regularly to ensure it has accurate information.

This Vietnam visa guide is suitable for all countries/nationalities.

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Vietnam Visa Guide Overview

Here is a brief overview of the visa options for Vietnam. The rest of this post will go into more detail about each option.

Visa Exemption:

Some nationalities can enter Vietnam without obtaining a visa – this is called a visa exemption. 

e-Visa:

If you are travelling to Vietnam for less than 30 days and will be only entering the country once (single entry), you can apply for an e-Visa online (80 countries are eligible).

Visa On Arrival:

If you will be visiting Vietnam multiple times or want to stay longer than 30 days, you can get a visa on arrival. This would also be the option if you are not eligible for the visa exemption or e-Visa.


Vietnam Visa Exemption – Do I Need A Visa For Vietnam?

Visitors from 24 countries do not need to get a visa when visiting Vietnam. The length of time you’re allowed to stay varies from country to country (from 14 days to 90 days) – see the list below. 

Please note: you need to get a visa if your country is not on the list or if you want to stay in Vietnam longer than the time allowed.

Belarus – 15 daysIndonesia – 30 daysPhilippines – 21 days
Brunei – 14 daysItaly – 15 daysRussia – 15 days
Cambodia – 30 daysJapan – 15 daysSingapore – 30 days
Chile – 90 daysKyrgyzstan – 30 daysSouth Korea – 15 days
Denmark – 15 daysLaos – 30 daysSpain – 15 days
Finland – 15 daysMalaysia – 30 daysSweden – 15 days
France – 15 daysMyanmar – 14 daysThailand – 30 days
Germany – 15 daysNorway – 15 daysUnited Kingdom – 15 days

Citizens from these countries must wait at least 30 days between visits if they want to re-enter Vietnam and get another visa exemption.


Vietnam e-Visa – Can I Get A Visa Online?

For people wanting to stay in Vietnam for 30 days or less and only want to enter the country once. 

This is one of the easiest ways to get a visa.

The online visa is available for citizens of 80 countries including the UK and USA (see the full list below).

The whole process is online and it takes 3 working days to get your visa.

The e-Visa can be used only for a single entry into Vietnam and for a maximum of 30 days from the time your enter Vietnam.

Countries eligible to apply for an e-Visa:

AndorraGreecePanama
ArgentinaHungaryPapua New Guinea
ArmeniaIcelandPeru
AustraliaIndiaPhilippines
AustriaIrelandPoland
AzerbaijanItalyPortugal
BelarusJapanQatar
BelgiumKazakhstanRomania
Bosnia & Herzegovina LatviaRussia
BrazilLiechtensteinSamoa
BruneiLithuaniaSan Marino
BulgariaLuxembourgSerbia
CanadaMacedoniaSlovakia
ChileMaltaSlovenia
China (Inc. Hong Kong/Macau)Marshall IslandsSolomon Islands
ColombiaMexicoSouth Korea
CroatiaMicronesiaSpain
CubaMoldovaSweden
CyprusMonacoSwitzerland
Czech RepublicMongoliaTimor Leste
DenmarkMontenegroUnited Arab Emirates
EstoniaMyanmarUnited Kingdom
FijiNauruUnited States
FinlandNetherlandsUruguay
FranceNew ZealandVanuatu
GeorgiaNorwayVenezuela
GermanyPalau

The e-Visa is valid at 28 international checkpoints within Vietnam including 8 international airports. For the full list of airports, land ports and seaports where the e-Visa is valid – click here.

How To Apply For Vietnam e-Visa

Here is the link to the online portal for the e-Visa.

You simply just have to fill out an online application form and then attach a scanned copy of your passport and a passport sized photo of yourself.

You will also need to pay a visa fee of $30 USD. Your application will be processed within 3 working days.

Following this you can download the visa as a PDF and you will need to print it out for your trip. I recommend printing a few copies. 

When you arrive in Vietnam, you do not need to queue at the visa on arrival counter – you can just skip this and head to the immigration counter.

What Do I Need To Apply For A Vietnam e-Visa?

  • Passport with 6 months of validity. 
  • A passport sized photo. 
  • Valid debit/credit card.
  • Details of where you’ll be staying in Vietnam e.g. hotel /Airbnb address.
  • Details of onward travel e.g. details of your flight out of Vietnam.

Can I Get A Visa On Arrival In Vietnam?

You can get a visa on arrival if you are planning a multiple entry visit or a stay longer than 30 days. You will need to use this option if you are not eligible for the visa exemption or e-Visa.

For this type of visa, you can get one of the 4 following visas options:

  • 1 month single entry
  • 3 months single entry
  • 1 month multiple entry
  • 3 months multiple entry

Whilst this visa is granted to you upon arrival in Vietnam, you do still need to do some preparation in advance to get your visa.

What Do I Need To Apply For A Visa On Arrival In Vietnam:

  • A passport sized photo. 
  • Completed visa application form.
  • Passport valid for at least 6 months.
  • A letter of approval from a Vietnamese embassy or consulate (more on this below).
  • Cash to pay the stamping fee (Vietnamese dong or USD)

What Is An Approval Letter?

You will need to get a letter of approval in advance to get your visa on arrival.

You can get one of these from a Vietnamese embassy or consulate in person. If this isn’t an option for you, there are many online services that can provide you with a valid letter of approval for a fee. 

Depending on the provider, you can get an approval letter for between $17 and $50. This process will usually take between 2 to 4 working days. Some services have options for the same day or next day delivery for an extra fee.

There are many providers that can get you an approval letter, here’s a few:

How To Apply For Vietnam Visa On Arrival:

  1. Apply online via an agency to get your approval letter. They will require your passport information, dates of travel and arrival information. You will also need to pay a service fee. This will take between 2 and 4 days.
  2. You will then receive the approval letter. Print this out. 
  3. When you arrive in Vietnam, queue at the Visa On Arrival counter with the documents listed above.
  4. Pay the stamping fee (see below) and get your passport stamped.

How Much Does A Visa On Arrival Cost In Vietnam?

$25 for a 1 month/3 month single entry visa.

$50 for a 1 month/3 month multiple entry visa.

Please note: this fee can only be paid in either Vietnamese dong or USD in cash so ensure you have the right currency with you.


Can I Extend My Vietnam Visa?

If you want to stay in Vietnam longer than your visa allows then you can apply for a visa extension.

To do this, you will need to submit an application to one of the Immigration Offices in Vietnam. 

The length of the extension can vary depending on the visa you have. If you have a one month visa, it will be extended for another month. 

You can also apply for a visa renewal if you want to change the type of visa you have. You can also use this if you have entered Vietnam under the visa exemption scheme and now want to apply for a visa.

Please be aware that occasionally you may be refused a visa extension. For example, they won’t issue extensions for some visa types or for certain nationalities so it’s best to check with your local immigration office in Vietnam.


Phu Quoc Visa Exemption

If you only plan to visit Phu Quoc island in Vietnam, then you can get a 30 day visa exemption. This exemption applies to ALL countries/nationalities.

This means that anyone, from any country, can enter Phu Quoc without a visa as long as they will only be visiting Phu Quoc and staying less than 30 days.

The reason for this is because Vietnam is trying to develop this island as a tourist destination so it has a special visa to attract tourists. 

Please note: if you plan to visit other areas of Vietnam in addition to Phu Quoc then you will need to apply for a visa. This exemption applies if you are ONLY visiting Phu Quoc during your stay in Vietnam.


Thanks for reading this complete Vietnam visa guide which gives all the information you’ll need on how to get a visa for Vietnam. I try to update this page regularly to ensure it has accurate information.

Happy Travels!

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