To enter Vietnam, most nationalities are required to get an entry visa for Vietnam before departure or an approval letter for a visa on arrival (the visa issued on arrival at Vietnam International Airports).
Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa for stays up to the days specified:
• Myanmar, Brunei: 14 days
• Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia: 30 days
• Philippines: 21 days
• Japan, South Korea, Russia, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland: 15 days
Types of Visa to Vietnam
Tourist visas are available for 30 days and can be single or multiple entries. Tourist visa can be extended one time for 30 days after your arrival in Vietnam. If you plan to spend more than a month in Vietnam, or if you plan to exit Vietnam and re-enter from Cambodia, Laos or China, you will need a three-month multiple-entry visa with the approval from local agents.
Business visas are usually valid for 90 days and allow both single and multiple entries. Getting a business visa has now become cheap and easy, although more expensive than a tourist visa. Obtain these at Vietnamese embassies or online.
Diplomatic and official visa: No fees unless otherwise agreed upon between Vietnam and applicant’s country. On applying this visa, you must submit an official letter from the concerned agencies of local government, foreign embassies or consulates accredited to the country, international organizations, or other accredited organizations based in that country.
Apply for a visa
When applying a visa to Vietnam at an embassy, you must provide the following documents:
• Passport with a validity of at least 6 months from your entry date ahead.
• Visa application form.
• 2 photos of passport regulation size (4cm x 6cm).
• Visa fee: range from US$45 – US$85 if application is sent directly to the Embassy or US$25-55 if your visa has been pre-approved. This fee depends on The Embassy and Type of visa required.
If you’re flying into Vietnam it’s often easiest and cheapest to get your visa approved through an online visa-service company (does not apply at land border crossings). All you need is providing your personal information as well as travel plan and they will email you an approval document two to three days later. You need to print and bring these documents to the airport on arrival with passport picture and pay a stamping fee (US$45 for single-entry, US$65 to US$95 for multiple-entry visas).
Tourist visa extensions cost US$10, and have to be organized via agents. The procedure can take seven days and you can only extend the visa for 30 or 90 days depending on the visa you hold.