Vietnam Visa need to know

Vietnam Visa need to know

Vietnam Visa need to know

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Vietnam has officially extended its visa waivers! This policy choice is great news for certain countries who can enter without any previous paperwork. For some travellers the Vietnam visa waiver means exemption from having to go through the visa process for a visit that lasts 15 days or less. So you can enjoy two weeks of exploring Vietnam without having to pay a fee or wait for processing on arrival, if eligible! Find the details of Vietnam’s visas below.

1. Who is eligible for the 15 to 30 days waiver? (NO need Visa, just your passport for checking)

- Citizens of RussiaJapanSouth KoreaDenmarkNorwayFinland, and Switzerland are eligible for a visa exemption until the 31st of December 2019. (15 days)

- Nationals of Belarus are eligible from July 1st, 2018 until the 6th of June 30th, 2020. (15 days)

- Travelers from the United Kingdom*, FranceGermany, Spain, and Italy are eligible for the waiver from July 1st, 2018 until June 30th, 2021. (15 days)

Citizens of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore (30 days), Philippines (21 days) Myanmar and Brunei (14 days) are eligible exemption visa to Vietnam.

*British National Overseas (BNO) individuals are not eligible.

2. What credentials do I need to qualify?

Aside from being from any of the countries listed above, you must adhere to the following conditions:

- Passport must be valid for at least six months from your entry date in Vietnam.

- This waiver will not apply if it is your second entrance within 30 days of your last departure from Vietnam.

- Your stay must be for a maximum of 15 - 30 days (you may have to provide proof of departure).

3. What do I do when I arrive?

Skip the visa queue! Instead of having to provide paperwork and a stamping fee at the visa desk, travelers from the above-listed countries can simply proceed straight to passport inspection.

4. Do I still get exempted if I cross the border by land?

This visa waiver applies to those entering by land, sea or air! Whether you enter Vietnam by plane, train or automobile, the waiver still applies at designated entry points.

5. What if I’m not from those countries?

If you are a national from a different country, you have two options: the Vietnam E-visa or the Visa on arrival (VOA)

6. The Vietnam 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.

The process takes up to 3 business days and costs 25 USD for processing. Click here to see if you qualify! The E-visa is fast, easy to apply for and directly available with a guide of what you’ll need on the government’s official site.

7. The Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Vietnam Visa on Arrival. This is the most popular and convenience to obtain Visa to Vietnam. You are allowed to enter Vietnam through any of  international airports in Vietnam (Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang, Cam Ranh, Cat Bi). If you are planning a multiple-entry visit or a stay of more than 30 days, you will want to apply for a visa on arrival.

Unlike other countries like Cambodia or Thailand where you can get the visa the directly at border gates upon landing, for Vietnam visa on arrival, you are required to apply for a pre-approval visa letter (sample below) through a Vietnam travel agency in order to pick up the visa stamp on arrival.

If you are near a Vietnamese embassy or consulate, you can submit your photo, application form, passport, and visa fee in person. If you are unable to reach a Vietnamese embassy or are short on time, please contact us for arranging Visa On Arrival for you.


            (Letter of Visa Approval)                                                                                                          (Visa Application form - filling on arrival)


8. What are the International Airports in Vietnam available for visa on arrival?

With the approval letter, travelers will have their visa stamped at below international airports in Vietnam:

- Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi – HAN)

- Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City – SGN)

- Da Nang International Airport (Da Nang – DAD)

- Cam Ranh International Airport (Nha Trang – CXR)

- Cat Bi International Airport (Hai Phong – HPH)

Please note Visa on arrival only available for air travel, if you want to enter Vietnam by border crossing/sea ports you need to obtain Visa before arrival at Vietnam embassy in your country.

9. What if I want to travel to Vietnam for longer?

If you are inclined to stay for more than 30 days, the Visa on Arrival is easily the best option available. There are a variety of lengths of stay as well as options for multiple or single entry, so be sure to check when you apply.

10. Vietnam Visa Fees (Visa On Arrival)

The Visa fee included 2 parts: services fee and stamping fee. The visa services fee depend on your length of stay and nationality, the stamping fee is fixed (25$, 50$) and collected by customs officer on your arrival at airport. The fee below in USD per person for your reference.

Type of VisaVisa Service Fee Stamping Fee
Single entry – 1 month15 USD25 USD
Multiple entry – 1 month22 USD50 USD
Single entry – 3 months18 USD25 USD
Multiple entry – 3 months28 USD50 USD

*Please contact us for our promotion program of free visa services fee when you book tour package with us!

11. Apply Visa to Vietnam directly at Vietnam Embassy/Consulate

Travelers can apply Visa to Vietnam yourself at Vietnam Embassies/ Consulates in your country. The processing time and cost of Visa will vary from embassy to embassy. Dont hesitate to contact our consultants if you need more details information.

Where to apply?

Here you can see list of Vietnam Embassies or Consulates abroad (Australia, US, UK, Germany, Spain, Canada, French, Italia, India, Czech...)


Coco Vietnam Travel may help you: Vietnam Visa On-Arrival

Coco Vietnam Travel will help arranging your Visa On Arrival to Vietnam. We will process and send you a Pre-approval letter, with this letter you can get Vietnam Visa stamp upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Da Nang International Airport or Noi Bai International airport in Hanoi.

Please note: This Visa services (Pre-Approval letter) is complimentary for our guests who have booked tours with us only. 

How to apply Visa on Arrival?

Kindly contact us (or send an email to us) and provide the following information:

1) Full name on passport
2) Passport number
3) Date of birth
4) Nationality
5) Date of arrival
6) Flight number and time
7) Your email address.

Wait for 2 - 3 working days for our processing, then you will get the letter of visa by email which is approved by Vietnam Immigration Department. Print this letter and bring with you on flight to get Visa stamp on arrival.

Upon arrival at airport, you can expect to fill out a simple form (please see the sample). Kindly prepare two passport-size photos for each traveler and a USD$25 stamp fee per person (only cash accepted at airport). Expect to wait about 15 minutes for processing.

Three countries Visa program 

Cambodia: Most visitors to Cambodia require a visa to enter the country. Most nationalities can get Visa on arrival at the international air ports (Siem Reap and Phnom Penh) without prior registration. These Visa on Arrivals are valid for 30 days, single entry and cost USD20 and require one passport sized photo. The immigration at Siem Reap and Phnom Penh airports can arrange photos on arrival for $2 per person though we suggest to bring them with you to ensure quicker passage into the country. E-Visas are now available through the Ministry’s website with aprocessing time of 3 days. As canned copy of the passport and USD25 paid by credit card will issue an emailed visa which the traveler must print and bring with them. Most border crossings accepte-visas, however it is recommended to double check with us.

Laos: Laos Visa is easy to obtain on arrival at all ports of entry including the most popular international airports. Foreign tourists are generally admitted into Laos for 30 days with a visa on arrival (obtained at most border check points) without prior authorization or for 30 days with a visa issued at a Laotian embassy. This costs 30-42 USD (depending on nationality) and requires the filling in of an application form and two passport photos. An additional 1 USD/person can be charged if you arrive on a weekend or public holiday. Two passport-size photos are required and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your expected departure date. In July 2019, Laos has issued E Visa.

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