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Visa for Vietnam

Most visitors to Vietnam require a visa to enter the country.

Tourists from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland traveling to Vietnam and staying for 15 days or less don't have to apply for entry visas, provided that their passports are valid for at least three months and that they can show their return ticket. Those who wish to stay longer than 15 days will need to apply for a visa.

Thai, Indonesian, Lao, Malaysian and Singaporean do not need a visa for a visit up to 30 days.

Philippines passport holders do not need a visa for a visit up to 21 days.

Japanese and South Korean passport holders do not need a visa for a visit up to 15 days.

A single entry tourist visa means that if you exit Vietnam you will require a new tourist visa to enter Vietnam again.

All travelers must have a passport valid to 6 months after their planned exit from Vietnam. The above information may change without prior notice. It is your responsibility to check whether or not you are subject to a tourist visa for Vietnam. You may ask the Vietnamese embassy of your country, click here.

Tourist visa validity  

A one-month tourist visa is usually sufficient for most visitors though it is possible to arrange 3-month and 6-month multiple entry visas.

If you arrive to Vietnam by land, it is NOT possible to get a visa on arrival. You must obtain the visa beforehand

Collect your visa before arrival from your closest Vietnamese embassy or consulate. Or
collect your visa on arrival at Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Danang International Airports.
We strongly recommend you obtain your visa before arrival to avoid long delays and possible complications at the airport.

Visa upon arrival

Visitors must obtain visa approval prior to entry. The procedure with a service provider can be summarized as follow:

(1) Passport details and arrival, departure dates are to be sent to a service provider no later than 14 day prior to your departure. (You can send by email, fax or snail mail; the service provider needs: full name as stated in passport, gender, date of birth, passport number, expiry date, nationality, arrival & departure date, place to receive your visa - please advise which Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate where your want to get your visa stamped)

(2) The service provider then goes ahead and submits these details to the Vietnamese Immigration Department.
(3) The Immigration Department will confirm the service provider of the visa approval and send it by fax/telex approval to the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in the country of visitors' residence
(4) The service provider will send you the approval document via email.
(5) You bring your passports & 2 passport sized photos to the Vietnamese embassy or consulate to get the visa stamped (stamp fee will be paid by yourselves).

Visitors can obtain a visa upon arrival in Vietnam. However, we recommend this option only in cases of emergency as it much more expensive than a regular visa and as it is not always free of complications at the arrival airport.

Probably the best place to obtain a visa for Vietnam is Vietnam's embassy in Bangkok.

A Vietnamese visa always specifies where you will be arriving and where you will be leaving, in addition to how long you can stay. Stick to that to avoid unnecessary trouble. We also recommend you to leave the orginal passport and ID's together with the immigration exit card (which you get at the international airport upon arrival and which you will have to present to the immigration when departing) in the hotel safety box and go around with photocopies of the passport.

Here is a professional visa provider based in Hanoi. His website gives more information on visas here

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