Almost all visitors to Vietnam need a visa to enter the country, although some exemptions apply for citizens of countries with reciprocal agreements with Vietnam. Depending upon the nationality and passport of the applicant, a tourist visa can be obtained at the Vietnamese diplomatic office or consulates in foreign countries. Visas can also be obtained with the help of a licensed Vietnamese Travel Company, known as a “Visa on Arrival”. Visas may be either single-entry or multiple-entry, as requested at the time of application.

To apply for your Visa on Arrival, please provide the following information:

  • Arrival and departure dates
  • Full passport details:

+ Passport number

+ Name

+ Gender

+ Nationality

+ Issuing date

+ Expiry date

Please don’t forget that your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your travel date, and there must be several blank pages left on your passport.

Normally, it takes about two to four working days (excl. weekends) to secure the Visa Approval Letter, which must be presented upon boarding your flights. Also, need to prepare two photos 4cmx6cm with white background.

On arrival at the airport, please go to the Visa on Arrival counter where you will hand over your passport and photos, and be given a simple form to fill out. Pay the stamping fee of USD$25 for the single entry and USD$50 for multiple entries. The staff at the airport will shortly return your passport with your visa, after which you will be allowed to exit the airport.

Visa exemptions

The citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Vietnam for a certain amount of time:


+ Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia (maximum stay of up to 30 days)

+ Philippines (maximum stay of up to 21 days)

+ Japan, South Korea (maximum stay of up to 15 days)


+ Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and United Kingdom (maximum stay of up to 15 days)


Starting from February 1st, 2017, the Vietnamese Government officially launched the electronic visa plan for foreign tourists of certain countries visiting Vietnam. To apply for an e-visa, please visit or