Vietnam eVisa Processing Time
E-visa is an electronic document that allows visitors to enter Vietnam for a period of 90 days, single/multiple entry. This type of visa is a convenient and efficient way for travelers to obtain a visa for their trips to Vietnam.
How long does it normally take?
In terms of processing time, a Vietnam eVisa usually takes 3 working days to process under normal circumstances. However, during public holidays, processing times may be longer due to an increase in the volume of applications received.
Estimated processing times (Based on our customer’s feedback)
Percentage of applicants
1 working day
5% of applicants
2-3 working days
75% of applicants
3-5 working days
15% of applicants
> 5 working days
5% of applicants
Notes: Many applicants experience delays in their visa applications due to errors in the information they submitted on the official website, such as low-quality photos or incorrect names that do not match ICAO guidelines.
For those who need a faster processing time, an expedited service is available. With this option, the visa can be processed within 4-8 working hours. This emergency service is ideal for travelers who need a visa quickly and don’t have time to wait for the normal processing time.
Here is a list of some of the major public holidays in Vietnam:
- New Year's Day (January 1, 2024)
- Lunar New Year (Tet Holiday) - late January or early February - Feb 12, 2024 (This may last up to 9 days)
- Hùng Kings' Festival - Apr 18, 2024 (This may last 2-3 days)
- Reunification Day - Sun, Apr 30, 2024
- Independence Day (September 2)
Note: If you are traveling during a public holiday, it's recommended that you apply for a visa at least 2-3 weeks in advance or use the expedited service to ensure a faster processing time.
The processing time for a Vietnam eVisa can be affected by several factors, including the volume of applications received, and the accuracy of the information provided in the application. To have a smooth and efficient processing time, It is advised that you double-check all the information provided in the application.
Questions and Answers (14)
(1) When does the 90-day clock for my VISA to Vietnam start? On the day when I receive my evisa, or on the day I enter Vietnam? (2) For how long is the evisa valid before I use it? For example, is the evisa I received 9 months ago but not yet used still valid now?
@MAKJ, The visa is valid from the date you choose on the e-visa application form plus 90 days. For example, if you select 01 October 2023 as your entry date, your visa will be valid until 30 December 2023. You can travel at any time within this range and must exit the country before 30 December 2023.
Hello! I am a U.S. citizen visiting Vietnam on two cruises about 3 weeks apart (21 Sept and 11 Oct). Between visits I will be in Hong Kong and Japan. Should I apply for a multiple entry visa, or two single entry visas? Thank you in advance for any guidance.
@Lisa Whipple, We recommend that you apply for a 90-day multiple-entry visa to cover your multiple cruise visits to Vietnam in September and October. Since your travel date is approaching, kindly apply as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for processing.
It has been 5 days since I applied for a visa and am flying out of Brisbane Monday evening. Should I follow up my application and what would be the best way to do that?
@Leigh Hawthorne, There is no way to follow up on your application; however, you can track your real-time application status on the official website below;
Note: The processing time may vary by application; therefore, it will take longer if your application has errors or needs to be updated.
flying from Australia with a tour group. I am entering Vietnam for 4 days then flying to Siem Reap for 12 days and reentering Vietnam to fly back to Australia Can I enter twice on the same visa as I will be part of an organised tour group?
@ROSEMARY McGAHEY, If you are traveling to Vietnam on an organized tour, you can ask the tour operator to assist you with obtaining a multi-entry visa (upon arrival). As for e-visas, they are currently available for single entry only.
If I obtain an eVisa on line do I still have to get visa approval at the airport of entry?
@JOHN OLIVER, When you applying for an e-visa, that would be the only thing you need for your entry to Vietnam, no more approval letter is required at Vietnam airport.
I am a US citizen , I wish to obtain a 90 day tourist visa , at the Vietnam Embassy in Manila . I am presently in Manila as a tourist .
@John Hamilton Calder, To apply for a visa at the embassy in Manila, please call the embassy directly for assistance and instructions at the following phone number: +63 2 8521 6843.
I have applied for visa on 21st June and still i have not recieved my visa . I shows "in processing". I have travel on June 28 and now not sure how long will it take.
@Somnath Guha, If you applied for your e-visa on 21-June, today (Monday) is the 3rd working day. Sometimes, it may take longer than 3 days if your application has errors/mistakes. We advise that you check your email and the e-visa status page frequently for updates.
I applied visa on 18th June and my travel date is 24th. It's already been 3 working days but haven't received e visa. Any solution or alternative?
@Preety, As a travel agency, we cannot tell you when your visa is ready. Normally, it takes about 3 working days, but in some cases, it may take longer if your application has errors or mistakes. If you donot receive your visa by Friday noon time, you check the status of your application on the official website to see if your application needs to be amended or updated.
Hi I applied my Visa on 27th May(Saturday) and it's been 4th working day today and still it's showing "in processing" and this is my first travel and i have flights on June 8th. What's your thoughts on this??
@Hemalatha, Sometimes it takes longer than 03 working days, and since your travel is not until next Thursday (08 June), we believe it is most likely to be issued early next week and there is nothing to worry about!
Hi I applied for my Visa on 24th May but still I haven’t received it. Please confirm when it will come. It’s still showing “ In processing “ stage.
@Prashant, Unfortunately, we are unable to tell you when your visa will be ready. Normally, an e-visa is issued within 3-5 working days, but in some cases it may take longer due to the additional time required to verify your application. That is why we often recommend customers to apply for an e-visa at least 2-3 weeks in advance.
Hi I have applied for a Visa on Friday 19th May after closing hours can I expect the visa by Wednesday ie 24th May evening
@Ryan Pereira, We cannot tell you when your visa will be issued as processing times vary on a case-by-case basis. Usually, it takes around 3 working days, and you can expect it to be ready by May 24th. However, there is no guarantee. It is advised that you not to book your flight until your visa application is approved.
I married a Vietnamese citizen last November 2022 . Would I be allowed to stay longer than 30 days?
@david pouchelu, To get the 5-year spouse visa exemption, you are required to apply for the exemption certificate through the official website below:
I applied for my Vietnam visa last week and I had to update my application twice due to my name. It has been ‘In processing’ now for two days, I am due to fly from Ireland tomorrow is there any way I could pay to speed it up? My flight is at 3:10pm tomorrow Irish time and landing in Hanoi on Saturday at 1:45pm.
@Áine O’Donoghue, It is already Thursday evening, we advise that you consider using expedited service to speed up your application to ensure you receive it tomorrow, Friday.
We are travelling to Vietnam as tourists from 25th April , 2023 to 16th May, 2023. We find that visa on arrival is not available. In such cases, fi we apply for e-visa , how many days will it take for processing. Kindly advise.
@G jayaraman, Though it normally takes 3-5 business days for an e-visa to be issued, we recommend that you submit your application at least 2-3 weeks in advance to allow sufficient time for processing.
Frequently asked questions
1. How long does it take for Vietnam visa to process?
The standard processing for an e-visa application is 3 business days after the payment is made.
2. Why is my Vietnam visa taking so long?
There are a few reasons why your visa application may be delayed:
- You submitted your application during a public holiday.
- You uploaded photos that don't meet the requirements, such as low-quality images or ones that can't be read.
- You provided incorrect information in the application form, such as an incorrect name, date of birth, or passport number.
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