Vietnam Multiple Entry Visa
A multiple entry visa for Vietnam allows the holder to enter and exit Vietnam for a unlimited number of times within a given period of time, usually up to 1 year. This type of visa is useful for people who need to travel to Vietnam frequently for business, tourism, or other purposes. With this type of visa, you can visit Vietnam as many times as you want during the validity period of your visa. This means you don't have to apply for a new visa every time you enter the country, which can save time and money.
With the continuous development of the economy and tourism, the frequency of foreigners entering and exiting Vietnam has increased remarkably. Therefore, multiple-entry visa is the popular visa type for a large group of visitors coming to Vietnam.
A multiple entry visa allows foreigners to enter and exit Vietnam for an unlimited time in a certain period of time. It means you can exit and re-enter Vietnam as many times as you wish until the visa expires without applying for a new visa.
Multi-entry visa in brief:
Types of multi-entry visas:
Multi-entry visa fees:
How to get it:
Proposals (This June/July):
There is a multiple entry visa within 1 month up to 5 years depending on each traveling purpose. However, the most popular visas are up to 1 year and are usually chosen for traveling, business, investing purposes, or so.
Types of multi-entry visa
Multiple-entry visa can be divided into 5 main categories as the table below:
|Multi-entry visa types||Times of entry/exit||Validity of visa||Purposes||Notes|
|1-month||Unlimited||30 days(1 month)||
|3-month||Unlimited||90 days ( 3 months)||
|6-month||Unlimited||180 days ( 6 months)||
How to apply
To get a multiple entry visa to Vietnam, you can consider one of 3 following ways:
Multiple-entry visa at Embassy
The most popular way to get any type of visa is at an Embassy of Vietnam. You need to prepare all required documents for the application including a visa application form, a valid original passport, photos, and an introduction letter from a Vietnamese enterprise/agency (for business visa). After submitting all the documents and paying the fee at the embassy office, you will get the visa and original passport back in person or by post.
In fact, the process and documents required at the embassy or consulate vary in different countries. Therefore, you should contact the embassy of Vietnam in your residing country for more information.
Multiple-entry visa on arrival
Applying for a visa on arrival with multiple entries is one of the most convenient ways for foreigners, especially when the Vietnamese embassy is unavailable in your residing country. However, this way is only available for those who travel to Vietnam by air and enter via one of 8 designated airports (Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat, Cat Bi, Danang, Cam Ranh, Lien Khuong, Phu Quoc, Can Tho).
Applicants must apply for a pre-approved letter through a visa agency. This paper is legally granted by the Vietnam Immigration Department and used to board the plane and get your visa stamped at your arrival port in Vietnam. The approval visa letter requires an application form and full payment of the service fee, and it takes 2-5 working days (urgent visa approval letter within 2-4 hours available at a high fee)
At the Vietnam airport, you will present a pre-approved visa letter, a visa application form, your valid passport, and 2 passport-sized photos and pay a stamping fee at the Immigration Counter/Visa on Arrival counter to get a multiple-entry visa.
In March 2023, the government is considering a proposal to prolong the validity of a Vietnam E-visa from 30 days (1 month) to 90 days (3 months) and apply for multiple entries instead of single entry as before. The program is expected to be valid from June/July 2023 and you can easily get a Vietnam multiple-entry visa online.
Questions and Answers (39)
Hi, we are visiting Vietnam later this month. Our flight leaves from the US on June 16th, but we would not arrive in Vietnam till the 17th. On the eVisa application form would we put the 16th or the 17th as our arrival date? Also, we plan on leaving Vietnam on July 4th. If we put July 4th as our exit date, would the eVisa still be issued for the full 30 days or just up until July 4th? Just not sure exactly how that would work if our flight got delayed or we had to stay for a few days longer than July 4th. Thanks.
@Andrew S, We advise you to input your entry date as 16 June and your exit date as 16 July to be on the safer side in case you decide to extend your stay in Vietnam.
Hi, I am planning to come to HCMC on June 19 for a 3 month internship. Because there’s only the 1 month single entry visa, I plan to go on a 4-day trip to another country each month and get a new visa each time. I’m confused because when I read articles on “visa runs,” they say to have your e-visa ready. However, is it possible to apply for a new e-visa while I’m still in the country of Vietnam? How will the e-visa portal know whether I’ve left the country, in order to allow me to apply for a new one?
@Elyse P, There is only a 30-day single entry visa at the moment. If you want to get a longer term visa for your internship, kindly contact the school where you will be interning in Vietnam for visa instructions.
Hi! How many times in a 12 month period can I come and go from Vietnam in 12 months? Can I begin with a 3 month multi entry visa, leave VN for a day or two, then get either another 3 month multi entry visa, or a single entry visa when I come back after a couple of days? Can I stay in VN for 30 days, leave for 2 days, then come back in, month after month?
@Paul, That is fine. As soon as you exit Vietnam, you can apply for a new visa (either a 3-month or 1-month single/multiple entry visa) to re-enter Vietnam. There is no waiting time required between two visas.
Hi, I'm leaving Vietnam July 3rd for Bangkok and returning to Vietnam July 6th. I know you mentioned reapplying for another single entry at time of arrival in Bangkok since multiple entry visa is not available. Do you think we can get it approved in time? Thank you.
@Taylor Tran, The official website indicates that the processing time takes 3 full working days. We cannot tell you if your visa will be approved on time, so we recommend that you not to book flight until your visa is issued, if possible.
Hi, I am entering Vietnam on June 30th, leaving on July 11th, and then entering again on August 1st and leaving on August 4th. What type of visa should I get? According to my itinerary I would be over one month and using multiple entry. Online I cannot yet apply for three month multiple entry. What should I do? Thank you!
@Dylan Marton, At the time of writing, multiple entry visa is not available. You can apply for another single entry visa when you exit Vietnam on July 11th to re-enter on August 1st.
I will need to enter Vietnam two times within three weeks as a tourist. Can I apply for two e-visas at the same time? It looks like I can't do Multiple-entry visa on arrival since I'm not a part of an organized tour. I'm so confused.
@Tammy, Unfortunately, you cannot to apply for two e-visas at the same time. It is advised that you apply for another single entry e-visa once you exit Vietnam to re-enter the country.
Hello, when do the 30 day of the e-visa start counting? If our e-visa gets approved on June 1st but we arrive in Vietnam only on June 15th, will we have to leave Vietnam by July 1st or by July 15th?
@Seraphine Havuille, The visa will start from the date you choose on the application form. If you choose the arrival date as June 1st, it will be valid until July 1st. If you arrive on June 16th, you still need to exit before July 1st.
Hi, We are travelling to Vietnam on June 19 , and have received single entry Visa. On June 25 we going to South Korea for 6 days tour trip and return to Vietnam on June 30, and staying for 3 days then catch a flight back to Australia on July 3. Do we need to apply to a re-entry Visa? If so when and how to apply re-entry Visa?
@Tuan Le, Yes, you are required another single entry visa to return to Vietnam from South Korea. You have two options: you can either get a visa at the embassy of Vietnam in Seoul or apply for an e-visa online.
I am travelling to Kuala Lumpur from Sydney on Vietnamese Airlines in October, and there is a 16 hour stopover in Ho Chi Minh where we want to rest in a hotel. Do we need a visa? Also we will return to Vietnam a few days later for 2 weeks. Do we need another visa or a multiple visa?
@Keith Cummins, You need a visa for both entries mentioned above. You have two options: you can either apply for two single entry visas, making sure to apply for the second one only after you exit Vietnam, or you can apply for a multiple entry 3-month e-visa (which may become available in late June or July this year) to cover both trips.
Is there a waiting time required before you can apply for a second tourist evisa? Tour starts in Hanoi, then Cambodia & Laos. But I need to fly back to Hanoi to catch return round trip flight home. PS Second leg in Vietnam is only for 5 days.
@Michele Boddy, Once you exit Vietnam from your first entry, you can apply for the second visa (in Laos or Cambodia) to re-enter Vietnam for your 5-day trip.
I will be travelling to Paris from Sydney and change planes in Hanoi. So, I will be in transit only at the airport in Hanoi for about an hour. Do I need to get a visa still?
@Lisa Selmo, You do not need a visa in this case because you stay within the transit area and do not exit the airport!
I leave for Ho Chi Minh City in mid September 2023. Will be on a river cruise that ends in Cambodia and will proceed to Hanoi thereafter, so a multi-entry visa will be required. Is it likely that the Vietnam government will allow multi-entry E-visas in June/July as reported or should I do the pre-approval process with payment etc on my arrival in SGN?
@John Barbagallo, If your travel is not until mid-September, it is suggested that you wait until early August to apply for a visa as the 3-month multiple entry e-visa may be available at that time.
I received my evisa and it is only good for 15 days instead of 30. I didn't change the duration of the visa, but that is what I received. I reapplied last night ( on the official evisa portal through government?). But because I leave on Wednesday, I doubt I will get it or be sure it's correct. What do you suggest I do? Request an extension? Or should I apply for a visa to renter again after the expiration date and leave the country. Then return?
@Clarissa Pierceall, Normally, the e-visa is issued based on the entry and exit dates that you chose on the application form, with a maximum duration of 30 days. However, it seems that there might have been an error in selecting the dates, resulting in the e-visa being issued for only 15 days. For example, if you selected June 01 as the entry date and June 15 as the exit date, the e-visa would be valid for this period. If you have already reapplied, please wait for the new visa to be issued if you intend to stay for 30 days, as it is currently not possible to extend the e-visa in Vietnam.
I have a single entry, one month visa. I need to leave Vietnam twice in that time, each time for a week. Do I need to apply for a new monthly single entry visa for each re entry time. I am from Australia
@Joanne Davey, Yes, you will need a visa to return to Vietnam every time you exit the country! The visa is currently valid for single entry (one-time use) only!
Hi, we are travelling to Vietnam on July 8th and have received our single entry e-visa. On July 15th we will start a Mekong cruise to Phnom Penh and cross the Vietnamese/Cambodian border on July 17th. On July 20th we fly back to Vietnam to continue our holiday. If we understand well, we need to apply again for a single entry e-visa on July 17th? Will we have our e-visa in time for our flight on July 20th? Can we apply earlier for the second e-visa? Many thanks for your feedback!
@Chris Dens, Yes, you will need another single-entry visa to re-enter Vietnam from Cambodia on July 17th, and it is possible to obtain the visa by July 19th for your entry on July 20th. Please do not apply for the second visa if the first one has not been used yet.
I am a UK passport holder and will visit Vietnam twice for 5 days each time in September. Do I need a visa ?
@Jonathan briddon, No, you do not need a visa in this case as your stay is less than 15 days for each entry!
I am from USA. Can I board the flight with the Visa approval letter because Korean airlines is saying I need to show them a visa to Vietnam to board the flight. I’m leaving in three weeks.
@Kanwal Awan, As a US passport holder, you are eligible for the e-visa program, please see how it works below:
Hi we are travelling from Australia. Arriving on 9 July in Hanoi, flying to Laos on 10 July, then returning to Hanoi and travelling Vietnam until 30 July. Can we apply for a multi-entry visa online?
@Michelle Reale, Multiple entry visa is not available at the moment, however, you can apply for another single entry when you are in Laos to re-enter Vietnam!
Hi, my family and I are from Australia and will be stopping off in Ho Chi Minh City twice but 6 weeks apart for one night only - once night on way to Europe and one night on way back. Do I need to apply for the multi-entry 3 month visa or is there a more appropriate visa? Cheers, Sean.
@Sean Duffy, If you exit the airport and stay overnight in the city, you will need to apply for a single-entry visa for each stopover. Once you exit Vietnam from the first entry, you can apply for another one to return Ho Chi Minh city from Europe!
We are looking forward to travelling to Vietnam and Cambodia in December 2023 and January 2024, coming from the UK. We are planning to spend 5 days in South Vietnam, then cross in to Cambodia, spend 6 days there, and then travel back into Vietnam for a further 14 days. As both periods spent in Vietnam are less than 15 days, am I right in presuming we do not need a tourist visa? Or do we need a visa to cover us for multiple entries?
@Pierre Le Poidevin, As long as you stay for less than 15 days for each entry, you do not a visa in this case!
I am from the Uk and visiting Vietnam in June. How long after you have entered Vietnam for 15 days on the visa exemption do you have to wait before reentering on another visa exemption?
@Callum Nicol, There is no waiting time required for a visa-free entry, which means you can exit and re-enter Vietnam immediately for another 15 days.
Hello, I'm from France. I'm arriving in Da Nang on 05 July 2023, then I will be going to South Korea for a few days and then I will go back to Vietnam, which visa should I apply? My mom is a Vietnamese citizen. Thank you!
@Elodie Nguyen, French passport holders do not need a visa for Vietnam for stays up to 15 days. Therefore, you can enter and exit Vietnam as many times as you wish, as long as each stay does not exceed 15 days.
We are arriving in Hanoi on 02 July 2023, then will be flying out to Siem Reap on 22 July, and coming back into Vietnam via a Mekong River Cruise on 28 July, before flying back to Sydney on 03 August. If the multi-entry e-visa is not available in time for the start of our trip, will we then need to apply for a second e-visa once we've headed to Cambodia, and is this available for river border crossing?
@Tanya Symington, Yes, an e-visa is applicable for entry into Vietnam via a river cruise. Therefore, you can apply for a single-entry visa when you are in Cambodia (for your Mekong river cruise). However, since you are not traveling until mid-July, we advise that you wait until late June to decide because a multi-entry visa may become available again at that time.
Hello, I am visiting Vietnam in June for 15 days then I am going to Cambodia for 7 days then back to Vietnam for a day for a flight. What visas for Vietnam would I require?
@Lindsey Williamson, If you hold UK passport, you are exempt from visa for Vietnam for 15 days. Therefore, you do not visa for both entries.
Hello, We are coming from Finland to Vietnam for 7 days, and we were planning to visit Laos by Lao Bao land border one day. Can we return with the 15 days exemption permit or do we need visa? Thank you?
@Arttu Helomaa, Yes, under new visa rule, you can re-enter immediately upon leaving. Therefore you can do a visa run to Lao Bao border and return with another 15 day visa-free entry.
We are holidaying in Vietnam and Cambodia in June and July 2023. How do I apply for a multi entry Vietnam visa?
@Yas Ellis, Multi-entry visa is not available at the moment, you can apply for another single entry visa when you exit Vietnam for Cambodia.
How many times can I visit Vietnam on my 15 days exemption in one year?
@Michael Redmond, You can visit Vietnam (15 day visa free) as many times you wish if you:
- Stay in Vietnam for less than 15 days for each entry
- Hold a valid passport for at least 6 months beyond exit date
If my visa is valid from 2023-Feb-8 til 2023-May-8, could I leave Vietnam on 2023-May-8 without getting any penalty?
@Ben Lee, If you expiry date is 08 May, 2023 then you can exit on that day without having any problems.
i have a canadian passport and applied for a single entry vietnam evisa valid for 30 days from april 26 to may 25. on may 13-17 i will be going to thailand which i do not think i need a visa for. however i will be returning back to vietnam from may 18-24. do i need to apply for another vietnam evisa since mine is only single entry and i have already entered and will be leaving for the 5 days? or does it count within the 30 days
@Jessica H, The e-visa is valid for single entry only, which means once you exit Vietnam, it will be invalid, even if you do not stay up to 30 days with it. Therefore, you are required to apply for another visa while being in Thailand to return Vietnam.
Hi I fly in to saigon on 1st june from UK and fly out of saigon back to uk on 21st june I'm looking to travel in to Cambodia after 10 days in Vietnam then come back to Vietnam after 5 days would my 15 days Visa allowance start again or do I need a multi visa to cross border in to Cambodia then back in Vietnam?
@Thomas Rowley, If both of your stays in Vietnam are less than 15 days, you do not need a visa for each entry. The explanation is as follows:
- You land on June 01 and stay in Vietnam for no more than 15 days before going to Cambodia (no visa required).
- You then return from Cambodia to Vietnam and again stay for no more than 15 days (no visa required).
I am traveling from the UK to Vietnam. According to the UK government website I do not need a Visa if I am traveling to Vietnam for 15 days. I fly to Cambodia from Vietnam on day 15 but then return to Vietnam 2 days later. Does this start the 15 day period again as I left and then returned?
@Mike, According to the new rule, you are able to return immediately (or after 2 days) and the 15-day exemption will count from the date you return.
As a British & French citizen can I apply online for a 3 month multiple entry visa, starting from June until Aug23, if I come without an organised tour?
@Heather, An e-visa does not require you to book a tour, but it is currently available only for a single entry of one month. However, with the new proposal, we believe that a three-month e-visa will be available soon, possibly in June or July.
I want to travel to Vietnam for about 2 months this summer, however, there is currently no tourist visa that allows for more than 30 day stay. Can I stay in VN for 30 days, travel to Thailand for a week and reapply for a new tourist visa, then come back and stay for another 30 days?
@Dylan, Yes, that defenitely works. You can apply for a single entry visa to stay for 30 days then get another one while you are in Thailand before returning.
If I am in Vietnam for 30 days on a single entry visa, can I then leave to go to Cambodia for 5 days and then re-enter Vietnam for four days before flying back to the UK. ie can I use the 15 day visa exemption for my final four days in Vietnam (after having made use of a 30 day single entry visa not long before).
@Sarah Ransome, Yes sure, you can return Vietnam visa-free for 15 days after your trip to Cambodia, there is no issue with that.
Hello, I was told that I could exit and re enter o a 15 day visa exemption when I was in Ho Chi Minh city. I stayed in Ho Chi Minh city for 2 days, have left for Cambodia for 5 days and am now looking to return for 15 days. Is this possible?
@Mark Warrenne, Yes, you can exit and re-enter immediately from Cambodia for another 15 day free-visa stay (source)
I planning to come Saigon on 19 June by single entry Visa, and go to South Korea on 26 June then back to Saigon on 30June for few more day before return to Australia. Should I change my Visa to multiple entry Visa or better apply for extra single entry Visa? Where and when I should apply for re-entry Visa? Thanks.
@Tuan Le, Currently, the E-visa is valid for a single entry only, meaning that you will need another visa to re-enter Vietnam. However, there is a proposal for a 3-month multiple entry E-visa that is expected to be implemented soon. If you do not plan to travel until June, it may be worthwhile to wait for the updated visa policy before making a decision.
On what date in May can a multiple entry visa be obtained online, May the 1st or another date. (I am flying to Saigon from Australia on May 12th. A week later I fly to The Phillipines, then a week later to Hanoi, then to Cambodia and finally to Saigon and then home. So I’ll be entering Vietnam three times within a one month period.)
@Christopher Adams, We cannot say for sure when it will be available, most likely it will be introduced in late May or June. You can check out the latest news on visa policy below:
I am looking to purchase a 30 day multi-visit E-Visa for my trip to Vietnam with my partner in July. We enter Vietnam on the 10th July, exit to Cambodia on the 24th July and return on the 4th August, before exiting Vietnam on the 8th August. Please can you send across all relevant information and a link for completing, submitting and paying for our 30 day multi-visit e-visa.
@Caitlin Mahoney, The e-visa is only valid for a single-entry visit. To travel back to Vietnam from Cambodia on 24 July, you will need to apply for another single-entry visa.
Does visa valid for multiple entries during 30 days? I am to travel from Vietnam to Cambodia by plane and back to Vietnam by bus in 4 days.
@PANAGIOTIS LYMTSIOULIS, The current e-visa for Vietnam is valid for a single entry of 30 days only. If you plan to exit and return the country, you can apply for another single entry when you are in Cambodia.
Frequently asked questions
1. Can I re-enter Vietnam via another port with a multiple entry visa?
Yes. For a multiple-entry visa, you can exit and re-enter Vietnam via any port you want.
2. Is the 1-year multiple entry visa applied for all passport holders?
No. 1-year visa is only available for US passport holders and for business purposes. For other nationalities, you only can apply for a shorter-duration visa and extend the visa later.
3. Where can I apply for a multiple entry visa online?
E-visa is applied via the official website of the Vietnam Immigration Department at https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/web/guest/trang-chu-ttdt. However, the multiple-entry E-visa is still on the proposal and is expected to be valid from May 2023.
4. What is the minimum passport validity required to apply for a 1-year visa multiple entries?
To apply for a multiple-entry 1-year visa, your original passport must have at least 1 year of validity.
5. Can I stay for 6 months continuously in Vietnam if I have a 6-month multiple entry visa?
No. Each entry in Vietnam allows a maximum stay of 90 days only. No matter how long your visa is valid, you must exit and re-enter Vietnam every 90 days.
6. I am UK passport holder, can I apply for a 1 year visa for Vietnam?
Unfortunately, If you hold a UK passport, you are currently not eligible to apply for a 1-year multiple entry visa for Vietnam. The maximum duration for UK passport holders is 6 months, unless you qualify for the 5-year visa exemption certificate.
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