Vietnam Visa News: Policy Changes and Updates 2024

Stay up to date with the latest Vietnam visa news on our dedicated page. We offer timely updates on visa regulations, policy changes, and important announcements affecting travelers to Vietnam.

Recent visa policy changes:

Official: New visa policy approved

  • 3 month multiple entry visas will be available from 15 August 2023.
  • Citizens from all countries are now eligible for the e-visa program.
  • 09 more ports of entry have been added to the list of eligible entry/exit points.
  • Effective from 15 August, 2023, regular passport holders of 13 countires will be exempt from visa requirements for Vietnam for 45 days instead of 15 days.
  1. The 15-day visa exemption for UK, Spanish, German, French and Italian passports has been renewed to 2025.
  2. There is a proposal for 3 month multiple entry evisa coming in mid-August.
  3. No gap between 2 visa-exempt entries anymore, citizens from visa-free countries can now re-enter Vietnam immedately after exiting.
  4. More countries to be added to the exemption list soon (currently 25 countries).
  5. Exemption period is considered to be prolonged to 45 days instead of 15 days for some markets (European, Japan, South Korea).

Updates on port of entries:

E-visa is available to 42 ports of entry and exit instead of 33:

International airports:

Airports (Code)
Nội Bài (HAN)
Tân Sơn Nhất (SGN)
Cam Ranh (CXR)
Đà Nẵng (DAD)
Cát Bi (HPH)
Cần Thơ (VCA)
Phú Quốc (PQC)
Phú Bài (HUI)
Vân Đồn (VDO)
Thọ Xuân (THD)
Đồng Hới (VDH)
Phù Cát (UIH)
Liên Khương (DLI)
Total: 13

Land Border Entry Ports

Ports (City)
Tây Trang (Điện Biên)
Móng Cái (Quảng Ninh)
Hữu Nghị (Lạng Sơn)
Lào Cai
Na Mèo (Thanh Hóa)
Nậm Cắn (Nghệ An)
Cầu Treo (Hà Tĩnh)
Cha Lo (Quảng Bình)
La Lay and Lao Bảo (Quảng Trị)
Bờ Y (Kon Tum)
Mộc Bài and Xa Mát (Tây Ninh)
Tịnh Biên and Vĩnh Xương (An Giang)
Hà Tiên (Kiên Giang)
Total: 16

Sea Border Entry Ports

Ports (City)
Hòn Gai và Cẩm Phả (Quảng Ninh)
Hải Phòng
Nghi Sơn (Thanh Hóa)
Vũng Áng (Hà Tĩnh)
Chân Mây (Thừa Thiên Huế)
Đà Nẵng
Nha Trang (Khánh Hòa)
Quy Nhơn (Bình Định)
Dung Quất (Quảng Ngãi)
Vũng Tàu (Bà Rịa Vũng Tàu)
TP HCM
Dương Đông (Kiên Giang)
Total: 13

Update on visa exemption policy

Citizens from these countries are granted a visa-free stay of 45 days, regardless of passport type or purpose of entry.

Country Duration (Days)
Germany 45 days
France 45 days
Italy 45 days
Spain 45 days
United Kingdom 45 days
Russia 45 days
Japan 45 days
South Korea 45 days
Denmark 45 days
Sweden 45 days
Norway 45 days
Finland 45 days
Belarus 45 days

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*1: The list has not yet been confirmed!

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Patricia Ann Wigg
United States on December 31, 2023

I am going to be on a cruise ship with first port of call Ho Chi Minh City. Our last call in Vietnam will be Ha Long Bay using the International Cruise Sea Port Ha Long Bay which is not on the list of entry/exit points. Nearby Hon Gai Seaport is on list. I have been told the E-Visa will work if exit point not on list?

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GEOFFREY LLOYD MILLER
Bahamas on December 12, 2023

i see the latest news that Vietnam grant e-visa to all countries. Im cruising to Vietnam i currently holds a Bahamian passport that require me to have a Vietnam visa do i still need a Vietnam Visa or i could apply for the E-Visa?

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A Lan Answered on December 12, 2023

@GEOFFREY LLOYD MILLER, Yes, the e-visa system is now available to all countries. You can apply through the official website below:

https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/web/guest/home

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Ashwani Singh
India on December 07, 2023

Can anyone please clarify if effective 14 August 2023 it is not mandatory to enter Vietnam from only the entry port that one has filled in his E Visa form.

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A Lan Answered on December 08, 2023

Yes, the e-visa can be used at any of the eligible ports of entry and exit listed.

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Delphine
France on October 30, 2023

Hi, how about the exemption visa for PHU QUOC Island > for 30 days or 45 days? Thank you

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A Lan Answered on November 07, 2023

@Delphine, You can use your exemption to enter Phu Quoc for up to 45 days. For the 30-day Phu Quoc visa exemption, it is available for all nationalities.

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Lin
New Zealand on October 04, 2023

I am an Italian passport holder but I live permanently in NZ and I have also a NZ passport. On the arrival card I understand that I need to note both nationalities and my current address/work in NZ. It is still ok to enter Vietnam with the Italian passport without a visa? Thank you

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A Lina Answered on October 05, 2023

@Lin, Italian passport holders do not require a visa for Vietnam for 45 days, regardless of where you are flying from, whether it's Italy or New Zealand.

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Rajesh
India on September 23, 2023

Hi, I am an Indian passport holder. I applied for eVisa for my upcoming travel to Vietnam. However there is no Port of Entry Mentioned in my Visa. I had indicated in application that POE is HA NOI.

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A Lan Answered on September 23, 2023

@Rajesh, The new e-visa document won't specify the entry point, but you can use it for entry and exit at 42 eligible entry/exit ports.

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Lin
New Zealand on September 21, 2023

I am an Italian passport older. I understand that from 14/08/2023 I can enter Vietnam without a visa and stay up to 45 days. Or the period I can stay is still 15 days for Italy? Thank you

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A Lina Answered on September 23, 2023

@Lin, Effective from August 15, 2023, Italian passport holders are exempt from Vietnam visa requirements for stays of up to 45 days.

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C
United States on September 15, 2023

Hello, I am a US passport holder. I have already applied and got my granted e-visa before 8/15 for my incoming December trip for single entry-30 days. Was wondering since I already received my e-visa, I do not need to re-apply due to the new policy changes right if I'm not changing the days of stay. Just want to make sure the new policy change won't affect my existing e-visa.

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A Lan Answered on September 15, 2023

@C, The new visa policy will not affect your issued/existing visa.

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Dino LOW
Singapore on September 12, 2023

Hello Can you advise if Singapore passport holder who is arriving into Chan May or Phu My port by cruise are allowed enter Vietnam without needing to apply the visa under the 30 days visa exempted countries. Thank you and look forward to your reply

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A Lina Tran Answered on September 12, 2023

@Dino LOW, Singapore passport holders are exempt from visa requirements for Vietnam for a stay of up to 30 days, regardless of whether you enter by air, cruise, or land.

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Samantha De Ricci
Italia on September 07, 2023

Hello, I'm a Italy passport holder (one of the countries with 45 day visa exemption). I was wondering if this policy applies to all ports both air and land because I'm planning to entering Vietnam by land from Cambodia. Thanks

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A Lina Tran Answered on September 08, 2023

Greetings Mr. Samantha De Ricci, Yes, the 45-day visa exemption is applicable to both land and air entry; therefore, you can enter Vietnam from Cambodia by land without any issues. Make sure your passport is still valid for at least 6 months upon your arrival date.

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Scott O'Sullivan
Ireland on August 28, 2023

Hey, I'm from Ireland. I'm wondering what is the situation in my case. Do Irish get 45 days free visa on arrival by land via Laos?

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A Lan Answered on August 28, 2023

@Scott O'Sullivan, Irish passports still require a valid visa to visit Vietnam, you can apply online for a 3 month e-visa to enter Vietnam from Laos.

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Joseff Mason
United Kingdom on August 25, 2023

Hello, thank you for the information. I am a UK passport holder and am hoping to cross the land border from Laos into Vietnam in September. Will I be able to cross into Vietnam without a Visa over the land border (to stay for a 45 day Visa exemption period)? Thank you for the help.

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A Lan Answered on August 25, 2023

@Joseff Mason, Yes, certainly. This policy applies to both air and land entry, regardless of where you are entering from (whether it's Laos or the UK).

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Gail Barry
United Kingdom on August 10, 2023

United Kingdom Hi I have a 15 day visa (7th-21st August). Can I leave Vietnam when it runs out and go to Laos then return next day for another 15 days?

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A Lina Tran Answered on August 10, 2023

@Gail Barry, Yes, that will work. You can immediately re-enter for another 15-day visa-free entry.

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george edwards
United Kingdom on August 09, 2023

If i enter Vietnam before the 15th of August will i be able to stay for 45 days or will my stay only last 15 days without a visa.....im a UK citizen

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A Lina Tran Answered on August 09, 2023

@george edwards, UK passports are exempt from a visa for 15 days only, and we are still unsure if the exemption will be extended to 45 days after August 15th. Therefore, it is recommended that you stay within the 15-day visa-free period until further updates.

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Kyaw Zay
Myanmar (Burma) on August 09, 2023

Hi, good day. We are Myanmar (one of the ASEAN countries) passport holders, and will be entering Ho Chi Minh on 20th of August and depart from the same on 3rd of September, probably counted to be a total of 15 days. Will we be able to get visa exemption for our travel days?

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A Lina Tran Answered on August 09, 2023

@Kyaw Zay, Unfortunately, Myanmar passport holders are only exempt from a visa for 14 days. If you plan to stay longer than 14 days, please apply for a visa.

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Marc Mills
United Kingdom on July 27, 2023

On the 9 Nov 2023 we are going to Vietnam & Cambodia for 23 Days, I understand that from August the Visa Requirements change to 45 Days. Is this official, or do you know when it will be.

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A Lina Tran Answered on July 28, 2023

@Marc Mills, Yes, the 45-day visa exemption is official; however, we are not sure if visitors from the United Kingdom are eligible for the exemption or not. We will keep this page updated!

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Sally Gray
United Kingdom on July 17, 2023

My daughter went through passport control in Hanoi on 12th July as part of a layover en route to Australia. She will return on 1st August to spend a week in Vietnam. As a UK passport holder does she need an e visa to re-enter Vietnam on 1st August?

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A Lina Tran Answered on July 17, 2023

@Sally Gray, No, she does not. She can enter Vietnam for another 15 days on August 01.

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Lane
United Kingdom on July 16, 2023

Hello if i want to stay more 90days in Vietnam can i apply again for another 3 months evisa inside Vietnam? And can i exit and enter right away using the new 3 months evisa? Or i need to wait for days outside Vietnam before i can use another 3 months evisa? Thank you for the help.

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A Lina Tran Answered on July 16, 2023

@Lane, You cannot apply for a new visa while you are still in the country. To re-enter Vietnam, you will need to exit the country and apply for a new 3-month visa. There is no wait time required to apply for a new visa once you have exited.

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Jeanne
Belgium on July 08, 2023

Hi, Once using my 15days visa, can I leave the country and re-enter on a different 15days visa ? Do you know how many times we can do this ? Cause we need to enter in Vietnam a first time to go to Japan and the we plan to travel in Vietnam for a month, just don't have the 30days visa approved yet so try to find other solution if it's not granted. ( We are from BE and UK) Thank you for your help!

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A Lina Tran Answered on July 08, 2023

@Jeanne, For UK passport holders, you can exit and re-enter immediately as many times as you wish. There is no limit to the number of times you can enter or exit within a given period of time.

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Monique
United Kingdom on July 07, 2023

We are British passport holders travelling to Vietnam 2nd September and staying for 17/18 days, do we need to apply for an Elisa or is the 45 days rules now apply? Thanks

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A Lina Tran Answered on July 07, 2023

@Monique, Unfortunately, we are unable to confirm if the 45-day visa-free exemption applies to UK passport holders. We will provide further information and updates on this page on 15 August.

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Alexander Shankland
United Kingdom on July 03, 2023

My wife and myself have UK passports and are arriving at Hanoi International Airport on 5 September 2023 and leave for Cambodia through Bavet border crossing on 16 Sept 2023. Do we require a passport in view of the 45 day visa exempting period?

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A Lina Tran Answered on July 03, 2023

@Alexander Shankland, For the time being, UK passport holders do not require a visa for Vietnam for stays up to 15 days. Therefore, you do not need a visa for your mentioned travel.

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Joan
Ireland on July 03, 2023

Hi are Irish passport holders eligible for the 45 day waiver?

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A Lina Tran Answered on July 03, 2023

@Joan, As of now, Irish passport holders are still required a valid visa to visit Vietnam and may not be eligible for the new 45-day exemption policy!

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M Yas
New Zealand on July 01, 2023

Hi, we are family of four with 2 Japanese passport holders, 1 Irish passport holder, 1 New Zealand passport holder. If we wanna stay in Vietnam for 90days, Irish and New Zealand passport holders get 3months evisa before we enter and Japanese passport holders to go 45days with visa on arrival (not applying anything) and exit and come back for another 45days the best way?

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A Lina Tran Answered on July 01, 2023

@M Yas, The proposal for a 45-day visa-free stay for certain countries has been approved; however, we are still unsure of the countries that will be included in the exemption list. Please check our page for more updates on 15 August 2023.

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Patricia
Denmark on June 29, 2023

I am a Danish passport holder. Can I enter and exit Vietnam as many times as I like within the 45 days visa exemption period?

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A Lina Tran Answered on June 29, 2023

@Patricia, Yes, once you exit Vietnam, you can immediately re-enter with a new 45-day visa-free entry.

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Michael Sykes
United Kingdom on June 29, 2023

UK passport holders, we arrive in ho chi minh on 3rd september and leave on 26th september. Do we need to get the 30 day evisa?

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A Lina Tran Answered on June 29, 2023

@Michael Sykes, According to the new exemption rule, starting from 15 August 2023, you will be exempt from visa requirements for 45 days.

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Jill Ivers
Ireland on June 27, 2023

Hello, are Irish passport holders eligible for the 3 month visa ? Thanks !

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A Lina Tran Answered on June 27, 2023

@Jill Ivers, Yes, Irish passport holders are eligible for the 3 month multiple entry e-visa starting from 15 August, 2023!

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Graeme Riley
United Kingdom on June 27, 2023

Hi all, If I arrive from UK on 2 August and stay until 31 August will I qualify for the visa waiver? Under the current agreement I can stay without a visa until 16 August. The change to 45 day waivers come into into effect on 15 August so does this extend the visa waiver period for me by the additional 30 days? Thanks

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A Lina Tran Answered on June 27, 2023

@Graeme Riley, If you enter Vietnam before 15 August 2023, you will not qualify for the 45-day visa exemption. We advise you to apply for a 30-day e-visa to cover your stay because we cannot confirm if visa extension will be available by that time!

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Bernardo
Spain on June 27, 2023

Hello, is the 45 days visa exemption for Spanish passport holders already official and will be starting on August 15th as well or it's not approved yet? Thank you!

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A Lina Tran Answered on June 27, 2023

@Bernardo, Yes, the new 45-day exemption rule was approved on 24/06 and will come into action from 15 August, 2023 onwards.

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Vincent Allen
New Zealand on June 26, 2023

Dear Sir, I hold a New Zealand passport. Can I apply for 3 month Visa from 15 August. Thank you

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A Lina Tran Answered on June 26, 2023

@Vincent Allen, Sure, New Zealand passport holders are eligible for the e-visa scheme. Therefore, you can apply for a 3 month multiple entry e-visa from 15 August, 2023.

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Luca
Australia on June 20, 2023

Is there any update for the timeline for the 3 month e visas?

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A Lina Tran Answered on June 21, 2023

@Luca, Currently, there is no progress yet. We will update this page on Friday, June 23rd, for the latest policy changes!

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Annette Farrow
United Kingdom on June 05, 2023

Do you have any idea when the new 45 day Visa will be introduced?

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A Lina Tran Answered on June 05, 2023

@Annette Farrow, The new policy is expected to take effect in late June or July. We will post on this page when the 45-day exemption rule is officially released.

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Sudhir Suchak
United States on May 28, 2023

Our first port of arrival on a cruise is Ha Long Bay. Can I get loose leaf e-visa before I leave United States or can I get a visa at the cruise seaport when I arrive.

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A Lina Tran Answered on May 28, 2023

@Sudhir Suchak, We advise you to apply for an e-visa instead of a loose-leaf visa, as it will allow you to enter Vietnam through the Halong International Cruise Port.

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