Vietnam Visa News: Policy Changes and Updates 2023
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 today (14/08/2023)
- 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.
- The 15-day visa exemption for UK, Spanish, German, French and Italian passports has been renewed to 2025.
- There is a proposal for 3 month multiple entry evisa coming in mid-August.
- No gap between 2 visa-exempt entries anymore, citizens from visa-free countries can now re-enter Vietnam immedately after exiting.
- More countries to be added to the exemption list soon (currently 25 countries).
- 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:
|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)|
Land Border Entry Ports
|Tây Trang (Điện Biên)|
|Móng Cái (Quảng Ninh)|
|Hữu Nghị (Lạng Sơn)|
|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)|
Sea Border Entry Ports
|Hòn Gai và Cẩm Phả (Quảng Ninh)|
|Nghi Sơn (Thanh Hóa)|
|Vũng Áng (Hà Tĩnh)|
|Chân Mây (Thừa Thiên Huế)|
|Nha Trang (Khánh Hòa)|
|Quy Nhơn (Bình Định)|
|Dung Quất (Quảng Ngãi)|
|Vũng Tàu (Bà Rịa Vũng Tàu)|
|Dương Đông (Kiên Giang)|
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.
|United Kingdom||45 days|
|South Korea||45 days|
Latest news headlines
- 14/08/2023: Vietnam grants e-visa to all countries [Vietnamese]: https://vnexpress.net/viet-nam-cap-thi-thuc-dien-tu-cho-cong-dan-tat-ca-cac-nuoc-4641693.html
- 24/06/2023: Vietnam lawmakers approve extension of e-visa validity to 3 months (https://e.vnexpress.net/news/travel/vietnam-lawmakers-approve-extension-of-e-visa-validity-to-3-months-4621230.html)
- 30/05/2023: Vietnam considers giving visa waiver for golf tourists (https://vietnamnet.vn/en/vietnam-considers-giving-visa-waiver-for-golf-tourists-2148750.html)
- Vietnam considers extending e-visas to three months (https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietnam-considers-extending-e-visas-to-three-months-4582646.html)
- Vietnam to expand list of eligible countries for visa exemption (https://e.vnexpress.net/news/travel/vietnam-to-expand-list-of-eligible-countries-for-visa-exemption-4581636.html)
- Govt considers lengthening visa-free stay to 45 days (https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/govt-considers-lengthening-visa-free-stay-to-45-days/)
*1: The list has not yet been confirmed!
Questions and Answers (27)
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.
@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.
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
@Lin, Effective from August 15, 2023, Italian passport holders are exempt from Vietnam visa requirements for stays of up to 45 days.
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.
@C, The new visa policy will not affect your issued/existing visa.
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
@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.
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
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.
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?
@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.
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.
@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).
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?
@Gail Barry, Yes, that will work. You can immediately re-enter for another 15-day visa-free entry.
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
@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.
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?
@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.
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.
@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!
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?
@Sally Gray, No, she does not. She can enter Vietnam for another 15 days on August 01.
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.
@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.
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!
@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.
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
@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.
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?
@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.
Hi are Irish passport holders eligible for the 45 day waiver?
@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!
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?
@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.
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?
@Patricia, Yes, once you exit Vietnam, you can immediately re-enter with a new 45-day visa-free entry.
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?
@Michael Sykes, According to the new exemption rule, starting from 15 August 2023, you will be exempt from visa requirements for 45 days.
Hello, are Irish passport holders eligible for the 3 month visa ? Thanks !
@Jill Ivers, Yes, Irish passport holders are eligible for the 3 month multiple entry e-visa starting from 15 August, 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
@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!
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!
@Bernardo, Yes, the new 45-day exemption rule was approved on 24/06 and will come into action from 15 August, 2023 onwards.
Dear Sir, I hold a New Zealand passport. Can I apply for 3 month Visa from 15 August. Thank you
@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.
Is there any update for the timeline for the 3 month e visas?
@Luca, Currently, there is no progress yet. We will update this page on Friday, June 23rd, for the latest policy changes!
Do you have any idea when the new 45 day Visa will be introduced?
@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.
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.
@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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