Vietnam 3 Month Visa / E-visa for Tourist and Business
A 3-month single entry visa permits only a single entry into Vietnam and its validity lasts for 90 days. Please be advised that if you leave the country during this period, the visa will become invalid. If you wish to stay in Vietnam beyond the 3-month validity, you will need to extend the visa. However, if you opt for a 3-month multiple entry visa, you will have the flexibility to enter and exit Vietnam multiple times within the 3-month period, until the visa expires.
Vietnam visa can be classified into different types based on different purposes or lengths of stay in Vietnam. According to the entry purpose, you can see tourist visas, work visas, student visas, visas for visiting relatives, etc. As for the duration of stay, visas are divided into 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, or 1 year.
However, no matter the purpose, the length of stay and whether a visa is convenient for your schedule are always top concerns of travelers. If 1-month visa is usually suitable for traveling purposes, 3 month visa is one of the most common types for both traveling and business purposes in Vietnam.
Types of 3 month visas
In Vietnam, 3-month visas are categorized into 2 types including single-entry and multiple-entry visa.
Single entry visa (3 months)
A single entry visa is a kind of visa that is valid for 3 months (90 days) and only allows a single entry to Vietnam. It means foreigners can enter Vietnam only once throughout the period of the 3-month stay and no matter when they exit, the visa will expire. Then, you are required to apply for a new visa if you want to enter Vietnam again.
3-month single entry visa costs USD25 per person. It is popular for foreign tourists, businessmen, investors, or those visiting their family/relatives in Vietnam. This visa type is used for 2 purposes:
- Traveling (Category DL) - For tourists.
- Business (Category DN) - For those working with enterprises in Vietnam.
Multiple entry visa (3 months)
Compared with single-entry, a 3-month multi-entry visa has the same duration of stay yet allows foreigners to enter and exit Vietnam multiple times for a maximum stay of 3 months (90 days). Foreigners can exit Vietnam and return at any time until the visa expires. The 3-month multiple-entry visa costs USD50 per person.
Who are eligible for the 3 month visa
Not all travelers or businessmen can apply for a 3-month visa to Vietnam. Check out applicants granted this visa below:
- Foreigners having work permits in Vietnam or certificates showing that they are exempt from work permits.
- Foreigners are investors and business owners of Vietnam enterprises.
- Foreigners entering Vietnam for traveling or business purposes with a guaranteeing agency/ organization in Vietnam
- Foreigners having at least 1-year valid passport in advance of the trip.
- Those are not on the list of individuals prohibited from entering Vietnam as prescribed in Article 21 of the Law on entry, exit, transit and residence of foreigners in Vietnam
How to apply
There are things to prepare in advance of the application and steps to follow to get a 3-month visa to Vietnam. Here they are:
Step 1: Preparation
Prepare documents and things needed for the visa application, including:
- Application form to enter Vietnam (form NA2)
- Application form for visa issuance, stay extension (form NA5)
- Work permit or work permit exemption for foreigners
- Original passport with a validity of at least 1 year
- Temporary residence book or certificate of temporary residence registration for foreigners
- Introduction letter (from your inviting or guaranteeing agency/organization)
- Legal documents of inviting/guaranteeing enterprises (Business registration certificate/Operating license/Investment license of the enterprise, first registration of signature and seal at the Vietnam Immigration Department).
Step 2: Submit documents and wait for the approval
- If you are residing outside Vietnam, you can submit all documents yourself at the Vietnam Embassy/Consulate in your country of residence.
- If you are staying in Vietnam, your inviting/guaranteeing enterprise/agency in Vietnam can submit all documents to one of the Vietnam Immigration Offices below:
- In the North: 44-46 Tran Phu Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi - Contact: 0243 8257941
- In the South: 333-335-337 Nguyen Trai Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City - Contact: 028 39202300
- In the Central: 7 Tran Quy Cap Street, Hai Chau District, Da Nang city - Contact: 02363822381
- Besides, there are many immigration offices located in different provinces in Vietnam. Some of the addresses you can refer to are:
- Ho Chi Minh City Immigration Office: 196 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City - Contact: 02838299398
- Da Nang Immigration Office: 78 Le Loi street, Hai Chau district, Da Nang city - Contact: 0694260192
- Hanoi Immigration Office (Branch 1): 44 Pham Ngoc Thach, Dong Da, Hanoi - Contact: 0692191515
- Can Tho Immigration Office: 9B, Tran Phu, Cai Khe ward, Ninh Kieu district, Can Tho city - Contact: 0693672118
***Note: Vietnam Immigration Department is open from Monday to Friday and Saturday morning, except for public holidays. The working hours are from 08.00 am - 11.00 am and 13.30 pm – 16.00 pm. In case of emergency, you still can contact the officers on duty at the headquarters.
Step 3: Receive the result
After your application is submitted, the process may take 5 - 7 working days. If your application is approved, you or your inviting/guaranteeing company will be informed of the result. Then, you need to go to the Embassy/Consulate or Vietnam Immigration Office, pay the required visa fee, and get the visa.
Presently, 3 month visa can only be obtained via 2 methods: at the Embassy/Consulate or Visa on arrival. Vietnam E-visa is currently available for single entry with a maximum stay of 30 days. Therefore, depending on the method you choose, the price varies.
- Applying at the Embassy/Consulate: USD25 for single entry and USD50 for multiple entries.
- Applying for a visa on arrival: USD25 for single entry and USD50 for multiple entries for government fee plus USD25-150 for a visa approval letter depending on the policy of each travel/visa agency in Vietnam.
Vietnam 3 month E-visa (Multi-entry)
The Ministry of Public Security has proposed an extension of the e-visa validity for foreign visitors entering Vietnam, from the current 30-day period to a maximum of 90 days. The purpose of this proposal is to entice more international tourists to visit the country. The proposal will also consider allowing e-visa for multiple entries instead of single-entry and expand the countries and territories instead of 80 countries as of now.
Questions and Answers (12)
Hello, I am a U.S. citizen currently in Cambodia. Is it possible at this time to apply for a 90-day multiple entry visa via the Vietnam embassy in Phnom Penh?
@JJ, Yes, it is possible to obtain a 3-month visa at the Embassy of Vietnam in Cambodia. However, you still require a 3-month visa approval letter in order to have the visa stamped at the embassy.
My visa for Thailand ends on June 12. I want to go back to Vietnam and stay for 90 days. I am from the USA. Will I be able to get one before that time? Or will I only be granted 30 days?
@Dee, We are not sure if the 3-month visa will be available in June. Currently (As of 26 May), you can only apply for a 1-month single entry visa.
Flying into Vietnam on 5th July and would like to stay six weeks but the only way I can do that atm is to fly out of Hanoi to fly back in. How likely will tourist visa be introduced in the next coming weeks?
@Georgia Kellett, The 3-month e-visa is expected to be available in late June or July. Therefore, if you are not arriving until July, you can wait until mid-June to decide which type of visa to apply for.
Are there any updates for the visa policies to change for e-visa to 90 days as it does not appear to be possible to obtain a visa approval letter for a three month visa on arrival. I hope to stay for 37 days with a single entry.
@Rick Everett, The proposal for a 3-month multiple-entry e-visa has been accepted, and we believe it will be available soon in the coming weeks!
When do you expect the visa policies to change for e-visa to 90 days?
@Kim, We cannot say when the new rule will be released. However, we believe that it is close to being approved and may become effective in late June, July, or even sooner!
If I am in Vietnam for 3 months, but want to stay longer, can I reapply for another 3 months provided I have the guarantee letter and other supporting documentation? Is there any limit to the number of three month visas that can be granted over a given period?
@Jen, The 3-month visa is currently unavailable for tourists, so it is not possible to obtain a new one at this time. Therefore, we advise you to contact the agency that helped you with your previous visa to renew your existing one.
If I want to visit vietnam for two month, can I apply for a 30 days visa and get extension while I am in Vietnam? Do I need to show them my return flight when entering Vietnam?
@thuy nguyen, Unfortunately, visa extensions are currently not available. If you are not planning to travel to Vietnam until later this year, we recommend that you wait for the new visa policy update which will include information about the 3-month visa.
I was trying to but a three moth multiple entry visa for Vietnam but the website won't allow me Could you please look into this, I have a flight booked for the 25 May.
As of now, a 3-month e-visa is not yet available. However, there are plans to introduce a 3-month e-visa in late May or June. For the time being, we suggest that you apply for a 1-month visa and then seek a 3-month visa at a later time.
It VERY difficult to find accurate info online regarding visas.
1. As a US citizen, can I get a 3 month tourist visa for Vietnam? MY ROUTE: I would fly from US to Bangkok then fly to Vietnam.
2. As a US citizen, can I get a 1 year tourist visa for Vietnam? I would be doing the same route. And if I can get a 1 year tourist visa, what type of funding do I need to show in my bank account? $5,000USD $10,000USD.
@JPS, A 3-month visa is still obtainable, but it may require more time and effort to acquire. As for a 1-year visa, it is currently unavailable. If you do not plan to travel to Vietnam within the near future, it is advised that you wait for the new visa policy updates as e-visas with a 3-month multiple entry option may become available soon this May/June.
I am trying to secure a single entry 3 month visa for Vietnam. How do I do this process please?
@Jodie Nailard, At present, a visa on arrival option is unavailable, which means obtaining a three-month visa will require more procedures. If your purpose for entering Vietnam is work-related, you can reach out to your employer for assistance with submitting the application to the Immigration office in Hanoi/HCMC.
I am looking at your website and I see that it says a 3-month Visa is now possible. Is this information up to date and correct as of today, April 10th, 2023.? I am hearing a lot of talk about this and reading online that it says now a three month visa is possible. Please confirm this information true or false. If it's false I think that you perhaps should update your website information that says a 3 month Visa is possible. Here is a link to your website below where I read the information. It is also where I got this email address just now.
@Mr Glen Rose, The information provided is updated and accurate. To obtain a 3-month visa now, you will need to follow the exact steps outlined in the visa application process. Unlike 2 years ago, when a 3-month visa on arrival was available, the current process involves more steps.
Hello, I am looking to travel in Vietnam as a tourist in December for more than 30 days. Is it possible to get a 3-month visa? If not, will it be possible to extend my 30-day visa once I'm in Vietnam? Thank you, Mike James
@Mike, 3-month e-visa will be available soon. If you are not planning to arrive in Vietnam until December, we suggest that you wait until October of this year for the update before applying for your visa.
Frequently asked questions
1. Is there a limit to the maximum number of entry/exit times with a 3-month multiple-entry visa?
No. There is no limit for the number of entry/exit times when you get a 3-month multiple-entry visa. You can enter and exit Vietnam at any time until the visa expires.
2. If I want to apply for a 3-month visa while staying in Vietnam, can I do it by myself or do I need a guaranteed sponsor in Vietnam to do it for me?
You need a guaranteed sponsor in Vietnam who will provide you with an introduction letter and all legal documents of the agency/enterprise. These documents are compulsory for the 3-month visa application.
3. If I want to get visa support urgently, can I contact the Immigration Office on weekends or holidays?
Yes. You still can contact the officers on duty at the headquarters or call the hotline of the Immigration Office in case of emergency, however, the process may take longer. As a result, you are highly recommended to check your visa in advance and proactively contact the Immigration Department on working days. The working time is from 08.00 am - 11.00 am and 13.30 pm – 16.00 pm from Monday to Friday and 08.00 am - 11.00 am on Saturday, except for public holidays.
4. Is a 3 month visa applied for all kinds of ports in Vietnam?
Yes, airports, landports, or seaports are all available.
5. How long is the minimum validity of a passport for a 3-month visa?
You need to submit your original passport with a minimum validity of 1 year to get a visa for 3 months.
6. Can a 3-month visa be applied online?
No, currently E-visa is now available for a duration not exceeding 30 days and single entry. However, the e-visa is expected to extend its validity to 3 months in June/July 2023.
7. Can I extend 3 month visa when it expires while in Vietnam?
Yes. You need to prepare all documents needed (original passport with at least 1-year validity, visa renewal application form, an introduction letter, and legal documents of your inviting or guaranteeing agency/organization) and submit them to the Vietnam Immigration Department. The approval process may take 5 - 7 business days.
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