Vietnam Visa Requirements

There is a common, and short, checklist of what you need in order to apply for a Vietnam visa. This list applies for all passport-holders whose countries do not have visa exemption agreement with Vietnam. If you apply for special visa type (other than the tourist visa), additional documents may be required.

Visa requirements in brief:

This is a list of the mandatory documents required for a Vietnam visitor visa (tourist visa) in 2024:

Passport requirements:

  • Passports must have at least 06 months of validity remaining and at least one blank page for the visa sticker. Temporary passports may not be accepted.

Photos:

  • Two passport sized photos (4x6 cm and must be recently taken with no glass-wear)

Application form:

Stamping fee:

  • Pay by cash upon arrival (for visa on arrival) - $25 USD for single entry and $50 USD for multiple entry

Approval letter:

  • This is required if you want to obtain the visa on arrival at Vietnam's airport.

Passport bio page scan: 

  • This is required if you apply for an e-visa.

Credit/debit cards:

  • For online payment for e-visa fees.

Proof of onward travel:

  • In case you are exempt from entry visa requirements.

Visa requirements by country

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Countries Entry visa e-Visa Visa On Arrival
Andorra Required Eligible Eligible
Argentina Required Eligible Eligible
Armenia Required Eligible Eligible
Australia Required Eligible Eligible
Austria Required Eligible Eligible
Azerbaijan Required Eligible Eligible
Belarus Not Required Eligible Eligible
Belgium Required Eligible Eligible
Bhutan Required Not Eligible Eligible
Bolivia Required Not Eligible Eligible
Bosnia and Herzegovina Required Eligible Eligible
Brazil Required Eligible Eligible
Brunei Not Required Eligible Eligible
Bulgaria Required Eligible Eligible
Cambodia Not Required Not Eligible Eligible
Canada Required Eligible Eligible
Chile Not Required Eligible Eligible
China Required Eligible Eligible
Colombia Required Eligible Eligible
Croatia Required Eligible Eligible
Cuba Required Eligible Eligible
Cyprus Required Eligible Eligible
Czech Republic Required Eligible Eligible
Denmark Not Required Eligible Eligible
Ecuador Required Eligible Eligible
Estonia Required Eligible Eligible
Fiji Required Eligible Eligible
Finland Not Required Eligible Eligible
France Not Required Eligible Eligible
Georgia Required Eligible Eligible
Germany Not Required Eligible Eligible
Greece Required Eligible Eligible
Guatemala Required Not Eligible Eligible
Honduras Required Eligible Eligible
Hong Kong Required Eligible Eligible
Hungary Required Eligible Eligible
Iceland Required Eligible Eligible
India Required Eligible Eligible
Indonesia Not Required Not Eligible Eligible
Ireland Required Eligible Eligible
Israel Required Eligible Eligible
Italy Not Required Eligible Eligible
Japan Not Required Eligible Eligible
Kazakhstan Required Eligible Eligible
Kyrgyzstan Not Required Not Eligible Eligible
Laos Not Required Not Eligible Eligible
Latvia Required Eligible Eligible
Liechtenstein Required Eligible Eligible
Lithuania Required Eligible Eligible
Luxembourg Required Eligible Eligible
Malaysia Not Required Not Eligible Eligible
Malta Required Eligible Eligible
Marshall Islands Required Eligible Eligible
Mexico Required Eligible Eligible
Micronesia Required Eligible Eligible
Moldova Required Eligible Eligible
Monaco Required Eligible Eligible
Mongolia Required Eligible Eligible
Montenegro Required Eligible Eligible
Myanmar Not Required Eligible Eligible
Nauru Required Eligible Eligible
Netherlands Required Eligible Eligible
New Zealand Required Eligible Eligible
North Macedonia Required Eligible Eligible
Norway Not Required Eligible Eligible
Palau Required Eligible Eligible
Panama Not Required Eligible Eligible
Papua New Guinea Required Eligible Eligible
Paraguay Required Not Eligible Eligible
Peru Required Eligible Eligible
Philippines Not Required Eligible Eligible
Poland Required Eligible Eligible
Portugal Required Eligible Eligible
Qatar Required Eligible Eligible
Romania Required Eligible Eligible
Russia Not Required Eligible Eligible
Samoa Required Eligible Eligible
San Marino Required Eligible Eligible
Serbia Required Eligible Eligible
Singapore Not Required Eligible Eligible
Slovakia Required Eligible Eligible
Slovenia Required Eligible Eligible
Solomon Islands Required Eligible Eligible
South Africa Required Eligible Eligible
South Korea Not Required Eligible Eligible
Spain Not Required Eligible Eligible
Sweden Not Required Eligible Eligible
Switzerland Required Eligible Eligible
Thailand Not Required Not Eligible Eligible
Timor-Leste Required Eligible Eligible
Trinidad and Tobago Required Not Eligible Eligible
United Arab Emirates Required Eligible Eligible
United Kingdom Not Required Eligible Eligible
United States Required Eligible Eligible
Uruguay Required Eligible Eligible
Uzbekistan Required Eligible Eligible
Vanuatu Required Eligible Eligible
Venezuela Required Eligible Eligible

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Jennifer Lacy
United States

We are US citizen and will be travelling on a celebrity cruise entering Vietnam by ship on 3 different cities: Hanoi on 11/18/23, Danang on 11/20/23 and Ho Chi Ming city on 11/22/23. I understand that we can get an e-visa online. Can you please let me know if I need to get a single entry visa or multiple entries visa?

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@Jennifer Lacy, If you visit multiple cities in Vietnam on a single trip, you will need a single entry visa only.

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Alexandra Kong
Australia

I am a British passport holder but am living in Australia. I will be flying from Australia to Vietnam. Do I need a visa? (it's not clear whether the country information is based on passport only, or if it also requires you to be departing from your passport country)

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@Alexandra Kong, If you hold a valid UK passport, you are exempt from visa requirements for 15 days, no matter where you fly to Vietnam from, whether it's Australia or the United Kingdom.

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Cipher
Pakistan

I am a Pakistani passport holder with an Australian student visa (till june 2024), I couldn't find information on Pakistan here. What would my options be for a visa to vietnam?

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@Cipher, If you are currently residing in Australia, you can contact the local embassy in Australia for visa information! You can find the list of Vietnamese embassy and consulates in Australia here.

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Cyril
Australia

Hi My wife and I are travelling on a cruise entering Vietnam by ship (Seabourn Encore) at Ho Chi Minh city on Sun Dec 31st 2023, departing January 1st 2024. Please advise about visa requirements for Australian Passport holder.

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@Cyril, Australian passport holders are eligible for the e-visa scheme. You can apply for an e-visa online for your entry at a seaport in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Guest
Canada

I recently booked a trip to Vietnam, departing from Canada at the start of November. I understand that while I reside in Canada, I have a Nigerian passport and would require a visa from the Embassy or a visa on arrival with a visa approval letter. Could I be advised on how to get the visa application process started with the appropriate forms and requirements?

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@Guest, To apply for a visa at the Vietnam embassy in Canada, please follow these steps:

  1. Obtain an approval letter from the Immigration Department.
  2. Get the visa application form and fill it out or you can submit the online form here: https://vietnamembassy.ca/visa-application-online/
  3. Provide passport photos and original passports.
  4. Pay the visa fee.
  5. Visit the embassy office in person to submit your documents and obtain your visa.
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Frequently asked questions

1. Can I use visa on arrival to travel overland from Cambodia to Vietnam?

No, visa on arrival is for air travel only. If you want to enter Vietnam via a border gate, you can apply for an e-visa or a visa at the local embassy before you go.

2. Where can I find the M3 entry/exit form?

You can download it here.

3. Can I wear glasses for my visa photos?

No, please take them off for your visa photos.

4. What documents do I need to apply for a visa at the local Embassy?

Kindly contact the embassy directly for detailed instructions. In general, you are required to submit the following documents:

  • Your original passport (with at least 06 month validity prior to the departure date)
  • Completed and signed application form with 02 photos (4x6cm)
  • Visa fees (Money order or Certified Check) payable to the Embassy.
  • Prepaid return envelope (Fedex or USPS) if you wish to receive the visa by mail/post.

5. What documents do I need for an e-visa application?

To apply for an e-visa, you may need the following documents:

  • Your valid passport
  • A scan of your passport bio page
  • Recently taken photo
  • E-visa fee (pay by credit/debit cards)
  • Entry and exit checkpoints
  • Proof of address in Vietnam, with outward tickets

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