Vietnam visa for South Korea citizens

Visa requirements

Type of visa Requirements Maximum stay
Tourist visa Visa not required 45 days
E-visa Eligible 30 days

How to apply

Foreign passports living in South Korea or South Korean nationals who plan to stay for more than 15 days can use one of the available methods below to get a visa for Vietnam:

  • e-Visa
  • Visa on arrival
  • Visa at embassy

Embassy and Consulate of Vietnam in South Korea

City Address
Seoul 123 Bukchon-Ro, Jongno-Gu, Seoul, Korea (03052)
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Vietnam visa fees for KR residents

Visa types Standard processing (5-7 working days) Urgent processing (2 working days)
1 Month Multiple Entry (Tourism) 96,606 KRW 158,804 KRW
3 Month Multiple Entry (Tourism) 96,606 KRW 158,804 KRW
3 Month Single Entry (Tourism) 63,522 KRW 125,720 KRW
1 Month Single Entry (Tourism) 63,522 KRW 125,720 KRW

Standard Processing time: e-Visa will be processed by 20:30 July 01, 2024 (Local Daegu time).

Today's holidays in South Korea

  • There are no national holidays being observed in the South Korea today (Thursday, June 20, 2024).
  • The upcoming public holiday is Liberation Day, which will occur in 1 month, 3 weeks from now.

Holidays are calculated using the local time in Seoul.

Information for KR passports traveling to Vietnam

Do South Korean passport holders need a visa for Vietnam?

Gate entrance to ancient Bich Dong pagoda in Ninh Binh, Vietnam ( Photo: Shutterstock)

Vietnam's visa exemption list includes Korea (South) ; therefore, South Korean citizens can stay in Vietnam for up to 15 days without obtaining a visa. However, certain conditions must be fulfilled:

  • You must provide a passport that is valid for at least six months after the arrival date in Vietnam.
  • The passport needs to have at least two blank pages for the visa stamp. 

If you wish to stay in Vietnam for more than 15 days or participate in activities that are not covered under the visa exemption program, such as working or studying, you will need to obtain a visa. Popular visa types for South Korean visitors to Vietnam include business, tourism, work, and family visit visas.

Visa requirements in brief:

Entry visa:

  • Not required for 15-day stay

Entry requirements:

  • Valid passport (6 months)
  • Temporary address in Vietnam

Visa exemption for South Korean passports (5 years):

  • South Korean nationals whose spouses are Vietnamese.

3 month tourist visa for South Korean residents:

  • Not available (2023)

Vietnam embassy and consulate locations in South Korea:

  • Seoul

Tourism statistics:

  • 2022: 769,167 visitors
  • 2020: 819,089 visitors
  • 2019: 4,290,802 visitors
  • 2018: 3,485,406 visitors
  • 2017: 2,415,245 visitors

How to apply for a Vietnamese visa on a South Korean passport

Visa at the Vietnam Embassy in South Korea

South Korean nationals can apply for a Vietnam visa at the Vietnam Embassy in Seoul. To apply, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Your original passport, which must have at least two blank pages for the visa stamp and be valid for at least six months beyond your entry date into Vietnam.
  • A completed visa application form that you can download from the embassy's website or obtain in person.
  • One recent passport-size photo.
  • Payment of the visa fee.
  • After submitting your application, wait for the approval and then pick up your visa at the embassy.

Apply for e-visa online

If you plan to travel to Vietnam for either tourism or business purposes, you are also eligible for a Vietnam e-visa. The e-visa allows a single entry and a stay of up to 30 days. To apply for an e-visa, follow these steps:

  • Visit the Vietnam e-visa website at https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/ and complete the application form, providing all the required information.
  • Upload a recent passport-style photo and a scanned copy of the biographical page of your passport. 
  • Pay the e-visa fee of 25 USD ~ 32967 Won online. 
  • After approximately three working days, your e-visa application will be reviewed, and if approved, you will receive your e-visa via email.

Apply for a visa on arrival

Vietnam offers visas on arrival to South Korean passport holders traveling by air and arriving at one of the international airports in Vietnam. To apply for the visa on arrival, you need to follow a few steps:

  • Obtaining a visa approval letter from a trustworthy visa agency in Vietnam.
  • Pay the visa approval letter processing fee online using a credit or debit card, and wait for the letter to arrive by mail.
  • Upon arrival at one of Vietnam's international airports, including Noi Bai or Tan Son Nhat present the visa approval letter, your passport, and two passport-size photos then pay the visa stamping fee and receive your visa.

How much is the visa fee for South Korean passports?

Fee comparison 

E-visa 

Visa on arrival

25 USD ~ 32967 Won

  • Approval letter fee: depending on types of visa and stay durations
  • Stamping fee:
    • Single entry: 25 USD ~ 32967 Won
    • Multiple entry: 50 USD ~ 65935 Won

Travel tips for South Korean citizens visiting Vietnam

How to get there

To travel from South Korea to Vietnam, you can take a variety of direct and connecting flights provided by Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, Jin Air, T’Way Air, and VietJet Air. Popular destinations for taking flights between the two countries are Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Seoul, Busan, and Jeju Island.

Seoul - Ho Chi Minh City

Route

Airlines

Estimated prices (per person/ one way)

Seoul - Ho Chi Minh City

T’Way Air + VietJet Air (direct flight

247454 Won

Seoul - Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam Airlines (direct flight)

472413 Won

Busan - Hanoi

Route

Airlines

Estimated prices (per person/ one way)

Busan - Hanoi

VietJet Air (direct flight)

247454 Won

Busan - Hanoi

Vietnam Airlines (direct flight)

691747 Won

Weather information

In general, Vietnam is warmer and more humid than South Korea, with a tropical climate and two main seasons (rainy and dry seasons). South Korea has a humid continental and oceanic climate with four distinct seasons. This country also experiences colder temperatures in winter.

  • Climate: Vietnam has a tropical climate, while South Korea has a humid continental and oceanic climate.
  • Temperature: Vietnam is warmer than South Korea. In Vietnam, the average temperature ranges from 20-28°C (68-82°F) in the north and 25-33°C (77-91°F) in the south, while in South Korea, the average temperature ranges from -6°C to 30°C (21°F to 86°F).
  • Seasons: Vietnam has two main seasons: the rainy season (May-October) and the dry season (November-April). On the other hand, South Korea has four distinct seasons: spring (March-May), summer (June-August), fall (September-November), and winter (December-February).
  • Humidity: The average relative humidity in Vietnam is around 80% which is higher than that in South Korea, which ranges from 50-70%.
  • Rainfall: Vietnam receives more rainfall than South Korea. The annual rainfall in Vietnam is 1,500mm-3,000mm (59-118 inches), while this figure in South Korea is 1,000mm-1,500mm (39-59 inches).
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Hatice Nur
Türkiye

It is Nur from Turkey. I am currently living in South Korea and planning to travel to Vietnam in December. As far as I know, Turkish citizens are not eligible for Vietnamese e-visa and since I am not in Turkey right now, I cannot apply for visa in Turkey personally. I was planning to get a visa on arrival but I am not sure if it is possible if I am not travelling with a group. How should I get a Vietnamese Tourist Visa as a Turkish citizen who is travelling individually?

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@Hatice Nur, you have two options to obtain a visa for Vietnam:

  • Visit the embassy of Vietnam in Seoul to apply for a visa in person.
  • Apply online for an approval letter for visa on arrival. This method will require you to travel on an organized tour with a local operator.
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Jisoo
South Korea

I thought Korean passport holders can travel to Vietnam visa-free for 15 days. Can you please confirm?

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A Answered by Lan

@Jisoo, Indeed, holders of Korean (South) passports are not required to obtain a visa for a stay of up to 15 days in Vietnam. You only need to present your passport upon arrival to enter Vietnam.

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Frequently asked questions

1. Is South Korea included in the Vietnam visa exemption list?

Yes. Vietnam grants visa-free visits for South Korean nationals within 15 consecutive days.

2. What is the maximum validity of a Vietnam business visa?

A Vietnam business visa is valid for stays of up to 90 days.

3. Are South Korean nationals living overseas eligible for the Vietnam visa exemption program?

Yes. South Korean nationals residing in other countries are still eligible for the Vietnam visa exemption program offering 15 days of visiting Vietnam without a visa. If you want to have a longer trip than 15 days, you MUST apply for a visa.

4. Can I use a tourist visa to enter Vietnam many times?

No. A Vietnam tourist visa is valid for single entry only.

5. Is the e-visa option available for South Korean residents who plan to visit Vietnam?

Yes, South Korean residents are eligible to apply for an e-visa for Vietnam. You can find the information for getting an e-visa from South Korea here.

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