Vietnam visa for United States citizens

Visa requirements

Type of visa Requirements Maximum stay
Tourist visa Visa required N/A
E-visa Eligible 30 days

How to apply

Visitors from United States can choose one of the three available methods below to get a visa for Vietnam.

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

Embassy and Consulate of Vietnam in United States

City Address
New York 866 United Nations Plaza # 435, New York, Ny 10017
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Houston 5251 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77056, Usa, Suite 1100
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San Francisco 1700 California St, Suite 580 San Francisco, Ca 94109
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Washington 1233 20Th Street, Nw, Suite 400, Washington, Dc 20036
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Vietnam visa fees for US residents

Visa types Standard processing (5-7 working days) Urgent processing (2 working days)
E-Visa (1 Month Single Entry) 48 USD 75 USD

Standard Processing time: e-Visa will be processed by 07:30 June 14, 2023 (Local Jenkintown time).

Today's holidays in United States

  • There are no national holidays being observed in the United States today (Friday, June 02, 2023).
  • The upcoming public holiday is Independence Day, which will occur in 1 month from now.

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Information for US passports traveling to Vietnam

Do US passport holders need a visa for Vietnam?

A young traveler girl sit on the top of mountain in Halong bay and enjoy the beauty of seascape (Photo: Shutterstock)

American citizens planning to go to Vietnam are required to obtain a valid visa to enter the country. US passports are eligible for several types of visas:

  • Tourism purposes with a validity of 30-90 days.
  • Visit relatives with sponsorship and proof of family relationships such as a child, a spouse, or a parent of Vietnamese nationals. The visa is valid for one year.
  • Business purposes with sponsorship from a company that is eligible for sponsoring foreigners to enter Vietnam.

Visa exemption for US citizens

The visa exemption for US citizens, commonly referred to as a 5-year visa, is a type of entry visa that is granted by the Vietnamese authorities to American citizens who have a guarantor in Vietnam. To apply for the 5-year visa exemption, American nationals and the guarantors in Vietnam must prove their family relationship with relevant documents.

US citizens are eligible for the visa exemption if they meet the following conditions:

  • Passport or international travel document must be valid for at least 1 year.
  • Having a guarantor (Vietnamese citizen) who is a spouse, or child of the American applicant, and the relationship must be proven by relevant documents specified in Article 2, Section 1 of Decree No. 82/2015/ND-CP, such as marriage certificate, birth certificate, etc.
  • Not belonging to cases of denial of entry or suspension of exit as prescribed in Article 28 of the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit, and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam, No. 47/2014/QH13.

Exemption of visa for US passport holders who are relatives of Vietnamese or Vietnamese Americans requires the following documents:

  • Application for a 5-year visa exemption.
  • Two 4x6 portrait photos with a white background (1 photo attached to the application for visa exemption, 1 photo for record).
  • Passport or valid international travel document with at least 1-year validity (accompanied by a copy for the record).
  • Proof of family relationship, such as a spouse, husband, wife, or child of Vietnamese living abroad (submit a certified copy from the original or attach the original for comparison):
    • Marriage certificate proving the relationship between husband and wife
    • Birth certificate proving the relationship between parent and child
    • Confirmation of the relationship between father, mother, and child
    • Decision on foster care

Visa exemption for Vietnamese Americans living in the US

Vietnamese nationals born living in the United States can obtain a 5-year visa exemption. Here are the required documents for visa exemption:

  • Application form for visa exemption for foreign nationals.
  • 2 portrait photos sized 4x6 with white background (1 photo to be attached to the application form, 1 photo to be left out).
  • US passport or valid international travel documents issued by competent foreign authorities with at least 1 year of validity.
  • Supporting documents for visa exemption eligibility (if available), specifically:
    • Certificate of Vietnamese nationality
    • Decision on the resumption of Vietnamese nationality (certified copy or extract)
    • Decision on the renunciation of Vietnamese nationality (certified copy or extract)
    • Confirmation of renunciation of Vietnamese nationality
    • Vietnamese passport (valid or expired)
    • ID card (valid or expired)
    • Birth certificate issued by competent authorities in Vietnam
    • Original household registration book issued by competent authorities in Vietnam
    • Travel permit issued before 1975
    • ID card issued before 1975
    • Certified copy of the birth certificate issued before 1975

How to apply for a Vietnamese visa on US passports

General information

US passports can apply for an e-visa online, visa on arrival, and apply at Vietnam Embassy or Consulate. Tourist visas are generally valid for stays of up to 30 days while business visas are available for stays of up to 90 days.


American passports are eligible for the Vietanm e-visa program. In general, you need to complete an online application form, upload a recent passport-style photo and the biographical page of your passport then pay the application fee. Here are details of the e-visa application process:

  1. Go to the official e-visa website: and choose the “E-visa issuance”
  2. Click on “personally apply for E-visa” then fill out the online application form by providing your personal, passport details and uploading a required passport-sized photo and a scanned copy of the biographical page of your passport.
  3. Pay the e-visa fee (25 USD). The application will be processed in 3-5 working days.
  4. Print out the e-visa approval and present it at the airport upon your arrival in Vietnam.

Visa on arrival

US citizens can obtain a visa on arrival by doing the following steps:

  1. Fill out an online application form for a pre-approved letter through an online visa agency. 
  2. Pay the approval letter fee and wait for 2-3 working days.
  3. Get an approval letter by email and print it out.
  4. Prepare a Vietnamese visa application form, 2 passport-sized photos 4x6cm, your passport, and cash for the stamping fee.
  5. Present those documents once you arrive at Vietnam’s airport and get a visa stamp.

Applying for a visa at the local embassy or consulate

Here are some essential steps to complete:

  1. Required documents: You need a valid passport for at least six months beyond the date of your arrival in Vietnam. Then complete a visa application form available on the embassy’s website and two passport-sized photos.
  2. Pay the visa fee.
  3. Submit your application and wait for processing. It takes around 5 to 7 business days.
  4. You can pick your visa up at the Embassy or Consulate of Vietnam in person or have it mailed to you.

What are visa fees for US citizens

Visa on arrival fee

Visa on arrival will involve two types of fees:

  • Service fee: This is a fee to get the Vietnam visa approval letter. It varies according to the type of visa you apply for and the processing time.
  • Stamping fee: You need to pay this fee at Vietnam international airport to get a visa stamped. 
    • Single entry visa (one month and three months): US$25
    • Multiple entry visa (one month and three months): US$50
    • Multiple entry visa (one year): US$135

E-visa fee

The fee for a Vietnam e-visa for US citizens is US$25. This fee is non-refundable and must be paid online by credit card at the time of application.

Visa change timelines

  • 2007: Visa on arrival is available to US citizens
  • March 2010: Vietnam opened the Consulate General office in Houston
  • 2016: Vietnam grants 1 year multiple entry visa to US nationals
  • February 2017: Vietnam issues e-visa for US passports (30 days, single entry)

Summary of the visa requirements for citizens from the U.S

Visa requirements

  • Yes, visa required
Visa exemption
  • 5 year visa exemption for Vietnamese Americans
  • American passports whose spouses are Vietnamese

Visa types

  • 1 month single entry
  • 3 month single / multiple entry
  • 1 year multiple entry

Eligible ways to get a visa

  • Embassy in the US (Washington D.C)
  • E-visa
  • Visa on arrival

Visa fees

  • Visa on arrival 25-135 USD
  • E-visa 25-120 USD

Processing time

  • 3-5 working days (expedited service available)

Travel tips for US citizens visiting Vietnam

How to get there

There are a number of airlines operating direct and connected international flights between the US and Vietnam. Since late 2021, Vietnam Airlines has become Vietnam’s first airline to offer direct flights between Ho Chi Minh City and San Fransisco. Besides, you can opt for a wide range of connected flights between the US and Vietnam as follows:

San Fransisco - Ho Chi Minh City



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San Fransisco - Ho Chi Minh City

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San Fransisco - Ho Chi Minh City

Asiana Airlines (connected flight)


San Fransisco - Ho Chi Minh City

Turkish Airlines (connected flight)


New York City - Ho Chi Minh City



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New York City - Ho Chi Minh City

American Airlines + Qatar Airways


New York City - Ho Chi Minh City

Asiana Airlines


New York City - Ho Chi Minh City

Korean Air + Delta Airlines


New York City - Hanoi



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New York City - Hanoi

American Airlines + Qatar Airways


New York City - Hanoi

Asiana Airlines


Los Angeles - Ho Chi Minh City



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Los Angeles - Ho Chi Minh City

Korean Air + Delta Airlines


Los Angeles - Ho Chi Minh City



Los Angeles - Ho Chi Minh City

Asiana Airlines


Los Angeles - Hanoi



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Los Angeles - Hanoi

Asiana Airlines


Los Angeles - Hanoi

Qatar Airways


Los Angeles - Hanoi

Philippine Airlines + Vietnam Airlines


Weather information

The difference in weather conditions between the US and Vietnam is one of the biggest concerns for US citizens when traveling to Vietnam. The US experiences a wide range of climates due to its large area and varied geography, while Vietnam has a tropical climate with hot and humid summers and cool winters.

  • Climate zones: The large size and diverse topography in the US result in varied climate zones such as tropical, subtropical, desert, and polar climates. On the contrary, a tropical climate with high humidity and consistent and relatively hot temperatures gains dominance in Vietnam.
  • Temperature range: Due to its diverse climates, the temperature range in the US is also wider than that in Vietnam. Some parts of the US can experience temperatures as low as -40°C (-40°F) in winter and as high as 50°C (122°F) in summer, while in Vietnam, the temperatures usually range from 25°C (77°F) to 35°C (95°F) throughout the year.
  • Seasons: The US features four distinct seasons (spring, summer, fall, and winter) which are similar to the northern parts of Vietnam. Meanwhile, southern Vietnam has two seasons - the rainy season (May to October) and the dry season (November to April). The rainy or wet season is characterized by torrential rains and occasional tropical storms while the dry season is hot and humid.
  • Humidity: Due to the tropical climate, the humidity level in Vietnam is relatively high, ranging from 70% to 90%. On the other hand, the humidity in the US varies by region and time.

If you are planning a trip to Vietnam, be ready to experience a totally different weather pattern. You should check the weather conditions in your particular destinations and pack suitable clothes accordingly prior to departure.

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William Cooper
United States on May 26, 2023

We will be arriving in Vietnam on December 22, and will travel to Thailand on December 24 until we re turn to Vietnam on December 30. We will depart Vietnam on January 4. What type of visa can we get?

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A Lina Tran Answered on May 26, 2023

@William Cooper, You will need a multiple-entry visa in this case. If you are not arriving until December, we advise you to wait until mid-October to apply for a visa, as a 3-month multiple-entry visa may be available by that time.

Shien Chang
United States on May 13, 2023

We plan on cruising with Celebrity this coming November, 2023, stopping at three Vietnam ports along the way from Hong Kong to Singapore. What visa should we be applying for and how? I am a little confused with applying Vietnam visa for the cruise tourists, as I learned that evisa is for the airport entry? and single entry only when we will arrive at three sea ports within four days? Thank for your help.

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A Lina Tran Answered on May 13, 2023

@Shien Chang, You can check out the list of eligible seaports in Vientam where you can enter with an e-visa:

If your cruise docks at one of these ports, you can obtain your visa stamp using the e-visa document. A single-entry visa will be sufficient for visiting all of these ports.

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Christian Moore
United States on May 09, 2023

Hello. I have a trip planned to Vietnam for me and my wife arriving in Hanoi on Sept 2. We are US citizens and have US passports. We will be traveling around Hanoi, northern and central Vietnam until September 12 when we go to Siem Reap in Cambodia. On the 15th we board a cruise down the Mekong River, re-entering Vietnam and ending in Ho Chi Minh City. I attempted to get a multi-entry tourist visa at the Vietnamese Consulate here in the USA but was told there was currently no multi-entry tourist visa and that I need a letter. They suggested we contact our travel agency for the letter, but we haven't used a travel agency. Are you currently able to provide this letter?

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A Lan Answered on May 09, 2023

@Christian Moore, Unfortunately, a multi-entry visa is not available at the moment. However, once you exit Vietnam to Cambodia on September 12th, you can obtain another visa there to return on 15th. US passport holders are eligible for the e-visa scheme, therefore, it may be more convenient for you to get an e-visa online!

Ted Padres
Usa on April 30, 2023

The airport in Da Nang (DAD) is NOT eligible as a point of entry with an e-visa?

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A Lina Tran Answered on April 30, 2023

@Ted Padres, Da Nang International Airport is listed as one of the entry points for the e-visa acceptance. Please see the full list of eligible checkpoints here.

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Andrew Bradley
United States on April 26, 2023

My wife and I are US Citizens with valid US passports that will have more than 6 months time on them when we travel. We are flying into Ho Chi Minh City on 22OCT (tourist/vacation), spending the night in a hotel by the airport, and then flying to Siem Reap, Cambodia the next day on 23OCT. We will spend several days in Cambodia and then board a Mekong River Cruise from Siem Reap back to the HCM City area (re-entry to Vietnam is via Song Tien Landport) and then we will spend several days in Vietnam (HCM City and Hoi An area.) We will depart from HCM City back to the US on 10NOV. The only entries/exits we have are the ones detailed above. It looks like we will need a multiple entry Visa for Vietnam. We want to spend as little time in lines as possible waiting Visa approvals, stamps etc... What is our best Visa option? Thanks!!!

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A Lina Tran Answered on April 26, 2023

@Andrew Bradley, If you are not arriving until October this year, you can wait for the new visa policy update. There is a proposal for 3 month multi-entry e-visa coming soon in late May or June. You can check out the latest updates below:

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Gene Brumblay
United States on April 20, 2023

My wife and I are US citizens and have a few questions about your Vietnam visa service.

1. We don’t have a business invitation letter. Are we still able to get a three-month or six-month visa through you?

2. How far in advance can we apply?

3. When we try to use your website to apply, it takes us to a Expedited Emergency E-visa form that charges extra fees to expedite the application. We don’t need an “Expedited Emergency E-visa” just your regular service.

How can we apply for your normal service?

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A Lan Answered on April 20, 2023

Here you find our answer to your questions:

1. There is no 6 month and 1 year visa on arrival at the moment. Therefore, you are required to have a sponsor company in Vietnam to apply for a long-term visa.

2. You can apply for a visa at any convenient time as the visa's validity will begin from the date you specify on the application form.

3. We offer only a 1-month e-visa service. To apply for one, please use this form.

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Ryan Arnott
United States on April 14, 2023

I am a US citizen applying for a one month multiple entry visa. I will be arriving in Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) on May 11th 2023 and departing for Laos from Hanoi (HAN) on May 21st 2023. I will re-enter Vietnam over land via bus on the Cambodian border on June 8th 2023 to catch my flight back to the US from Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) on the same day. The online visa application is giving me some problems and won't let me submit the form. Under where I input my entry date it says "Please enter the correct time of visa".

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A Mai Le Answered on April 14, 2023

@Ryan Arnott, At the time of writing, a multiple entry visa is not available. Therefore, we suggest that you take the following steps:

  • Apply for a single entry e-visa for 30 days, valid from May 11.

  • Apply for an additional single entry visa to return from Cambodia on June 8th.

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Frequently asked questions

1. I am a US green card holders, can I apply for a visa on arrival?

Yes, US green card holders on their tourist or business trips can apply for a Vietnam visa on arrival. You need to fill out a form for a visa approval letter online or with the Vietnamese Immigration Department then obtain your visa on arrival at Vietnam airports in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang City, or Nha Trang City.

2. Do I need a visa if I am a Vietnamese born living in the US?

If you are a Vietnamese-born settling in the US and have a valid Vietnam passport, you can return to Vietnam without a visa. In case you only have a US passport, you can apply for a 5-year visa exemption.

The visa exemption certificate is valid for up to 5 years and is shorter than the validity of the US passport or green card by at least 6 months. The holder of this document will be granted temporary residence in Vietnam for a maximum of 6 months per entry and may be extended for an additional 6 months if there is a valid reason.

A 5-year entry visa to Vietnam is granted to Vietnamese nationals residing abroad for the purpose of visiting relatives or personal matters. This visa is also granted to the spouse and children under 18 years old of Vietnamese Americans.

Children over 18 years old of Vietnamese Americans will need to apply for the VR visa type to enter Vietnam.

3. Can Americans get a 1-year visa for Vietnam?

Yes, US citizens can apply for a 1-year Vietnam visa but the procedure and processing time are much different from a Vietnam visa on arrival. You need to visit the Vietnam embassy or consulate in the US to submit a fulfilled visa application form, your valid passport at least 06 months beyond the date of entry into Vietnam. A passport-sized photo and visa fee. Other additional documents such as proof of travel arrangements, accommodation in Vietnam, or an invitation letter may also be needed.

4. How to renew my Vietnamese passport in the US?

Vietnamese citizens in the US can apply for passport renewal in person or by mail by contacting the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in the US. You need to prepare and submit the required documents such as a completed application form, two passport-sized photos, and an appropriate fee then wait for your passport to be renewed.

5. Are US citizens eligible for a Vietnamese e-visa?

Yes, US citizens are eligible for a Vietnamese e-visa. However, it is only valid for a single entry and for stays up to 30 days.

6. Are individuals with US nationality eligible to apply for a Vietnam e-visa?

Yes, US nationals are eligible to request an e-visa for travel to Vietnam. Instructions for obtaining an e-visa from the United States can be found here.

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