3 Easy Steps To Check Which Visa you Need For Vietnam
Want to know in 1 minute which Visa you need for Vietnam?
With this Visa Guide, you will find out by answering 3 easy quick questions. We also compare the best and cheapest websites to apply for your Visa.
It became a very hard job to find trustworthy pages when searching for Visa information online and a lot of scams are out there. They miss-use immigration, embassy, etc. in their domain name to let them appear official but they are not!
There are only 2 official Visa websites managed by the Vietnamese government:
There are approximately 80 countries that are eligible to apply for the E-Visa, see the list here.
The 30 day Visa costs 575,000 VND ($25) and the application process takes about 3 business days. The E-Visa will be sent to you via email. Be sure to print this document and have it with you when you arrive at your chosen port of entry.
Provide information about your stay (length, arrival, departure, etc.).
Confirm information filled out.
Pay the 575,000 VND ($25)- fee online. Your application will be processed within 3 business days.
Accepted international cards: Visa, Mastercard, JCB
If you want to stay longer, you can apply for an extension after you enter Vietnam. However, if you already know that you will stay longer than 30 days, it is cheaper to apply for a 90 days Visa on arrival.
Don’t forget to check if your country is included in the list of visa-exempt countries before applying. Your payment will not be refunded if you are not eligible for an e-Visa.
Make sure your picture is clear, you look into the camera, you aren’t wearing glasses and the picture has the right format (4x6cm).
You can enter from 28 international checkpoints (land, ferry, and air). See the full list here.
Intended temporary residential address in Vietnam: Book a stay for your first day and use this address.
Intended length of stay in Vietnam (number of days): If you are not sure when you will leave Vietnam, use the maximum number of days allowed to stay (30 days).
Exit through the checkpoint: If you do not have a (flight) ticket out of the country fill out the city from which you expect to exit.
2.2 Letter of Approval (Visa on Arrival)
Citizens of countries who are not eligible for an e-Visa need to apply for a Letter of Approval. You need to show this letter at the airport to get a Visa stamp/Visa on Arrival. Be sure to keep the letter with you, not stored in your luggage, as you will go through immigration prior to picking up your bags.
Another reason to apply for a Letter of Approval is when you intend to stay over 30 days or want to apply for a multi-entry visa.
The lowest price I could find to get this Letter of Approval is 140,000 VND ($6). Note that this letter of approval is not your Visa! It is just a simple letter that includes your name.
When entering Vietnam, show this letter to the migration officers at the airport and pay 575,000 VND ($25). This gives you the right to get the Visa stamp on your passport, which allows you to stay in Vietnam for a maximum of 30 days.
If you don’t have an e-Visa or Letter of Approval, the officers will refuse your entry to Vietnam!
Below you find an overview of the most common Visas.
Type of entry
140,000 VND ($6)
345,000 VND ($15)
575,000 VND ($25)
140,000 VND ($6)
460,000 VND ($20)
1,200,000 VND ($50)
The prices are based on the official stamp fees and costs for the letter of approval from cheapvietnamvisa.net. A 30 day Visa will cost you 720,000 VND ($31) in total. 140,000 VND ($6) for the Letter of Approval and the 575,000 VND ($25) stamp fee.
I have to admit that the website looks a bit dodgy, but it worked really well for me and I also found good reviews for this website.
Price table of cheapvietnamvisa
If you don’t trust this website you can also use vietnamvisacenter.org (recommended by Lonely Planet). However, fees are more expensive for the same service. The simplest options (30 days, single entry) start from 460,000 VND ($20).
Besides your Letter of Approval, you will need 2 portrait photos to get your visa stamped.
Make sure you bring the equivalent of 575,000 VND in USD ($25) or EUR (€22) in cash. Using an ATM before the migration is not possible!
The Vietnamese government requires to have at least 10 names on the list of approved. This means your name will be visible for other people on this list as well. If you want more privacy, you can pay 140,000 VND ($6) to 235,000 VND ($10) extra to get a private letter.
With a Letter of Approval, you can officially only enter Vietnam at an airport. Although, in some cases, you can also enter at a land border. Always double-check with the organization that issued your Letter of Approval.
2.3 Visa on Arrival from Agency or Embassy
There are only two reasons why you should consider to get your visa at the Embassy or at an agency:
You are entering Vietnam at a land border.
You are arriving at another airport than Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Danang or Phu Quoc
If one of the 2 situations apply to you, you can double-check if the issuing company for your Letter of Approval allows this. If they don’t allow this, you should apply for your visa at the Embassy in your country or at an Agency.
Note: With this option, you don’t need to get the airport stamp anymore when you arrive in Vietnam. However, applying for a Visa at an Agency or Embassy will always be more expensive. Also, you will either have to visit the Embassy /Agency or send them your passport.
For more details check out the website of the Vietnam Embassy or local agency in your country.
3. Frequently Asked Questions
Is a return ticket required?
An outbound flight or bus ticket from Vietnam is required, but in most cases, they won’t ask you. However, if you don’t have this ticket, officials can refuse you from boarding the flight to Vietnam or deny your entry upon arrival at a Vietnam Airport. As a back-up, you can always book a bus ticket outward of Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh (Cambodia) on Baolau for just 270,000 VND ($12).
How long should my passport be valid?
Vietnam law requires the Visa expire date to be at least 30 days before the passport expiry date. Keep in mind that airlines require your passport to be valid for at least another 6 months.
Can I enter Vietnam after the starting date or before the exit date of the Visa?
Yes, you can enter or exit Vietnam on any date within the validity period of your Visa.
What are the fees you have to pay for overstaying?
Vietnam doesn’t officially report these fees but expected to pay around 575,000 VND ($25) /day. You can prevent these fees by extending your Visa in Vietnam, but this process can take 5 or more days so you’ll want to apply in advance. Visit a local agency or the eVietnamVisa to extend your Visa while in Vietnam.