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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
VIETNAM VISA REQUIREMENTS
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Do I need a visa for Vietnam?
Most nationals need a visa for Vietnam. However, for some nationals and under certain conditions no visa is required. Please check the tables below:

No visa is required, for short stays only, for citizens of the following countries:
Country Maximum stay
United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Belarus, Japan, South Korea 15 days
Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Brunei, Laos 30 days
Cambodia 14 days
Philippines 21 days
But please note the following:

• There must be 1 month between visits. Otherwise you still need a visa.

• British National Overseas passport holders will need a visa.
No visa is required for a visit to Phu Quoc (maximum 30 days).
But please note the following:

• If you like to visit mainland Vietnam after your visit in Phu Quoc you will need a visa.

• If you fly to Phu Quoc via mainland Vietnam, you will need a visa. For example: you fly from Hong Kong to Phu Quoc with a transfer in Ho Chi Minh City, you will need a visa for your arrival in Ho Chi Minh City.
Do my children and baby need a visa?
A visa is required for children and babies having their own passport.
If your child/baby does not have their own passport, you do not need to apply for a visa.
Can I fly to Vietnam without visa and buy one at the airport in Vietnam?
No. You will need to apply for a visa before you go to Vietnam. The airline will ask you to show your visa or visa approval letter during check in. If you do not have it boarding will be refused!
VISA ON ARRIVAL EXPLAINED
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What is visa on arrival?
With visa on arrival you collect your visa at the airport in Vietnam. The procedure is as follows:
  1. Before departure to Vietnam you apply for your visa on our website.
2. We will request your visa at the Vietnamese immigration office in Vietnam.
3. After your visa has been approved we will send you the visa approval letter. This letter is confirmation that you have been granted access to Vietnam and that your visa is ready for collection at the airport in Vietnam.
  4. You print out the visa approval letter and bring it with you to Vietnam. On arrival at the airport go to the immigration office, show the visa approval letter and collect your visa.
What is the advantage of visa on arrival compared to a visa from the consulate/embassy?
  You do not need to visit the Vietnamese consulate, thus saving you travel costs and time.
You do not need to send us any documents and can keep your passport in a safe place.
Emergency/RUSH visa available within 1 working day or less.
  In most countries the costs of a visa on arrival is lower than a visa at the Vietnamese consulate.
  You can apply from everywhere in the world.
  You can contact us day and night (24/7) for any questions or assistance you require.

Any disadvantages?
We can think of only one: You need to collect your visa at the airport in Vietnam. There will be a waiting time of 5...45 minutes, depending on how busy it is.
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List of countries NOT eligible for visa on arrival:

Afghanistan
Algeria
Angola
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Bénin
Bhutan
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central Africa Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo Republic
Congo Zaire
Côte d'Ivoire
Djibouti
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon

Gambia
Ghana
Guiné-Bissau
Guinée
India
Iran
Iraq
Jordan
Kenya
Kosovo
Kuwait
Lesotho
Liban
Liberia
Libya
Malawi
Mali
Maroc
Mauritania
Mozambique
Namibia
Nepal
Niger
Nigeria
Oman

Pakistan
Qatar
Rwanda
São Tomé và Príncipe
Saudi Arabia
Sénégal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Swaziland
Syria
Tanzania
TimorLeste
Tunisia
Turkey
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
Vatican
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Do I qualify for a visa on arrival for Vietnam?
You can get a visa on arrival if you meet the following requirements:

  1. You arrive by plane in Vietnam.
2. Your passport is valid for at least 6 months at the date of arrival in Vietnam, and has 1 empty page for the visa sticker.
3. If you have a transit in Vietnam you will collect your visa during this transit. The transit time must be at least 2 hours. Collecting your visa may take between 10 and 40 minutes.
  4. Visa on arrival for Vietnam is NOT available for some nationalities.
Check this list. If your country is mentioned then you must apply in person at a Vietnamese consulate.
Which visa types are available?

Both tourist and business visa are available. You can order the following visa:

Visa type Duration
1 month single entry 1 month
1 month multiple entries 1 month
3 months single entry 87 days
3 months multiple entries 87 days

With a single entry visa you can enter Vietnam only one time. When you leave Vietnam your visa will be invalid and you can not return, unless you apply for a new visa.
With a multiple entries visa you can enter Vietnam as many times as you like, during the period that your visa is valid.

How many days is a 1 month visa valid?

A 1 month visa is valid from the day number the visa starts, till the same day number in the following month. If that day number does not exist then it will be the highest day number in that month. Please see some examples below for clarification:

Examples of duration for a 1 month visa
start date end date duration
5 October 5 November 32 days
5 November 5 December 31 days
31 October 30 November 31 days
31 January 28 February
(in non leap year)
29 days

How many days is a 3 months visa valid?

3 months visa are valid for 87 days.

I arrive by bus, boat, or train in Vietnam. Can I get a visa on arrival?
No. If you arrive by bus, boat or train in Vietnam you need to arrange your visa in advance at a Vietnamese consulate.

If you arrive by cruise ship then please contact your cruise organizer or travel agent. They usually arrange a visa for you.
I am traveling/living abroad. Can I get a visa on arrival?
Yes. You can apply from anywhere in the world. We will send you all documents by email. You print these out and bring to Vietnam.

You may also fly from any airport in the world to Vietnam. All airlines are familiar with visa on arrival for Vietnam.
I arrive by plane in Vietnam and leave by bus to Cambodia/Laos. Is this allowed?
Yes, your visa will be valid for any border crossing and for all types of travel (bus, boat, airplane).
My airport of arrival in Vietnam is different from my airport of departure. Is this allowed?
Yes it is. With your visa you may exit Vietnam from all airports.
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Get your visa in 5 steps
1. Apply online on our website
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Fill in your travel, passsport and contact details. Make sure to carefully check your passport details to prevent any problems with collecting your visa.
2. Pay our service fee
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You can easily and securely pay our service fee online with debit/credit card, PayPal or bank transfer. The service fee covers our time and costs to apply for your visa approval letter.
After payment you will receive your order and payment confirmation by email.
If you do not receive our payment confirmation email within 24 hours please check your spam/junk email box. Add info@visa-for-vietnam.com to your address book to prevent our email from arriving in your spam/junk email box.
3. Receive your visa approval letter
We will apply for your visa at the Vietnamese immigration office in Hanoi. When your visa is approved (this will take 3 working days or less) we will send you a digital copy of the visa approval letter by email. With a print out of this document you are allowed to fly to Vietnam.
Make sure that all passport details in the visa approval letter are correct. Airlines may refuse to let you board the airplane if there are (small) errors in the approval letter!
4. Fill in form N1 (Vietnamese visa application form)
We will also send you form N1 (2 pages). Print it out, fill in and sign. One photograph needs to be attached as well. This form you will also need to bring to Vietnam.
Photograph requirements:
• Format of the photograph: 3x4, 3.5x4.5 (passport size) or 4x6 cm.
• White background. Both color and black/white are allowed.
• Face straight into the camera.
• No sunglasses or head covered.
For help with filling in the form we have a 3 page instruction manual that we will send you when you order a visa.
5. Fly to Vietnam and collect your visa
You are now ready to fly to Vietnam. Show the print out of the visa approval letter to the airline staff when you check in. You will then be allowed to board the airplane.

Upon arrival in Vietnam find the immigration office, indicated as "landing visa", and hand over the visa approval letter, form N1 and your passport. After 5... 45 minutes, depending on how busy it is, your name will be called and you will receive back your passport with the visa. You will then pay the stamp fee: 25 US$ for a single entry visa and 50 US$ for a multiple entries visa.
The landing visa desk is open day and night, all days of the week, including all holidays.
Payment of the stamp fee must be done CASH, in US$ or Vietnamese Dong. Cards will not be accepted. So please bring enough cash with you to Vietnam.
APPLYING FOR YOUR VISA ON ARRIVAL
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How do I apply for a visa on arrival?
You apply online on our website for your visa. You do not need to send us your passport or any other documents.
We will forward your visa request to the Vietnamese immigration office and they will issue the visa approval letter. We will send you a digital copy of this letter by email.
With the print-out of the approval letter you will be allowed to fly to Vietnam and collect your visa at the airport.
Check the step by step procedure for all details.
What is the delivery time of the visa approval letter?
We offer the following delivery times:
° 3 working days
° 1 working day
° 4 working hours
° 2 working hours
° weekend service

Please note:
Visa are only issued during opening hours of the Vietnamese immigration office: Monday till Friday, from 8am till 11:30am and from 1:30pm till 5pm (Vietnam time). Saturday and Sunday from 1pm till 5pm.
If you order outside office hours then your visa application will start at the first following working day/hour.
How long before arrival in Vietnam can I apply for my visa?
You can apply up to 6 months before arrival in Vietnam.
I do not know yet which airport I will arrive. Can I already apply for a visa?
That depends:
If you select Phu Quoc as airport of arrival you will receive a visa approval letter which is only valid for Phu Quoc.

If you select Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang, Hanoi or Nha Trang, then the approval letter is valid for all these 4 airports. For example: you have mentioned Hanoi in your visa application. You may then arrive in Ho Chi Minh, Nha Trang or Da Nang too, but not in Phu Quoc!
I do not know my exact arrival date. Can I already apply for a visa?
You will need to select a start date when you apply for your visa. If you are not sure then please select the first possible date you may arrive. You are allowed to arrive later than the visa start date. But please note that the visa expiry date is fixed and will not change if you arrive later.
You can also select a 3 months visa instead of a 1 month visa.

Example: your arrival date will be between 3 and 13 July. You like to stay for 4 weeks in Vietnam. Then select as start date: 3 July and choose a 3 months visa.
Can I arrive in Vietnam earlier than my visa start date?
NO. This is not allowed. The airline will not let you check-in if you arrive earlier than your visa start date.
Can I arrive in Vietnam later than my visa start date?
Yes, you may arrive on any date during the period that your visa is valid.
Please note that your visa expiry date will not change if you arrive later! Example: you applied for a 1 month visa with start date 5 April. You arrive on 15 April. You will then receive a visa valid from 5 April till 5 May. So you have 21 days left to visit Vietnam.
Can I get a private visa approval letter with only my name on it?
Yes you can. Please select the option "private approval letter" when you order your visa on our website.
Please note that private approval letters are not available for 4 hour and 2 hour delivery service.
I have made a mistake in my visa application. Can you change the visa approval letter?
It is important that all data in the visa approval letter is correct and as shown in your passport. You need to show this letter to the airline when you check in. The airline may refuse you to board the plane if there are (small) mistakes in the letter!

We can not change the approval letter ourselves. We are obliged to apply for a new visa approval letter at the Vietnamese immigration office.

Please carefully check that all details are correct when you apply for your visa. And do check the confirmation email we will send you after you have placed your order. In this email you will find all your visit, passport and contact details.
COLLECTING YOUR VISA IN VIETNAM
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What do I need to bring to Vietnam to collect my visa?
  Print-out of your visa approval letter. If it consists of multiple pages then print out all pages and bring to Vietnam.
Filled in form N1 (2 pages) with one photograph glued or stapled. Photo size is flexible and can be anywhere between 3x4 cm and 4x6 cm. Both B/W and colour are allowed. One form per person is sufficient.
CASH US$ or Vietnamese dong to pay for the stamp fee at the immigration office at the airport in Vietnam.
  Passport valid for at least 6 months after your date of arrival in Vietnam, with at least 1 empty page.
Do I need to have an official photograph?
No, the requirements are not very strict. A recent picture of yourself showing your face straight into the camera is OK. You can use a passport photo or a digital print out on decent paper.
Photo size is flexible and can be anywhere between 3x4 cm and 4x6 cm. Both B/W and colour are allowed.
How will I collect my visa in Vietnam?
Upon arrival at the airport in Vietnam find the immigration office, indicated as "landing visa" or "visa upon arrival". Hand over the visa approval letter, form N1 and your passport. Then take a seat and wait for the processing of your visa. After 5... 45 minutes, depending on how busy it is, they will call your name and you will receive back your passport with the visa. You will then pay the stamp fee: 25 US$ for a single entry visa and 50 US$ for a multiple entries visa.
Where is the visa desk in Vietnam?
The visa desk is located inside the airport, just before customs. It is indicated as "landing visa" or "visa upon arrival".
What are the opening hours of the visa desk in Vietnam?
The visa desk is always open, 24 hours per day, every day in the year, including all holidays.
I have a transit in Vietnam. Where do I collect my visa?
You will collect your visa at the airport of transit. Please make sure that the transit time is at least 2 hours, so you have sufficient time to collect your visa. It might take 10...45 minutes to collect your visa depending on how busy it is.
How long is the waiting time to collect my visa in Vietnam?
The waiting time is between 5 and 50 minutes, depending on how busy it is.
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visa fee information
There are 2 fees to pay:
  1) Our service fee. This is the fee you pay us to apply for your visa. You pay this amount on our website.
  2) The stamp fee. This is the fee you pay when you collect your visa on arrival at the airport in Vietnam.
      The stamp fee you have to pay CASH in US$ or Vietnamese Dong. Cards are not accepted.

With a single entry visa you can enter Vietnam one time only. If you leave Vietnam your visa will expire.

With a multiple entries visa you can leave and enter the country as many times as you like during the time your visa is valid. You can use any border crossing (over land, water or by plane). Use this visa if you like to visit some of the neighbouring countries and wish to return to Vietnam.

SERVICE FEE - TOURIST VISA
delivery time visa approval letter: 3 WORKING DAYS.
Visa type visa duration Service fee per person, in US$
1-4 persons 5-8 persons over 8 persons
1 month single entry 1 month 21 19 17
1 month multiple entries 1 month 27 25 22
3 months single entry 87 days 30 27 24
3 months multiple entries 87 days 95 90 85
1 year multiple entries
only for USA nationals
1 year 65 60 55
delivery time visa approval letter: 1 WORKING DAY.
Visa type visa duration Service fee per person, in US$
1-4 persons 5-8 persons over 8 persons
1 month single entry 1 month 41 39 37
1 month multiple entries 1 month 47 45 42
3 months single entry 87 days 50 47 44
3 months multiple entries 87 days 115 110 105
1 year multiple entries
only for USA nationals
1 year 85 80 75
delivery time visa approval letter: 4 WORKING HOURS. Same day delivery if you order before 14:00 Vietnam time, monday-friday. Next day delivery at 13:00 (Vietnam time) if you order after 14:00 Vietnam time.
Visa type visa duration Service fee per person, in US$
1-4 persons 5-8 persons over 8 persons
1 month single entry 1 month 66 64 62
1 month multiple entries 1 month 72 70 67
3 months single entry 87 days 75 72 70
1 year multiple entries
only for USA nationals
1 year 110 105 100
delivery time visa approval letter: 2 WORKING HOURS. Order between 8:30 and 15:00 Vietnam time, monday-friday. Next working day delivery at 10:00 if you order after 15:00.
Visa type visa duration Service fee per person, in US$
1-4 persons 5-8 persons over 8 persons
1 month single entry 1 month 86 84 82
1 month multiple entries 1 month 92 90 87
3 months single entry 87 days 95 92 90
1 year multiple entries
only for USA nationals
1 year 130 135 130
delivery time visa approval letter: 1 WORKING HOUR Order between 8:30 and 16:00 Vietnam time, monday-friday. Next working day delivery at 9:20am if you order after 16:00.
Visa type visa duration Service fee per person, in US$
1-4 persons 5-8 persons over 8 persons
1 month single entry 1 month 111 109 107
1 month multiple entries 1 month 117 115 112
3 months single entry 87 days 120 118 115
1 year multiple entries
only for USA nationals
1 year 155 150 145
delivery time visa approval letter: WEEKEND. Order on Saturday or Sunday before 1pm Vietnam time. Delivery on Saturday or Sunday at 6pm Vietnam time.
Visa type visa duration Service fee per person, in US$
1 month single entry 1 month 178
1 month multiple entries 1 month 198
3 months single entry 87 days 198
1 year multiple entries
only for USA nationals
1 year 198
SERVICE FEE - BUSINESS VISA
delivery time visa approval letter: 3 WORKING DAYS.
Visa type visa duration Service fee per person, in US$
1-4 persons 5 or more persons
1 month single entry 1 month 85 75
1 month multiple entries 1 month 85 75
3 months single entry 90 days 95 85
3 months multiple entries 90 days 95 85
1 year multiple entries
only for USA nationals
1 year 229 219
delivery time visa approval letter: 1 WORKING DAY.
Visa type visa duration Service fee per person, in US$
1-4 persons 5 or more persons
1 month single entry 1 month 105 95
1 month multiple entries 1 month 105 95
3 months single entry 90 days 115 105
3 months multiple entries 87 days 115 105
1 year multiple entries
only for USA nationals
1 year 249 239
visa stamp fee

Visa type stamp fee per person, in US$
1 month single entry 25
1 month multiple entries 50
3 months single entry 25
3 months multiple entries 50
1 year multiple entries 135
PRICES & PAYMENT
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What does it cost?
There are 2 fees to pay:
  1. Service fee. This is the fee you pay us for arranging your visa. You pay by card, Paypal or bank transfer.
2. Stamp fee. This is the fee you pay in Vietnam at the airport when you pick up your visa. CASH payment only in US$ or Vietnamese Dong.

For a 1 month single entry tourist visa, standard delivery time, the total price is US$ 46 (our service fee is US$ 21 and the stamp fee is US$ 25).
Check our prices for all prices and volume discounts.
Which payment methods do you accept for payment of the service fee?
We accept credit and debit card, Paypal, iDeal, Bancontact and bank transfer.
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My card payment was not successful. What should I do?
Occasionally you might experience problems when trying to pay with debit or credit card. In that case please contact us by email or phone, and we will assist you in getting your payment through: We can send you a separate payment link by email, or we can take your payment by phone.
In any case we have your order details on file so you will not loose any data.
After payment on the website (step 3) I am not being redirected to step 4 (payment confirmation). Was my payment successful?
Occasionally this happens, but in most cases the payment has been successful. If in doubt then please contact us by email or phone and we will check.
THE VISA APPROVAL LETTER
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What is the visa approval letter?
The visa approval letter is the confirmation that your visa has been approved and is ready for collection in Vietnam.
We will send you an electronic copy of the visa approval letter by email. You need to print it out before departure to Vietnam and show to the airline when you check in. Boarding is only allowed if you can show a print-out of this letter.

The letter will show your visa type, visa period and your passport details (name, gender, date of birth, nationality and passport number).

It is standard procedure that the Vietnamese immigration office combines several names in one letter for reasons of efficiency. If you do not want to share your details with others then please select the private approval letter option.
 
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Can I get a private visa approval letter with only my name on it?
Yes you can. Please select the option "private approval letter" when you order your visa on our website.
Do I need to print out the visa approval letter or can I show the letter on my phone/tablet/PC?
When you check in with the airline you need to show the visa approval letter. Sometimes the airline will accept to see the letter on your phone/tablet/PC, and will let you board the airplane. But please do not count on this! Always make sure that you have a print out of the visa approval letter!
I forget to print out and bring the visa approval letter. Can I travel to Vietnam?
No, the airline will not allow you to board the airplane if you can't show the visa approval letter. Sometimes they will accept to see the letter on your phone/tablet/PC but please do not count on this.
If this happens please give us a call and we will immediately resend the letter to your or the airlines email address.
I have made a mistake in my visa application. Can you change the visa approval letter?
It is important that all data in the visa approval letter is correct and as shown in your passport. You need to show this letter to the airline when you check in. The airline may refuse you to board the plane if there are (small) mistakes in the letter!

We can not change the approval letter ourselves. We are obliged to apply for a new visa approval letter at the Vietnamese immigration office. Corrections will take about 3 working days processing time.

All changes/mistakes, with the exception of visa start date and visa type, we will do free of charge. For changes in visa start date or visa type you pay the standard service fee. For RUSH corrections (1 working day) we charge 20 US$.

Please carefully check that all details are correct when you apply for your visa. And do check the confirmation email we will send you after you have placed your order. In this email you will find all your visit, passport and contact details.
I have ordered a visa approval letter but did not receive it
We always send the visa approval letter within time. Delivery dates and times are shown when you order your visa.

If you do not receive the letter please check your spam/junk email box first, and make sure you inbox is not full. Contact us if you have not received it and we will resend immediately.