Visa entry to Vietnam in 2023

Latest update: From Aug 15th, 2023, Vietnam allow e-visa for all countries to Vietnam

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Citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany, the French Republic, the Italian Republic, the Kingdom of Spain, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Russian Federation, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom of Denmark, the Kingdom of Sweden, the Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Finland and the Republic of Belarus entering Vietnam for a sojourn of 15 days, counting from the date of entry, regardless of their passport types and entry purposes, provided they meet all the conditions prescribed by Vietnam’s law.In addition, the policy on entry visa exemption for citizens of the above-mentioned countries shall be implemented for 3 years from March 15, 2022 to the end of March 14, 2025, and will be considered for an extension in accordance with Vietnam’s law.

Vietnam Visa Exceptions

An electronic visa (E-visa) is one of visa types issued to foreigners by Vietnamese Immigration Department via electronic system. Vietnam E-visa is valid for maximum of 30 days, single entry.
You can using e-visa to enter Vietnam at any border but this border name should be mentioned on the visa.
Example: (1) This person can enter via Moc Bai Border / Bavet Border in Cambodia side
(2) or this person can enter Vietnam through International Airports mean you can enter any airport among Tan Son Nhat, Noi Bai, Cam Ranh, Nha trang, Danang, Phu Quoc

Be noticed that doing Visa on Arrival at land border is not available yet after the covid pandemic


Vietnam's e-Visa is now available to 80 countries, please check the list below: Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Chile, China (including Hong Kong and Macau passports, Not apply to Chinese e-passport holders), Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Salomon Islands, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor Leste, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, and Western Samoa.

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Vietnam E-visa is valid for maximum of 30 days, single entry.


E-visa fee is USD 25, pay direct on Vietnam government site, the processing time is from 3 working days. You will receive your code by email to track status & to print your visa.


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Yes, Chinese travelers (including Hong Kong and Macau) need the Vietnam visa to enter Vietnam country, you can get e-visa online if you NOT hold e-passport (check list 80 countries can get e-visa above), but seem everyone hold the e-passport now, in this case you not eligible to apply online, you have to get local company to go apply offline at immigration for the approval letter, ( required of itinerary, flight ticket, hotel address, copy passport, guarantee letter,...). it take minimum 7 days after the application is accepted, so be early as possible. Please note that if you are currently outside China, you need to get visa stamp at Vietnam Embassy before taking flight to Vietnam
If you lucky still not using e-passport, you can apply online at Vietnam official visa online center, run by government, at this url

Yes, Indian travellers need the Vietnam visa to enter Vietnam country, you can get e-visa online at Vietnam official visa online center, run by government, at this url

If your nationality is not on the list of 80 countries eligible for e-visa, then you need to apply visa offline through Vietnam Embassy where you live or through agency like Dong DMC, we then apply to Immigration department for you.

With e-visa you just queue up at immigration and show this e-visa to officer, but with the VOA (visa on arrival) the whole story is different, we need to mention which airport or land border we will arrive (can not mention 2 places) when we apply, immigration check our application and if approved, they issued "Approval Letter", meaning you are allowed to enter, they also mention which border they allow you to enter.

Right now after covid pandemic, most visa on arrival only approved to enter at airports.

You can using VOA to enter Vietnam only at border mentioned on the approval letter.

When you arrive, you have to go to "landing visa" counter and apply for the stamp (visa) with passport, photo and the approval letter.

(1) This person can enter via Moc Bai Border / Bavet Border in Cambodia side

(2) or this person can enter Vietnam through International Airports mean you can enter any airport among Tan Son Nhat, Noi Bai, Cam Ranh, Nha trang, Danang, Phu Quoc


sample approval letter
Vietnam visa on arrival Approval Letter Example

landing visa sticker at Tan Son Nhat
Tan Son Nhat Airport(Ho Chi Minh) only 1 international terminal, and only 1 visa on arrival counter, right at the queue up for immigration. You need to queue up and apply for stamp before you can queue up for immigration if you enter using VOA

In case Phu Quoc is your first destination in Vietnam, you are eligible for a 30-day Vietnam visa exemption on Phu Quoc no matter you are a foreigner or a Vietnamese holding foreign passport. In simple words, all visitors from foreign countries do not need a Vietnam visa if they stay in Phu Quoc for no more than 30 days.


Can I enjoy Phu Quoc visa exemption if I enter the island through Tan Son Nhat International Airport without leaving the transit area?


Yes, you can. Phu Quoc visa exemption is also applied to those visitors who enter Phu Quoc through other Vietnam International Airports like Noi Bai airport (in Hanoi), Tan Son Nhat airport (in Ho Chi Minh City), etc. and they do not leave the transit area. In other words, if a visitor flies to other international airports in Vietnam and stay in the transit lounge to take another flight to Phu Quoc Island, they are also exempted from Vietnam visa. So, it is better to check with the airlines to see if you have to leave the Immigration Area (also known as transit area) upon arriving in Tan Son Nhat International Airport or not to make sure that you can enjoy visa waiver.

i am planning to cross the river border from Laos to Vietnam, and then head to Phu Quoc. Am I exempted from Vietnam visa for Phu Quoc Island


No, it is because 30-day visa exemption to Phu Quoc is applied if you go directly to Phu Quoc. You are at the land/river border means that you are in different parts of Vietnam, so Vietnam visa is required. So, if you do not apply for one, do not be surprised when you get refused at the border for it.


Requirements for Phu Quoc Visa Exemption


To enter Phu Quoc with no visa, visitors must meet the requirements below:
- Your passport must be valid for 6 months since your arrival date or else you should renew it prior to taking the trip to Phu Quoc.
- You must fly from an international country to Phu Quoc via the Phu Quoc International Airport. This applies to direct, indirect and layover flights, where your final destination along the route is Phu Quoc. The onward destination could be any country, except Vietnam.
- Your stay on the island must be less than 30 days.
- You must provide proof (return airplane ticket, cruise ship departure date, etc.) that you will be leaving Phu Quoc Island within 30 days in order to be granted a “Visa Exemption Stamp”.
- You have not been extradited from Vietnam in the past.
- You are not on the wanted person list of Interpol.
- You travel to Phu Quoc by sea (ship or cruise) or by air (airplane), not by land border.


What Does Phu Quoc Visa Exemption Look Like?

Here is the sample of how Phu Quoc visa exemption looks like in a passport:

sample approval letter
Sample of Phu Quoc visa exemption stamp in the passport