Vietnam Visa Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Vietnam Visa on Arrival (VOA)?
Visa on arrival is an alternative way to obtain a visa for the entry to Vietnam. The traditional way to obtain a visa is to apply at the Vietnam Embassy.

Travellers who applied for the VOA is required to submit their information and date of arrival to the Vietnam Immigration Department. An official visa approval letter is issued in their name to allow them to enter Vietnam in a specified date. The official visa is stamped at the airport. For more information please visit our guideline

While with the visa applied at the Vietnam Embassy, travellers are required to send their passport to the Vietnam Embassy before they travel. The visa is stamped at the Embassy.

What is Vietnam visa approval letter?
Vietnam Visa approval letter is an official document issued by Vietnam Immigration Department (Vietnam Ministry of Public Security) in traveller’s name. It allows traveller to enter Vietnam and obtain the visa stamp at airport. A sample can be found in here

What is the legal basis of the Vietnam Visa on Arrival?
The Vietnam Visa on Arrival is introduced in 2004. For the legal basis of the visa please refer to the following reference:

Who need visa to visit Vietnam?
For ASEAN member-countries:

Passport holders Require visa Maximum days to stay
Thailand No 30
Indonesia No 30
Singapore No 30
Malaysia No 30
Cambodia No 30
Laos No 30
Philippine No 21
Myanmar No 14
Brunei No 15

From July, 1st 2015 to next June 2016 Vietnam Government exempts visa for citizens of the following European countries regardless of their purpose or type of visas:

Passport holders Require visa Maximum days to stay
France No 15
Germany No 15
Spain No 15
United Kingdom No 15
Italy No 15

For other countries not on the list please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Can travellers travel to a different airport than they originally applied for?
Yes. The Vietnam Visa on Arrival works at all 5 international airports in Vietnam (Noi Bai in Hanoi, Cat Bi in Hai Phong, Da Nang in Da Nang, Cam Ranh in Khanh Hoa and Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City). As long as their visas are valid, there is no issue if they change their port of arrival.

Additional service fee surcharge applies to some West Asian and African countries:

Passport holders Type of visa to apply Service fee (per person in USD)
Jordan 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $80
Qatar 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $80
Saudi Arabia 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $80
Sri Lanka 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $80
Central Africa 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $100
Lebanon 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $80
Kenya 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $100
Oman 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $80
Gambia 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $100
United Arab Emirates 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $80
Tunsia 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $100
Angola 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $100
Morocco 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $100
Burundi 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $100
Eritrea 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $100
Burkina Faso 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $100
Ethiopia 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $100
Djiboouti 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $100
Benin 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $100
Seychelles 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $100
Sudan 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $100
Namibia 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $100
Egypt 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $100
Egypt 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $100
Kuwait 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $80
Bahrain 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $80
Uganda 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $100
Tanzania 1 Month Single Entry Only USD $100

We can not handle the visa application for citizens of the following countries:

Passport holders Visa Application
Nigeria No
Cameroon No
Congo No
Turkey No
Mozambique No
Ghana No
Sierra Leon No
Iran No
Pakistan No
Banglades No
Afganistan No
Syria No
Senegal No
Mali No
Guinea No
Libya No
Liberia No
Iraq No
Yemen No

You can also find some useful travel tips at our 6 Travel Tips to Vietnam. If you have any questions about Vietnam visa, please feel free to contact us.

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What is Visa on Arrival? Visa on arrival is an alternative way to obtain a visa for the entry to Vietnam …; Do I need to a visa to visit Vietnam? From July, 1st 2015 to next June 2016 Vietnam Government exempts visa for 5 countries …; What is Vietnam visa approval letter? Vietnam Visa approval letter is an official …
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