Whatever your reason for planning a trip to Vietnam, you’ll have to resolve the visa issue. If you have done some research on the internet, you will surely have noticed that visa information for Vietnam is not only a few but also strongly conflicting. This article has all the information you need to understand how, where and when to apply for a Vietnam visa.

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Essential information

Do I need a visa to get into Vietnam?

Normally you will need a visa in your passport (or approval for a “visa on arrival”) to enter Vietnam. Your passport must be valid for at least six months at the time of entry and contain at least one blank page for the visa. If you arrive in Vietnam without an appropriate visa (or approval for a “visa on arrival”), entry into the country will be denied.

Are there any cases of visa exemption?

Those who hold a passport and intend to stay in Vietnam no longer than fifteen days can follow the visa exemption procedure. There is a visa exemption for those who only reach the island of Phu Quoc. To learn more, you can consult the visa waiver guide to enter Vietnam without a visa.

Do minors also require a visa?

Yes, an entry visa is required at any age.

What documents do I need before I leave for Vietnam?

To enter Vietnam you need a passport (valid for at least six months) and an entry visa for stays longer than 15 days.

What types of visas are there?

To date, there are twenty different types of visas, depending on the purpose of your stay in Vietnam. If you are not sure of the type of visa for Vietnam you need or the category of visa you are eligible for, Vietnam has prepared a guide drawing up a complete list of the types of visas available.

How do I read a Vietnamese visa?

The visa is written in Vietnamese language with English translation

Unique visa code

Type of visa (DL: tourist)

Start of validity of the visa

Visa expiration date

Visa issuing body

Number of allowed inputs (single input or multiple inputs)

Passport identification number

What if I stay in Vietnam even after my visa has expired?

As in every state, it is not legally possible to stay without a valid title. For this reason, if you stay in Vietnam beyond the limit allowed by your visa, when you cross any border to leave the country, you will be fined an administrative penalty of varying amounts depending on the length of your illegal stay. Following deportation, the immigration authorities may deny you re-entry into Vietnam for several years.

Visa application procedures

Where can I apply for a visa to Vietnam?

There are three different procedures to apply for a visa for Vietnam: for travelers leaving Italy, the Vietnamese Authorities reiterate that the visa must be applied for at the Vietnamese Embassy in Rome or at the Vietnam Consulate in Turin. Alternatively, the visa can be applied for online or upon arrival at the airport through the “Visa on Arrival” procedure.

1. How to apply for a visa for Vietnam?

Where can I apply for a visa?

You can apply for a visa at the Vietnam Embassy in your country

How long does it take to obtain a visa for Vietnam?

Normally, an entry visa takes 10-15 working days. However, it is advisable to apply for a visa sometime in advance, possibly in the month before departure. It is prudent to purchase your flight ticket after you have obtained your visa.

Can I obtain an entry visa as a matter of urgency?

Yes. When you apply for your visa close to departure (i.e. less than 10 working days) you can follow the emergency procedure, which has an additional cost.

Can I have my visa delivered to my home address?

Yes. There are Vietnam Embassies in different countries that allow this. If you cannot go in person to the Vietnam Embassy you can send the documents by courier and receive the passport with the visa directly to your address. This is a service with an additional cost to be added to the visa fee.

How much does a visa for Vietnam cost?

The cost of the visa varies depending on the type of visa, its duration and the number of entries (single or multiple). After choosing the appropriate visa type for the purpose of your trip to Vietnam, you can contact directly the Vietnam Embassy in your country to find out the exact cost of obtaining the visa.

Can I change the dates of my visa once I have obtained it?

Yes, you can change the dates marked on your visa for an additional fee.

2. How to apply for a Vietnam visa online

Can I apply for a visa online?

Yes, you can apply for a visa through the Vietnamese Department of Immigration website. The procedure is completely in English.

What are the limits of applying for a visa online?

You can apply online for a visa that lasts between a minimum of sixteen and a maximum of thirty days. However, the visa will only allow you a single entry. In addition, you will not be assisted in filling out the application form and if you refuse, your payment will not be refunded.

3. How to apply for a “visa on arrival?”

Can I get a visa when I get to Vietnam?

Yes, it’s called a visa on arrival. You can apply for a “visa on arrival” directly at the airport of arrival. The “visa on arrival”, which includes an additional fee for the service, is granted only if: there is no Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in the country of origin; it is an emergency entry, due to humanitarian reasons and technical missions; the visa is requested by a Vietnamese travel agency accredited with the local authorities, with special procedure.

4. How to apply for special five-year visas

What documents are required to obtain a five-year visa for Vietnamese spouses?

If you are the spouse of a Vietnamese citizen, you can obtain a five-year entry visa by submitting the following documents:

  • Original passport of the applicant;
  • Annex to the marriage certificate; birth certificate (if a child of Vietnamese);
  • A copy of the first page of the passport of the Vietnamese spouse or parent;
  • 2 passport photos;
  • Completed form.

What documents are required to obtain a five-year visa for Vietnamese children?

If you are a child of a Vietnamese citizen, you can obtain a 5-year entry visa by submitting the following documents:

  • Original passport of the applicant;
  • Annex to the birth certificate;
  • A copy of the first page of the passport of the Vietnamese parents;
  • 2 passport photos;
  • Completed form.

What documents are required to obtain a five-year visa for children adopted in Vietnam?

For children adopted in Vietnam it is always possible to obtain an entry visa for 5 years by presenting the following documents:

  • Original passport of the applicant;
  • Vietnamese birth certificate;
  • Vietnamese adoption certificate;
  • 2 passport photos;
  • Completed form.