1./ Do you need a visa to Vietnam?

First of all you may not need a visa to enter Vietnam. However you need to satisfy 2 criterias: your travel duration is less than 45 days and you are the passport holder of one of the following countries: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Chile, South Korea, Japan, South East Asia countries. With these criterias filled you can simply go to the airport and get a stamp in your passport upon arrival. It is called a visa exemption, which signifies you can stay in the country without acquiring for a visa. This 45 day period is part of the new visa policy approved by the National Assembly on a session on 24th June and will be effective from 15 August. The current policy is 15 day only.

If the stay exceeds the 45 day period, the citizen of those mentioned above countries will need to apply for visa prior to their arrival in Vietnam.                                                                             

Latest News on Vietnam Visa in 2023     

Updated on June 24, 2023: Vietnam National Assembly OFFICIALLY adopted the new visa law. Here are the new details of this law.

Increasing the visa exemption duration from 15 days to 45 days for visa exemption countries as mentioned above.

Extend the duration of Vietnam e-visa from 30 days to 90 days. For a period of 90 days, foreign tourists can enter and leave the country an unlimited times, without having to undergo visa procedures.

The current law will be effective from August 15, 2023 (estimated date - and we suggest you to always follow the official applications by asking us. We will provide you all the live and real information).

These measures aim to facilitate your travels in Vietnam and encourage tourism by offering greater flexibility and accessibility to visitors.     

To better prepare for your trip, ask us at Typic Travel – expert local travel agency – we will help you to build a 100% personalized voyage according to your wishes and expectations.     

2./ How to benefit from Vietnam visa exemption ?

If you are entitled to Vietnam visa exemption, you are not required to do anything. Just make sure you are up to date:

  • Passport validity is of at least 6 months when entering Vietnam.
  • Having at least 02 blank pages on the passport.
  • A reservation of the return flight ticket.

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3./ How to get a visa to Vietnam

Here are some explanations about Vietnam visa. Please note that whatever the duration and visa type, your passport must be valid for 6 months the moment you enter Vietnam.

3.1/ Visa request at Embassy before your departure

This is a classic formula that travelers often chose before. If you opt for this option, check with the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence. The required documents are as follows:

  • A visa application form (to be downloaded from the Embassy website) duly completed
  • 2 passport photos, 1 of which is pasted on the form
  • The passport has at least 02 white pages and is still valid for at least 6 months when you enter Vietnam.
  • Payment of the visa. Payment will be made in the currency of your country (euro, dollar, etc.). The processing time varies from 1 to 2 weeks depending on the time of year and the visa will be issued for a specific date (the date you indicate in the form).

In other words, it is impossible to enter Vietnam before this date. However, you can arrive after this date.

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3.2/ Vietnam E-visa

The E-visa is applicable to citizens of 80 countries around the world. From 15th August 2023, goverment has expanded it to all countries without limitations. This option allows you to obtain a Vietnam visa online, without having to visit the embassy or consulate. If you are eligible then you will need some simple documents :

  • A passport with validity period of at least six months
  • A photo in .jpg format of your full passport data page
  • A passport photo in .jpg format (4x6, white background, without glasses)
  • A valid international credit or debit card
  • An email address for support purposes
  • A temporary address within Vietnam
  • Your entry and exit dates and entry and exit points/airports

You can then go to the immigration department website to submit for your e-visa. Follow the steps, it will take about three working days for your visa to be released. Download and print your e-Visa for safety purpose. You are now good to travel to Vietnam.

If difficulty arise whilst applying for the visa yourself, as a licensed travel agency, Typic Travel is happy to bring our assistance and make the process easier for you.

3.3/ Visa on arrival

The visa on arrival means that you will get a visa upon your arrival at the airport. It is another way of obtaining visa.

To obtain this type of visa, you will need an invitation letter provided by a travel agency such as ours. We take care of the administrative procedures to obtain your visa. This will save you of all procedural hassles. All you have to do is send a scanned copy of your passport to our agency. This alternative is strongly suggested to citizen of the countries which are not entitled to apply for e-visa.

4./ Can the Vietnam visa exemption be extended?

Before Covid, Vietnam visa exemption could be extended. However with the current changes it is no longer possible.

Those who wish to stay in Vietnam after the exemption period must leave Vietnam for a neighboring country (such as Thailand, Cambodia or Laos) and return with a new visa exemption.

Previously, a 30 day period between two visa-free stays is required to be eligible for a new one, however this constraint has been lifted since 2022. For eligible nationalities, it is possible to make several visits to Vietnam of less than 45 days, even close together.

Be careful not to exceed your 45-day stay! Otherwise, you risk a fine of $25 per day late. In addition, those who overstay a visa in Vietnam may be blacklisted and cautioned by the Vietnam Immigration Department.

With the new law effective from August 15, 2023, we wish you a very good trip to Vietnam!

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5./ Vietnam 5 year visa exemption for Vietnamese nationals

The Vietnam 5-year visa exemption is only eligible to Vietnamese nationals living abroad, foreign nationals of Vietnamese origin, spouses/children of Vietnamese nationals or foreigners of Vietnamese origin.

There are few steps to follow to get a 5-year visa waiver for Vietnam.

Prepare these following documents:

  • 01 Vietnam 5-year visa exemption application form (Complete the NA09 form)
  • Foreign passport or documents issued in lieu of the passport whose validity is at least of 6 months from the date of entry to Vietnam and a copy of this document for archives.
  • 02 identity photos 4x6 cm (including 01 affixed to the paper form)
  • A certified copy of the original documents or attached to the original documents for reference of one of the following documents:

For Vietnamese nationals living abroad, foreign nationals of Vietnamese origin:

  • Birth certificate
  • Vietnamese nationality certificate
  • The decision to renounce Vietnamese nationality
  • Certificate of loss of Vietnamese nationality
  • Vietnamese passport (valid or invalid)
  • Identity card (valid or invalid)
  • Family record book

For spouses/children of Vietnamese nationals or foreigners of Vietnamese origin:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Birth certificate
  • Certificate of relationship with father, mother, children
  • Adoption decision

Submit the documents prepared above to the licensing authority:

  • Vietnamese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad
  • Vietnam Immigration Department (if you are in Vietnam).

Receive your original passport and the 5-year visa exemption certificate.

  • 5 year Vietnam visa exemption stamp
5 year visa certificate

Important Notes:

No visa is required to travel to Vietnam within 05 years. Holders of a 5-year Vietnam visa exemption certificate are allowed to stay in Vietnam for up to 180 days for each visit.

If they want to stay more than 180 days without leaving the country, they can extend their Vietnam visa. The extended duration can be up to 6 months.

The Visa question has become simple for you, and the preparation for the different types of trip may require assistance by one of our local Experts!

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