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Vietnam Visa, how to get it? This is the first question that most travelers find information on before booking a flight to Vietnam. And this is a detailed guide for getting Vietnam Visa before starting the trip.


Vietnam was open after a long time has closed because of the covid 19 epidemic. Now, travelers can visit all destinations in Vietnam. No self-isolation is required. And this is important information to help travelers to entry in Vietnam. That is easy with 3 things to follow: RT-PCR test + visa + travel insurance. Let’s see what to do.


Entry requirements:


  1. Travelers to Vietnam by air (except for children under 2 years old) need to test negative for SARS-CoV-2 prior to their departure within 72 hours if using the RT-PCR/RT-LAMP test method or within 24 hours. Or travelers can use a negative rapid test result within 24 hours before departure, certified by the competent authority of the country where the test is performed.
  2. Travelers who enter Vietnam by land, rail, and sea routes: can follow the above step. In case not presenting proof of a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 as specified above, travelers are required to undergo a SARS-CoV-2 test at the border gate before entry (using RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method or rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2). With a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result, travelers are allowed to enter and join tour activities. If positive results, they must comply with the Ministry of Health’s guidance.
  3. Children under 2 years old are not required to be tested for SARS-CoV-2. Having not been vaccinated against COVID-19 or having never been infected with SARS-CoV-2 before, they are allowed to enter with their parents and relatives.
  4. A certificated medical/travel insurance covering Covid-19 treatment with coverage of at least US$10,000 is required.
  5. Travelers need to install the PC-COVID app (iOS and Android) which must be presented to enter all VN establishments.
  6. Visitors are requested to self-monitor for 10 days from entry and to notify the nearest medical facility should they experience signs of COVID-19. Surgical masks, social distancing, and sanitizing are required at all times. Children under two are allowed outdoors when accompanied by adults.


For questions about the new policy, please call Vietnam's Immigration Department at 024 3938 7320.


1. Vietnam Visa Exemptions


Vietnam visa exemptions range from 14 to 30 days for citizens from some countries holding valid ordinary passports. This country is on the following list. If staying over this number of days, the traveler needs to apply for a visa extension upon arrival in Vietnam. 

 14 Days: Brunei, Myanmar

15 days: Belarus, Denmark, Italy, Japan, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and The United Kingdom.

21 Days: The Philippines

30 Days: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand


2. Vietnam Electronic Visa (e-Visa) 


Vietnam's e-Visa is one of several visa types offered by the Vietnam Immigration Department to foreigners entering the country.


This is the list of 80 countries where can get an e-Visa online:  

  • 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), 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.


The e-Visa is valid for 30 days, and single entry only. It takes three working days to process and delivery of the e-Visa is done entirely online. You will receive your code by email to print your visa.

You can enter Vietnam on an e-Visa at any of the country's eight international airports as well as land crossings and seaports.

How to Apply for Vietnam's e-Visa


Step 1: Thing to prepare

  • One 4x6 passport photo in .jpg format with a white background, without glasses
  • One photo in .jpg format of your passport data page
  • Passport valid for at least six months
  • Your temporary address in Vietnam and points of entry and exit
  • Debit or credit card for payment.


Step 2: Open this link: www.immigration.gov.vn and go to 'E-visa Issuance' then click on the link for 'Outside Vietnam foreigners. 

Step 3: Upload your images (passport data page and passport photo) and fill out the required fields on the form completely. Submit form.

Step 4: Pay the e-Visa fee using any of the payment methods offered. Copy down the document code provided.

Step 5: You should receive news of the e-visa application via email within three days of working. If not, you can also run a search for your e-Visa at this link: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/tra-cuu-thi-thuc



  • Be sure to save your registration number – you will need it to check
  • Download and print the e-Visa in two copies for safety when traveling.
  • Travelers do not need to queue at Visa on Arrival counters. Let's go directly to immigration counters at their point of entry with an e-visa


3. Visa on Arrival


The trip is over 30 days with a multiple-entry visit to Vietnam, you will want to apply for a visa on arrival. To do this you'll need a Visa Approval Letter. You can book it through a licensed Vietnamese Travel Company.

To apply for the Visa Approval Letter, you need to send to them:

  • Arrival and departure dates
  • Full passport details (your passport’s photo)


Note:  your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your travel date, and there must be several blank pages left on your passport.


It takes about 2-4 days working days for Visa Approval Letter. After you get it, you need to print out and prepare two photos (6 cm high x 4 cm wide – white background, no glasses, no smiling). On arrival at the airport (in Hanoi, Da Nang, or Ho Chi Minh City), find the Visa on Arrival window/counter where you will hand over your passport and photos, and be given a simple form to fill out. Pay the stamping fee of USD$25 for a single entry and USD$50 for multiple entries. The staff at the airport will shortly return your passport with your visa, after which you will be allowed to exit the airport.

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