Time at Vietnam (UTC+07:00) 03:39:16 PM, Saturday, 26 November 2022

Visa for Vietnam – who needs it?



Many visitors of our site Govietnamvisa.com have asked us the same question “Do I need a visa for Vietnam?”. The answer is mostly “Yes”, and sometimes “No”.
Why? The reason may be found elsewhere on the internet with some scattered information about requirements of Visa for Vietnam. Yet, here we provide you with the most sufficient answer for your reference to help save your time of net surfing.
For the “yes” answer, most foreigners who would like to visit Vietnam without the Vietnam visa exemption  must have a visa for Vietnam beforehand, or a pre-approved letter for theVisa for Vietnam (called Vietnam visa approval letter) to get Vietnam visa on arrival.
The “No” answer is for those whose nations have signed the Vietnam visa exemption agreement with Vietnam. Detail of this visa exemption list is found here. However, if you have read this, you will see that it does not mean you are totally exempted from visa for Vietnam if your country is in this exemption list, but only free from visa for Vietnam for a certain time as per regulations (cited in this list). For example, Cambodian citizens are exempted from visa for Vietnam for 1 month (or 30 days as maximum). If they would like to stay longer than this 1 month, they will need to apply for a visa for Vietnam for this additional time.

Besides, the “No” answer is also for the Vietnamese overseas who could provide a proof of being Vietnamese such as birth certificate or identification card, etc. The Vietnamese overseas are the Vietnamese people who reside overseas (foreign countries) for a long time and might no longer have Vietnamese passports. Those are also allowed to enter Vietnam without visa for Vietnam if they could show up a proof as mentioned.
Can I get Visa for Vietnam when arriving in Vietnam? Many people misunderstand that Visa for Vietnam can be applied and picked up when arrival in Vietnam airport. This is 50% true and 50% false. The fact is that you can get visa for Vietnam stamped at arrival airport in Vietnam, but with conditions: firstly you MUST have a Vietnam visa approval letter  before getting on board to Vietnam, and secondly you MUST travel by air to Vietnam rather any other ways of transport (train, bus, sea, etc.).  Without those 2 conditions, you could not get Visa for Vietnam upon arrival. To apply for this approval letter for Visa for Vietnam, kindly make online Vietnam visa application here.


Visa for Vietnam is the key first step for your Vietnam trip, so do get to know about it carefully before booking a flight to Vietnam:
  • ·         Check Vietnam visa requirements to know whether you are exempted from visa for Vietnam or not
  • ·         If you gonna travel by air, make online application for Visa for Vietnam on arrival as the quickest way
  • ·         Remember to print out and bring the Vietnam visa approval letter  with you (with passport & 2 photos) to get the Visa for Vietnam stamped at arrival
  • ·         If you gonna travel by other means of transport (rather than airway), visit the closest Vietnam embassy to getvisa for Vietnam in advance
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