Who Needs a Vietnam Visa

Most foreigners must obtain a visa to enter Vietnam, unless they are coming from one of the visa-exempt countries.

Coronavirus in Vietnam (Updated 2020.03.12)

As of March 12th, there have been 39 confirmed cases of coronavirus (officially called COVID-19) in Vietnam. Among them, 16 have recovered. So far, no deaths from COVID-19 have occurred in Vietnam.

In order to halt the spread of the coronavirus, the Vietnamese government has implemented the following policies. These policies may affect your March travel plans.


Visa exemption is suspended for the 7 European Union members (Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, France, Germany, and Spain) and the United Kingdom. For passport holders of these countries, please apply for your tourist visa through the Vietnamese Embassy in your home country. A Visa Approval Letter will be needed, which we can provide for you. It usually takes 3-5 working days to receive.

Read more on how to obtain a Visa via the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate.

Travel activities:

Some popular attractions, theaters, and events have been closed or canceled to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For example, Halong Bay will be closed from March 12th. This closure is expected to last for 2 weeks or longer and won’t reopen until further notice. We’ll keep checking and provide you with updated information on closures after receiving your trip inquiry.

For more Asia travel tips during the coronavirus period, you can click here.

Free Visa Exemption

Citizens from 23 countries could enter Vietnam without a visa for various time periods. As the policy may change each year, we suggest that contact the Vietnam Embassies or Consulates for the latest policy.

Countries Days

Belarus, *Demark, *Finland, *France, *German, *Italy, *Japan, *Norway, *Russia, *South Korea, *Spain, *Sweden, and  *United Kingdom

15 days

Brunei and Myanmar

14 days


21 days

Cambodia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand,

30 days


90 days

*- are required to meet the following:

  • Holding a passport valid for at least 6 months from the departure date from Vietnam.
  • A gap of 30 days is required betwenn two visa-exempt visits.
  • It's suggested to apply for a visa if you want to stay in Vietnam more than the exemption duration.
  • Showing a printout of an air ticket to a third country. Note that all kinds of E-tickets are not acceptable.

Pre-arranged Visa

If travelers do not meet the requirements above, a valid pre-arranged visa is required before entering Vietnam. One can apply for it through an online visa agent or any Vietnam Embassy/Consulate. We highly recommend Visa on Arrival (VOA) for travelers entering Vietnam by an international flight landing in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City.

Types of Vietnam Visa

With 20 types of Vietnam visas to choose, most foreigners apply for either Tourist Visa or Business Visa. As of 1 January 2015, under the Vietnam Law on Immigration, new visa codes with new durations have been updated, including: NG,LV,DN,NN DH,HN,PV,LD,DL,TT,VR,SQ.

Vietnam Tourists Visa (DL)

  • For traveling purpose
  • Including 1 month single entry and 1 month multiple entry
  • Staying in Vietnam up to 30 days
  • Allowing one-time extension of 30 days during travelers’ stay in Vietnam
  • A valid passport with at least 6 months of validity and a recent passport-sized photo are required for online visa application or any Vietnam Embassy/Consulate application

Business Visa (DN)

  • For people entering Vietnam for business, attending a conference, signing a contract, sales, etc.
  • Valid for 3 months with single or multiple entrys
  • A sponsor invite letter by a licensed Vietnamese company is required for the application through the Vietnam Embassy
  • Other required materials include a valid passport with at least six months validity and two passport-sized photos

Transit Visa

  • Is only issued to escorted group tours by tour licensed companies. The maximum validity of this kind of visa is up to 5 days
  • For application of this visa, travelers must show an air ticket to a third country after departing Vietnam and a detailed itinerary provided by a Vietnamese travel agency. The stamping fee is $5, and the processing fee to the travel agent is approximately $20.
  • For individuals wishing to take a short tour to kill time before the next flight, you must apply for a tourist visa.

Diplomatic and Official Vietnam Visa

  • It requires the applicant submitting an official letter approved by the concerned agencies of local government, foreign embassies or consulates accredited to the applicant’s country, or accredited international organizations in the applicant’s country.
  • No fees are required.

Single or Multiple Entry Visa

  • Both single and multiple entry visas are types of visa mentioned above.
  • Visitors could apply for Tourist Visa and Business Visa with either single entry or multiple entry visas..
  • Holders of single entry visa can enter Vietnam only once, while a multiple entry allows them visit Vietnam as many times as they can during the validity time of the visa.
  • The stamping fee is paid at the first entry only.


  • Travelers who plan to exit Vietnam and enter it again should hold a multiple entry visa (one month or three month). However, if only entering Vietnam for a transfer and not leaving the airport, a multiple entry visa is not required.
  • For holders of a single entry visa, it is possible to apply for a multiple visa while in Vietnam. Local visa agents in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City can handle such cases. Online visa agents also can provide this service. It takes seven working days. Different agents charge different service fees. Both the visa fee and service fee is higher than single entry.
  • In order to save time and money, Asia Highlights recommends you take every possible situation into consideration before visa application, and apply for the most suitable the first time.

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