Vietnam Country Guide

Getting In



Visa Free Entry
Nationals of Denmark, Finland, Japan, Norway, South Korea, Sweden and Russia can enter and stay in Vietnam visa free for a period of up to 15 days. Most countries from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have a bilateral agreement on visa waiving with Vietnam. Thus, visitors from Brunei can stay up to 14 days and Philippines up to 21 days visa free. Visitors from Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand can stay visa free up to 30 days in the country.

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Noi Bai Airport (Hanoi) by Dragfyre

Visa for Other Nationals
All other nationals require a visa in advance to visit Vietnam. Foreign citizens of Vietnamese origin can apply for visa exemption that allows multiple entry visits for up to 3 months. You should apply for a visa from the nearest Vietnamese embassy or consulate. You can also apply through an authorised travel agent that handles trips to Vietnam. Applying for a tourist visa usually takes 3-7 working days but can be longer. Besides your passport, you will need to submit a passport-size photograph (usually two) as well as an application form.

Visa Validity
Tourist visas are valid for a single-entry stay of 30 days while business visas are valid for multiple entries and usually for 3 or 6 months. You can also apply for a multiple-entry tourist visa for up to 3-months stay from the embassies in Cambodia and Laos. This is usually not available from the embassies in other countries and you must enter and exit only through Cambodia (if applying through the embassy in Cambodia) or Laos (
if applying through the embassy in Laos). 

Tan Son Nhat Airport (Ho Chi Minh City) by WiNG

Visa Extension
Visa extensions are possible for a fee and can be done through the travel agencies in Vietnam's provincial capitals. However, it is more convenient to apply through the many travel agents in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, which receive the bulk of the foreign visitors to the country. The extension is for another 30 days (one time only) and can take 3-5 working days to process before a visa is given.

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