Visa policy of Vietnam

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Visitors to Vietnam must obtain a visa from one of the Vietnamese diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries eligible for electronic visas.[1] However, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam, no new visitors are currently able to obtain visas to enter the country.[2] [3][4]

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Vietnam

Visa exemption[edit]

Holders of normal passports issued by the following 24 countries do not require visas to visit Vietnam for up to the duration listed below:[5]

90 days (1 country)

30 days (8 countries)

21 days (1 country)

14 days (1 country)

15 days, with restrictions (13 countries)

* - A gap of at least 30 days between two visa-free visits is required. Must have a printout of onward ticket.
1 - for British citizens only.

A certificate of visa exemption for an overseas Vietnamese national who holds a foreign passport

Holders of Certificates of Visa Exemption do not require a visa regardless of nationality. A Certificate of Visa Exemption is valid for up to 5 years or up to 6 months before the passport expiration date (whichever is shorter). This is available for Vietnamese residing abroad or spouses or children of Vietnamese citizens or Vietnamese residing abroad.[23] The exemption is valid for up to 180 consecutive days of stay. There is no limit placed on the number of entries or exits during the stay or minimum waiting time needed in between each 180 days of stay.

Vietnam extended the visa free validity period for citizens of Belarus, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea and Sweden through to 31 December 2022.[24][25]

Citizens of China, Cuba and North Korea holding passports for public affairs or normal passports endorsed "for public affairs" do not require a visa for Vietnam.

Non-ordinary passports[edit]

Visa policy of Vietnam for holders of diplomatic or official/service category passports
  Vietnam
  Visa free access for diplomatic and official/service category passports
  Visa free access for diplomatic passports

Holders of diplomatic or service category passports of Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, North Korea, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, and holders of diplomatic passports only of Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Israel, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland and Uzbekistan do not require a visa to visit Vietnam.[14]

Visa waiver agreements for diplomatic and service passports were signed with the following countries but are not yet in effect:

Phú Quốc Island[edit]

Travellers who are not exempted from visa requirements can visit Phú Quốc without a visa for up to 30 days.[30][31][32] They must arrive at Phú Quốc directly from a third country, or from airports in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City where they will clear immigration and proceed to the domestic terminals.[1]

Transit[edit]

Passengers of any nationality may transit through Vietnam by air without a visa for less than 24 hours providing that they do not intend to leave the sterile transit area. Staying overnight in the transit lounge is permitted.[1]

E-visa[edit]

Vietnam E Visa Stamp on Indian Passport at HCMC airport

(14/3/2020) No E-Visa will be issued to any passport from the Schengen area and the UK and Ireland until further notice. The Embassies in these respective countries will suspend visa issuance.

Vietnam has introduced a pilot electronic visa system on 1 February 2017[33] The e-visas have a cost of US$25 and are granted for single entry visits for up to 30 days to nationals of the following 81 eligible countries and territories:[34][35][36][37]

1 – does not apply to e-passport holders.

Pre-arranged visa[edit]

Holders of a visa letter issued and stamped in Hanoi or Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh city by the Vietnamese Immigration Department within the Ministry of Public Security or the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can obtain a visa for a maximum stay of 1 or 3 months at airports in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Phu Quoc, Hai Phong, Da Lat or Nha Trang.[1]

APEC Business Travel Card[edit]

A Vietnamese visa, issued in the United States

Holders of passports issued by the following countries who possess an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) containing "VNM" on the back of the card can enter visa-free for business trips for up to 60 days.[1]

ABTCs are issued to nationals of:[38]

Statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving in Vietnam on short term basis were from the following countries of nationality:

Data Source: Ministry of Culture, Sport & Tourism[39][40]

Rank Country 3/2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
1  China 871,819 5,806,425 4,966,468 4,008,253 2,696,848 1,780,918 1,947,236 1,907,794 1,428,693 1,416,804
2  South Korea 819,089 4,290,802 3,485,406 2,415,245 1,543,883 1,112,978 847,958 748,727 700,917 536,408
3  Russia 244,966 646,524 606,637 574,164 433,987 338,843 364,873 298,126 174,287 101,600
4  Japan 200,346 951,962 826,674 798,119 740,592 671,379 647,956 604,050 576,386 481,519
5  Taiwan 192,216 926,744 714,112 616,232 507,301 438,704 388,998 398,990 409,385 361,051
6  United States 172,706 746,171 687,226 614,117 552,644 491,249 443,776 432,228 443,826 439,872
7  Thailand* 125,725 509,802 349,310 301,587 266,984 214,645 246,874 268,968 225,866 181,820
8  Cambodia* 120,430 227,910 202,954 222,614 211,949 227,074 404,159 342,347 331,939 423,440
9  Malaysia* 116,221 606,206 540,119 480,456 407,574 346,584 332,994 339,510 299,041 233,132
10  Australia 92,227 383,511 386,934 370,438 320,678 303,721 321,089 319,636 289,844 289,762
11  United Kingdom 81,433 315,084 298,114 283,537 254,841 212,798 202,256 184,663 170,346 156,300
12  France 74,480 287,655 279,659 255,369 240,808 211,636 213,745 209,946 219,721 211,444
13  Germany 61,465 226,792 213,986 199,872 176,015 149,079 142,345 97,673 106,068 45,000
14  Singapore* 51,726 308,969 286,246 277,658 257,041 236,547 202,436 195,760 196,225 172,500
15  Canada 41,807 159,121 149,535 138,242 122,929 105,670 104,291 104,973 113,563 TBA
16  Philippines* 36,969 179,190 151,641 133,543 110,967 99,757 103,403 100,501 99,192 TBA
17  Laos* 36,810 98,492 120,009 141,588 137,004 113,992 136,636 122,873 150,678 118,500
18  Sweden 21,857 50,704 49,723 44,045 37,679 32,025 32,466 31,493 35,735 TBA
19  Indonesia* 21,446 106,688 87,941 81,065 69,653 62,240 68,628 70,390 60,857 TBA
20  Netherlands 18,265 81,092 77,300 72,277 64,712 52,967 49,120 47,413 45,862 TBA
21  Italy 17,774 70,798 65,562 58,041 51,265 40,291 36,427 32,143 31,337 TBA
22  Denmark 14,444 42,043 39,926 34,720 30,996 27,414 27,029 25,649 27,970 TBA
23  Spain 11,783 83,597 77,071 69,528 57,957 44,932 40,716 33,183 31,305 TBA
24   Switzerland 10,845 36,577 34,541 33,123 31,475 28,750 29,738 28,423 28,740 TBA
25  Finland 9,994 21,480 22,785 18,236 15,953 15,043 13,831 14,660 16,204 TBA
26  New Zealand 9,470 47,088 49,854 49,115 42,588 31,960 33,120 30,957 26,621 TBA
27  Norway 8,958 28,037 26,134 24,293 23,110 21,425 22,708 21,157 19,928 TBA
28  Belgium 7,452 34,187 31,382 29,144 26,231 23,939 23,227 21,572 18,914 TBA
29  Hong Kong 3,780 51,618 62,208 47,721 34,613 TBA 14,601 10,232 13,383 TBA
All Total 3,686,779 18,008,591 15,497,791 12,922,151 10,012,735 7,943,651 7,874,312 7,572,352 6,847,678 6,014,032

* Country in ASEAN


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