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Do I Need a Visa for Vietnam? - Visa-Free Countries to Vietnam 2024

Vietnam is a stunning country that attracts millions of tourists from all over the world every year. If you're planning a trip to Vietnam, you might wonder whether you need a visa to enter the country. This article will provide all the information you need regarding Vietnam's visa exemption policy and the visa application process for those who need one.

Do I Need a Visa for Vietnam? - Visa-Free Countries to Vietnam 2024

Do I need a visa to travel to Vietnam?

You will need a visa to visit Vietnam if you're not a citizen of one of the countries listed below. Citizens coming from these countries can travel to Vietnam without a visa for a period ranging from 14 to 90 days.

Visa exemption map

Your time staying in Vietnam without a visa is different depending on your nationality.

No.

Country

Maximum visa-free duration

1

Chile

90 days

2

Panama

90 days

3

Cambodia

30 days

4

Indonesia

30 days

5

Kyrgyzstan

30 days

6

Laos

30 days

7

Malaysia

30 days

8

Singapore

30 days

9

Thailand

30 days

10

Philippines

21 days

11

Brunei

14 days

12

Myanmar

14 days

13

Belarus

45 days

14

Denmark

45 days

15

Finland

45 days

16

France

45 days

17

Germany

45 days

18

Italy

45 days

19

Japan

45 days

20

Norway

45 days

21

Russia

45 days

22

South Korea

45 days

23

Spain

45 days

24

Sweden

45 days

25

UK

45 days

26

Kazakhstan​​​

30 days

Foreigners holding British National Oversea (BNO) passports are not exempted from visa requirements so they must have appropriate visas to enter Vietnam.

Do I need a visa for Vietnam if I fly to Phu Quoc Island?

No, you don’t. 

Phu Quoc, also known as "Pearl Island", is a beautiful and peaceful island in Vietnam. It is famous for its breathtaking beaches, pristine waters, and lush green landscapes. There are luxurious resorts, lively night markets, and a rich cultural heritage to explore. This is a perfect place for both relaxation and adventure, and makes Phu Quoc an ideal getaway for nature enthusiasts and beach lovers alike. 

If you are a foreigner visiting Phu Quoc Island, you do not need a visa for stays lasting up to 30 days, regardless of nationality, as long as your passport has at least six months of validity and two blank pages​​.

Do I need a visa for Vietnam if I hold an APEC Business Travel Card?

APEC Business Travel Card is for business people from APEC countries to facilitate their travels to other APEC countries for short business trips. This card has a validity of three years and allows the cardholder to skip long immigration lines, making business travel a lot more convenient and hassle-free.

APEC Business Travel Card holders with valid passports are exempt from Vietnam visa requirements for 60 days​​, regardless of nationality.

How do I apply for a visa exemption?

If you are a citizen of one of the countries mentioned above, you do not need to apply or fill out any form to get a visa exemption. You just need to ensure that your passport has at least:

  • Six months of validity
  • Two blank pages​​

When you reach the entry point in Vietnam, please present your passport for verification.

Could I extend my visa exemption?

You can no longer extend your visa exemption from 2020. However, there are two options available if you wish to extend your stay in Vietnam:

  • Do visa run: enter Vietnam, leave the country before your visa exemption ends, and return to Vietnam. You can renew your visa exemption within a day or less.
  • Apply for a 90-day visa if you plan to stay in Vietnam longer.

Do I need to leave Vietnam for a certain period before re-entering?

No, you don't. Previously, travelers were required to leave Vietnam for 30 days between two visa-free visits. However, this requirement has been removed. You can re-enter Vietnam immediately after your visa exemption period ends for another visa-free stay.

Could I apply for a visa online?

Yes, you can. Recently, Vietnam has introduced an e-visa system, allowing citizens of all countries and territories to apply for an e-visa with a 90-day stay duration and multiple entries​​.

This is the official link of the Vietnam government for e-visa application: evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn

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kristine Oates 2 weeks, 3 days ago

i am going on a cruise and wish to go on a excrusion that is in vietnam for 4 hours. I am a canadian citizen. do I need a visa

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Tam 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Hello kristine Oates,

Yes, you will need a valid visa for these 4-hour offshore excursions; you are eligible for the e-visa application online.

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Frequently asked questions

1. Am I required to do an interview for the visa application?

For most tourists applying for a Vietnamese visa, an interview is not typically required.

2. How much do I have to pay for the application?

  • E-Visa: around $25 for most nationalities. This is a single-entry visa with a maximum stay of 30 days. The e-visa fee is generally non-refundable, even if the visa is not granted.
  • Embassy or Consulate Application: The fees can range from $40 to over $100 based on your nationality and the type of visa you're applying for.

3. How long does the visa application process take?

  • E-Visa: the processing time is relatively quick, generally within three business days. However, applying at least a week before your planned travel is advisable to account for any unexpected delays.
  • Embassy or Consulate Application: the processing time can take 5 to 7 business days, but it might be longer during peak travel seasons or due to specific embassy/consulate processing times.
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