Vietnam Visa Guide

  • Everything to know while applying for a Vietnam visa

    Widely known for its sandy beaches, dense forests, Buddhist pagodas, deep caves, and bustling cities, Vietnam is one of the most interesting countries in Southeast Asia. While the major cities are dotted with people, bikes, and cars, the outskirts are calm and serene with vast green paddy fields.

    Vietnam is a go-to destination if you want to stir up your vacation with natural landscapes, cultural diversity, and food that will leave you craving for more. The country has several cities with so much to explore. Hanoi, the capital, draws visitors from far and wide. My Son, a rustic historical town, still has a Cham-era temple from the 4th century. And Hoi An ooze an atmospheric city vibe.

    No matter where you land your feet, you’ll find incense from pagodas creating sacred bridges between you and the holy, exotic fruits in the markets enlivening your curiosity, and mountains that call for an adventure to hike and camp amid beautiful flora. So, if you’ve got Vietnam on your mind, gather your visa information and explore the city, now!

  • How to apply for a Vietnam visa?

    Vietnam is one of the prettiest countries in the world. The first step obtain a Vietnam visa is choosing the type of visa and determining whether you are eligible for it or not.

    • To apply for a Vietnam visa from India, you can check out their official site
    • You can download the visa application form and fill in your information
    • Carry the form with you to the Vietnam Visa Application Centre for submission
    • Once you have filled out your application, you can pay your visa application fee
    • Remember that you will have to pay the fee at the Vietnam Visa Application Centre in cash
  • How to track Vietnam visa application?

    Once you have submitted your visa application, you need to stay alert and informed regarding the progress of your application. You will receive an email and an SMS about your visa process.

    You can also track your visa application progress online by using the reference number mentioned on the invoice issued by the Vietnam Visa Application Centre.

  • Types of Vietnam Visa

    Vietnam is a great place if you are a budget traveller or someone seeking a balmy vacation. Before travelling to Vietnam, it is important to know the visa requirements based on the type of visa you choose. Vietnam has two major visa types - tourism and business. Their information is mentioned below.

    1. Tourist Visa
    2. Business Visa
    3. Visa on Arrival
    • Tourist Visa

      This type of visa permits the traveller to enter Vietnam for a recreational purpose or to visit family/friends. A tourist visa enables you to explore a country and learn about its culture and history.

      Documents Required

      • Valid passport
      • Fully completed visa application form
      • The passport should have at least 45 days' validity from the travel date
      • Passport size photograph with white background (size 4x6 cm)
      • A confirmed return flight ticket
      • Proof of hotel accommodation
      • Bank statement for the last 3 months

      Processing time for tourist visas

      The processing time for a ‘normal tourist visa’ from Delhi, India, is between 10 to 12 working days, and from other locations, it can take an additional day or two longer. Kindly note, that this is an indicative visa processing time. It can take less or more time depending on the application's complexity.

    • Business visa

      For this type of visa, a traveller is allowed to visit Vietnam for official purposes.

      Documents Required

      • Valid passport
      • Completed visa application form
      • The passport should have at least 45 days' validity from the travel date
      • Passport size photograph with white background (size 4x6 cm)
      • A confirmed return flight ticket
      • Proof of hotel accommodation
      • Bank statement for the last 3 months
      • Approval letter from the immigration office

      Processing time for business visa

      The processing time for a business visa from Delhi, India, is between 10 to 12 working days, and from other locations, it can take an additional day or two longer. Kindly note, that these is an indicative visa processing time. It can take less or more time depending on the application's complexity.

    • Visa on Arrival

      Visa on arrival is an alternative way to enter Vietnam. Here is how you can obtain your visa on arrival online.

      Once you complete your online application and pay the fees, you will receive an email confirming your approval letter within an hour to two business days. This depends on the type of visa and stay you’ve applied for.

      The copies of your approval letter will be forwarded to the Vietnam Immigration checkpoints at three of Vietnam’s international airports: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, or Da Nang. That way, the immigration office will have your documents ready to issue your visa without much hassle.

  • Vietnam visa extension and renewal

    If you want to extend your stay in Vietnam, make sure you do so before your visa expires. The completion of a visa extension may take up to a week to complete. You can apply for an extension or renewal at the Vietnam Immigration Department Office.

    You can extend your stay in Vietnam by either extending your visa or renewing it, but what is the difference between a visa extension and renewal? Scroll below to find out.

    • Visa extension

      An extension is basically increasing the duration of your stay beyond the intended number of days without having to exit the country and reapply for a visa. This is a good option as it is cheaper and more convenient than the renewal process.

      The only criteria to follow is that the duration of the extension has to be at least as long as your current visa. For example, you can get an extension for a month if you have a visa for one month (single or multiple entry) or three months (single or multiple entry).

      However, to request a three-month renewal, your current visa should have the validity of three months (single or multiple).

    • Visa renewal
      • This type of visa allows you a new visa stamp and sticker on your passport granting a new duration of your stay. On a renewed visa, your length of stay is for 3 months. Please note, that the cost of visa renewal is slightly higher than the cost of visa extension.
      • Visa renewal is for those individuals who enter Vietnam with a visa exemption
      • Your current visa does not meet the extension of stay requirement
      • If you want to upgrade your visa from 1 month to 3 months
      • If you want to upgrade your visa from single entry to multiple entry
  • FAQs

    What is the visa approval letter?

    The visa approval letter is granted by the Vietnam Department of Immigration. With the letter, a traveller can pick up a visa on arrival through one of the entry airports across Vietnam. The authority at the airport will verify your documents and approval letter. If your information is correct, there should be no problem entering the country.

    What should I do if my passport is nearing its expiry date?

    You need to immediately renew your passport to get a Vietnam visa since your passport must be valid for at least six months.

    Can I enter Vietnam without a visa approval letter and get a visa on arrival?

    No, to board the plane for Vietnam, you will need to show your approval letter. Only then will you be allowed to board.

    What should I do if I forgot to apply for a visa online?

    Travellers who forgot to apply for a visa online can apply for a visa on arrival at least 5 days prior to the date of travel.

    What is the length of my travel visa to Vietnam?

    The travel visa can last up to 30 days. The visa can be extended or renewed for longer.

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