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Vietnam Immigration Requirements

When handled by our expert staff, the sometimes daunting and complicated immigration process for your employees becomes a more efficient, hassle free process. Read on for a general overview of immigration requirements in Vietnam.

Two Main Requirements for Foreigners Working in Vietnam:

Labor Requirement: A Work Permit, issued by the labor department from the province employee will work. Provided by MOLISA (Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs).
Immigration Requirement: Visa or Temporary residence card issued by the immigration department. (Provided by Ministry of Public Security).

Entering & Working in Vietnam:

Multiple Entry Business Visa: Business visitors, International assignees and dependents will typically first enter Vietnam on this type of visa which is valid for 3 months.
Work Permit: Foreign nationals who intend to work and live in Vietnam beyond 90 days, such as international assignees or ones who have been locally hired, are required to obtain a work permit. There are several requirements to obtain a work permit (see next section) and Work Permit holders are still required to have a visa.
Business Visa Extension: Foreign employees holding a work permit valid for less than 1 year and dependents will be eligible for business visa extension (3, 6 or 12 months depending the length of the work permit).
Temporary Residence Card: Foreign employees holding a work permit valid for more than 1 year and up to 2 years and dependents will be eligible for temporary residence card. The temporary residence card replaces the business visa.

Note that each province of Vietnam may have different policies regarding the grant of temporary residence cards.

Main Conditions for Being Granted a Work Permit in Vietnam:

Educational or Job Experience Eligibility: Person has a university degree or equivalent or having an experience of minimum 5 years in a field related to the position to be taken in Vietnam. This can be a very complicated process and requires the most attention to detail and preparation prior to work permit submission in order to avoid complications.
Clean Medical Record: Recent Health Check and documentation from an International Clinic (normally in Vietnam) is required.
Clean Criminal Record: Police Report from home country required.
Age: Individual must be 18 years of age or above
Sponsoring Entity: Only a company registered in Vietnam may sponsor the work permit.

Vietnam visa online procedure


Step 1: Complete the secure online application form:

You have to fill out the exactly private information of the candidate.

Step 2: Confirmation and payment:

You should check again all personal information to make sure that is correct. If you need to use extra service, please select it (Airport Fast Track/Car Pick-Up).

It’s convenient to pay visa service fee for us via Credit/ Debit Card via Gate2Shop/PayPal or pay via Western Union.

Step 3: Collect approval letter and prepare the stamping fee when arrival:

Depend on how long you want to get Vietnam visa, we will send the approval letter for you on time. After 2 working days in normal case and 1 working day in urgent case with things you have to do:

• Get visa approval letter via email
• Print out the letter and the entry and exit form

• Fill out the entry and exit form
• Prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($45 for single entry; $65 for 1 multiple entry visa; $95 for 3 multiple entry visa).
• Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, and then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports

Step 4: Get your visa stamped upon arrival

When arrival in Vietnam International Airports (Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang Airport in Da Nang City and Noi Bai Airport in Ho Noi City), you have to give all things: passport, visa approval letter, 2 passport sized photos, the exit and entry form and stamping fee to the Immigration officer to get your visa stamped.

It’s best for you if you use our fast-track service to avoiding get line at the airport.

Which citizens is exempting for Vietnam visa?

Only citizens of certain countries can visit Vietnam without Vietnam entry visa. Those countries include:

Most citizens of ASEAN member countries (Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Lao, Philipines and Brunei) are no need Vietnam visa for visiting Vietnam within 30 days.

Citizens of Korea, Japan,Russia & Scandinavians (Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland passport holders) are no need Vietnam visa for visit Vietnam within 15 days.

All other citizens are required to get Vietnam entry visa before departure (Vietnam visa issued prior to departure by Vietnamese consulates or embassies) or a pre-approved Vietnam entry visa (visa is issued on arrival at Vietnam’s International Airports) supplied before arrival in Vietnam.

Who need visa to Vietnam ?
Only citizens of certain countries can visit Vietnam without Vietnam entry visa. Those countries include: most citizens of ASEAN countries are no need Vietnam visa for visit Vietnam within 30 days; citizens of Korea, Japan, Russia & Scandinavians (Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland passport holders) are no need Vietnam visa for visit Vietnam within 15 days. All other citizens are required to get Vietnam entry visa before departure (Vietnam visa issued prior to departure by Vietnamese consulates or embassies) or a pre-approved Vietnam entry visa (visa is issued on arrival at Vietnam’s International Airports) supplied before arrival in Vietnam.

Hereafter Vietnam Visa exemption information you should know:


No Vietnam entry visa required for travel less than 30 days: Citizens of Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Brunei and Laos.

No Vietnam entry visa required for travel less than 15 days: Citizens of Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

No visa required for travel less than 90 days or several visits within 6 months: Citizens of France holding valid diplomatic or official passports.

No Vietnam entry visa required for travel less than 60 days: Citizens of Chile holding valid diplomatic or official passports.

No Vietnam entry visa required for travel less than 60 days: APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) Holders from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies.

No Vietnam entry visa for traveling to Phu Quoc Island – Vietnam: Foreigners and Vietnamese nationals bearing foreign passports who enter Vietnam through an international border gate and then travel to Phu Quoc Island and stay in Phu Quoc less than 15 days will also be exempt from Vietnam visa application. Passports must be valid for at least 45 days. After arriving in Phu Quoc Island, if visitors want to travel other localities or stay in the island for more than 15 days, the immigration department will be responsible for issuing visas right on the spot.

No visa required for Vietnamese overseas less than 90days staying if holding Vietnam visa exemption certificate.

What are requirements for applying Vietnam visa?


Vietnam visa on arrival is created to offer the most convenient, simple conditions to overseas tourists and businessmen. The only requirement of us is checking the validity of your passport. It has to be valid at least in 6 months.

Except for checking you do not need to send us any documents. Just click the tab " Apply visa" to start to fill out personal information in the online form.

It is vey simple and easy, isn't it?

Click here for fill in the form or send us information as follow to info@vietnamimmigration.com

    - Fullname (as in passport)
    - Date of birth
    - Nationality
    - Passport Number
    - Proposed date of enter and exit Vietnam
    - Required single or multiple entries visa
    - Special request (if any)
Note :
We will process Vietnam visa upon arrival automatically if you don't have any special request.

Please remark us if you would like to get your visa stamp at Vietnam embassy which you want or at any check-in port by road or sea.

What does the term " approval letter" mean?

In order to get visa stamp at Vietnam airports, first of all you have to have approval letter. It is so important.

Approval letter is a special document which is issued by Vietnam Immigration Department in Vietnam. You are permitted to enter Vietnam completely legally with the approval letter.

Obtaining the approval letter means that your information and arrival have been approved and posted in the smart system in Vietnam Immigration Department and Vietnam International airports.

The purpose of visa on arrival is offering the convenience to foreigners wishing to enter Vietnam. So you just print off the approval letter in black and white copy to board the plane and get visa stamp at Vietnam airports. The officer there will check your information in the approval letter that is as same as in the smart system.

It is important to remember that you have to check carefully as receiving approval letter which we sent you via mail. If you find out the mistake on it you have to inform us immediately to correct it.

Normally the approval letter will be sent within 2 working days. However it also be sent in 6 or 4 hours eventually in 30 minutes according to your request.

Please click Send the visa form online to start to apply visa on arrival. After receiving your visa request, we will lodge your application in Vietnam Immigration Department right away.

Need a single or multiple entries visa?

We would like to inform you that Visa on arrival is available at the airport only. Therefore your visa must be picked up at Vietnam International Airports when you arrive.

Please consider our advice as below to decide single or multiple entries visa.

- A single entry visa allows you enter/ exit Vietnam only one time in the visa's valid period. It is also called visa with single use. Once your single entry visa is used, you can not enter again Vietnam with this used visa. You must apply a new one if you wish to come back Vietnam again.

- A multiple entries visa allows you enter / exit Vietnam many times as long as your visa still valid. Your multiple entries visa must be picked at the Vietnam airport in the first entry. Once the multiple etry visa stamp is available on your passport, you can enter or exit Vietnam whenever you want in any Vietnam International airports.

Anybody can apply visa to Vietnam with Vietnam tourist visa or Vietnam Business visa. The purpose to enter Vietnam is not important. With the business visa you can travel Vietnam normally.

In conclusion, we go suggest that you should make a travelling plan carefully before applying visa on arrival.

Where shall I get Vietnam visa stamp?

You can get Vietnam visa stamp at:

Vietnam Embassy in your living country: You can get visa directly at Vietnam Embassy by yourself or by our Visa in Embassy service.

Vietnam International Airports: You can get visa stamp at Hochiminh airport, Hanoi airport and Danang airport with visa on arrival.

To get visa stamp at Vietnam International Airport, you have to obtain Vietnam approval letter (pre-approval letter) which is issued by Vietnam Immigration Department.

Arriving Vietnam International airport, in transfer hall you will see " Landing Visa" Counter. It is on the right hand in Immigration area. You will show all documents which you prepared at home in order for officer to check your information in the system. Then you will pay stamping fee and get back your passport with stamped visa.

Documents that you should prepare at home are below:


- Approval letter: Please download, check your information on it then print off right away.

- Stamping fee in cash: 45 USD for single entry , 65 USD for one month multiple entry (less than 30 days), or 95 USD for 3 month multiple entry.

- 2 passport photos size 4cm by 6cm. The smaller or bigger ones are accepted

- Enter and Exit Vietnam application: You can fill it at home or at Vietnam airport in "Landing visa" counter

How Vietnam visa on arrival works?

In order to offer the convenience for our clients using Visa on arrival, we are please to summary the processing into 3 main steps:

Step 1 - Fill out personal information & Settle payment

- You are required to provide the personal information of the applicant(s) exactly such as the full name, date of birth, passport number, nationality, the date of arrival, and Vietnam visa type.
- Please double check all of information to make sure that it is correct.
- You can make payment with your credit/debit card via Gate 2 Shop/PayPal or via Western Union.
- The confirmation will be sent you right away to inform which date you will get visa approval letter.

Step 2 - Get Visa Approval letter

- Please download the approval letter and Entry form to check your personal information and the arrival date on it.
- Please print out the attached files and bring that along with 2 copies of your picture and some cash (45 USD/person for single entry or 95 USD/person for one month multiple entry).
- Please put all above mentioned things along with your passport, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam airport.

Step 3 - Get visa stamp

- At Vietnam airport please show all things (passport, approval letter, 2 passport photos and entry and exist form) which you prepare to an officer at Landing visa counter.
- While waiting for the officer paste visa stamp on your passport, please pay stamping fee in cash. Note that you should prepare stamping fee in USD currency to avoid troubles at Vietnam airports.
- Receiving back your passport, please check again the information on visa and take the receipt.

4 Steps to get Vietnam Visa On Arrival

 Fill out the secure form for visa to Vietnam online application

Providing the personal information of the applicant(s) exactly. It includes your full name, date of birth, passport number, nationality, the date of arrival, type of Visa.

Confirm and pay the service fee

 - Please double check all information to make sure that it is correct. Select additional services: airport fast check in or car pick up.
 - Making payment with your credit/debit card via Gate 2Shop/PayPal or pay via Western Union.
 - Receiving the confirmation informing the date which approval letter will be sent on via email.

(Get visa pre - approval letter after 30 minutes - 4hours if you are in super urgent case
Get visa pre - approval letter after 6 - 8 hours if you are in urgent case
And in normal case, you will get visa pre - approval letter after 2 working days.)

Getting visa pre-approval letter and preparing at the airport
 - Checking your mailbox to know you have already got the visa approval letter or not
 - Double checking your personal information, enter and exit dates in the approval letter. If you find out the mistakes please inform us immediately
 - Printing out the attached files and bring along with 2 copies of your passport picture and stamping fee in cash(45 USD/person for single entry, or 65 USD/person for one month multiple entry)
 - Putting all above mentioned things along with your passport and showing them to Immigration officer at Vietnam airport

Getting the visa stamp at the airport

 - Paying stamping fee to Immigration Officer at "Landing visa" Counter.
 - Checking the information in visa stamp such as valid date, expiry date as well as the receipt of payment

Can I get Vietnam visa within same day ?


The only way to get a same-dayvisa to Vietnam is to pick up the visa upon arriving at a Vietnam international airports. We will send the approval letter to you within 12 business hours after receiving your final confirmation for a rush visa to Vietnam. Please inform us if you you would like to get the approval letter for a Vietnam visa on the same day. We charge an additional US$10 for rush service.

If you would like to obtain a same-day Vietnam visa, please click Send visa form online. Please email us to info@vietnamimmigration.com or call to inform us that you wish to obtain a same-day pre-approval letter: +84 962 655 556 or +84 966 56 99 56
For a pre-approval letter with a code for visa upon arrival on the same day, we will charge you US$15 more for express service (from Monday to Friday)
Note :
– If you would like to get a rush visa to Vietnam on Saturday or Sunday, the service fee will be US$21 or more (excludes a stamp fee for a 1-month single entry visa)

– For urgent cases please email to info@vietnamimmigration.com then call to make sure the email will be treated as urgent case +84 962 655 556 or +84 966 56 99 56

Is Vietnam Visa on arrival legimated

Landing Vietnam visa (or Vietnam visa on arrival) is most likely the legally easiest way to obtain your visa to Vietnam. Instead of applying visa through Vietnam Embassy, all you need to do now is just to send us details of your passport and flight. Within 2 working days, or in urgent case, 4 working hours after receiving your request, we will send you ”Visa Approval letter” via email for picking up visa upon arrival at any international airports in Vietnam (Tan Son Nhat, Noi Bai or Da Nang).

Is the “Vietnam visa on arrival” legitimate?

Yes, it is. It is issued by Vietnam Immigration department and recognized as a legal document by the Vietnamese government. The IATA (International Air Traffic Association) has recognized Vietnam visa on arrival. Check out the visa information sections on the following airline websites: Sky team, Oneworld and Star Alliance.

“Vietnam visa on arrival” is stated in the Immigration Laws of Vietnam Article 24, 1999, clause #6, Chapter II.

Other governments also recognize Vietnam visa on arrival as a legitimate travel document, such as the U.S. Department of State& the British Embassy in Hanoi:

“In order to enter Vietnam, you will need a valid passport with at least six months validity remaining and a Vietnamese visa, a visa exemption document, or a written approval letter for a visa upon arrival. To obtain a written approval letter to enter, you must contact a travel agency prior to departure.”

 Why Vietnam visa on arrival is preferred?

Obviously you can apply Vietnam visa directly at Vietnam Embassy. However, in case there is no Vietnam Embassy or Consulate in your country, or you just want to make Vietnam as one part of a multi-destination trip, we recommend Vietnam visa upon arrival as your best option since it saves a lot of time and money.

What is a ‘Visa on Arrival ?

This is most likely the easiest way to obtain your visa without having to chase down embassies, consulates and the like prior to your trip. The entry visa will be stamped on your passport at the Visa On Arrival Desk at the International Airport in Vietnam. Then you can pass through the Immigration checking point. With this type of visa, you only can enter the country by air.

How to get a Visa on Arrival?

We get a visa on arrival Approval letter for you from the Vietnam Immigration Department. After obtaining the approval letter, we will forward you a copy by fax or email. Copies of the same document will be forwarded on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration checkpoints at International Airports only, so when you arrive in Viet Nam, the Immigration officers will have those documents on hand and will be able to issue your entry visa at once. Please remember to bring at least 02 photos of passport regulation size (2in x 2in or 4cm x 6cm) and cash (US dollars) for the stamping fees

Visa Exemption for Vietnamese People Residing Abroad

More than 3.2 million Vietnamese are currently living and working in more than 100 countries and territories in the world. Regardless of where they currently reside, all the sons and daughters of the Vietnamese nation long to one day return to their motherland to reunite with family, friends and loved ones. In understanding the Vietnamese community abroad as inseparable sections of the Vietnamese nation, Resolution 36-NQ/TW of the CPV Politburo on overseas Vietnamese affairs was proposed “to create favorable conditions for overseas Vietnamese to come back, visit their homeland and relatives, and worship their ancestors”.

In carrying out Resolution 36-NQ/TW, during his official visit to the United States of America, President Nguyen Minh Triet, at a meeting with overseas Vietnamese, announced Decision No. 135/2007/QĐ-TTg, the Regulations on Visa Exemption for Vietnamese People Residing Abroad. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signed Decision No. 135/2007/QĐ-TTg on 17/08/2007.

For all Vietnamese residing abroad to clearly understand the new policy and to also assist them with the application process, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has provided on-line access to valuable up-to-date information. For all Vietnamese people residing overseas, we at www.vietnamimmigration.com are pleased to provide you with a link to The Ministry of Foreign Affairs office. All information is provided in both Vietnamese and English languages’. Please go to: http://www.thutucvisa.com/2014/02/mien-visa-thi-thuc-vao-viet-nam-cho.html

Why choosing Vietnam visa online?

In Vietnam, visa-on-arrival started in 2003 and as of 2011 it is the predominant way tourists from Australia, North America and Europe come into Vietnam. As Vietnam opens its economic and travelling door, the number of arrivals is on a sharp increase, every time it is counted. Following the rise in the number of international visitors, visa-on-arrival service has grown accordingly to meet the demand. Pioneering this trend is the international renowned service. Please find below information to see if getting visa upon arrival at the airport good for you or not

1. Simple procedure

Vietnam visa on arrival is rather simple, just visit the website www.vietnamimmigration.com to fill online form then click submit to complete the payment by credit cards or Paypal. It takes couples of minutes to fill in the Vietnam visa application form. Within 24hours after pay, you will get approved letter from Vietnamese government allow you pick up your visa upon arrival at Vietnam international airports, just print the approved letter to show for boarding & get visa stamped on your passport when you arrive.

If you plan to travel to Vietnam by land, you must obtain the type of Vietnamese visa that adheres to the passport, please contact directly at Vietnamese embassy/consulate to get this type of visa if travelling by land to Vietnam.

2. Save your time


Instead of going to the embassy/consulate & waiting some days to get your visa, you now can apply online at www.vietnamimmigration.com for pick up visa upon arrival at Vietnam international airports within 24hours after pay. Even in urgent cases, your Vietnam visa can be done within one working day. Sometimes, the embassy/consulate in your country close for public holiday in your country but in Vietnam we still open, of course you can get your visa easy even public holiday in your country

3. Apply anytime & anywhere with computer/laptop connected internet


For those who are living far away from Vietnam Embassy/Consulate, Vietnam visa on arrival is the best choice. Even when you are on your holiday in other countries, you can easily apply for Vietnam visa on arrival online at the website www.vietnamimmigration.com It takes couples of minutes to fill in the Vietnam visa application form. Within 24hours after pay, you will get approved letter from Vietnamese government allow you pick up your visa upon arrival at Vietnam international airports, just print the approved letter to show for boarding & get visa stamped on your passport when you arrive.

For more information please email to info@vietnamimmigration.com

Entry and exit requirements for travelers to Vietnam

In order to enter Vietnam, you will need a valid passport with at least six months validity remaining and a Vietnamese visa, a visa exemption document, or a written approval letter for a visa upon arrival. You may obtain a visa or a visa exemption document from a Vietnamese embassy or consulate prior to traveling to Vietnam. To obtain a written approval letter to enter, you must contact a travel agency prior to departure. U.S. citizens have reported unscrupulous travel agencies taking advantage of.

If you arrive without an appropriate Vietnamese visa, exemption document, or written approval for a visa upon arrival, you will not be permitted to enter and will be subject to immediate deportation. Vietnamese visas are usually valid for only one entry, unless the traveler specifically requests a multiple-entry visa, for which there may be an increased fee. If you are planning to leave Vietnam and re-enter from another country, be sure that your visa is multiple entry. If it is only single entry, you will have to obtain another visa prior to returning to Vietnam.

Please be aware that there are two fees for those want to pick up visa upon arrival at Vietnam airport : 1) the stamp fee visa at the airport and 2) the visa processing fee also call service fee Pay to the agent arrange the visa.

If you plan to travel to Vietnam by land, you must obtain the type of Vietnamese visa that adheres to the passport, please contact directly at Vietnamese embassy/consulate to get this type of visa if travelling by land to Vietnam.

Even if you have a valid visa, you may be refused entry to Vietnam. We caution you that Vietnamese immigration regulations require foreigners entering Vietnam to undertake only the activity for which their visas were issued. If you change the purpose of your visit, you must get permission to do so in advance from the appropriate Vietnamese authority.

If your passport is lost or stolen in Vietnam, you must obtain both a replacement passport and a replacement Vietnamese visa. If you have an emergency, please contact your Embassy and Consulate General can issue you a limited validity replacement passport in as little as one day; however, the Vietnamese government requires three to five working days, in addition to the day of application, to issue a replacement visa.

Custom policy for Luggage of people on entry Vietnam

Declaration procedures

    The people on entry shall compare their accompanied luggage with duty-free luggage quotas specified by Vietnam before their customs declaration. If people on entry do not have accompanied luggage, which exceeds the duty-free quotas, or which is delivered before or after their trip, they shall not have to make customs procedures on Vietnam’s exit/ entry declaration forms.
    People on entry carry luggage, which exceeds the duty-free quotas, they shall have to make customs procedures on Vietnam’s exit/ entry declaration forms. The excess volume shall be considered import goods, which must comply with law provisions on import goods and duty and tax legislation. People on entry may select articles to pay duty and tax thereon if the accompanied luggage contains several articles.
    In cases where the excess volume of the duty-free luggage quotas of people on entry must be taxed, but the total payable duty amount is under VND 50,000 (fifty thousand), such volume shall also be exempt from duty and tax.
    People on multiple entry due to the nature of their jobs shall not be entitled to enjoy the duty-free luggage quotas for each time of entry for the articles prescribed at Items 1, 2, 3 and 5 in the Appendix to this Decree, but enjoy the duty-free quotas every 90 (ninety) days (People on multiple entry due to the nature of their jobs are the drivers of airplanes, trains, sea-going ships, crew on these international vehicles; and car drivers and Vietnamese laborers working in neighbor countries which share common land borders with Vietnam).

Provisions on luggage

    Luggage of people on entry means things essential for their daily needs or trips, including accompanied luggage, unaccompanied luggage sent before or after their trips.
    The time limit for receiving unaccompanied luggage of people on entry shall not exceed 30 (thirty) days as from the date the luggage arrives at the border gates.
    People on exit or entry may deposit their luggage at the border-gate customs warehouses and reclaim them when they are on entry or exit. The luggage deposit time limit shall not exceed 180 (one hundred and eighty) days as from the date the luggage is deposited at the customs warehouses.
    In the luggage deposit duration, if people on exit and entry make written documents to abandon their deposited luggage, or, if, past the luggage deposit time limit, they fail to reclaim them, the chief of the border-gate customs sub-departments shall organize the liquidation or destruction thereof according to law provisions in cases where such luggage has decayed. The proceeds from the goods liquidation shall be remitted into the State budget after subtracting the arising expenses from preservation and liquidation of the goods according to law provisions.

The duty-free luggage quotas for people on entry

The duty-free luggage quotas for each person on entry are stipulated for each time of entry, not to aggregate the duty-free quotas of several people on entry for settling the duty exemption for a person on entry, except for the accompanied luggage of members of a family on the same trip.

For each item of goods to the quotas are stipulated as follows

    For liquor: if people on entry carry the complete bottle, pot, jar or can (hereafter referred collectively to as bottle) with a volume of not more than 01 (one) liter in excess of the prescribed quota, the whole bottle shall be exempt from duty; if the volume exceeds the above-said limit, they must pay tax on the excess volume according to law provisions.
    For cigarettes and cigars: people on entry may carry them only within the duty-free quotas; if they carry them in excess of the duty-free quotas, the excess quantity must be deposited at the border-gate customs warehouses and reclaimed within the given time limit.
    For clothes, belongings and other articles in service of their daily-life needs: people on entry may carry them with reasonable quantity and types suitable to their trips’ purposes.

Duty-free luggage quotas for people on entry at the Vietnamese border gates
Ordinal
Number
Belongings and Items
Quotas
Notes
1
Liquor and alcoholic drinks:- Liquor of 22% proof or higher- Liquor of under 22% proof- Alcoholic drinks, beer1.5 liters2.0 liters3.0 litersUnder-18 people shall not be entitled to enjoy these quotas.
2
Cigarettes:- Rolled cigarettes- Cigars- Shredded tobacco400 cigarettes100 cigars50 gramsUnder-18 people shall not be entitled to enjoy these quotas.
3
Tea, coffee:- Tea- Coffee5 kg3 kgUnder-18 people shall not be entitled to enjoy these quotas.
4
Clothes, personal belongingsWith reasonable quantity in service of the trip’s purpose
5
Articles other than those mentioned at Items 1, 2, 3 and 4 in this Appendix (not included in the list of goods banned from import or subject to conditional import).Total value not exceeding VND 5,000,000 (five million)

Luggage of people on exit

The luggage of people on exit shall not be restricted, except for the articles on the list of goods banned from export or subject to conditional export according to law provisions.

References

Circular No. 113/2005/TT-BTC of the Ministry of Finance of December 15, 2005 guiding the implementation of the Law on Import Tax and Export Tax.

Who need visa to Vietnam ?

Only citizens of certain countries can visit Vietnam without Vietnam entry visa. Those countries include: most citizens of ASEAN countries are no need Vietnam visa for visit Vietnam from 15days to 30 days; citizens of Korea, Japan & Scandinavians (Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland passport holders) are no need Vietnam visa for visit Vietnam within 15 days. All other citizens are required to get Vietnam entry visa before departure (Vietnam visa issued prior to departure by Vietnamese consulates or embassies) or a pre-approved Vietnam entry visa (visa is issued on arrival at Vietnam’s International Airports) supplied before arrival in Vietnam

Hereafter Vietnam Visa exemption information you should know :

 - No Vietnam entry visa required for travel less than 30 days: Citizens of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Laos; Philippines passport holders are no need visa for 21 days; Brunei passport holders are not required visa to Vietnamn for 15 days.
 - No Vietnam entry visa required for travel less than 15 days: Citizens of Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland
 - No visa required for travel less than 90 days or several visits within 6 months: Citizens of France holding valid diplomatic or official passports.
 - No Vietnam entry visa required for travel less than 60 days: Citizens of Chile holding valid diplomatic or official passports.
 - No Vietnam entry visa required for travel less than 60 days: APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) Holders from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies
 - No Vietnam entry visa for traveling to Phu Quoc Island – Vietnam : Foreigners and Vietnamese nationals bearing foreign passports who enter Vietnam through an international border gate and then travel to Phu Quoc Island and stay in Phu Quoc less than 15 days will also be exempt from Vietnam visa application. Passports must be valid for at least 45 days. After arriving in Phu Quoc Island, if visitors want to travel other localities or stay in the island for more than 15 days, the immigration department will be responsible for issuing visas right on the spot.
 - No visa required for Vietnamese overseas less than 90days staying if holding Vietnam visa exemption certificate.

That’s some information on Vietnam exemption we would inform you know.

Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Vietnam Visa on arrival or pre-arranged visa has been online for almost 6 years, and it increasingly becomes the most convenient way to get a visa to Vietnam as everything has been made simple from the procedure to payment methods.

You now can get your visa to Vietnam in couple of minutes with your Internet Connected computers or Wifi Enabled Mobile phones.

What is a ‘Visa on Arrival ?’

This seems to be the easiest way to get your visa if you want to avoid the complicated procedures and bureaucracy. The entry visa will be stamped on your passport as you pass through our immigration checkpoint. This kind of visa is available for entering the country by air only.

Comments from other travelers

"I arrived in Hanoi from Phnom Penh in November and passed through the immigration process before my luggage appeared on the carousal." posted on Thorn Tree Forum

"This weekend I went on a trip to Vietnam.  I really enjoyed the trip but one thing I did find hard to get information on was the visa application process. Therefore I thought I would do a write up here of my experience." by Daniel Vaughan

"The actual procedure is very quick only one form to fill in at the desk it will take a matter of minutes, all the questions are standard, such as Name, passport number, address in Vietnam. exactly the same as you have filled out on the arrival card given out on the aircraft.

"I did it a couple of times and it was pretty hassle-free and fast. If I remember correctly, the immigration dude filled out the form for me and then accompanied me through immigration (not sure that is SOP though)."

Types of visa to Vietnam

Vietnam Tourist visa: (short staying time) It's what you need to enter Vietnam! Available one-month single-entry visa (stay in Vietnam maximum one month). Tourist visa may be extended one time for 30 days after your Visa arrival in Vietnam. If you plan to spend more than one month in Vietnam, or if you plan to exit Vietnam and re-enter from Cambodia, Laos or China, you will need a one-month or three-month multiple-entry visa with the approval from local agents.

Vietnam Business Visa: Business visa is usually valid for three or six months, allow single entry or multiple entries and the right to work. Getting a business visa has now become cheap and easy, although prices are about double those of a tourist visa. It is generally easier to apply for a business visa once in Vietnam, after having arrived on a tourist visa.

Student visas: A student visa is usually arranged after your arrival. It's acceptable to enter Vietnam on a tourist visa, enrol in a Vietnamese language course and then apply at the immigration police for a change in status. In reality, the easiest way to do it is to contact a travel company and have them help you make the application.

Visa Extensions: If you've got the dollars, they've got the rubber stamp. Tourist-visa extensions cost as little US$10, but it is easier to pay more and sort this out through a travel agency. Getting the stamp yourself can be a bureaucratic nightmare. The procedure takes two or three days and you can only extend one time for 30 days. In theory you should be able to extend your visa in any provincial capital. In practice it goes smoothest in major cities, such as HCMC, Hanoi, Danang and Hue, which cater to mass tourism.

Re-Entry Visas: It's possible to enter Cambodia, Laos or any other country from Vietnam and then re- enter without having to apply for another visa. However, you must apply for a re-entry visa before you leave Vietnam. If you do not have a re-entry visa, you will have to go through the whole Vietnamese visa nonsense again. Re-entry visas are easiest to arrange in Hanoi or HCMC, but you will almost certainly have to ask a travel agent to do the paperwork for you. Travel agents charge about US$25 for this service and can complete the procedure in a day or two.

Vietnam to waive visa for Russian visitors

Russian nationals will be exempted from visa when entering Vietnam within 15 days from January 1, 2009, according to a decision of the Vietnamese Prime Minister.

The fresh decision will apply to Russian ordinary passport holders regardless of the purpose of their visit.

In 2007, over 60,000 Russian visitors toured Vietnam, and the number is forecast to reach 70,000 this year, the National Administration for Tourism said.

At present, in addition to daily non-stop flights linking Russia and Vietnam, travel companies charter flights to Vietnam once or twice a week.

Visa Exemption Agreements between Vietnam and other countries

Vietnam has signed agreements on Vietnam visa exemption with 55 countries (56 agreements), of which 54 agreements has entered into effect while 2 agreements has not been in force. The Exemption of visa includes exemption of visa for entry, exit and transit. The duration of stay subject to visa exemption begins from the date of entry.

Besides, Vietnam has unilaterally exempt visa for the following people

1. Officials  and  staff  of  ASEAN  Secretariat are  exempted  from  visa  by Vietnam with the stay  duration not exceeding 30 days, whether they bear any passports.

(Circular No.04/2002/TTLT/BCA-BNG dated January 29, 2002 guiding the implementation of Decree No.21/2001/NĐ-CP dated May 28, 2001 on concrete provisions for implementing the Ordinance of entry, exit  and  residence of foreigners in Vietnam.)

2. Since July 1, 2004, citizens of Japan and citizens of the Republic of Korea, whether they bear any passports have been exempted from visa for entry into or exit from Vietnam, with the stay duration not exceeding 15 days, provided that the following conditions are satisfied:

 - They bear appropriate passports issued by competent authorities of Japan or the Republic of Korea and still valid for up to 3 months from the date of their entry;
 - They have tickets for boarding transportation means to return or travel to another country;
 - They are not in the list of persons not permitted to enter Vietnam.

(In fact, it is mainly granted to bearers of ordinary passports because Japan and the Republic of Korea already entered into agreement with Vietnam on exemption of visa for bearers of diplomatic passports or official passports.)

(Decision No. 09/2004/QĐ-BNG dated June 30, 2004 by the Minister of Foreign Affairs promulgating  Temporary  Regulations on exemption of visa for citizens of Japan and citizens of the Republic of Korea.)

3. Since May 1,  2005, citizens  of  Denmark, Norway, Finland and  Sweden, whether they bear any  passports and their entry is for any purposes, have been exempted  from visa upon their  entry into or exit from  Vietnam with the stay duration not exceeding 15 days, provided that the following conditions are satisfied:

 - They bear appropriate passports issued by competent authorities of the country of which they are citizens and their passports are still valid for up to 3 months from the date of their entry;
 - They have tickets for boarding transportation means to return or travel to another country;
 - They are not in the list of persons not permitted to enter Vietnam.

(Decision No. 808/2005/QĐ-BNG dated April 13, 2005 by the Minister of Foreign Affairs promulgating Regulations  on exemption of visa for citizens of Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden.)

4. Since January 1, 2009, citizens of Russia, whether they bear any passports and their entry is for any purposes, have been exempted from visa upon their entry into or exit from Vietnam with the stay duration not exceeding 15 days, provided that the following conditions are satisfied:

 - They bear appropriate passports issued by competent authorities of the country of which they are citizens and their passports are still valid for up to 3 months from the date of their entry;
 - They have tickets for boarding transportation means to return or travel to another country;
 - They are not in the list of persons not permitted to enter Vietnam.

(Decision No. 3207/2008/QĐ-BNG dated December 10, 2008 by the Minister of Foreign Affairs promulgating Regulations on exemption of visa for citizens of the Federation of Russia bearing ordinary passports./.)

Mistake when applying for a visa arrival to Vietnam

Many people can take mistakes in applying for a visa arrival to Vietnam: We have listed here a few mistakes that travelers may usually make to help you avoid the same things when you apply for a visa on arrival to Vietnam.

1 - No visa on arrival without applying online: many people believe that they can get a visa directly at Vietnam airport without applying online. That is wrong, you cannot until the visa is approved. So, you will need to apply online for an approval letter in order to pick up your visa at Vietnam airport.

2 - Visa on arrival at the border: Visa on arrival works for air travel only. So, if you do not enter Vietnam by air, just make sure you have the visa in advance.

3 - Spelling/Typo mistakes: Many travelers fill in the Application form with wrong detail as: full name on passport, passport number or date of birth. Normally, many people think it is not important but in some cases, your application can be refused by the airline at the departure airport. So, make sure that you entered everything correctly and carefully.

4 - Arrival date: Many people think that the visa validity will start from the date they enter Vietnam, not from the date they provide, however, it is not. The visa validity will commence from the date you provide in advance, not from the date you will enter the country. So, just make sure that you make a clear plan of when to enter before ordering a visa to Vietnam.

5 - Visa extension: many travellers think that it is easy to extend a visa once they are in Vietnam, however, in fact, it is not that easy, and extending a visa may be a costly and time consuming process. So, if possible, just apply for a 3 month visa in advance instead of a 1 month one to save money on visa extension.

If you have any questions, please contact us: info@vietnamimmigration.com

Visa procedure and customs information

VIETNAM VISA PROCEDURE

Most visitors to Vietnam need a visa to enter the country. Visas are exempted for the citizens of the countries, which have signed a bilateral or unilateral visa exemption agreement with Vietnam, tourist visa may be valid for 15 to 30 days.

Tourist visa can only be obtained in Vietnam embassy, consulates abroad. Otherwise, you can get a visa at the border gates if you are invitees of some Vietnamese competent organs or you are travelling on a package tour organized by Vietnamese travel companies. To apply for a visa, the requirements are as follows:

 - Entry permit form (which can vary from one Vietnamese embassies or consulate abroad to another) - There are two categories of this form: for foreigners and for Vietnamese overseas.
 - Two photos (4cmx6cm or 3cmx4cm)
 - Original passport
 - Visa fee.

You should send your application and photos to a Vietnamese embassy or consulate abroad, which is most convenient to you. On your requirement, the reply will be returned by post (you must provide stamped envelopes with your name and address).

It is easier to get your visa from a Vietnamese travel agency. The nehossary information to the travel agency include:

 - Full name
 - Birthday and place of birth
 - Nationality
 - Job
 - Number of your passport
 - Entry and exit dates
 - Country you plan to receive your entry visa from the Vietnamese embassies or consulates

Vietnamese overseas are required to provide more information:

 - Year and reason to leave Vietnam
 - Leave Vietnam by means
 - Full names and addresses of relations in Vietnam

Visa exemption:

By February 06, 2009, Vietnam inked 56 visa exemption agreements and treaties with 55 countries, 54 of them have come into effect. The following is the List of visa exemption agreements between Vietnam and other countries.

OrderCountryDate of entry into forceCategories of passports covered
1Argentina13/11/1999Diplomatic passports, official passports
2Albania1/10/1956Diplomatic Passports, Official passports, Group Passports for official mission
3Algeria02/01/1995Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
4Afghanistan26/2/1988Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
5Bangladesh10/7/1999Diplomatic Passports, Official passports for Vietnamese citizens
Diplomatic Passports, International Passports with "official" seal for Bangladesh citizens
6Belarus24/11/1993Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
7Brazil12/2/2005Diplomatic passports
8Brunei1/11/1997Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
9Bulgaria1/6/1966Diplomatic Passports, Official passports; Group Passports or Ordinary Passports for official mission
10Cambodia30/11/1979Diplomatic and Official passports; Diplomatic and Official Lassez-passezs
11Chile25/6/2005Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
12China15/3/1992Diplomatic Passports, Official passports, Ordinary Passports for official mission
13CubaCurrently in forceDiplomatic Passports, Official passports, Ordinary Passports for official mission, Seaman’s Passports for Vietnamese citizens
Diplomatic Passports, Official passports, Service Passports or Maritime Passports for Cuban citizens
14Czech13/2/2000Diplomatic passports, Official passports
15Dominica29/9/2007Diplomatic passports, Official passports
16Ecuador29/9/2007Diplomatic passports, Official passports
17France1/7/2005Diplomatic passports
18Hungary1/8/1993Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
19India23/3/1995Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
20Indonesia19/9/1998
4/12/2003
Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
Ordinary Passports with valid periods of at least 6 months
21Iran1/6/1994Diplomatic passports
22Iraq1/12/2001Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
23Japan1/5/2005Diplomatic passports, Official passports
24KyrgyzstanCurrently in forceDiplomatic passports, Official passports, Ordinary Passports for official mission
25Laos17/7/1977
05/3/2004
Diplomatic Passports, Official passports, Ordinary Passports for official mission,
Ordinary Passports with valid periods of at least 6 months
26Malaysia25/11/2001Diplomatic passports, Official passports, Ordinary Passports
27Mexico4/2/2002Diplomatic passports, Official passports
28Moldova23/5/2003Diplomatic passports, Official passports
29Mongolia6/2/2000Diplomatic passports, Official passports
30Montenegro1/9/2000Diplomatic passports, Official passports, Special passports
31Morocco19/12/2004Diplomatic passports, Official passports, Special passports
32Mozambique9/2/2009Diplomatic passports, Official passports
33Myanmar11/8/1998Diplomatic passports, Official passports
34NicaraguaCurrently in forceDiplomatic passports, Official or Service passports
35Pakistan2/3/2007Diplomatic passports, Official passports
36Panama4/11/2002Diplomatic passports, Official passports for Vietnamese citizens
Diplomatic passports, Official passports, Special Passports, Consular passports
37Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea
01/10/1956
01/4/1966
Diplomatic Passports, Official passports; Group Passports for official mission
Ordinary Passports for official mission
38Peru2/6/2006Diplomatic passports, Official passports for Vietnamese citizens
Diplomatic passports, Special passports for Peruvian citizens
39Philippines19/02/1997
16/2/1999



1/4/2000
Diplomatic passports
Official Passports, Holders of Ordinary Passports having an invitation to join ASEAN activities organized by ASEAN Secretariat or Governmental agencies
Ordinary Passports with valid periods of at least 6 months, together with return air tickets or air tickets for leaving the country
40Paraguay26/10/2008Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
41Romania1/12/1956Diplomatic Passports, Official passports; Group Passports or Ordinary Passports for official mission
42Russia20/2/1994Diplomatic passports, Official passports
43Serbia1/9/2000Diplomatic passports, Official passports
44Singapore10/5/1997
01/12/2003
Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
Ordinary Passports with valid periods of at least 6 months, together with return air tickets or air tickets for leaving the country
45Slovakia10/8/1992Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
46South Africa23/6/2007Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
47Republic of Korea13/1/1999Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
48Sri Lanka19/9/2003Diplomatic passports, Official passports
49Thailand10/5/1997
9/7/2000
Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
Ordinary Passports
50Tunisia20/1/2009Diplomatic Passports, Special passports
51Turkey1/10/1998Diplomatic Passports
52Ukraine6/12/1993Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
53Uruguay15/6/2008Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
54Venezuela17/11/2006Diplomatic Passports, Official passports

CUSTOMS 

Customs procedures in Vietnam are quick and simple. To enter and exit Vietnam, visitors are required to fulfill the arrival - departure declaration.

Customs Information

1.- Passengers are given duty free allowance for not more than 1.5 liters of liquor with above 22 degrees of concentration of alcohol and two liters of liquor below 22 degrees of concentration of alcohol; 400 cigarettes; 100 cigars; 500 gram of raw tobacco.

   - Other items which are allowed in accompanying baggage are duty free with value not over VND 5,000,000.

   - Passengers bringing goods exceeding the amount as above stated are required to fill in the declaration form No. HQ/2002-PMD and pay duty(ies) according to Vietnamese laws. 

2. Passengers whose goods are not subject to customs declaration on page 4, 5 (For customs declaration) do not have to declare. 

CURRENCY

Vietnamese đồng (VND) is the official currency in Vietnam.

- Paper notes include: VND 500,000; 200,000; 100,000; 50,000; 20,000; 10,000; 5,000; 2,000; 1,000; 500; 200 and 100. Coins include VND 5,000; 2,000; 1,000; 500 and 200.

Cheques with value as Vietnamese đồng include: VND 1,000,000 and 500,000.

- Foreign currencies and tourist cheques can be exchanged into Vietnamese đồng at banks or foreign exchange agencies.

 - Credit cards are popularly used, especially in cities and big tourist centers.

Vietnamese đồng can be changed into foreign currencies at the airport

Getting Vietnam visa in Laos

How to get a Vietnamese visa from Vientiane, Laos.

1. Visit Vietnamese embassy in Vientiane, Laos
 - It is pretty easy to get a Vietnamese visa in Vientiane, Laos through Vietnamese embassy. As many comments from travelers, the Vietnam embassy in Vientiane is pretty good. However, the fee is quite expensive, the price is around USD 50(~477,455 Lao Kip), and it may take 3 days to process.

- Address: Thatluang Rd., Vientiane, LAO PDR
- Phone: (856) 2141 3409; 2141 3409; 2141 4602;
- Consular Section:2141 3400
- Fax (856) 2141 3379; 2141 4601
- Email dsqvn@laotel.com & lao.dsqvn@mofa.gov.vn

You can also get visa to Vietnam through travel agencies, and the price is much cheaper ranging from 25-65 USD. Note: Currency exchange rate Monday, December 24, 2007: 1 US Dollar = 9,549.10 Lao Kip (LAK)

2. Getting visa on arrival from Laos
If you travel to Vietnam by air from Laos, visa on arrival is also a convenient method to get your Vietnamese visa online. Our service fee is 25$ US/person and take 2 working days to get it approved.

Vietnam visa in Bangkok

Getting Vietnam visa in Bangkok, Thailand

How to get a Vietnamese visa from Bangkok, Thailand.

1. Visit Vietnamese embassy in Bang Kok
83/1 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
+ Tel. 66 (0) 2 251 5836-8
+ Fax. 66 (0) 2 251 7203
E-mail: vnemb.th@mofa.gov.vn
Office hours: Monday – Friday: 08.00-11.30 Hrs. and 13.30-16.30 Hrs.

You are required to provide 1-2 passport size photos and the cost was about 1500 Baht. Normal process takes around 2-3 days, if you need an express one (1 working day), then you have to pay a little bit more.

2. Getting visa on arrival
If you travel to Vietnam by air from Thailand, visa on arrival is also a convenient method to get your Vietnamese visa online. Our service fee is 25$ US/person and take 2 working days to get it approved.

Visa exemption accord signed with El Salvador

An agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic and official passport holders from Vietnam and El Salvador was signed in Hanoi on March 31 as the outcome of talks between the two foreign ministers.

During the talks, Pham Gia Khiem, who doubles as Deputy Prime Minister, and his El Salvador guest, Hugo Martinez Bonilla, reached consensus that the two countries should further tap potential in consumer goods production, agriculture, science-technology, culture, healthcare, education-training and telecommunication to scale up the current modest economic relations.

The two foreign ministers also agreed upon mutual assistance in expanding relations of El Salvador with other countries in Southeast Asia and of Vietnam with Central America .

The duo pointed out the need to speed up negotiations and sign a number of accords of cooperation soon in order to lay foundations for a legal framework on bilateral relations, especially in economics, trade and investment.

They said measures should be taken to encourage and create favourable conditions for businesses from both to take a foothold in each other’s markets and establish direct partnerships.

Host and guest shared a view on promoting the exchange of delegations at all levels to deepen political relations, increase mutual understanding and work out measures for cooperative efficiency.

They also agreed that the two countries should continue with close coordination of action and mutual assistance in international organisations and multilateral forums such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation and the Forum of East Asia and Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC).

The two foreign ministers highlighted close relations, with the guest’s invitation for Khiem to visit El Salvador and the host accepting the invitation with pleasure.

The talks concluded with the signing of a memorandum of understanding on establishing a reference mechanism between the two foreign ministries, in addition to the visa exemption agreement.

City proposes visa-free region to lure tourists

HCMC urges the launch of a campaign called “Five Nations - One Destination” with the participation of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam, aiming for a region with a uniform tourist visa or visa exemption to attract international visitors.

The city has asked the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism to submit a proposal to this effect to the Government.

Tourism authorities of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar at international travel exhibitions held in HCMC in the past few years have jointly promoted the image of “Four Nations - One Destination” to gain a competitive edge in tourist attraction. Last year, the four countries lured 14.8 million international tourist arrivals.

Now, they want to partner with Thailand for a joint tourism marketing program for the five countries in the Lower Mekong Basin.

We need supports to call for participation of all five nations and adopt a visa-free policy to draw foreign tourists,” said La Quoc Khanh, deputy director of the HCMC Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

International travel agencies have stressed the need of a common visa policy to make it easier for tourists to travel across these five countries, but so far a single visa has not been introduced.

However, late last year, Thailand and Cambodia took one step ahead by signing an agreement called ACMECS, framing a common visa policy for visitors from 35 nations and territories including European countries, Australia, the U.S., Hong Kong, Japan, China and South Korea. Tourists can apply for a visa at one of the embassies, consulates and border customs offices in Thailand or Cambodia to go to the other country.

According to the HCMC Tourism Promotion Center, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has agreed with the city on the “Five Nations - One Destination” campaign.

Thailand has given the green light for the joint campaign, expected to be launched at the International Travel Expo in HCMC this September.

This month, a delegation of the HCMC tourism authorities will go to Thailand to discuss the issue.

Tourist visa exemptions necessary

Tourism experts have proposed that the government continue offering unilateral tourist visa exemptions for travellers from major markets to attract more visitors and generate revenue.

Vietnam has been implementing a pilot visa exemption programme for tourists from Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland for eight years.

While the government is considering the programme’s effectiveness, some economists proposed a halt, stating that no visa fees have been collected from these tourists for the State budget.

A tourist visa to Vietnam currently costs US$45 and if the exemption programme continues, the State coffers will lose about US$50 million.

At a recent conference in Hanoi, the Vietnam Tourism Association (VTA) Vice President Vu The Binh argued that the loss of visa fees are just a drop in the ocean compared to the huge amount of revenue the tourism sector brings in every year.

Last year, Vietnam attracted approximately 1.5 million visitors from Japan, the RoK and Russia. If each visitor spent an average of US$1,500 during their stay, the tourism sector would earn US$2.1 billion and contribute US$210 million in VAT to the State budget.

While Vietnam may lose several tens of millions of US dollars from visa exemptions each year, it will gain billions of US dollars from the increasing numbers of foreign tourists visiting the country.

“We should not miss out on US$210 million in VAT only to get US$50 million from visa fees, not to mention the other benefits these markets can bring to the country like employment, for example,” Binh said.

“In addition, visitors from these markets offer high pay for services which suit the national tourism development strategy until 2020 and beyond,” he said.

At the conference, representatives of travel agents said service for customers from every market should be also taken into account as visa procedures are still cumbersome and time consuming.

“Tourists must travel to the embassy to register and wait for a long time to get a visa….. If visa fees reinstated, Russian tourists will choose other destinations instead of Vietnam,” said Luu Duc Ke, Director of Hanoitourist.

According to travel operators, only tourists who enjoy discovering a country’s natural and cultural attraction will wait for visas to be issued. Other tourists consider quick visa clearance procedures, safety and high quality services as most important. Those from Russia and Northern European countries belong to the second group.

“If Vietnam wants to develop marine tourism, it needs to further simplify its policies to support foreign travellers,” said Nguyen Xuan Quynh, managing director of Vietnam Now Travel.

Tour operators calculated that if the government stops the pilot programme, the number of foreign visitors to Vietnam will drop by 50%. They said the time involved to get a visa is a big obstacle to visitors.

It is worth mentioning that visitors from Japan, the RoK and Russia account for a quarter of all foreign arrivals in Vietnam and one third of the country’s total tourism revenue.

Pham Tu, former General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), recalled that after visas were first waived for tourists from Japan in 2005, the policy proved successful and it was replicated for visitors from other key markets.

“Tourist visa exemptions are one of the crucial factors in encouraging foreign visitors to Vietnam,” said Tu. “I think the government should expand the pilot programme to other key markets.”

In Southeast Asia, Malaysia offers visa exemptions for tourists from 155 countries and territories, while Thailand applies a similar policy for tourists from 55 foreign markets. Indonesia also grants visas on arrival at its border gates to tourists from 24 countries.

Incumbent VNAT General Director Nguyen Van Tuan declared that the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will propose that the government continue the visa exemption programme. 

Source: VOV

Vietnam visa tips


1. Tourist visas give holders the permission to enter and exit Vietnam at airports in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and Danang city or through any of twelve border gates of Vietnam, three of which are with Cambodia and China, and six with Laos.

2.The privilege of visiting Vietnam without the possession of Vietnam Visais only granted to residents of several nations.
- Most citizens of ASEAN countries do not need Vietnam entry visa to visit Vietnam within 30 days.
- Citizens of Japan, Korea & Scandinavians (Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland passport owners) do not need visa to Vietnam to enter Vietnam within 15 days.
- Citizens of other nationalities are obliged to get Vietnam Visa before departure (Vietnam entry visa issued by Vietnamese embassies or consulates in advance of departure ) or pre-approved Vietnam Visa (visa issued on arrival at Vietnam International Airports) supplied before arriving in Vietnam.

3. Tourist visas are applicable to a single 30-day visit only.
 In case you want to stay longer, from 1 to 3 months, you will need to apply for business visa.

4. You can obtain a visa on arrival with a Vietnamese travel agent. 
You will need to provide details of your passport beforehand and they will confirm with you the issuance of your visa at the arriving airport. Cambodia is the best nation in Asia to get a Vietnam visa. It costs about US$30 and you can have everything done in the same day. Another place, which is also popular, is Bangkok where a lot of agents provide cheap packages with visa thrown in and an airline ticket.

5. If you plan to spend more than a month in Vietnam, If you wish to stay for more than a month in Vietnamor if you want to leave Vietnam and enter again from Laos or Cambodia, you will need to have a three-month multiple-Visa. In Cambodia, the fee is about US$95 but this is not available in all Vietnamese embassies.

6. Personal appearance can affect how you receive reception from the airport immigration. From our experiences, if you dress in shabby clothing or shorts, look filthy or bristly, you can should anticipate troubles. Try your best to look 'respectable'.

Vietnam visa exemption information



1. No Vietnam entry visa needed for traveling for less than 30 days: Residents of Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia and Laos.

2. No Vietnam visa needed for traveling for less than 15 days: Residents of Denmark , Japan, Sweden, Norway, South Korea and Finland.

3. No Vietnam visa needed for traveling for less than 90 days or several visits within 6 months: Residents of France possessing valid official or diplomatic passports.

4. No Vietnam visa needed for traveling for less than 60 days: Residemts of Chile holding valid official or diplomatic passports.

5. No Vietnam Visa needed for traveling for less than 60 days: APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) Holders from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies.

6. No Vietnam Visa needed for traveling to Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam: The application of Vietnam entry visa can be exempted in case Vietnamese and international residents holding foreign passports enter Vietnam through international border gates and subsequently travel to Phu Quoc Island and stay there for less than 15 days. Their passports must have the validity of at least 45 days. Upon their arrival at Phu Quoc Island, if visitors want to travel to other areas or remain in the island for more than 15 days, the immigration department will take responsibility for the issuance of visa right on the spot.