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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.

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.