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How much does Vietnam visa on arrival cost?

When using Vietnam visa on arrival service, you agree to pay two kinds of fees: Service fee and Stamping fee.

  • Service fee: is the fee you pay to us for processing the Visa approval letter for you. We will work as the connection between you (applicants) and the Vietnam Immigration Department starting from submission of your visa application to the Vietnam Immigration Department for checking your information, processing your visa application and grating your visa approval letter to getting the visa approval letter to return to your registered email.
  • Stamping fee: is the fee you directly pay to the Immigration Official at the arrival airport to have visa stamped onto your passport. This fee is fixed by the Vietnam Ministry of Finance. It is 45 USD for 1 or 3-months single entry visa, 65 USD for 1 month multiple entries (less than 30 days) visa and 95 USD for 1 month multiple entries (more than 30 days) and 3 months multiple entries visa.

Vietnam Visa Team

What is the “approval letter”?

The "Visa approval letter" is a letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department that allows you to enter and exit Vietnam for a given time period. With the approval letter, you can pick up your visa upon arrival at one of the  three international airports in Vietnam (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang).

At the airport, the corresponding authority will verify the details on the approval letter based on your passport and travel documents. As long as you make sure you input the correct details when applying, you will surely be granted entry upon arrival in Vietnam with the approval letter. However, it is strongly advised that you read our website and follow all the instructions carefully to avoid problems or delays at the airport. 

Note: Vietnam visa approval letter is usually issued in group and therefore, you may find your name, passport number and date of birth in the same letter as other people.

Visa on Arrival Counters:

Hanoi Airport Map - Hanoi airport visa-on-arrival counter.

Ho Chi Minh city airport map - Ho Chi Minh city airport visa-on-arrival counter.

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.