Tourist visa (DL) is among the most common types of Vietnam tourism visa, viable for up to three months (single/multiple entry) or even one year (for US passport holders only) and can be revived once you arrive in Vietnam. This is only for tourists and is not designed for tourists who actually want to work while in Vietnam.
Nevertheless, under Law 51/2019/QH14, which takes effect on July 1, 2020 and amends and supplements a number of articles of the Law on entry, exit, transit, and domicile of foreigners in Vietnam, holders of a visitor visa viable for more than 30 days will be granted 30-day temporary accommodation only and will be considered for extension after every 30 days.
What Are the Requirements For Vietnam Tourism Visa?
Certain nationalities listed on the Vietnam visa exemption list do not require a Vietnam tourist visa.
If you need a tourist visa to enter Vietnam, please make the following arrangements:
Your current passport must be valid for at least six months after your arrival date (temporary passports will not be accepted).
Your current passport should have at least two blank pages for visas and immigration stamps.
Your visa photo for Vietnam.
Vietnam Tourism Visa Types
You can currently apply for one of the following types of Vietnam tourism visa:
- 1 month single entry (valid for the first month with only one entry); 1 month multiple entry (valid for the first month with multiple entries); 3 months single entry (valid for the third month with a 30-day stay and only one entry);
- 3 months multiple entry (valid for 3 months with multiple entries during those 3 months, maximum stay of 30 days);
How to Pertain for a Vietnam Tourism Visa
There are two ways to obtain a Vietnam tourist visa online:
- Apply for a visa to Vietnam upon arrival.
Fill out an online visa application form.
Receive your visa approval letter via email within two working days, or as soon as 2-4 working hours in emergency cases.
Get your visa stamped at the Vietnam airport upon arrival.
- Apply for a visa at a Vietnam embassy in another country.
Contact the embassy with which you are applying for a visa for assistance in preparing the visa application documents, procedure, and fees.
Prepare the document in accordance with the instructions.
Pay the visa fees and submit the visa documents at the embassy.
Return to the embassy to obtain the visa and original passport.
Vietnam Tourism Visa Costs
The cost of a Vietnam tourism visa is determined by the method of obtaining your visa, i.e.
The cost of a visa at the embassy varies.
Tourist visa on arrival: There are two types of fees to pay: (1) service fee – paid online to us to process your visa approval letter with Vietnam Immigration Department and deliver it to your email, and (2) stamping fee – paid in cash to Immigration Officer at Vietnam airport to get visa stamped.
The service fee is determined by visa type, number of applicants, and processing time, whereas the stamping fee is determined solely by visa type. A 1-month single entry business visa, for example, typically costs US $46 in total (US $21 for our service fee and US $25 for the stamping fee).
The following is a sample table of Vietnam tourist visa on arrival fees provided by Vietnam-visa.com:
|ype of visa||1 pax||2 pax||3+ pax||Stamping fee|
|1 month single entry||$21||$18.25||$17.25||$25|
|3 months single entry||$34||$30.25||$28.25||$25|
|1 month multiple entry||$26||$23.25||$22.25||$50|
|3 months multiple entry||$55||$52.25||$46.75||$50|
The fees listed above are for standard service with a turnaround time of two working days. You must pay an additional fee:
US $10/person for one working day processing; US $25/person for four working hours processing; and US $50/person for two working hours processing.
Time Required for Processing
The processing time for a tourist visa to Vietnam varies depending on how you obtain your visa. Public holidays also have an impact.
Visa on arrival: It takes two to four working days to receive the approval letter. If you need a visa quickly, you can get one in 2-4 working hours.
Visa processing time at the embassy: 05 working days plus the postal delivery time if you send your passport by mail.
Visa on Arrival in Vietnam
If you intend to visit multiple times or stay for more than 30 days, you should apply for a visa on arrival. You will need the following items to complete this task:
- A passport photo in 4×6 format with a white background and no glasses.
- A completed visa application form.
- A passport or alternative ID that is valid for six months from the date you intend to enter Vietnam.
- Payment for visa fees (ranging from $25 to $50) and a letter of approval from a Vietnamese consulate or embassy (if you are picking up your visa at the airport).
You can submit your photo, application form, passport, and visa fee in person if you live near a Vietnamese embassy or consulate. This website will walk you through the steps.
If you are unable to contact a Vietnamese embassy or are short on time, there are reputable online services that will provide you with a valid Letter of Approval for a fee. When you arrive at the airport, bring this letter, along with a visa application form and your other documents, to the Visa on Arrival counter.