Vietnam Visa

U.S. citizens traveling to Vietnam need a Vietnam visa, a visa exemption document or an approval letter for a visa on arrival.

Visas are issued on arrival for the following reasons:

  • Attending a family member’s funeral
  • Caring for seriously ill family members
  • Providing technical emergency support
  • Providing medical care for seriously ill patients
  • Providing relief in the event of a natural disaster or epidemic
  • Invitation by the Vietnamese government
  • Other emergencies
  • In order to obtain a visa on arrival, you must have an approval letter from the Vietnamese Embassy. If you are not eligible to get a visa on arrival, you must obtain one before your departure or get an exemption otherwise you will not be allowed to enter the country.

    A Vietnam visa is usually good for only one entry unless you specifically request a multiple entry visa. According to the website of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. State Department, even if you have a valid visa, you may not be allowed to enter the country.


    Individuals who want to obtain a visa are required to submit the following:

  • U.S. passport that has at least one month validity remaining after the expiration date of the requested visa. (Please Note: Some airlines require passengers to have a minimum of six months validity remaining on their passport to board the plane.)
  • Visa application form. If you have a visa approval number, you can write it at the top of your application form. If you don’t have a Vietnam visa approval number, you can contact the Embassy or Consulate to get help applying for one.
  • Applicable visa fees
  • This list is not meant to be exhaustive. You may be required to provide additional documentation when you apply for your visa. For the most up to date requirements, visit the website of the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

    Submitting Your Application

    You can apply for your visa up to six months in advance of your trip. After you have completed your application form and prepared the required documentation, you can either apply in person at the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulates or by mail. If you apply for your Vietnam visa by mail, you must include a self-addressed, prepaid USPS or Federal Express return envelope. It generally takes about five business days to process visa applications. Expedited processing is available for an additional fee and takes one to two business days.


    All visas have two fees associated with them—a visa fee and a visa processing fee. According to the website of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. State Department, U.S. embassy and consular officials have received reports that the processing fee varies from applicant to applicant. For the most up to date fee information, contact the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Payment for your visa must be in the form of a money order, cashier’s check or certified check. Other forms of payment will not be accepted.

    Visa Service

    It is easy to make a mistake when applying for a visa. But even a small mistake can mean big delays when it comes to issuing your Vietnam visa. When you want to make sure all of your “i’s” are dotted and your “t’s” are crossed, a professional visa service like “company name” can help.

    Visa services are authorized by foreign embassies and consulates to submit applications on behalf of their clients. They are also experts in the visa requirements of nearly every country in the world. When you work with a visa service, they make applying for your travel documents quick and easy. They will guide you through the process of preparing your application and answer any questions you have.

    After you have completed your application and gathered the supporting documentation, you will send your application materials to the company, where it will be reviewed to ensure no information is missing.

    When you and the visa service are satisfied that your Vietnam visa application is complete and accurate, a representative will deliver your application to the Vietnam Embassy or Consulate for processing. After your visa is issued, it will be picked up and mailed directly to you, so you will have the travel documents you need for your trip.

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