How to Get a Tourist Visa for Vietnam

Vietnam Tourist Visa

Vietnam Tourist Visa

Getting a tourist visa for Vietnam is incredibly easy.  While you can apply for the visa through your closest embassy or consulate, why go through the hassle?

The easiest and most headache-free way to get to Vietnam is to go through their visa-on-arrival process.  You will need to select a private Vietnam Visa agency that will fax or e-mail you a visa approval letter. You will need to have this with you when you board your flight (along with 2 passport-sized photos) so that you can receive a visa stamp once you arrive in Vietnam.

Processing time is normally 2-3 business days.  The visa will normally enable you to stay for up to 1 month (extendable for 30 days once inside Vietnam).

Go to my Vietnam visa page for information on how to get other visas for Vietnam.

I’ll break everything down for you below about how to go about getting the Vietnam Tourist Visa.

Visa required for U.S. citizens before you go to Vietnam:  Yes.  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.

Visa required for non-U.S. citizens before you go to Vietnam:  Check this list to see if you need a visa for Vietnam. There is another good list at MyVietnamVisa that allows you to search by country.

Fill out the application online

You need to fill out the application form at a reputable Vietnam visa agency such as VietnamVisa. Check out my post on the best Vietnam visa agencies for more detail.

Receive and print your letter
  • Your Vietnam visa agent will e-mail or fax to you an approval letter from the Vietnam Immigration Department.
Bring 2 passport photos, the letter, and cash

Make sure that you take your visa approval letter and 2 passport-sized photos with you on your trip to Vietnam! Also make sure you have some cash on you to pay the visa fees on arrival.

Get your visa on arrival at the airport in Vietnam
Vaccination information

Don’t get sick!  Check vaccination requirements here.

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