Getting Passport and Visa in Danang, Hue and Hoi An is so much easier due to recent adjustments made by the Vietnam Immigration Office. Vietnam opened its door to more countries and showcases its timeless charm. The county’s tourism continues to thrive. It has been one of the top visited countries over the years due to its history, affordability, beauty, cuisine and travel convenience.
Last 2018, the country welcomed over 15.5 million international travelers and it seems that the number grows bigger. As of May 2019, there have been more than 7 million international arrivals. The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism is taking advantage of the opportunity and currently investing more in tourism-related infrastructures. It is expected that Vietnam domestic and international tourists will double by 2020.
This is a complete guide for Vietnam visa that discusses e-visa, visa on arrival, visa extensions and renewal, visa requirements, visa fee and processing time. What to do when the visa expires and overstaying happens as well as helpful tips for travelers in Da Nang, Hue and Hoi An in Vietnam are also included.
Preparation your Visa
Check for visa exemption eligibility before everything else. Depending on citizenship, duration of stay and purpose of visit, a visa may be required from an individual. Securing a visa prior to the trip to Vietnam is easy and convenient. The applicant may choose between e-Visa or Visa on Arrival whichever is applicable to his or her needs.
Check the processing time to avoid any inconvenience at the airport. Certain visas may take up to 7 business days before approval.
The e-Visa or electronic visa is a single entry electronic travel authorization from the Vietnamese Immigration Department allowing citizens holding valid from 80 certain countries to stay in Vietnam for a maximum of 30 consecutive days. It is equivalent to a regular visa, but no stamp or label is placed in the passport. A printed copy of e-visa along with at least 1 month valid passport need to be presented to the immigration or border control officer.
How to apply E-Visa ?
- Submit your personal information on the Official E-visa website: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn
- Pay for the e-visa fee (25 USD) by debit or credit card.
- Download the e-visa code after 3 working days through the E-Visa Result Page.
Ports of Entry
e-Visas will be accepted at all international ports in Vietnam. Here is a complete list of the eligible port of entry:
|Noi Bai International Airport (Ha Noi)||Nam Can Landport||Ho Chi Minh City Seaport|
|Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City)||Song Tien Landport||Quy Nhon Seaport|
|Da Nang International Airport||Tinh Bien Landport||Nha Trang Seaport|
|Cam Ranh International Airport (Khanh Hoa)||Xa Mat Landport||Hai Phong Seaport|
|Can Tho International Airport||Mong Cai Landport||Hon Gai Seaport|
|Phu Bai International Airport||Moc Bai Landport||Da Nang Seaport|
|Phu Quoc International Airport||Lao Bao Landport||Vung Tau Seaport|
|Cat Bi International Airport||Ha Tien Landport||Chan May Seaport|
|Huu Nghi Landport||Duong Dong Seaport|
|Cau Treo Landport|
|Cha Lo Landport|
|Bo Y Landport|
|Lao Cai Landport|
|La Lay Landport|
|Na Meo Landport|
|Tay Trang Landport|
Important note: Applicants are required to carry a copy of their e-Visa at all times during their stay.
Visa on arrival
Vietnam Visa on Arrival is a pre-approved visa letter through a travel agency in Vietnam and must be presented along with at least 6 months valid passport to an immigration officer at an international airport to get the actual visa stamp upon arrival in Vietnam. As of early 2019, citizens from over 150 countries are eligible for a visa on arrival. No one can get a visa on arrival directly at Vietnam International Airport without having the pre-approved visa letter. Visa on Arrival is valid up to 12 months depending on the applicant citizenship.
Ports of Entry
|Noi Bai International Airport||Ha Noi|
|Tan Son Nhat International Airport||Ho Chi Minh|
|Da Nang International Airport||Da Nang|
|Cam Ranh International Airport||Nha Trang|
|Cat Bi International Airport||Hai Phong|
Tourist Visa on Arrival and Fees
|TYPE OF VISA||STAMPING FEE|
|Single entry – 1 month||25 USD|
|Multiple entry – 1 month||50 USD|
|Single entry – 3 month||25 USD|
|Multiple entry – 3 month||50 USD|
|Multiple entry – 12 month (US passports)||135 USD|
Important Note: The stamping fee is payable by cash at Vietnam airport in Vietnamese Dong and US dollar (debit or credit cards are not accepted).
Countries with Vietnam Visa Exemption
As of January 2019, nationals from 24 countries may visit Vietnam without a tourist visa for a period of time. Below is the list of countries that have Visa Waiver arrangements with Vietnam.
|Chile||less than 90 days|
|Cambodia||less than 30 days|
|Indonesia||less than 30 days|
|Kyrgyzstan||less than 30 days|
|Laos||less than 30 days|
|Malaysia||less than 30 days|
|Singapore||less than 30 days|
|Thailand||less than 30 days|
|Philippines||less than 21 days|
|Brunei||less than 14 days|
|Myanmar||less than 14 days|
|Belarus||less than 15 days|
|Denmark||less than 15 days|
|Finland||less than 15 days|
|France||less than 15 days|
|Germany||less than 15 days|
|Italy||less than 15 days|
|Japan||less than 15 days|
|Norway||less than 15 days|
|Russia||less than 15 days|
|South Korea||less than 15 days|
|Spain||less than 15 days|
|Sweden||less than 15 days|
|United Kingdom||less than 15 days|
Visa Renewal and Extension
Vietnamese Immigration Office allows tourists to apply for a visa renewal or extension without leaving Vietnam provided that the total time of stay is less than 6 months.
Visa renewal is for those who wish to get a new multiple or single entry visa without leaving Vietnam. Visa Renewal is getting a new page sticker on the passport.
Visa Extension is for those who wish to extend an existing valid visa without leaving Vietnam. Visa can be extended for a maximum of 2 times and it will be a single entry with a maximum of 3 months.
Overstaying in Vietnam
In case wherein overstaying happens for less than 3 days, tourists can go directly to the Vietnam Immigration Office at the airport and simply pay the fine of 23 USD per overstay day. They are no longer required to contact the Vietnam Immigration Office in Danang.
If overstaying happens for an extended period of time, tourists are required to submit the original passport and pay all dues at the local Immigration Office in Danang. This is to prevent further inconvenience at the airport.
Crossing Lao Bao International Border
For tourists who are currently in Da Nang, Hue and Hoi An whose visa is about to expire, it is highly recommended to either fly out of the country or cross the Lao Bao International Border Gate. Chances are, crossing the Lao Bao Border would be the cheapest and most practical choice instead of extending or renewing visa.
Lao Bao is just 151 kilometers away from Hue City which is about 3 hours drive. There are a lot of travel agencies who offer local buses, shuttle van and private cars transfers from Hoi An, Danang and Hue to Lao Bao. A quick land trip to the Lao Bao International Border may save tourist more than just time and money but also avoid inconvenience during travels. The Lao Bao Border, unlike the other land ports, is usually not busy and processing time might only take less than an hour.
VM Travel Team