Vietnam has been growing to be one among the most popular travel destinations in South East Asia. For any travelers wishing to visit Vietnam, checking the information about Vietnam visa requirements should be the first thing on their travel plan checklist. Below is a simple guide about visa for Vietnam to get you started!
  • Vietnam Business/ Tourist Visa
  • Vietnam Visa Exemption
  • Work Permit in Vietnam
Vietnam Tourist/ Business Visa

Aiming to welcome more and more travelers to the country, Vietnam with its open policy has made the visa procedure simpler for travelers wishing to visit the country. In addition to the traditional way of applying for a visa at Vietnam Embassy, visitors to Vietnam now has another option to go about this matter which is apply for a visa on arrival.

Vietnam Visa On Arrival

Visa on arrival is an alternative way to get a visa for Vietnam. Instead of visiting the Vietnam Embassy, the visa applicants only need to submit the visa application form via internet to a travel agent who will work as the connection between the applicants and the Vietnam Immigration to get the visa approval letter returned to the applicants via email. With the approval letter, the visa applicants can get on flight and have visa stamped at the arrival airport in Vietnam.

The procedure to get a visa on arrival is very simple. Just follow these steps and you will get your visa without visiting Vietnam Embassy or sending your original passport away for a while.

  • Fill out the online visa form and submit to the travel agent who specializes in offering visa on arrival service.
  • Make payment of service fee (you pay to the travel agent for processing your visa application, submitting it to the Vietnam Immigration Department, follow all the required procedures and have visa approval letter returned to your registered email).
  • Get visa approval letter via email together with the entry and exit form (after 1 or 2 working days since your payment of service fee).
  • Print them out and fill out the entry and exit form.
  • Prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($25 for single entry visa; $50 for 1 or 3-month multiple entry visa) and put all along with your passport in a package.
  • Get on flight and show the above prepared things to the Immigration Officer at the airport to get visa stamped onto your passport.

A comprehensive guide for applying for Vietnam visa on arrival can be found at https://vietnamonlinevisa.com/ which treasures over 10 years of experience in offering visa on arrival service to travelers to Vietnam.

Vietnam Visa At Embassy

Travelers should keep in mind that although visa on arrival is more convenient and less time-consuming, it is applicable for those who travel to Vietnam by air only. Therefore, if you plan to travel to Vietnam by land or sea or wish to obtain a fully stamped visa on passports before departure, you should contact the nearest Vietnam embassy for visa application.

It may take you 2-5 working days to get Vietnam Visa at Vietnam Embassy in any country which is the most convenient for you. And, your passport has to be sent to Vietnam Embassy directly or by post.

Visa Exemption List by Vietnam Government

A valid visa is required for almost visitors to Vietnam but for some cases, no visa is required for a visit to Vietnam. Vietnam visa exemption is granted to:

  1. Citizens of Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Laos for visits of 30 days at the maximum.
  2. Citizens of Philippines for visits of 21 days at the maximum.
  3. Citizens of Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Russia and Finland for visits of 15 days at the maximum.
  4. Citizens of Brunei, Myanmar for visits of 14 days at the maximum.
  5. Citizens of France holding valid diplomatic or official passports for visits of 90 days at the maximum or several visits of 6 months at the maximum.
  6. Citizens of Chile holding valid diplomatic or official passports for visits of 90 days at the maximum
  7. APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) Holders from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies for visits of 60 days at the maximum.
  8. For those who travel 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 granted Vietnam visa exemption. Passports must be valid for at least 45 days. After arriving in Phu Quoc Island, if visitors want to travel to 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.
Work permit for foreigners in Vietnam

Work permit in Vietnam is issued by the Department of Labor, Invalid and Society. It is valid for a period of 36 months (3 years). After it is expired; foreigners have to reapply for a renewal permit.


In order to apply for a work permit, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have health in good condition to satisfy the specific demand of requirements of the job.
  • Have no criminal record or a national security offense, not currently facing criminal prosecution, or not serving a criminal sentence during assignment.
  • Have high degree of specialized knowledge, qualification and technology; experienced in management, business and other professions that the domestic labors cannot currently conduct efficiently.
  • If foreigners want to work in special jobs in education or health, they are required to meet all requirements of conducting health and education work of the Vietnamese authorities.

Some foreign nationals are exempted from getting the Work Permit and can work in Vietnam holding only business visas. They are:

  • Foreigners who enter to Vietnam for working in the country for no more than 3 months
  • Members of a company’s board of the corporation that is created under the regulation of the Vietnamese government.
  • Head of the representative office or branch of an international company in Vietnam
  • Entering and working in Vietnam to resolve the emergent errors or situation that the Vietnamese labors or current foreign workers in Vietnam cannot solve.
  • Lawyers that are given permission by the Vietnamese Department of Justice.
How to apply?

The process of applying or renewing a work permit for foreigners in Vietnam includes 2 main steps:

Step 1. Completing the application form and submitting it at the municipal office of Department of Labor, Invalid and Society. The application consists of:

  • A filled form of applying for the work permit
  • Work application or confirmation of work change (by the employers).
  • The judicial profile issued by the authority of the resident country or the municipal office of Justice in Vietnam (if have lived in Vietnam for more than 6 months)
  • The autobiographical profile with photo
  • Health certificate issued in residential country or in Vietnam
  • Copies of qualifications or professional certificates or confirmation of qualifications by authorized offices
  • 3 color photos (3x4cm) that has been taken within 1 year.

Step 2. Coming to the submission center and collecting the work permit.

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