How to Get Vietnam Visa in Colombo

Last update: Jan 30 2018

If you are living or residing in Colombo and planning to visit Vietnam, you may want to know how to get Vietnam visa in Colombo.

This guide is specifically written for:

  • Sri Lanka passport holders living in Colombo, and
  • Foreign passport holders residing in Colombo.

Travelers may have up to two options to get Vietnam visa from Colombo, Sri Lanka:

  1. Get visa at Vietnam Embassy in Colombo, or
  2. Apply online and get visa on arrival at Vietnam airport

Now let’s learn how to get Vietnam visa in Colombo in details:

1. Visa at Local Vietnam Embassy in Colombo

This option is for travelers residing in Colombo who travel to Vietnam by air, bus, cruise or train.

Here is detailed contact of Vietnam embassy in Colombo:


No. 30/5, Ward Place, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka
(+94) 11-269 6050
(+94) 11-269 2040

To apply in person for a visa at Vietnam embassy in Colombo, you need to submit:

  • The original passport
  • Application form which is completed and signed
  • Sponsor letter from a Vietnam-based company (to get business visa)
  • Prepaid envelope with your address (to get visa and passport returned by post)

Note: The required documents and procedure may vary by embassy/consulate and nationality. You should contact the office before apply for visa.

2. Get Visa on Arrival from Colombo

Visa on arrival (VOA) is also known as visa at the airport. It is available for those who are living or residing in Colombo and fly to Vietnam. Application for VOA does not require applicants to travel to the consulate or submit any physical documents.

Either you are planning to get SETV (single entry tourist visa) or METV (multiple entry tourist visa) or any other visa type you have to take the same steps below:

Step 1
Fill out the secured application form with required information and double check it.
Pay for service fee via Credit/ Debit Card via PayPal/OnePay or bank transfer.
Step 2
Receive the visa approval letter through email within 2 working days (for tourist visa) or 7 working days (for business visa) or even faster upon your request
Step 3
Prepare the essential documents (*), board the plane to Vietnam, then present them to Vietnam Immigration Officer, and pay for stamping fee to pick visa stamp at Vietnam airport.


  • (*) Essential documents: the printed-out approval letter, original passport, a hard copy of Entry & Exit form, 02 passport-sized photos, and cash for stamping fee;
  • Vietnam visa on arrival is applied for air travelers only.
  • Cost of Vietnam visa on arrival includes: visa service fee paid online and stamping fee paid in cash at Vietnam airport.

See full details about visa on arrival for Vietnam.

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