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Vietnam Embassy in United States functions as a bridge between the Vietnamese Government and its counterpart in United States. It is also the place where U.S citizens and residents can visit to apply for a visa to Vietnam.

Embassy of Vietnam in Washington DC

1233, 20th St., NW, Suite 400, Washington DC, 20036, USA
(+1) 202 861 0737
(+1) 202 861 0917
consular@vietnamembassy.us

Consulate General of Vietnam in San Francisco

1700 California St, Suite 430 San Francisco, CA 94109
(415)922-1707 | (415)922-0707
(415)922-1848 | (415)922-1757
info@vietnamconsulate-sf.org

Vietnam VISA Guide

If you are citizen or resident of the United States and want to apply for a visa to Vietnam, you can do it by either of the following ways:

  • Directly contact the Vietnam Embassy to apply for a visa; OR
  • Apply for a visa on arrival if traveling to Vietnam by air.
Each option has its own advantages and disadvantages:

PROS

– No need to send your original passport away

– A complete online process

– Taking only a short time to apply for a visa on arrival online, the thing you need is a computer with internet connection

– No dealing with immigration authorities. We deal with them on your behalf.

– Especially convenient for those who are currently staying far away from available Embassies

CONS

– Queuing in front of Immigration Counter at arrival airports in Vietnam to have visa stamp

– Possibly having names of other people on your approval letter

– Foreigners cannot apply for visa on arrival themselves, the application must go through authorized travel agencies in Vietnam or organizations

PROS

– Having visa already stamped onto your passport before getting on plane

– Dealing directly with Vietnam embassies

CONS

– Parting with your original passport

– Having to drive to nearest embassies or sending documents by mail

– What if the nearest Vietnam embassy is too far from your place?

Frequently asked questions

Is there a time limit for how long U.S. citizens can stay in Vietnam?

There is no time limit for how long U.S. citizens may stay in Vietnam.  You, at the moment, can apply for a Vietnam visa valid for up to 1 year. And after that, if you still wish to extend your stay in Vietnam, you can ask for Vietnam visa extension service.

What is the penalty for overstaying my visa in Vietnam? I’m in USA.

Vietnam visas and immigration issues fall within the purview of the Vietnamese authorities. Financial penalties for overstaying the validity of your visa are determined on a case-by-case basis. But we do not recommend you overstay  your visa. In case your visa is about to expire and you wish to extend your stay, please contact the Vietnam Immigration Department or a travel agency to have your visa extended.

I’m in USA but I’m not citizen of this country. Can I obtain my Vietnam visa at Vietnam embassy in USA or should I come back to my country to obtain it?

Please be kindly informed that in case a Vietnam visa is required for your trip, you can apply for the visa at Vietnam Embassy in USA a or in any country which is convenient for you. But before you go ahead, please be kindly informed that in case you are traveling to Vietnam by air, you have another option to obtain a visa for Vietnam – VISA ON ARRIVAL. This option has been much preferred by air travelers to Vietnam for its convenience, fast processing and simplicity as well.

I’m a USA passport holder. How can I obtain a visa for Vietnam?

You may obtain a visa in advance from a Vietnamese consulate or Embassy or you may obtain a written approval letter to get visa upon arrival in Vietnam. To get the approval letter, you need to contact a travel agency like Vietnam-visa, submit online application form and get the letter delivered to your email within a certain period of time (2 working days for tourist visa or 5 working days for business visa or even faster as per your request). Please also note that to enter Vietnam, you need a valid U.S. passport with at least six months validity remaining beyond the date of your arrival.

I’m citizen of United States of America. I’m traveling to Vietnam. Do I need to obtain Vietnam visa?

Yes. At the moment, there is no policy on exemption of Vietnam visa for USA citizens. As such, all USA citizens need to obtain a valid visa for their every single trip to Vietnam.