Vietnam embassy in United States

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.


1233 20th Street N.W, Suite 400, Washington D.C.20036
+001-202-8610917 | 8611297 | |

Consulate General of Vietnam in San Francisco

1700 California Street, Suite 580, San Francisco, CA 94109

Consulate General of Vietnam in Houston

5251 Westheimer Road, Suite 1100, Houston, Texas 77056
+001-713.850.1233 | 7138771326 | 7138400096
+001-713.871.0312 | 7138100159

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:

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.