Vietnam Visa for South Africa Citizens

Last update: Jan 09, 2020

Do South African Citizens need a visa to Vietnam?

Yes. All South African Citizens are REQUIRED to get a valid visa to enter Vietnam for either tourism or business purpose.

Type of visaVisa Requirement
Tourist visaRequired
Business visaRequired

To visit Vietnam, travelers with South Africa passports should also meet the entry requirements:

  • South Africa passport should be valid for at least 6 months following arrival date in Vietnam;
  • South Africa passport has at least 2 blank pages.

How to Apply for Vietnam Visa for South African Citizens?

South African Citizens and passport holders can choose one of the following two methods to apply for a Vietnam visa:

1. Apply at Local Vietnam Embassy

With this way of application for Vietnam visa, the South African applicants need to contact the local Vietnam embassy/consulate in South Africa (if they are residing in South Africa), or in nearby countries (if they are not residing in South Africa currently).

2. Apply Vietnam Visa Online (Recommended)

For the South African Citizens entering Vietnam via one of 8 international airports mentioned below, the best way to get a visa to Vietam is to get a visa on arrival.

  1. Noi Bai airport In Hanoi
  2. Cat Bi airport in Hai Phong
  3. Da Nang airport in Da Nang
  4. Cam Ranh airport in Khanh Hoa
  5. Lien Khuong airport in Da Lat
  6. Tan Son Nhat Airport in HCMC
  7. Can Tho Airport in Can Tho, and
  8. Phu Quoc Airport on Phu Quoc island

With VOA, you apply online via website: by:

Filling out the secure online application form, and make payment of service fee;
Receiving the visa approval letter by email, normally in 2 working days (for tourist visa) or 7 working days (for business visa);
Getting visa stamped upon arrival at Vietnam airport and pay for stamping fee there.

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Vietnam Visa Fees for South African Citizens

This part gives you the answer for “How much is a Vietnam visa for South African Citizens?”. 

The cost of Vietnam visa for South Africans depends on the way they choose to get the visa for Vietnam, as follow:

  • The cost of an embassy visa may vary depending on the embassy
  • The cost of a visa on arrival is fixed at US$25 for a single entry or US $50 for a single entry visa valid for up to 3 months PLUS the fee for visa approval letter (also known as service fee). You can see exactly how much you need to pay for the visa on arrival for your group here.

Showing price for:
Tourist visa
Business visa
Type of visa1 pax2 pax3+ paxStamping fee
1 month single entry$21$18.25$17.25 $25
3 months single entry$34$30.25$28.25 $25
1 month multiple entry$26$23.25$22.25 $50
3 months multiple entry$55$52.25$46.75 $50
Type of visa1 pax2 pax3+ paxStamping fee
1 month single entry$119$114$108 $25
3 months single entry$140$133$126 $25
1 month multiple entry$119$114$108 $50
3 months multiple entry$146$139$135 $50
6 months multiple entry$361$344$333 $95

Service Fee is quoted in US $/pax

The above fees apply to normal service of 2 working days processing. You need to pay extra:
  • US $10/pax for 1 working day processing;
  • US $25/pax for 4 working hours processing;
  • US $50/pax for 2 working hours processing.
The above fees apply to normal service of 7 working days processing. You need to pay extra:
  • US $30/pax for 3 working days processing;
  • US $50/pax for 2 working days processing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I will be working in Vietnam. Could I apply for 1 year multiple entry visa or do I need to apply for 3 months and then leave and apply again?

A: Hi. You need to apply for 3 months visa and then leave Vietnam and apply again. In case you will be working for Vietnam for long-term, you should consider applying for a working visa.

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