Vietnam Visa for UK – British citizens

Last update: Jun 30, 2022

A Detailed Guide about Vietnam Tourist and Business Visa for UK citizens!

Do UK citizens need a visa to Vietnam?

From March 15, 2022, the Vietnam Government has reintroduced the Vietnam visa waiver program for citizens of 13 countries, including the UK. Accordingly, UK passport holders DON’T need a visa for Vietnam for up-to-15-days stays in the country.

The table below shows a summary of the current Vietnam visa requirements for UK citizens:

Type of visa Up to 15 days Over 15 days
Tourist visa Not required Required
Business visa Not required Required


  • This Vietnam visa waiver program does not work for holders of British National Overseas passports.
  • The requirement on the 30-day interval between the stays with visa waivers has been removed. It means that UK citizens can enter Vietnam visa-free for every trip of no more than 15 days.

Vietnam Visa Fees for UK citizens

Here are our Vietnam visa fees for UK passport holders:

  • Vietnam tourist visa fees for UK/British citizens (applicable to 30-days single entry e-visa) vary, depending on your processing time: normal or urgent, and your arrival checkpoints, as follows:
Processing time Fee (USD/pax)
1 - 2 pax 3 - 4 pax From 5 pax
4 - 5 working days 50 49 48
3 working days 60 59 57
2 working days 75 73 71
Emergency ☎ +84946583583

Note: This is full-package fee for a 30-day tourist visa, including the Government fee and service fee

  • Vietnam business visa fees for UK passport holders:
Processing time Fee (USD/pax)
5 – 7 working days 270*
3 working days ☎ +84946583583

Note: This fee covers the visa approval letter assistance only, and does not include the stamping fee to be paid at the Vietnam embassy/airport for visa stamping.

How to Get Vietnam Visa for UK citizens

How to get a Vietnam visa for UK passport holders depends on the type of visa they get, i.e. tourist visa or business visa. You can find the detailed instructions below.

1. How to get a Vietnam tourist visa for UK citizens

Before Covid, UK citizens may have up to 02 ways to get a tourist visa, consisting of:

  • Get a tourist visa at Vietnam embassy/consulate,
  • Get a Vietnam visa online, including VISA ON ARRIVAL.

BUT, currently, the UK passport holders can get a 30 days single entry tourist visa ONLY which is issued in the form of a loose-leaf visa and must be obtained before departure for Vietnam (it is known as Vietnam e visa or electronic visa). The other types of tourist visas for Vietnam have not been resumed yet.

This type of tourist visa can be applied for online by the applicants themselves or through our service in 3 simple steps as follows:

You complete our secure online visa application form and make payment.
We will complete your Vietnam visa forms with the Vietnam Immigration Department and follow up your visa processing.
We will then download your visa when it is issued and send it to your registered email together with a detailed guide on requirements and regulations on Vietnam entry.
You will only need to download your visa and show it to the Vietnam Immigration Officer to complete the entry into Vietnam.

Our processing time is guaranteed in:

  • 4-5 working days,
  • 3 working days,
  • 2 working days,
  • Same day,
  • Emergency

Our service is very suitable for:

  • Those who need an urgent Vietnam e-visa;
  • Those who do not wish to take a risk of completing the evisa form with false information;
  • Those who travel in groups and do not wish to spend time completing applications for each individual;
  • Those who do not want to complete the form themselves.


2. How to get Vietnam business visa for UK citizens

In order to apply for a business visa, you – as a UK/British citizen (passport holder), are REQUIRED to have a sponsor company in Vietnam.

There are 02 steps that you and your employer in Vietnam need to follow to get a business visa to Vietnam as follows:

  • Step 1: Get a visa approval letter
    • In this step, your sponsor company will need to prepare the following documents:
      • Form NA2 which must be completed online here.
      • Form NA16
      • Certified business registration
    • And then, your sponsor company will submit these documents to the Vietnam Immigration Department which will process the application within 5 – 7 working days of receipt of full valid documents.
    • If the application is approved, your sponsor company will receive a business visa approval letter which allows you to get a business visa for Vietnam.
  • Step 2: Get business visa stamp
    • In this step, you will get a business visa stamped on your passport at the Vietnam embassy/consulate in your country before your departure for Vietnam.

In case you and your company need help with a business visa approval letter to Vietnam, we are always here to support you. You all will be assisted in every step from the start of your application until you successfully get the visa and land in Vietnam.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Hi. We are UK citizens flying to Hanoi to spend 6 days with our friends, and then leaving for Cambodia for next 5 days and then flying back to Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City) for the next 5 days before leaving for our home. What are the visa requirements for Vietnam?

A: Please be kindly informed that you are exempted from Vietnam visa for your both visits.

Q: Can UK passport holders get a Vietnam tourist visa on arrival?

A: No. Currently, a visa on arrival is not available for tourist purposes. Please apply for a 30-day e-visa if your stay in Vietnam is longer than 15 days.

Q: I have regular business trips to Vietnam, normally 3 to 7 in a year. Is there a 1-year Vietnam business visa option for UK passport holders?

A: No. Vietnam business visa is currently available in 3-month multiple entry form only.

Q: After receiving the visa approval letter from you, do I need to inform the Vietnam embassy?

A: In case you get your visa stamped at the Vietnam airport, you are not required to inform your Vietnam embassy. After getting the letter, you only need to:

  1. print the documents,
  2. prepare entry/exit form and the stamping fee in cash,
  3. board the plane to Vietnam, and
  4. pick up the visa stamp upon arrival at Vietnam airport.

Q: I’m a UK citizen. Can I apply for a 3-month multiple entry visa?

A: Yes, if you have a sponsor company in Vietnam (the company you will work for after entering Vietnam), as this type of visa is now available for business purpose only.

Q. I have a stopover in Vietnam. Do I need a Vietnam visa for my transit/flight connection there?

A. In most cases, you do not need a visa for transit in Vietnam if you do not cross the immigration/passport control counter to catch the connecting flight. To make sure, we highly recommend you check with your airlines for specific requirements at your transit airports.

If you cannot confirm, please consider applying for a visa to avoid any problems during your transit.

Please be informed that whether you need a visa for Vietnam or not does not depend on your residing country, but on your nationality.

For example,

  • if you are a UK citizen, you are EXEMPTED from Vietnam visa for 15 days in Vietnam.
  • if you are an Indian residing in the UK, you are REQUIRED to have a valid visa for every trip to Vietnam.

You can check your Vietnam visa requirements here.

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