Vietnam Visa for US Citizens

Last update: Mar 29, 2021

Do United States Citizens Need a Visa to Vietnam?

Yes. All US citizens need a visa to enter Vietnam for business or leisure trips.

Type of visaVisa Requirement
Tourist visaRequired
Business visaRequired


  • US citizens visiting Vietnam under a 1-year tourist visa must leave the country after every 90 days of stay.
  • US citizens visiting Vietnam under a 1-year business visa must leave the country after every 6 months of stay.

Vietnam Visa Requirements for US Citizens

To visit Vietnam, travelers with United States passports should meet the entry requirements:

  • United States passport should be valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned stay in Vietnam;
  • United States passport has at least 2 blank pages.
  • 2 passport-sized photos taken within 6 months are required to submit.
  • US passport holders are required to fill out the visa application form online with exact information as shown on their passports (passport number, full name, expiration date, etc.)

How to Apply for Vietnam Visa for US Citizens

US citizens and passport holders can choose one of the following two methods to apply for a Vietnam visa:

1. Apply at Local Vietnam Embassy

To apply for Vietnam embassy/Consulate in the United States, you may have 3 ways:

  • Apply in person or apply by mail and receive the visa by mail
  • Apply online and receive the visa by mail
  • Apply online and receive the loose-leaf visa by mail.

► You can see contact details of all the offices of embassy and consulates of Vietnam in US here.

2. Apply Vietnam Visa Online (Recommended)

The Vietnamese Government has authorized some travel agencies and businesses to legally arrange for a pre-approved letter for a “visa on arrival” at Vietnam international airports.

The easiest way to get a visa for Vietnam for American citizens who are traveling to Vietnam by air is to apply online for Visa on Arrival (VOA).

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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How much is Vietnam visa for American Citizens

The Vietnam visa fees for US citizens vary depending on the way they choose to obtain the visa for Vietnam.

  • The fees for visa applied at Vietnam embassy vary by the embassy;
  • The fees for visa on arrival is from US$25 for visa stamping for a single entry visa or a multiple entry visa valid for up to 3 months respectively, PLUS the service fee for visa approval letter. Check the table below for the exact amount of your Vietnam visa cost.
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
1 year multiple (United States only)$35$35$35 $135
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
1 year multiple (Only United States)$265$482$467 $135
3 months multiple entry$146$139$135 $50
6 months multiple entry$265$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

Citizens of America can stay in Vietnam within maximum of 90 days and then they need to leave the country or do an in-country extension in order to stay in Vietnam for an extra period.

It takes about five (05) working days to process a visa at Vietnam embassy. Alternatively, it takes 2-7 working days (for normal service) and even two hours (for urgent service) to expedite through

If you have only American passport, then you are required to have a visa to Vietnam. In case you have a valid Vietnam passport, in addition to US one, you do not need to get a Vietnam visa.

Q. I am in Vietnam with 1 year tourist visa and expiry date of my stay is April 10. I, originally, planned a visa run to renew my stay. But Vietnam has suspended entry of all foreigners. What should I do now.

A. In case you do not wish to continue staying in Vietnam, we advise that you go for a visa extension, with which you will not have to leave the country.

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Fri Mar 05 2021, 10:18:06 (GMT+7)

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