Every U.S passport holder must apply for a visa prior to their travel in order to enter Vietnam. Fortunately, getting a Vietnam visa for U.S citizens have been made much easier these days as there are two different ways available to go about this matter:

Applying for visa at Vietnam Embassy (traditional way, visa picked up at Vietnam Embassies) and,

Apply for Visa on arrival with (visa picked up at Vietnam International Airports).

In order to get visa to Vietnam, you may choose either of the two options mentioned above. Please keep in mind that these two options are quite different in terms of application procedure and applicable applicants.

U.S. travelers should note that while visa on arrival is more convenient and less time-consuming, it is applicable for those who travel to Vietnam by air only. So, if you plan to travel to Vietnam by land or sea, you should apply for a visa at the nearest Vietnam embassy.

There are two offices of Vietnam Embassy in United States: one in Washington DC and one in San Francisco.

Embassy of Vietnam in Washington DC, United States
Address: 1233, 20th St., NW, Suite 400, Washington DC, 20036, USA
Tel: (1-202) 861 073
Fax: (1-202) 861 0917
Consulate General of Vietnam in San Francisco, United States
Address: 1700 California St, Suite 430 San Francisco, CA 94109
Tel: (1415) 922 1577
Fax: (1415) 922 1577

With visa on arrival, the Vietnam Immigration Department will issue a visa approval letter with your name on it stating that you are allowed to enter Vietnam on a specified date. Then, you will have the visa stamped onto your passport at the arrival airport. If you apply for visa at Vietnam embassies, the visa stamp will be on your passport when they send it back to you.


For U.S passport holders

U.S citizens coming to Vietnam for vacation or business can easily apply for Vietnam visa on arrival following the simple application process provided here at

Fill in the secured application form with required information such as your full name, date of birth, passport number, arrival date, etc. You are required to enter the exact personal information of the applicant(s) in order for the Immigration Department to issue Visa Approval Letter.

Please double check to ensure the information is correct. Then process to make payment for the service fee. You can make payment with your Credit/ Debit Card via OnePay /PayPal or pay via Western Union. Our confirmation email for your visa application will be sent within 5 minutes.

The cost for Vietnam visa on arrival includes:

  • Visa service fee (paid to when you apply) and,
  • Visa stamping fee (paid to custom officials at airports when you enter Vietnam)

The service fee varies based on the number of applicants, the type of visa and the processing time (normal or urgent) you wish to apply for.

Detailed information about the service fee and stamping fee for Vietnam visa application can be found here:

Wait for 2 working days (normal service) or 1 working day (urgent service) to get your Visa Approval Letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department via email.

Print the visa approval letter out together with the entry and exit form (attached in the email)

Get your visa stamped at Vietnam airport check-in counter by presenting your visa approval letter, passport, 02 passport-sized photos, Vietnamese visa application form (already filled out), and stamping fee to the Immigration Officer.

In case you wish to fill out your information offline, you can download the visa application form here (in .doc format), fill it out and send to our email at You will receive our reply email with the payment link to make payment for the visa service fee.

For other nationalities currently staying in United States

If your nationalities are not included in the Vietnam visa exemption list, you are required to obtain a visa before traveling to Vietnam.

For those whose nationalities are supported with visa on arrival, you can follow the simple steps listed above to apply for one at Or, you can contact the nearest Vietnam Embassy around your area to apply.

First, please check if a visa is required for your nationality to enter Vietnam by selecting your nationality on top of this page or inform us via

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