Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Last update: Apr 25, 2024

Vietnam visa on arrival policy Updates

  • Visa on arrival for Vietnam has been resumed, but
    • A tourist visa on arrival is limited to up to 30 days only, depending on your travel itinerary in Vietnam, and cannot be extended. In case you don’t know how to start, please contact us via chat online, Whatsapp at +84.946.583.583 or email [email protected]
    • A business visa on arrival is limited to those who have a sponsor company in Vietnam where they will work after entering Vietnam. We cannot help you find one, but we can assist you with the paperwork.
  • A business visa on arrival can be valid for up to 3 months, and can be extended once.
  • A tourist visa on arrival for Vietnam can be processed urgently, very appropriate for those who have a flight to Vietnam within a few hours or a few days.

Here are all the things you need to know about Vietnam visa on arrival.

What is Vietnam Visa on Arrival?

Vietnam visa on arrival (also known as Vietnam landing visa, or Vietnam airport visa, or visa upon arrival) is a convenient alternative way to obtain valid permission to visit Vietnam. It can be picked up at one of Vietnam’s international airports upon arrival.

To obtain the visa on arrival for Vietnam, you need to get a visa approval letter in advance. Secondly, you show it at Vietnam airports to get visa stamped onto your passports.

List of Applicable Airports for visa on arrival to Vietnam

You can get a visa on arrival for Vietnam at the following airports:

  • Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi)
  • Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Cat Bi International Airport (Hai Phong)
  • Da Nang International Airport (Da Nang)
  • Cam Ranh International Airport (Khanh Hoa)
  • Can Tho International Airport (Can Tho)
  • Lien Khuong International Airport (Da Lat)
  • Phu Quoc International Airport (Phu Quoc)

Read more: Step-by-step visa procedures at Vietnam airports

Who can get Vietnam visa on arrival at airport?

All nationalities can apply for a visa on arrival to Vietnam, but the following things must be guaranteed:

  • A Vietnam tourist visa on arrival must be applied through a travel agent like Vietnam-visa
  • A Vietnam business visa on arrival must be applied with sponsorship from a Vietnam-based company where the applicant will work after entering Vietnam.

How long is Vietnam visa on arrival good for?

The Vietnam visa on arrival validity currently depends on the visa type, specifically:

Visa typeVisa on arrival term
Tourist visa►Up to 30 days, depending on nationality and travel itinerary
► Single entry
► Cannot be extended
Business visa► Up to 3 months
► Single/multiple entry
► Can be extended ONCE with sponsor from the same company

Vietnam visa on arrival requirements

As mentioned above, getting a visa on arrival for Vietnam has been made more difficult after COVID, and its requirements also depend on the visa type, as follows:

Visa typeVisa on arrival requirements
Tourist visaSponsorship from a tour operator in Vietnam Visa approval letter
Business visaSponsorship from a company in Vietnam where you will work after entering the country.

How to apply for Vietnam visa on arrival

Steps required to apply for a visa on arrival for Vietnam:

Submit the application form online for an approval letter
Make payment of service fee
Get approval letter via email and print it out. Prepare Vietnamese visa application form (also known as entry-and-exit application form), 2 passport-sized photos 4x6cm, your passport and cash for stamping fee.
Present prepared documents mentioned above to the officer at Landing VISA (VOA) Counter at the Vietnam international airport to get VISA stamped on your passport.

The above are brief steps for VOA application. See the full guide on how to apply for Vietnam visa on arrival.

Visa on Arrival Processing Time

The duration of processing an approval visa letter is from a few working hours, to one (01) working day (known as emergency visa) to 7 – 10 working days (excluding Saturday, Sunday, and national or international holidays), depending on your selected visa processing time.

If you are not sure which processing time fits you, tell us for advice at Whatsapp +84.946.583.583.

Vietnam Visa on Arrival Fees

When it comes to the cost of Vietnam visa on arrival, there are two types of fee you need to pay:

  • Service fee: fee to get the Visa approval letter. It varies by the visa type and processing time.
  • Stamping fee: paid in cash at Vietnam International Airport to get visa stamped. It will be USD 25 for a single entry visa and USD 50 for a multiple entry visa valid for up to 3 months.

Extra Notes

  • Vietnam visa on arrival is unlike its counterpart in Cambodia, Thailand or Laos which can be obtained right at the entry border gate. Applicants only need to complete. Visa on arrival requires travelers to obtain a visa approval letter beforehand to get visa stamped at Vietnam international airport.
  • Vietnam visa on arrival is used for air travel only. If you travel to Vietnam by cruise or land, you are required to get a full authorized visa before your arrival.
  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months at your entry time in Vietnam.
  • Children having their own passports are charged at the same fee as adults.
  • Up to now, there is NO OFFICIAL website for Vietnam visa on arrival service. All sites supplying the service of getting the approval letter are private agencies. Thus, you should not be confused by a variety of websites with organizational internet domain TLDs (org, gov, etc.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, it is.

Getting a Vietnamese visa on arrival is a 100% legal process. The authorized visa approval letter is granted by Vietnam Immigration Department. It acts as official permission that allows you to board the airplane and get visa stamped onto passports at Vietnam international airports.

Legal basis:

  • Ordinance on entry, exit, and residence of foreigners in Vietnam
  • Government’s Decree No. 21/2001/ND-CP
  • Joint Circular No. 04/2002/TTLT/BCA-BNG

Many centers supply this service to simplify travelers’ arrival and save their time.

All visitors who are not eligible for Vietnam evisa or visa exemption are eligible to apply for a Vietnam visa on arrival as long as they travel to Vietnam by air and arrive at one of the international airports in Vietnam.

If you are not sure, please select your nationality here and check.

It does not matter at all.

As the Visa approval letter (to pick up visa on arrival) works at all 8 international airports of Vietnam (Noi Bai in Hanoi, Cat Bi in Hai Phong, Da Nang in Da Nang, Cam Ranh in Khanh Hoa, Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City, Phu Quoc in Phu Quoc island, Lien Khuong in Da Lat and Can Tho in Can Tho city), you can switch your arrival airports among them and get the visa stamped without problems.

It does not matter at all. In case you are still not sure about your travel dates, you can provide planned ones when you fill in the online VOA Vietnam application form.

But please be kindly informed that you cannot enter Vietnam sooner than your provided arrival dates but later. So, please carefully consider before putting your dates into the form.

You can apply for the letter whenever you wish as it becomes valid from the arrival date granted, not from the date you apply for visa or the date you receive the letter.

The latest time to apply for visa approval letter for Vietnam should be 3 working days (for tourist visa) or 7 working days (for business visa) to avoid urgent processing cost.

No. When using Vietnam visa on arrival (or VOA Vietnam), you have nothing to work with the Vietnam embassy regarding your visa for Vietnam.

After getting the visa approval letter via email, you only need to print it out together with the attached Vietnamese visa application form (formerly known as Entry and Exit Form) and then get the visa stamped upon arrival at Vietnam airport by showing these forms, original passport, photos and paying for stamping fee there.

It depends on the visa type you are applying for:

  • For tourist visa, you need to provide us your passport photo, your itinerary and flight ticket (if any),
  • For business visa, you need to provide business registration certificate of your sponsor company in Vietnam.

No, you cannot. To get your visa on arrival to Vietnam, an approval letter (pre-approved visa letter) is required. So, you have to apply online via a visa center.

Q. I am a US citizen who will be flying from Singapore to Danang on  Jetstar. I first stop in Ho Chi Minh City and then board another connection on to Danang. Should I get my VOA in Ho Chi Minh or Danang?  Thank you.

A. In this case, you will need to get the visa stamped at the first landing airport, ie. Ho Chi Minh City Airport. After that, you will leave for the domestic terminal to get your connection to Da Nang airport.

No, please be advised that you need to pay the stamping fee in cash at the Vietnam international airport upon arrival.

Yes, we do offer fast-track service that can help you avoid the queue, save your time and energy that can be used for other more interesting activities in Vietnam.

The wait time for visa on arrival to Vietnam depends on your selected visa processing time. It takes from 01 working hour to 02 working days to get an approval letter via email. After that, you can get a visa for Vietnam upon arrival at Vietnam airports.

No. Vietnam visa on arrival is available for those traveling to Vietnam by air only. In case you are traveling to Vietnam by bus, you may consider getting Vietnam e-visa or embassy visa.

Yes, you can. With visa on arrival, you are only required to enter Vietnam by air to get visa stamped at the airport. And then you can exit Vietnam by any means of transport.

It depends on your Visa on arrival type. You cannot extend your tourist visa on arrival but can extend and renew your business visa once you are in Vietnam. There are a few reasons that your visa extension request can be refused: (01) you overstay your visa, (02) you have problems with your past entries (overstay, wrong entry purpose, having a criminal record in Vietnam, etc.)

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