Note: Due to Covid 19, Vietnam have temporarily suspended this Vietnam visa exemption program since March 2020. But a new development has come. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, on December 18, 2021, petitioned the government to resume visa exemption of less than 15 days for visitors from designated markets qualifying for the program prior to the Covid outbreak. We will keep you updated on any new development.
Citizens of certain countries may visit Vietnam without a visa for a certain period of time. The following is the list of countries and regions that have visa exemption agreements with Vietnam, unilaterally or bilaterally.
To get Vietnam visa exemption, the eligible travelers are required to ensure:
- their passport valid for at least 6 months following their date of arrival in Vietnam; and
- their passport has at least 02 blank pages.
Those who enter Vietnam under visa exemption will get the exemption stamp as follows on passport:
Who Do Not Need a Visa for Vietnam?
As of January 2019, regular passport holders of 24 countries DO NOT need a visa for Vietnam. Here is the list of visa waiver countries for Vietnam:
|Country||Maximum stay||Conditions (if any)|
|Chile||90 days||For tourist visa only|
|Denmark||15 days – Temporarily suspended due to COVID 19|
|Finland||15 days – Temporarily suspended due to COVID 19|
|France||15 days – Temporarily suspended due to COVID 19|
|Germany||15 days – Temporarily suspended due to COVID 19|
|Italy||15 days – Temporarily suspended due to COVID 19|
|Norway||15 days – Temporarily suspended due to COVID 19|
|South Korea||15 days – Temporarily suspended due to COVID 19|
|Spain||15 days – Temporarily suspended due to COVID 19|
|Sweden||15 days – Temporarily suspended due to COVID 19|
|United Kingdom (Not applicable to BNO)||15 days – Temporarily suspended due to COVID 19|
The above about Vietnam visa exemption (updated on July 1, 2020) is provided for informational purposes only, please double check with the official authorities in your current country before departure.
- The 30-day visa exemption is granted to those entering the coastal economic zones decided by the Government when those zones meet the following conditions:
- having an international airport,
- having their own space;
- having defined geographical boundaries and be separate from the mainland;
- being in line with socio-economic development policies while posing no threat to national defense, security, social order and safety of Vietnam.
So, Phu Quoc island is one of those zones. See our detailed guide on Phu Quoc visa exemption.
- APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) holders with valid passports are exempted from Vietnam visa requirements for a stay of no longer than 60 days. If you want to stay longer without leaving Vietnam, see exemption of Vietnam stay with ABTC.
- British National Overseas (BNO) passport holders are not eligible for the 15-day Vietnam visa exemption. So, they need to apply for a visa to visit Vietnam.
- Overseas Vietnamese, their spouses and children or Vietnamese citizens are eligible for Vietnam 5 year visa exemption.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I’m a UK passport holder. Is Vietnam visa exemption for UK citizens applied for my second visit within 30 days after my visa-free visit to Vietnam?
A. No. In case you are traveling back to Vietnam within 30 days after your visa free stay in Vietnam, you need to apply for a new visa to enter the country.
Please be kindly informed that if you are eligible for Vietnamese Visa exemption (except for 5 year visa exemption), you are not required to do anything beforehand, including completing any Vietnam visa exemption form. Just make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months following your arrival date and has at least 02 blank pages. And then, upon arrival at the port of entry in Vietnam, please show your passport to enter Vietnam.