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Vietnam visa exemption

Last update: Jul 23, 2019

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:

Vietnam visa exemption stamp

Sample Vietnam visa exemption stamp

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

Cambodia

30 days

 

Indonesia

30 days

 

Indonesia

30 days

 

Kyrgyzstan

30 days

 

Laos

30 days

 

Malaysia

30 days

 

Singapore

30 days

 

Thailand

30 days

 

Philippines

21 days

 

Brunei

14 days

 

Myanmar

14 days

 

Belarus

15 days

  • They have never been in Vietnam before; or they have never been in Vietnam with visa exemption before; OR
  • Otherwise, in case they have been in Vietnam with visa exemption, their arrival date must at least 30 days following exit date of their last stay in Vietnam with visa exemption. It means the visa exemption requires 30-day interval.

 

Denmark

15 days

Finland

15 days

France

15 days

Germany

15 days

Italy

15 days

Japan

15 days

Norway

15 days

Russia

15 days

South Korea

15 days

Spain

15 days

Sweden

15 days

United Kingdom (Not applicable to BNO)

15 days

The above about Vietnam visa exemption is provided for informational purposes only, please double check with the official authorities in your current country before departure.

Notes:

  • Foreign passports are exempted from visa requirements to Phu Quoc Island for no longer than 30 days if they directly visit Phu Quoc or transit through other international airports in Vietnam before arriving Phu Quoc. 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.
  • 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. 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.

 

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