Visa Requirements for Vietnamese Citizens
Visa requirements for Vietnamese citizens are the pre-established by foreign governments rules and conditions applicable upon all international travels.
Vietnamese citizens can travel abroad using the electronic visa system, the Visa on Arrival system, Embassy-issued visas, as well as on a visa-free basis. Each country stipulates which type of visa will citizens of Vietnam need to obtain to enter their territory.
30 countries allow Vietnamese passport holders to get their visas online using the implemented eVisa system, 32 countries offer visas obtainable on arrival, 20 countries grant Vietnamese citizens a visa-free entry, while 121 countries require travelers from Vietnam to have an Embassy-issued visa to enter.
Each visa type can be further divided into subtypes that may differ in terms of the length of the maximum stay, the number of entries allowed, the validity period, as well as purpose of usage.
The easiest type of visa to get is an eVisa since the whole process of applying can be completed online within minutes. The approved document is then delivered to travelers via email or links directly to their passport number.
Embassy-issued visas are, on the other hand, the most difficult to obtain, usually requiring numerous supporting documents and the need to complete the application procedures in-person.
Further details on each visa/entry type for citizens of Vietnam are available below along with lists of countries offering each one and specific requirements to meet to apply.
An eVisa is an electronic authorization document issued for international travels after completing an online application process. Electronic visas are usually issued for short-term stays relating to leisure, business, and transit.
List of countries offering eVisas for Vietnamese citizens
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Ivory Coast
- Papua New Guinea
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Sao Tome and Principe
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
30 countries offer Vietnamese citizens the possibility to apply for eVisas online following a simple application process from home.
Obtaining an eVisa usually requires travelers to prepare their:
- Valid passport
- Active email address
- Access to any online payment method
The application process itself consists of three simple steps, which are completing the application form with the required data, covering the issuing fee, and checking one’s email inbox.
Approved eVisa allows its holder a short-term stay abroad, usually either 30, 60, or 90 days for all leisure, business, and transit-related reasons. This means that Vietnamese passport holders using the eVisa system can go on vacation, visit their friends and families, go on a business trip, attend events and conferences, or simply take a layover while transiting.
Visa on Arrival
A Visa on Arrival is a short-term travel authorization that’s issued after completing all application procedures at the nearest border control checkpoint upon traveler’s arrival.
List of countries that offer Visas on Arrival for Vietnamese Citizens
- Cape Verde
- The Maldives
- The Marshall Islands
- Saint Lucia
- Sierra Leone
- Sri Lanka
32 countries make it possible for citizens of Vietnam to obtain their visas upon arrival after completing the application process at the closest border control checkpoint.
Make sure to check the list of the required for VoA documents and prepare them before departure. That way you will have a complete paperwork to apply for your Visa on Arrival ready.
With the required documents on hand, visit the nearest border control checkpoint after arrival to the selected destination and ask for a VoA application form. Next, complete the form thoroughly providing the required data and make sure the form is free from any errors.
Once that’s done, submit your application along with the required supporting documents (if any) to the border checkpoint and follow through with the next steps, which may include:
- Covering the VoA issuing fee (which may need to be done in cash using local currency)
- Providing further supporting documents
If the border officials find your application valid, you will receive your Visa on Arrival that will stipulate the length of the maximum stay and its validity period.
An Embassy visa is a traditional visa obtained after completing the application procedures in-person at an Embassy or Consulate of the country travelers plan to visit. Embassy visas may come in different types, including short and long-term ones.
List of countries that require Vietnamese citizens to present a valid Embassy visa upon arrival
- The Bahamas
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Burkina Faso
- The Central African Republic
- The Republic of the Congo
- The Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Costa Rica
- The Czech Republic
- The Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea
- The Netherlands
- New Zealand
- North Korea
- North Macedonia
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- The Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Trinidad and Tobago
- The United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Vatican City
121 countries require citizens of Vietnam to present a valid Embassy visa upon their arrival. Travelers from Vietnam must apply for a traditional Embassy-issued visa before visiting any of the above-listed countries.
The process of applying for an Embassy visa may differ between the countries and may differ depending on the selected Embassy visa type, especially when it comes to the required documents.
Vietnam passport holders should check which Embassy visa types is the country they plan on visiting offering and choose the one that’s the most suitable for their trip. Next, check the required documents and prepare them.
The next step is usually completing the application form and submitting it for processing at the nearest Embassy along with the required paperwork. The Embassy may require travelers to complete a few more steps, such as covering the visa issuing fee or going through a visa interview before processing their application.
Please note that Embassy visas may process even for a few weeks. It’s crucial to check how long is the processing time for the specific visa we have selected and apply within the required time period to receive the needed document before departure.
There are 20 countries that currently welcome Vietnamese passport holders on a visa-free basis making for effortless international travels.
Traveling on a visa-free basis is the most effortless way to travel abroad since what’s usually needed is simply a valid passport or a valid ID.
Some countries may require a few additional documents to be presented upon arrival. These documents may include hotel bookings, return tickets, proof of sufficient funds for the stay, and more.
Visa-free travels in most cases can relate to leisure, business, and transit reasons within short-term stays abroad.