Vietnam Visa On Arrival

As of 2023, the Vietnam Visa on arrival process involves acquiring an approval letter from a Vietnamese travel agency to have the visa stamped at an international airport in Vietnam upon arrival. It is important to note that as of 2023, this method is only applicable for individuals traveling under emergency circumstances.

Visa on arrival counter at Hanoi airport
Visa on arrival counter at Hanoi airport

Things you need to know

Before you apply Visa

Why choose visa on arrival:

  • Free Vietnam visa Consultancy
  • Easy to apply & track your status
  • Secure Online Payment
  • Timely Delivery
  • Simple Procedure

Applicable Vietnam airports:

  • Noi Bai International Airport – HAN
  • Cat Bi International Airport – HPH
  • Da Nang International Airport – DAD
  • Cam Ranh International Airport – CXR
  • Tan Son Nhat International Airport – SGN
  • Can Tho International Airport – VCA
  • Phu Quoc International Airport – PQC

Documents need to be prepared

  • Your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your Vietnam entry date and 2 blank pages;
  • 02 portrait photo which is in hard copy, taken in the last 6 months (4*6 size, colored photo, white background, straight looking without glasses) -> Check Vietnam Visa Photo Requirements
  • A visa application entry/exit form (NA2);

Steps to apply visa

Detailed instructions on how to apply for a visa on arrival:

  1. Apply online and make payment: Fill all required information for secured online form and pay the service fee. Your information is totally ensured.
  2. Receive Approval letter: You will receive an approval letter through your email, then print it and prepare 2 portrait pictures (4*6 cm), immigration form, and money for visa stamp fee at the airport.
  3. Get visa stamped upon arrival: Present your passport, Approval letter, your printed online form, your pictures and stamping fee to Immigration officers.

What is visa on arrival?

A Vietnam visa on arrival (VOA) or Landing visa is an alternative way to obtain a visa for Vietnam. Instead of applying at an embassy or consulate, you can submit an online application to obtain an approval letter. With this letter, you can pick up your visa upon arrival at a designated Vietnam international airport.

Applicants are mandated to obtain a visa approval letter, also referred to as a pre-approved visa letter or visa invitation letter, through a local visa agent in Vietnam. Subsequently, this letter is utilized for obtaining a visa stamp on the passport upon arrival at the airport, rather than having the visa affixed to passports in advance of the trip.

Pre-approved visa letter
Pre-approved visa letter

Visa fee and Processing time

Vietnam visa on arrival fee

Vietnam visa on arrival includes 2 types of fees: visa service fee and stamping fee:

  • Visa service fee: This fee you pay to the visa agent so they can apply for a visa approval letter before arrival.
  • Stamping fee: This fee you pay to the customs officer when completing entry procedures into Vietnam at the airport upon landing.
Type of visa Service fee Stamping fee
Single Entry (1 or 3 months) USD 20 – 30 USD 25
Multiple Entry (1 or 3 months) USD 25 – 45 USD 50

Processing time

Applying for a pre-approved visa letter is required for a Vietnam visa on arrival, so you need to estimate how long it will take to prepare this before your trip. Processing time for a pre-approved visa application from a few hours to a few working days:

  • Urgent processing needs 2 – 8 working hours.
  • Standard processing needs 2 – 5 working days.

After receiving all the necessary documents, it will take about 30 minutes to 1 hour at the Vietnam airport upon landing to have your visa stamped.

Conditions/Laws apply

Although citizens worldwide can apply for a visa on arrival if they arrive in Vietnam by air and enter/exit one of the 8 designated airports, there are some other conditions that you must comply with the following:

  • Foreigners have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months before the intended date of stay in Vietnam, and the passport has at least 2 blank pages.
  • Foreigners coming from countries that do not have a Vietnamese Embassy/Consulate.
  • Foreigners residing in other countries and not currently present in Vietnamese territory.
  • Foreigners arriving in Vietnam by air with immigration checkpoints at one of 8 international airports are issued visas upon entry.
  • People who are not prohibited from entering Vietnam according to the provisions of Article 21 of the Law on entry, exit, transit, and residence of foreigners in Vietnam.