Visa to VIETNAM

Updated 23/01/2022

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Visa Full Package

ABROADER will take care of your whole visa application process and you will only need to pick up the visa upon arrival in one of Vietnam’s three main international airports:

  • Noi Bai International Airport in Ha Noi (HAN)
  • Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)
  • Da Nang International Airport in Da Nang (DAD).

Step 1

You will provide ABROADER with:

  • Your scanned passport copy
  • Your home country information
  • Your university/ institute information (major/ year – semester/ current degree)
  • Your family’s contact information (in case of emergencies)

Step 2

Wait for ABROADER’s Letter of approval and Visa Application form (via Email) and prepare these documents:

  • Your passport
  • Completed and signed Visa Application Form (known as Entry and Exit form)
  • Visa approval letter with your name (printed in advance)
  • 2 personal photos (4x6cm). One photo to be glued to your Visa application form
  • Stamping fee in cash: USD $25 (for 1-month and 3-month Single entry Visa) or USD $50 (for 1-month and 3-month Multiple entry Visa).

Step 3

Upon arrival:

  • Get off flight
  • Go to Immigration Checkpoint
  • Find the “Visa on arrival” counter, present the documents prepared in step 2 and ask for further instruction (if needed).

* Note: This process may take up to 2 hours

Apply Visa by Yourself

Important things to know when you apply for visa

Visa type

If you come on an internship or service-learning program, you will need to apply for a single-entry/multiple-entry business visa (DN) which allows you to enter Vietnam for interning or joining a service-learning program. A multiple-entry DN visa usually costs more than a single-entry one.

If you come on a semester exchange program, you will need a single-entry/multiple-entry study visa (DH) which allows you to enter Vietnam for study purposes.

*Important Note: Sometimes international students interning or joining service-learning programs at NGOs in Vietnam may need to get a different type of visa with the support/sponsor from the NGOs.

Visa documents

The visa application requirements and procedures will vary depending on your nationalities, purpose of entry into Vietnam. However, generally you will be asked to provide the following documents when applying for a visa at the Vietnamese embassies or general consulate(s) in your home country (click here for the directory of all Vietnamese Embassies and Consulates abroad):

Original passport valid for a minimum of 6 months at the date of entry and with at least one blank page available for the Vietnam Visa

Vietnamese Visa application form (click here for the online Visa form)

Passport photo(s) taken within the last 01 year and 4 x 6cm in size

An official letter of acceptance/invitation from the Vietnamese host school/company/NGO

A proof of tuition fees payment ( for study in Vietnam applicants)

Length of stay and visa fee

Vietnamese visas are generally issued (single or multiple entries) with a validity of 3 months, 6 months or 1 year. It is likely that the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in your home country will decide the maximum length of your visa based on the length of the program you have signed up for through ABROADER.

You will also be asked to pay the visa fee upon the submission of your visa application at the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate. Check out the following table of reference on visa to Vietnam fees:

Processing time

Visas to Vietnam are usually processed within 5 to 14 business days*. The process time varies depending on the foreign embassies and consulates of Vietnam. It is also possible to opt for rush or emergency visa service with additional fees.

*Note: Business day = Mon – Fri

Picking up your visa

In case you cannot collect your visa at the Vietnamese embassy or consulate in your home country, it is possible to do it at the Immigration Checkpoint in one of Vietnam’s 3 main international airports in Hanoi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City upon your arrival and with a special approval letter.

Step 1:

You should receive your Letter of approval via E-mail after your application is successfully processed. Print it out.

Prepare these documents with you:

  • Your passport
  • Completed and signed Visa Application Form (known as Entry and Exit form)
  • Visa approval letter with your name (printed in advance)
  • 2 personal photos (4x6cm). One photo to be glued to your Visa application form
  • Stamping fee in cash: USD $25 (for 1-month and 3-month Single entry Visa) or USD $50 (for 1-month and 3-month Multiple entry Visa).

Step 2:

  • Get off flight.
  • Go to Immigration Checkpoint
  • Find the “Visa on arrival” counter, present the documents prepared in step 2 and ask for further instruction (if needed).

* Note: This process may take up to 2 hours.

Visa extention

In case you cannot get a visa valid for your desired duration when applying in your home country, it is possible to get it extended after you come to Vietnam. This can be done by Vietnam Immigration Departments in Hanoi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City, and you are suggested to ask your host schools/companies/NGOs to support or sponsor your visa extension.

Vietnamese residents overseas can get a visa exemption certificate to visit Vietnam as instructed in this page. For students with other nationalities, check out this link to know if you can visit Vietnam without a visa for a certain period of time.

Additional resources

* Vietnamese Governmental Sites end with gov.vn only

Vietnamese Ministry of Immigration: https://xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/en

Programs that go with the document

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