Vietnam Visa Policy Overview
The visa policy of Vietnam is governed by the Immigration Law of Vietnam (2015), overseen by immigration authorities. According to this law, visitors are required to obtain visas from Vietnamese diplomatic missions abroad unless they are citizens of visa-exempt countries or eligible for electronic visas. This standard immigration protocol applies to both short and long-term visas, with online electronic visas specifically catering to short leisure stays.
The electronic visa program, initiated in 2017, provides options for single entry and multiple entry visas, allowing a stay of up to 30 days. Nationals from nearly 100 eligible territories and countries can avail themselves of this e-visa option, also known as an eVisa. Holders must adhere to visa conditions and depart from the country on or before the visa expiration date.
Applying for an eVisa is a straightforward online process that eliminates the need for physical document submission. After completing the application form, uploading relevant documents, and paying the application fee with a credit or debit card, successful applicants receive their eVisa via email within a few days.
For individuals invited by residents or organizations in Vietnam, applying for a visa at the nearest Vietnam embassy is required, as opposed to an e-visa application. E-visa applicants must possess valid passports outside the country during the application process.