Everything You Need To Know About Vietnam Visa
per the immigration laws of Vietnam, British passport holders (Up to June 31,
2021) can enter the country without a visa. However, the allowable period of
stay offered by this facility is up to 15 days, including your entry and exit
dates. And you can use the option only when you are entering Vietnam for
tourism or business purposes.
availing this facility, you need to carry a passport that is valid for at least
six months and has a minimum of two blank visa pages. You need to hold proof of
sufficient funds, onward/return airline tickets, necessary documentation
required for the next destination.
Present these at the immigration counter so
that you are allowed to enter Vietnam without a visa.
If you do not hold an official British citizen passport but have another type
of British nationality, such as British national (overseas), you need to apply
for a visa before you plan your travel into Vietnam.
Important points to consider when availing the visa exemption
your travel plans include several visits within a short span, you are advised
to apply for a regular multiple entry visa (which is covered in the following
This is because the Vietnamese government does not allow another
15-day visa waiver within 30 days of your last visit. You have to present a
visa when you re-enter the country within one month.
your port of entry is Phu Quoc, note that here you can avail the facility of
visa-free entry of up to 30 days. However, this is valid when your itinerary
includes only stays in Phu Quoc. If you are visiting other places, you have to
follow the visa requirements of the respective regions.
when you enter through Phu Quoc and plan to stay here for the entire duration,
select the 30-day Phu Quoc visa waiver. If you plan to travel to other places,
opt for the 15-day Vietnam-wide visa waiver. Communicate with the immigration
official clearly so that he grants you the required exemption facility.
you choose the 30-day Phu Quoc visa waiver and later change your plans and wish
to travel to the Vietnamese mainland, you have to apply for a Vietnamese visa
at the Phu Quoc Immigration Office. Again, when you have the 30-day waiver but
travel to another nation and return to Vietnam, you can re-apply for a 15-day
know the above regulations can be confusing. If you have any additional doubts,
you can call our helpline and discuss with us about your exact requirements. We
shall guide you through the process.
stays greater than 15 days, British nationals have the following visa types
- Regular visas obtained from the
Vietnamese Embassy in London
you have fixed travel plans, that exceeds 15 days but is limited for up to 30 days,
you can apply for an e-visa. For this, you need to submit your application
online. This is one of the fastest, easiest, and most comfortable methods since
you can carry out the entire process electronically from any location.
you need to do it fill out the application form online. The documents required
to be submitted are a scanned copy of the biodata pages of your passport and a
recent passport-size photograph. Once your visa is approved, you will receive a
Visa Approval Letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department through email.
take a print out of the approval letter. Once you arrive at the visa landing
counter in Vietnam, present this document to the immigration officer along with
your original passport (with a minimum of 6 months validity and at least two
blank pages), 2 passport-sized photos, the completed and signed visa
application form, and stamping fee.
official will tally your documents with the records on the system and stamp the
visa on your passport.
E-visa is applicable only at fixed entry/exit points in the country. You need
to select this point when you fill up your application form.
international airports where e-visa is allowed are
- Hanoi City
- Ho Chi Minh City
- Da Nang City
- Nha Trang City
- Hai Phong City
- Phu Quoc Island
- Any of the 13 international land
you do not have fixed travel plans or you are planning to stay in Vietnam for
more than 30 days, you need to obtain a visa from the nearest Vietnamese
embassy before you enter the country.
Regular tourist visa
Vietnamese tourist visas can be applied at the embassy. They are available in
either single entry or multiple entries. Both single entry and multiple entry
visas come with validities of 30 and 90 days. You can apply for one as per your
this, you will need a completed visa application form, a valid and original
passport, and a passport-size photograph. You do not need an appointment to
submit the application package.
Once your visa is processed, your stamped
passport can be collected from the consular section of the embassy.
Regular business visa
business visas, which are obtained from the embassy, also offer options of
single and multiple entries. They arrive with validities of 30 and 90 days,
just like tourist visas.
this, apart from the passport, photograph, and visa application form, you need
to submit an invitation letter, travel itinerary (onward/return tickets). As
for the application process, it is similar to that for a tourist visa.
you hold a diplomatic or official passport and are based in the UK, you can get
a visa on Gratis. For this, apart from the general documents (passport,
photograph, and visa application form), you need to submit a Note Verbal or an
official letter from the UK Foreign Office or diplomatic missions accredited to
Visa for official travel
order to avail an official travel visa, you have to apply though the Embassy.
For this purpose, you need to submit a completed application form, a passport,
and a photograph. The specifications are the same as those for a tourist visa.
with the above documents, please attach a business cover letter from your
employer in the UK, a proof of approval issued by the sponsor in Vietnam, and a
Note Verbale specifying your purpose of travel and approved by the Vietnamese
all the documents are in order, follow the same steps for visa application as
outlined in the section for tourist visas.
nationals transiting visa Vietnamese airports are visa-exempt for a stay of up
to 24 hours. However, for this, you must have a valid passport, hold proof of
sufficient funds, own onward/return airline tickets, and possess all the
documentation required for the next destination.
Vietnam entry requirements for British nationals who are spouses
or children of Vietnamese nationals
you are a British national and are the spouse or child of a Vietnamese
resident, you can apply for a visa exemption certificate.
certificate offers a validity of up to 5 years and you can use it to enter
Vietnam multiple times, with each visit not exceeding 6 months.
can apply for this document at your nearest Vietnamese Embassy or at the
Immigration Department in Vietnam.
Restrictions at land borders
note that in Vietnam, there are several local crossing points shared by the
borders of Cambodia and Laos. These crossing points are only meant to be used
by citizens of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.
If you attempt to cross such
locations, please confirm with the local authorities before travelling to the
you arrive in Vietnam, you need to register your stay. If you are staying in a
hotel, submit your passport at the check-in point and the staff shall register
your stay with the local police.
Ensure that you collect your passport and do
not use it as a means of renting a room.
if you are planning to stay in private accommodation, you can take the help of
your host to register yourself. Failing to abide by the rules can lead to a
fine or penalty.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted by the Vietnamese government for
entry, airside transit and exit from the country. Of course, you should apply
for a visa before your travel plans.
However, in the case that you lose your
passport, you can apply for an ETD at the Vietnam Immigration Department.
However, before you exit Vietnam, you must apply for an exit visa. This process
may take up to 5 working days.
any scenario, never overstay the period mentioned on your Vietnamese visa. If
you do so and do not have the required permissions from authorities, you may be
fined and your travel plans can be delayed.
For any doubts, you can always
reach out to our 24x7 helpline or contact the Vietnamese Embassy in London.