This page explains how you can can successfully and independently obtain a Vietnam E-Visa online, as the process and information available on other websites is ambiguous and confusing. We've gone through the e-visa application process, and although there are bugs, it does work. Airlines and tour agencies can also apply online on behalf of their clients using the same portal. The following is a detailed account of what the E-Visa is, who is eligible, how to obtain one, and what international ports in Vietnam process the visa once you have landed.
New e-Visa for Vietnam: Beginning February 2017 foreign tourists can apply for Vietnam e-visa's (electronic visas). Under the e-visa program, tourists can apply over the internet for 30-day, single entry electronic visas by paying a non-refundable application fee online. E-visa applicants will no longer need an invitation letter from Vietnam. The aim of the new online e-visa Vietnam program is to reduce the barriers in processing visa's, increase tourism to the country, and to compete with neighboring countries. The new evisa, unlike the Phu Quoc Visa Exemption, will allow you to travel anywhere within Vietnam.
Vietnam has seen a surge in foreign tourists over the past 5 years with a growth rate of 46% and this trend is expected to continue as the country aims to be Asia's leading tourist destination by 2030. In 2016, China was the country’s largest foreign market market with 2.2MN visitors, followed by South Korea at 1.2MN and Japan at 0.6MN.
Vietnam currently has a visa waiver program for citizens from 21 countries and territories (see table below) and it is expected that additional nations will be added shortly. Chinese travelers traveling in organized tour groups can visit the border city of Mong Cai in Quang Ninh Province for up to 3 days without applying for a tourist visa as well.
VIETNAM VISA EXEMPT NATIONS (AS OF 2017):
Visitors with e-visas can touch down at any of Vietnam’s eight international airports, including Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City, Noi Bai in Hanoi and Da Nang in the central region. They can also arrive via land at 13 international border gates, and via sea at seven ports across the country.
9. South Korea
13. Czech Republic
16. Timor Leste
17. United States of America
23. United Kingdom
32. The Philippines
36. China (not applicable to Chinese e-passport holders)
46. New Zealand
Vietnam E-Visa Details:
Under Decree No. 07/2017 / ND-CP, Vietnam will launch a new online visa processing platform on 2017-02-01 that will allow overseas visitors to apply for a thirty day single-entry Vietnam Visa. Initially this service will be available for the following 40 nations (see below) but more will be added in the near future. The total fee for Vietnam e-Visa is $26.00 US Dollars. This fee is non-refundable under any circumstances.
Before applying for the E-Visa (button below), please read the information below as it is OUR CHECKLIST for you to submit your application successfully. The e-visa system is not perfect but you can improve your odds and save time bey carefully reading the instructions outlined below:
Apply for you Vietnam e-Visa today, but be patient as the system is not without faults. The process is simple, easy, cheap, and all done online. You can get the electronic visa for Vietnam in in just 3 steps (apply online, pay and download e-Visa approval) via the Government Portal. Visitor's vacationing on Phu Quoc, and only Phu Quoc, do not need to apply for an e-visa as Phu Quoc Island is classified as a special economic zone and all visitors to Phu Quoc will receive a 30 visa exemption. Learn more about the Phu Quoc Visa Exemption Policy.
Vietnam Visa For Stays Greater Than 30 Days
If you plan on staying in Vietnam for greater than 30 days OR you need a multiple entry visa, then you cannot apply for the E-Visa. You will need a Vietnam visa issued by Vietnam's embassy. There are two ways to obtain this visa:
Once successfully processed, visitors can enter Vietnam at any one of the following international ports: