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Visa Requirements for Vietnamese Citizens

Visa requirements for Vietnamese citizens are pre-established rules and conditions by foreign governments that apply to all international travel. Vietnamese citizens can go abroad using the electronic visa system, visa at border gate system, visa issued by the embassy as well as visa exemption.
Each country specifies the type of visa that Vietnamese citizens must have to enter its territory.
30 countries allow Vietnamese passport holders to apply for visas online using the established eVisa system, 32 countries offer visas that can be obtained on arrival, 20 countries grant entry to Vietnamese citizens visa-free, while 121 countries require visitors from Vietnam to have a government-issued visa embassy enter.
Each type of visa can be divided into different sub-types in terms of maximum stay, number of entries allowed, validity period as well as purpose of use.
The easiest type of visa to get is the eVisa, as the entire application process can be completed online in just a few minutes. The approved document will then be sent to the traveler via email or a direct link to their passport number.
On the other hand, embassy-issued visas are the most difficult to obtain, often requiring many supporting documents and needing to complete the application procedures in person. You can find more detailed information about each visa/entry type for Vietnamese citizens below, along with a list of countries offering each type and the specific requirements to apply.

Electronic visa

eVisa is an electronic authorization document issued for international travel after completing an online application process.
Electronic visas are typically issued for short-term stays related to entertainment, business, and transit.

List of countries offering eVisas for Vietnamese citizens

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Azerbaijan
  • Benin
  • Djibouti
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • Guinea
  • India
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Lesotho
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Uzbekistan
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
30 countries offer Vietnamese citizens the opportunity to apply for an eVisa online by going through a simple application process at home.
Obtaining an eVisa usually requires travelers to prepare:
  • Valid passport
  • Active email address
  • Access to any online payment method
The registration process itself consists of three simple steps: fill in the registration form with the required data, pay the issuance fee and check your email inbox.
An approved eVisa allows its holder to stay abroad for short periods of time, typically 30, 60 or 90 days, for any reason related to leisure, business and transit.
This means that Vietnamese passport holders using the eVisa system can go on vacation, visit friends and family, travel for business, attend events and conferences or simply stop over during transit.

Visa on Arrival

A Visa on Arrival is a short-term travel authorization that’s issued after completing all application procedures at the nearest border control checkpoint upon traveler’s arrival.

List of countries that offer Visas on Arrival for Vietnamese Citizens

  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bolivia
  • Cape Verde
  • Comoros
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • The Maldives
  • The Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Lucia
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
32 countries allow Vietnamese citizens to apply for a visa at the border gate after completing the application procedures at the nearest border gate.
Remember to check the list of required VoA documents and have them ready before departure. This way, you will have all the documents to apply for a visa upon arrival. With the necessary documents in hand, go to the nearest border checkpoint after arriving at your chosen destination and request the VoA application form.
Then, fill out the form carefully by providing the required data and make sure that the form does not contain any errors.
Once completed, submit your application along with the required supporting documents (if applicable) to the border control point and follow these steps, which may include:
  • Covering the VoA issuing fee (which may need to be done in cash using local currency)
  • Providing further supporting documents

If the border officials find your application valid, you will receive your Visa on Arrival that will stipulate the length of the maximum stay and its validity period.

Embassy visa

An embassy visa is a traditional visa obtained after completing the application procedure in person at the embassy or consulate of the country the traveler intends to visit.
Embassy visas can be of different types, including short-term visas and long-term visas.

List of countries that require Vietnamese citizens to present a valid Embassy visa upon arrival

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • The Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bhutan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • The Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • Colombia
  • The Republic of the Congo
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • The Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • The Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Eswatini
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kiribati
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Nauru
  • The Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • The Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sudan
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syria
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • The United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen
121 countries require Vietnamese citizens to present a valid embassy visa upon entry.
Travelers from Vietnam must apply for a traditional visa issued by an embassy before traveling to any of the countries listed above.
The embassy visa application process may vary from country to country and may vary depending on the embassy visa type chosen, including required documents. Vietnamese passport holders should check the embassy visa types offered by the country they plan to visit and choose the visa type that best suits their trip.
Next, check the necessary documents and prepare them.
The next step is usually to fill out the application form and submit it to the nearest embassy for processing, along with the required documents.
The Embassy may require travelers to complete additional steps, such as paying a visa fee or completing a visa interview, before processing their application.
Please note that visas at the embassy can be processed even in a few weeks.
It is important to check the processing times for the specific visa type we have chosen and apply within the required timeframe to receive the necessary documents before departure.

Visa-free countries

There are currently 20 countries welcoming Vietnamese passport holders without a visa, making international travel easier.

  • Barbados
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Chile
  • Dominica
  • Gambia
  • Indonesia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Micronesia
  • Myanmar
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Kish Island and Qeshm Island
  • Palestine
  • Brest and Grodno
  • Northern Cyprus
  • Svalbard
  •  Transnistria
  •  Cook Islands
  •  Pitcairn Islands
Traveling without a visa is the easiest way to travel abroad as what is usually required is simply a valid passport or identification document. Some countries may require additional documents upon arrival.
These documents may include hotel reservations, return tickets, proof of sufficient funds for the stay, etc.
In most cases, visa-free travel can be for leisure, business and transit reasons during short stays abroad.

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