Do you need a visa for Vietnam? 

Yes, most nationalities require a visa before travelling to Vietnam. This includes travellers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States of America and most of Europe.

How to apply for a Vietnam visa

  1. It is recommended that you apply for your visa at your nearest Vietnam embassy or consulate. It can take up to three weeks to process and usually costs between US $60 and US $100 for a single-entry 30-day stay. Keep in mind that prices and processing times can vary. Please check with your embassy or consulate for more information about application requirements.
  2. An eVisa is available for some nationalities, including passport holders from France, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. This is a single-entry visa, valid for stays of up to 30 days. Visit the immigration website for more information on how to obtain an eVisa.
  3. The government of Vietnam has authorised some businesses and travel agencies to arrange pre-approval for ‘visa on arrival’ at the airport in Vietnam. Please note there have been reports that some websites offering this service are scams. In order to avoid such scams, it’s a good idea to obtain your visa directly from an embassy or consulate prior to your arrival.

Most nationalities do not require a letter of invitation to obtain a visa but if you do need one, please contact your Intrepid Travel sales agent for more information.

If you are travelling with Intrepid Travel and your visa application asks for a point of contact, please write:

Intrepid Vietnam

57A Nguyen Khac Hieu St,

Hanoi, Vietnam

Ph +84 4 3715 0996.

Exemptions to requiring a visa in Vietnam

Some nationalities are exempt from obtaining a visa to visit Vietnam for stays of up to 15 days. Travellers from France, Great Britain, Germany, Spain and Italy are exempt for all purposes. This exemption period is currently effective until 30 June 2018 and is based on meeting all conditions prescribed by Vietnamese laws. If you are planning on staying in Vietnam longer than 15 days, you will need to obtain a visa extension in advance. Please consult your nearest embassy or consulate for more information, and to also inquire about requirements if you plan to re-enter Vietnam.

 

Click here to return to Vietnam FAQs

 

Our Vietnam Tours

10 Days From 1560

Take a ten-day tour of Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, with stops to cruise the...

18 Days From 2876

Travel into the heart and soul of South East Asia on this comprehensive tour of Vietnam...

10 Days From 1570

Travel through Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. Highlights include meeting...

8 Days From 2195

Discover the highlights and traditions of Vietnam on this short Premium adventure from...

9 Days From 1405

Travel from Vietnam to Thailand on a South East Asian adventure that explores Cambodia...

15 Days From 3695

Uncover Vietnam on a Premium journey from south to north, taking in Ho Chi Minh City,...

8 Days From 1870

From Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, discover the delights of one of South East Asia's...

Tailor-Made trips

Take two or more on an exclusive trip and tailor your itinerary

11 Days From 1250

Head from old-world Hanoi to ancient Hue and on to pretty Hoi An via beachy Phan Rang,...

15 Days From 2125

Journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City on this 15-day Vietnam adventure. Trek in the...

13 Days From 4715

Be immersed in the rich historic and cultural heritage of Vietnam and Cambodia on this...

15 Days From 3085

Uncover the proud, spirited heart of Vietnam on this classic adventure. Tour Hanoi,...

18 Days From 3200

Follow the ancient trails through Cambodia and Vietnam. Explore Angkor’s temples,...

13 Days From 2015

Experience the Asia of old on a family adventure that captures the spirit of Vietnam....

15 Days From 3020

Jump in the saddle for a two-wheeled adventure tour of Vietnam. Take in cultural...

15 Days From 1620

Discover Vietnam’s east coast on this 15-day tour, uncovering the hidden delights of...

20 Days From 6145

Discover the incredible diversity, delectable cuisines, dramatic histories and natural...

11 Days From 1175

Delve into Vietnamese culture on this 11-day Lonely Planet Experience powered by...

12 Days From 2695

Travel the breadth of Vietnam, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, experiencing tranquil...

12 Days From 1430

Hit Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City on a 12-day Lonely Planet Experience through Cambodia...

24 Days From 9225

Discover the highlights and traditions of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia on this 24-day...

13 Days From 4011

Uncover the dramatic histories of these two beautiful countries on a trip through the...

13 Days From 2320

Experience Vietnamese customs and charms on a 13-day family adventure from Hanoi to Ho...

15 Days From 1655

Take a 15-day Vietnam adventure from hectic Ho Chi Minh City to historic Hanoi,...

11 Days From 1930

Hike, bike and kayak across Vietnam on this active tour based out of Hanoi. Trek in...

30 Days From 5710

Travel into the heart and soul of South East Asia on this comprehensive tour of...

20 Days From 3240

From bustling Ho Chi Minh City to historical Hanoi, the Best of Vietnam tour is an...

9 Days From 1075

From Bangkok you'll hit the ancient streets and temples of Angkor in Siem Reap, get...

22 Days From 2560

Bounce from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island, through Phnom Penh, Kampot and Siem Reap, then head...

12 Days From 1460

Travel to Cambodia on a 12-day Lonely Planet Experience, powered by Intrepid, from Ho...

22 Days From 2500

Explore South East Asia on a 22-day Lonely Planet Experience through Vietnam, Cambodia...

26 Days From 2850

Experience the best of South East Asia with Lonely Planet. Marvel at the Angkor complex...

12 Days From 1380

Dive headfirst from Ho Chi Minh City into real Cambodia, visiting Phnom Penh, Siem Reap...

13 Days From 3405

See Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand from two wheels on this 13-day adventure from Ho Chi...

23 Days From 3430

Explore vibrant Vietnam, charismatic Cambodia and beguiling Bangkok on this awesome...

20 Days From 5190

Get to know Vietnam and Cambodia, each with their own uniquely enchanting culture and...

23 Days From 2645

Take a trip with the lot – Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hue, Phong...

35 Days From 5045

Join us for the South East Asian trip of your dreams – a little bit of Bangkok, a pinch...

22 Days From 4135

South East Asia Uncovered snakes its way through the delights of Thailand, Laos and...

9 Days From 1865

Get the most out of your family getaway by cycling, kayaking, walking and cruising...

20 Days From 4965

Taste the true flavours of Vietnam and Cambodia, feasting on local food and catching...

27 Days From 6020

Gear up for an energising and rewarding cycling tour that takes in the best of...

8 Days From 1480

Jump in the saddle for a two-wheeled adventure tour of Northern Vietnam. Take in...

5 Days From 430

Trek through Vietnam's mountainous region in the north-west to experience hiltribe...

2 Days From 415

Cast away on a traditional-style boat and set sail through hundreds of limestone karsts...

2 Days From 280

See local industry, beautiful islands and what life is like along the mighty Mekong...