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.

 

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