April 28 - 2024 7:34 pm

Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Vietnam visa on arrival policy Updates

  • Visa on arrival for Vietnam has been resumed, but
    • A tourist visa on arrival is limited to those who go on a tour with a local operator in Vietnam. In case you don’t know how to start, please contact us via chat online, Whatsapp +84 32 896 0880 or email info@vietnamvisacenter.vn
    • A business visa on arrival is limited to those who have a sponsor company in Vietnam where they will work for after entering Vietnam. We cannot help you find one, but we can assist you with the paperwork.
  • A business visa on arrival can be valid for up to 3 months, and can be extended once.
  • A tourist visa on arrival for Vietnam is valid for up to 20 – 25 days only, depending on your travel itinerary in Vietnam, and cannot be extended.

Here are all the things you need to know about Vietnam visa on arrival.

What is Vietnam Visa on Arrival?

Vietnam visa on arrival (also known as Vietnam landing visa, or Vietnam airport visa) is a convenient alternative way to obtain valid permission to visit Vietnam. It can be picked up at one of Vietnam international airports upon arrival.

To obtain the visa on arrival for Vietnam, you need to get a visa approval letter in advance. Secondly, you show it at Vietnam airports to get visa stamped onto your passports.

List of Applicable Airports for visa on arrival to Vietnam

You can get a visa on arrival for Vietnam at the following airports:

  • Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi)
  • Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Cat Bi International Airport (Hai Phong)
  • Da Nang International Airport (Da Nang)
  • Cam Ranh International Airport (Khanh Hoa)
  • Can Tho International Airport (Can Tho)
  • Lien Khuong International Airport (Da Lat)
  • Phu Quoc International Airport (Phu Quoc)

Read more: Step-by-step visa procedures at Vietnam airports

Who can get Vietnam visa on arrival at airport?

If, all nationalities, before COVID, can apply for a visa on arrival for Vietnam, it’s different today, specifically:

How long is Vietnam visa on arrival good for?

The Vietnam visa on arrival validity currently depends on the visa type, specifically:

Visa type Visa on arrival term
Tourist visa ►Up to 20 – 25 days, depending on nationality and travel itinerary
► Single entry
► Cannot be extended
Business visa ► Up to 3 months
► Single/multiple entry
► Can be extended ONCE with sponsor from the same company

Vietnam visa on arrival requirements

As mentioned above, getting a visa on arrival for Vietnam has been made more difficult after COVID, and its requirements also depend on the visa type, as follows:

Visa type Visa on arrival requirements
Tourist visa Sponsorship from a tour operator in VietnamVisa approval letter
Business visa Sponsorship from a company in Vietnam where you will work after entering the country.Visa approval letter

How to apply for Vietnam visa on arrival

Steps required to apply for a visa on arrival for Vietnam:


Submit the application form online for an approval letter


Make payment of service fee


Get approval letter via email and print it out. Prepare Vietnamese visa application form (also known as entry-and-exit application form), 2 passport-sized photos 4x6cm, your passport and cash for stamping fee.


Present prepared documents mentioned above to the officer at Landing VISA (VOA) Counter at the Vietnam international airport to get VISA stamped on your passport.

The above are brief steps for VOA application. See the full guide on how to apply for Vietnam visa on arrival.

Visa on Arrival Processing Time

The duration of processing an approval visa letter is from one ((01) working day to 7 – 10 working days (excluding Saturday, Sunday, and national or international holidays), depending on your selected visa processing time.

Vietnam Visa on Arrival Fees

When it comes to the cost of Vietnam visa on arrival, there are two types of fee you need to pay:

  • Service fee: fee to get the Visa approval letter. It varies by the visa type and processing time.
  • Stamping fee: paid in cash at Vietnam International Airport to get visa stamped. It will be USD 25 for a single entry visa and USD 50 for a multiple entry visa valid for up to 3 months.

Extra Notes

  • Vietnam visa on arrival is unlike its counterpart in Cambodia, Thailand or Laos which can be obtained right at the entry border gate. Applicants only need to complete. Visa on arrival requires travelers to obtain a visa approval letter beforehand to get visa stamped at Vietnam international airport.
  • Vietnam visa on arrival is used for air travel only. If you travel to Vietnam by cruise or land, you are required to get a full authorized visa before your arrival.
  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months at your entry time in Vietnam.
  • Children having their own passports are charged with the same fee as adults.
  • Up to now, there is NO OFFICIAL website for Vietnam visa on arrival service. All sites supplying the service of getting the approval letter are private agencies. Thus, you should not be confused by a variety of websites with organizational internet domain TLDs (org, gov, etc.)

Frequently Asked Questions

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