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VIETNAM VISA PROCEDURE 

Most visitors to Vietnam need a visa to enter the country. Visas are exempted for the citizens of the countries, which have signed a bilateral or unilateral visa exemption agreement with Vietnam, tourist visa may be valid for 15 to 30 days. 

Tourist visa can only be obtained in Vietnam embassy, consulates abroad. Otherwise, you can get a visa at the border gates if you are invitees of some Vietnamese competent organs or you are travelling on a package tour organized by Vietnamese travel companies. To apply for a visa, the requirements are as follows: 

  • Entry permit form (which can vary from one Vietnamese embassies or consulate abroad to another) - There are two categories of this form: for foreigners and for Vietnamese overseas.
  • Two photos (4cmx6cm or 3cmx4cm)
  • Original passport
  • Visa fee.

You should send your application and photos to a Vietnamese embassy or consulate abroad, which is most convenient to you. On your requirement, the reply will be returned by post (you must provide stamped envelopes with your name and address). 

It is easier to get your visa from a Vietnamese travel agency. The nehossary information to the travel agency include:

  • Full name
  • Birthday and place of birth
  • Nationality
  • Job
  • Number of your passport
  • Entry and exit dates
  • Country you plan to receive your entry visa from the Vietnamese embassies or consulates

Vietnamese overseas are required to provide more information:

  • Year and reason to leave Vietnam
  • Leave Vietnam by means
  • Full names and addresses of relations in Vietnam

Visa exemption: 

By February 06, 2009, Vietnam inked 56 visa exemption agreements and treaties with 55 countries, 54 of them have come into effect. The following is the List of visa exemption agreements between Vietnam and other countries. 

Order Country Date of entry into force Categories of passports covered
1 Argentina 13/11/1999 Diplomatic passports, official passports
2 Albania 1/10/1956 Diplomatic Passports, Official passports, Group Passports for official mission
3 Algeria 02/01/1995 Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
4 Afghanistan 26/2/1988 Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
5 Bangladesh 10/7/1999 Diplomatic Passports, Official passports for Vietnamese citizens

Diplomatic Passports, International Passports with "official" seal for Bangladesh citizens

6 Belarus 24/11/1993 Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
7 Brazil 12/2/2005 Diplomatic passports
8 Brunei 1/11/1997 Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
9 Bulgaria 1/6/1966 Diplomatic Passports, Official passports; Group Passports or Ordinary Passports for official mission
10 Cambodia 30/11/1979 Diplomatic and Official passports; Diplomatic and Official Lassez-passezs
11 Chile 25/6/2005 Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
12 China 15/3/1992 Diplomatic Passports, Official passports, Ordinary Passports for official mission
13 Cuba Currently in force Diplomatic Passports, Official passports, Ordinary Passports for official mission, Seaman’s Passports for Vietnamese citizens

Diplomatic Passports, Official passports, Service Passports or Maritime Passports for Cuban citizens

14 Czech 13/2/2000 Diplomatic passports, Official passports
15 Dominica 29/9/2007 Diplomatic passports, Official passports
16 Ecuador 29/9/2007 Diplomatic passports, Official passports
17 France 1/7/2005 Diplomatic passports
18 Hungary 1/8/1993 Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
19 India 23/3/1995 Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
20 Indonesia 19/9/1998

4/12/2003

Diplomatic Passports, Official passports

Ordinary Passports with valid periods of at least 6 months

21 Iran 1/6/1994 Diplomatic passports
22 Iraq 1/12/2001 Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
23 Japan 1/5/2005 Diplomatic passports, Official passports
24 Kyrgyzstan Currently in force Diplomatic passports, Official passports, Ordinary Passports for official mission
25 Laos 17/7/1977

05/3/2004

Diplomatic Passports, Official passports, Ordinary Passports for official mission,

Ordinary Passports with valid periods of at least 6 months

26 Malaysia 25/11/2001 Diplomatic passports, Official passports, Ordinary Passports
27 Mexico 4/2/2002 Diplomatic passports, Official passports
28 Moldova 23/5/2003 Diplomatic passports, Official passports
29 Mongolia 6/2/2000 Diplomatic passports, Official passports
30 Montenegro 1/9/2000 Diplomatic passports, Official passports, Special passports
31 Morocco 19/12/2004 Diplomatic passports, Official passports, Special passports
32 Mozambique 9/2/2009 Diplomatic passports, Official passports
33 Myanmar 11/8/1998 Diplomatic passports, Official passports
34 Nicaragua Currently in force Diplomatic passports, Official or Service passports
35 Pakistan 2/3/2007 Diplomatic passports, Official passports
36 Panama 4/11/2002 Diplomatic passports, Official passports for Vietnamese citizens

Diplomatic passports, Official passports, Special Passports, Consular passports

37 Democratic People’s 
Republic of Korea
01/10/1956

01/4/1966

Diplomatic Passports, Official passports; Group Passports for official mission

Ordinary Passports for official mission

38 Peru 2/6/2006 Diplomatic passports, Official passports for Vietnamese citizens

Diplomatic passports, Special passports for Peruvian citizens

39 Philippines 19/02/1997

16/2/1999




1/4/2000

Diplomatic passports

Official Passports, Holders of Ordinary Passports having an invitation to join ASEAN activities organized by ASEAN Secretariat or Governmental agencies

Ordinary Passports with valid periods of at least 6 months, together with return air tickets or air tickets for leaving the country

40 Paraguay 26/10/2008 Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
41 Romania 1/12/1956 Diplomatic Passports, Official passports; Group Passports or Ordinary Passports for official mission
42 Russia 20/2/1994 Diplomatic passports, Official passports
43 Serbia 1/9/2000 Diplomatic passports, Official passports
44 Singapore 10/5/1997

01/12/2003

Diplomatic Passports, Official passports

Ordinary Passports with valid periods of at least 6 months, together with return air tickets or air tickets for leaving the country

45 Slovakia 10/8/1992 Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
46 South Africa 23/6/2007 Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
47 Republic of Korea 13/1/1999 Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
48 Sri Lanka 19/9/2003 Diplomatic passports, Official passports
49 Thailand 10/5/1997

9/7/2000

Diplomatic Passports, Official passports

Ordinary Passports

50 Tunisia 20/1/2009 Diplomatic Passports, Special passports
51 Turkey 1/10/1998 Diplomatic Passports
52 Ukraine 6/12/1993 Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
53 Uruguay 15/6/2008 Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
54 Venezuela 17/11/2006 Diplomatic Passports, Official passports

 

CUSTOMS  

Customs procedures in Vietnam are quick and simple. To enter and exit Vietnam, visitors are required to fulfill the arrival - departure declaration. 

Customs Information 

1.- Passengers are given duty free allowance for not more than 1.5 liters of liquor with above 22 degrees of concentration of alcohol and two liters of liquor below 22 degrees of concentration of alcohol; 400 cigarettes; 100 cigars; 500 gram of raw tobacco. 

   - Other items which are allowed in accompanying baggage are duty free with value not over VND 5,000,000. 

   - Passengers bringing goods exceeding the amount as above stated are required to fill in the declaration form No. HQ/2002-PMD and pay duty(ies) according to Vietnamese laws.  

2. Passengers whose goods are not subject to customs declaration on page 4, 5 (For customs declaration) do not have to declare.  

CURRENCY 

Vietnamese đồng (VND) is the official currency in Vietnam.

- Paper notes include: VND 500,000; 200,000; 100,000; 50,000; 20,000; 10,000; 5,000; 2,000; 1,000; 500; 200 and 100. Coins include VND 5,000; 2,000; 1,000; 500 and 200.

Cheques with value as Vietnamese đồng include: VND 1,000,000 and 500,000.

- Foreign currencies and tourist cheques can be exchanged into Vietnamese đồng at banks or foreign exchange agencies.

 - Credit cards are popularly used, especially in cities and big tourist centers. 

Vietnamese đồng can be changed into foreign currencies at the airport