Most foreigners wishing to visit Vietnam need to apply for an entry visa in advance. The only exception is if your country has a bilateral consular agreement for visa exemptions. You can check on your government’s website to find if yours is one of the few that apply for this program. A recent change in policy has allowed international tourists a 30-day visa exemption if they enter Phu Quoc island by sea or through the international transit lounge at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Visas on arrival are available through various travel agencies and online visa services who, for a fee, will fill out the appropriate paperwork for a visa approval letter. It’s not really a “visa on arrival” but this makes it easier than having to deal with sending your passport off to the Vietnamese consular office or embassy in your country. This is only accessible for those flying into the country, so if you are entering through a land border, you will have to apply for one in your home country or one of the countries bordering Vietnam.
Tourist visas are valid for 30 or 90 days and can be single or multiple entry. The stamping fee varies from US$25 for a one-month, single entry visa, to US$50 for a three-month, multipleentry visa. For an additional “expedite service” fee, you can bypass the normal processing time of three to four working days. Check with your local Vietnamese embassy or consulate, or with a travel agent or online visa service.
Visa extensions are available for a fee of US$10 if you go directly to the immigration office. However, this takes some local language skills and quite a bit of patience. Due to this, most travellers rely on travel agents to deal with their extensions. This comes with a fee but definitely saves time and hassle. Most travel agencies offer this service for a fee and it can take up to 10 days to process. The length of your visa extension is dependent on your original visa. You can only extend the same amount as your original visa - for example, a onemonth visa can only be extended by one month.
Local Insight: The visa extension should be applied for at least 5 days before it expires.
Ho Chi Minh City Immigration Office
254 Nguyen Trai, D1
08 3920 0365
8:00am-11:30am & 1:30pm-4:30pm