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Vietnam tourist visa

A Vietnam tourist visa is issued only to applicants entering the country for the purpose of tourism, or for a private visit.  The Vietnam tourist visa is granted on the basis that the holder return to their country of residence upon the expiry of the visa, and will not engage in employment while visiting in Vietnam.

  • Available 1 month single entry and 1 month multiple entry.
  • Maximum stay in Vietnam of 30 days.
  • One-time extension of 30 days after your arrival in Vietnam.
  • Online visa application or Vietnam Embassy application can be processed without any guarantee paper works except a valid passport

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Vietnam business visa

The Vietnam business visa grants holders the right to attend meetings, conferences and other business-related activities.  However, the holder of the visa will not engage in employment in any capacity while in Vietnam.

  • Applicants should obtain the approval through their sponsor in Vietnam.
  • Multiple entry and stay of three or six months is available.
  • Vietnam Embassy application must be going with a sponsor invite letter

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Diplomatic and official Vietnam visa

  • No fees unless otherwise agreed upon between Vietnam and applicant’ s country.
  • On applying this visa, the applicant must submit an official letter from the concerned agencies of local government, foreign embassies or consulates accredited to the applicant’s country, international organizations, or other accredited organizations based in that country.

Transit visa

Vietnam does not require any transit visa, as long as you plan to stay inside the airport. However, international airports such as Hanoi and Danang are rather small and not the best places for a light-sleeper. Therefore if you have an over-night transit, you might want to exit the airport and stay at a nearby hotel. In those cases, you will need a normal single entry visa.  Entry visas are classified into 1 month or 3 months of stay, single or multiple entry. Typically, 1 month of stay visa is tourist visa and 3 months of stay is business visa:

Single or multiple entry visa

A single entry visa allows you to enter Vietnam once during its validity time but a multiple entry visa allows you to enter Vietnam more than once (as many times as you can) during its validity time. For example, if you enter Vietnam now, stay some days and leave for Cambodia, when re-entering Vietnam, you can still use your current Vietnam multiple entry visa (within its validity). The stamping fee are request to pay at the first entry only.

Vietnam Visa Codes 

(updated January 2015)
There are 20 different categories of visas and new durations as listed in the table below:

Visa Categories Description Duration of Visa*
NG1 – NG4 Diplomatic Up to 12 months
LV1 -LV2 Working with Vietnam authorities or parties Up to 12 months
DT Investors / Foreign Lawyers Up to 5 years
DN Working with Vietnam enterprises Up to 12 months
NN1 – NN2 Chief Representative Office in Vietman, Head of Project Office of foreign NGO Up to 12 months
NN3 Staffs of NGO, Rep office in Vietnam Up to 12 months
DH Student / Intern Up to 12 months
HN Attend meetings Up to 3 months
PV1 Journalist with permanent residence in Vietnam Up to 12 months
PV2 Journalist with short term residence in Vietnam Up to 12 months
LD Foreign Workers Up to 2 years
DL Tourist Up to 3 Months
TT Dependents of LV1, LV2, DT, NN1, NN2, DH, PV1, LD Up to 12 months
VR Visiting relatives Up to 6 months
SQ Related to MOF, Consulate with the purpose
of market research, visiting relatives, tourist,
medical treatment
Up to 30 days

*Duration of visa is determined by the Consulate of Vietnam.

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