Visas for Vietnam can be more of a hassle than other countries in the region, mainly because there is no visa-on-arrival as such. Since dealing with visas can be quite challenging, you might also benefit from reading our general visa section.
Entry to Vietnam
A Tourist Visa for Vietnam needs to be obtained prior to arrival and is usually valid for 30 or 90 days. A few nationalities are now visa exempt for shorter trips however so check what is applicable for your country first.
There is no visa-on-arrival system for crossings by land but a different set of rules applies if you are arriving by air.
Should you choose to fly into Vietnam, you will have to apply for a pre-arranged visa, which is a version of the Tourist Visa that you pick up at the airport when you arrive. In order to apply for a pre-arranged visa, you need to contact a Vietnamese travel agent who will do it for you.
Extending a visa in Vietnam is easier than obtaining one in the first place, and a tourist visa can be extended up to three times.
Prices and lengths of extension can vary but it usually takes around 3 days for an extension to be approved.
Visa overstay fees change all the time but around $25 USD per day.
To check the exact visa requirements for your country, click here.