Visa Requirements for Citizens of Vietnam

Check the visa requirements for Vietnamese citizens around the world to determine if you need a travel authorization for your destination.

Visa Requirements for Vietnam Citizens

Visa requirements for citizens of Vietnam are entry restrictions which the governments of countries around the world impose on Vietnamese passport holders. They differ depending on the foreign destination a Vietnamese citizen wishes to visit.

Currently, the Vietnamese passport is ranked 89th on the Henley Passport Index in terms of freedom of movement, as nationals of Vietnam are able to visit approximately 40 countries across the globe without a visa or with a visa on arrival. Its place on the Index is tied with Cambodia, Mali, and Niger.

Visa requirements for Vietnam citizens state that travelers from the country are able to gain visa-free access to roughly 15 destinations worldwide, for stays that vary between 14 days up to an unlimited period of time depending on where they wish to visit.

To gain access to these countries, it is necessary to present a valid Vietnamese passport upon arrival at border checkpoints of the relevant destination. The minimum validity required for the passport may vary, so it is important to check this before planning a trip.

A limited number of countries do not require citizens of Vietnam to hold a visa for entry, but they do require them to pre-register for an electronic travel authorization online before they may board transportation for their destination.

Other visa-required countries for Vietnam nationals permit the traveler to obtain an electronic visa or a visa on arrival to cross their borders for short-term stays. Of these 2 application methods, the eVisa option is usually the most efficient, as it eliminates the need to wait in long immigration queues to submit a visa on arrival application.

Finally, up to 180 countries around the globe require Vietnamese citizens to obtain a visa from an embassy or consulate in advance of travel, no matter the purpose of the visit or the expected length of stay.

Discover what the visa requirements for Vietnam passport holders are for your destination below.

List of Visa Countries for Vietnam Passport Holders in 2021

While visa requirements for Vietnamese citizens do not apply for around 15 destinations worldwide, it is necessary to apply for a visa or electronic travel authorization to travel to the vast majority of countries from Vietnam.

Electronic travel visa authorizations for Vietnamese citizens are a mandatory requirement to travel to up to 30 destinations and permit short-term stays of between 30 and 90 days depending on the country of issue. They may be issued for either a single or multiple entries, and usually permit travel for purposes of tourism, business, or to transit to an onward destination.

To obtain an eVisa or electronic visa waiver online, nationals of Vietnam are able to complete a simple online application, which usually only takes a few minutes to fill in. Once approved, which just only takes a few business days, an electronic travel visa authorization is either digitally linked to the applicant’s passport or sent to the traveler via email.

To travel to these same destinations for long-term stays or other purposes of travel such as to work or study, a citizen of Vietnam is required to submit an embassy visa application at a diplomatic government office of the country they wish to visit.

You can find more information about these visa types for travel from Vietnam in the boxes below.

Electronic Travel Visa Authorization

Electronic Travel Visa Authorizations for passport holders of Vietnam are available for short-term visits to just under 30 countries worldwide, from stays of 30 days up to 3 months depending on the destination.

To obtain an eVisa or electronic visa waiver for these countries, travelers from Vietnam are required to fill in a simple online application form with basic personal and passport information, In some cases, it is often necessary to provide some basic travel details such as the intended entry date and the accommodation where the visitor will be staying in their destination.

In some cases, the applicant must also answer a few security and health-related questions and pay a mandatory processing fee before they can submit the form.

Once submitted, it usually takes only a few business days for an Electronic Travel Visa Authorization to be processed and approved. The majority of these eVisas and online travel authorizations for Vietnamese nationals are linked electronically to the traveler’s passport, eliminating the need to pick up a paper document at an embassy in person.

However, as online visa waivers and eVisas usually only permit entry for tourism, business, transit, or medical treatment (in some cases), Vietnamese citizens who wish to visit these countries for other purposes are required to apply for an embassy visa if they wish to stay for other purposes.

Browse the list of Electronic Travel Visa Authorization countries for Vietnam citizens below.

Visa on Arrival

Visas on arrival for Vietnamese citizens are a type of visa that can be obtained at border checkpoints of up to 25 countries around the world.

Like eVisas, a visa on arrival permits travelers from Vietnam a short stay in the destination, which can differ from 7 days up to 90 days depending on the country of issue, and are most often issued as tourist visas, business visas, or transit visas.

The protocol for obtaining this visa type involves going directly to a checkpoint upon arrival and waiting in an immigration line to be given a visa application to complete by border authorities.

It is usually necessary to bring a variety of supporting documentation to present in support of the application, as well as to pay a visa on arrival processing fee which is usually required in cash and in the local currency, as debit/credit card payment facilities are not available at many borders.

However, as obtaining visas on arrival for Vietnam nationals often involves long waits in queues at the border, it is often more efficient to apply for an eVisa online for the destination, if the option is available for that country.

Find a full list of visa on arrival countries for Vietnamese travelers below.

Visa on Arrival: Country list

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  • Angola
  • Bolivia
  • Comoros
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Maldives
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Palau
  • Saint Lucia
  • Samoa
  • Somalia
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tuvalu
  • Zambia

Embassy Visa Required

A consular or embassy visa is required for Vietnamese travelers to travel to over 175 global destinations, no matter the motive for the visit or the expected length of stay.

An embassy visa may be issued to Vietnam nationals for purposes of tourism, transit, business, work, trade, to study, to become a resident of the destination, or for a variety of other reasons. The stay permitted with these travel documents varies and depends on the visa type selected.

This type of permit must be obtained by making an appointment at the closest diplomatic government office of the destination country in Vietnam, several weeks before the expected travel dates to allow for enough processing time.

In order for a consular visa for Vietnam citizens to be issued, the traveler must complete an embassy visa application form and supply a variety of supporting documents which vary depending on the purpose of their intended stay.

Finally, an embassy visa fee will need to be paid before the application can be reviewed and processed. As it can take up to several weeks for a visa from a consulate in Vietnam to receive approval, the traveler is urged to initiate the process well in advance of their expected departure for their destination.

Browse the list below to see if you need an embassy visa for Vietnamese nationals for a short stay in your destination.

Embassy Visa Required: Country list

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  • Afghanistan
  • Aland Islands
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Antarctica
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bonaire
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Czech Republic
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gambia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kiribati
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • North Korea
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Norway
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sint Maarten
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Taiwan
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Uruguay
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Yemen

Visa Not Required

Approximately 15 destinations around the globe have a visa exemption policy for Vietnamese citizens, including a number of other countries in Southeast Asia and some South American nations.

Visa-free stays for travelers from Vietnam vary from 2 weeks up to an unlimited period of time, depending on the country of destination. Visa-exempt stays are most commonly granted for purposes of tourism, business, or transit.

To enter these visa-exempt destinations, it is necessary to present a valid passport from Vietnam at a border control checkpoint upon arrival, whether entering by land, air, or sea. The minimum passport validity that the document must have differs from country to country, so it is advisable to check this requirement in advance of departure from Vietnam.

If a Vietnam citizen wishes to visit these destinations for other purposes such as to undertake employment or participate in a study program or stay for longer periods than those permitted visa-free, then it will be necessary to apply for a travel document from an embassy or consulate.

Check the complete list of visa not required countries for Vietnamese passport holders below to verify if you can enjoy a short stay in your destination without a visa.

Visa Not Required: Country list

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  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Cambodia
  • Chile
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Haiti
  • Indonesia
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Malaysia
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Thailand

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