What is the Vietnam E-Visa (Electronic Visa)?
The Vietnam E-Visa, introduced in February 2017, is a single-entry tourist visa that can be easily obtained online without needing a visa agent. It allows a stay of up to 30 days in the country.
In 2015, changes in Vietnam’s visa regulations led to a notable decline in tourism, a crucial aspect of the nation’s economy, especially without significant technology or exports.
To remedy this, efforts have been made to simplify visa processes. The E-Visa is one of the initial measures taken to achieve this goal.
※ Starting August 15, you can apply for an E-visa for up to 90 days (multiple). 
Requirements for Vietnam E-Visa
The Vietnam E-Visa has the following requirements, but most applicants can obtain it without any problems:
- Hold a passport with at least 6 months of validity when entering Vietnam
- You are not subject to any of the following entry bans:
- Unaccompanied children under the age of 14
- Falsification of entry, exit, and residency documents or false declarations
- People suffering from mental illness or infectious diseases that may threaten public health
- It has not been 3 years since the date of deportation from Vietnam
- More than 6 months have not passed since the effective date of the decision to deport you from Vietnam
- Any other person banned from entering Vietnam
List of countries where the Vietnam eVisa can be issued
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Information needed to apply for the Vietnam eVisa:
Here is the information you’ll need to apply for the Vietnam eVisa.
- A clear 4X6 cm color portrait photograph (like a passport photo) taken on a white or colorless background, without glasses
- A photo of your passport data page
- Personal information (name, gender, date of birth, address, nationality)
- Contact information (phone, email)
- Passport number, type, and expiration date
- Address of intended temporary residence (hotel address or another place of stay)
- Purpose of entry (select tourism)
- Date of entry (departure date will be auto-populated based on 30 days)
- Place of departure and entry
How to submit an application for a Vietnam E-Visa.
Applying for an E-visa is simple. The official website provides clear instructions with images, making it easy to obtain one by following the steps outlined.
If you’re concerned, search for “Vietnam E-visa processing service” on Google and find many companies that will handle the process for you for a fee of around $5.
Visit the official E-visa website and select “Foreigner” to proceed.
Vietnam E-Visa Official Website : https://www.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/web/guest/trang-chu-ttdt
Simply click on the “for foreigners” image or choose the provided link here.
Complete the eVisa application by following these steps.
You only need to fill in the required fields marked with an *.
After reviewing what you have written, submit your application and pay $25.
If the payment is successful, you will receive a confirmation email at the email address you registered with. If you don’t receive a confirmation email, please check your spam folder.
Wait 3-5 business days, and your evisa will be issued.
Enter the receipt number on the homepage to download the visa, or check the emailed visa and print 2 copies.
Estimated Cost: 25 USD
What should I do after receiving my eVisa?
When you arrive in Vietnam, you can go straight through immigration. Present your printed E-Visa along with your passport.
They will then write 30 days on your entry stamp, which is the duration of your E-Visa, and you will be allowed to stay for 30 days.
The E-Visa is a single-entry visa that cannot be extended. If you visit another country before the end of your stay and then re-enter Vietnam, you will be granted a visa-free entry (14 days and 15 nights).
Where to enter Vietnam with an eVisa
As of 2023, there are a total of 33 designated entry points for eVisa holders, including international airports, seaports, and border checkpoints throughout Vietnam.
8 International Airports in Vietnam:
- Hanoi – Noi Bai International Airport
- Ho Chi Minh City – Tan Son Nhat International Airport
- Da Nang – Da Nang International Airport
- Hue – Hue International Airport
- Nha Trang – Cam Ranh International Airport
- Hai Phong – Cat Bi International Airport
- Can Tho – Can Tho International Airport
- Phu Quoc – Phu Quoc International Airport
16 Land Border Checkpoints:
- Ha Tien Border Checkpoint
- Moc Bai Border Checkpoint
- Lao Bao Border Checkpoint
- Nam Can Border Checkpoint
- Lao Cai Border Checkpoint
- 11 other locations
9 International Seaports:
- Ho Chi Minh City – Saigon Port
- Da Nang – Da Nang Port
- Quy Nhon – Quy Nhon Port
- Hai Phong – Hai Phong Port
- Vung Tau – Vung Tau Port
- Quang Ninh – Hon Gai Port
- Nha Trang – Nha Trang Port
Frequently asked questions about the Vietnam E-Visa
Does it matter if I change my place of entry and exit?
No, it doesn’t. You should enter the country at the entry point you indicated on your E-visa, as deviating from this could cause problems.
There are many yes/no statements about this, and I’m sure some people have been able to do it. Others have been denied due to Vietnam’s inconsistent immigration system.
I personally contacted the Vietnamese embassy and received the following answer:
When entering the country: You must enter the country at the designated place (airport). You cannot enter the country through any other airport.
We recommend applying for a new Vietnam E-Visa if your entry point has changed.
When leaving the country: you can leave the country through any place (airport).
Do I have to pay any additional fees besides the eVisa price?
No, you only need to pay once ($25) when checking out on the website.
What are the differences between an eVisa for Vietnam and a visa on arrival?
A visa on arrival allows you to obtain a Vietnam visa locally by presenting your documents upon arrival in Vietnam to pass through immigration.
In contrast, you can apply for an eVisa online and receive a printout of your visa documents via email or the website, which you can take to pass immigration.
Do I need to scan my photo and passport pages?
No, you don’t. You can take a photo with your smartphone and upload it, as long as it meets the specifications.
Can I enter the country after my scheduled entry date?
It doesn’t matter. The length of stay is calculated based on the date you entered when you applied for the eVisa.
If you arrive earlier than the date you entered in your eVisa application, you will be granted a visa-free stay (14 days and 15 nights) and will not be eligible for an eVisa.
Can I extend my eVisa?
No, you cannot. You must leave the country within the visa period, and if you fail to do so, you will have to pay a fine depending on the duration.
Can I get a refund?
No. Refunds are not given once you have paid for any reason, whether your visa is granted or not.
I made a mistake on my eVisa application; can I correct it?
Unfortunately, no. That’s why you’ll encounter multiple confirmation pages during the application process, which can be annoying.
If you make a mistake and your eVisa is granted, you’ll have to apply again.
My eVisa was rejected; what should I do?
First of all, you will be contacted via email and informed that something is wrong and needs to be corrected.
The most common reason for visa rejection is that your photo doesn’t meet the specifications or there is an issue with the data page of your passport.
We recommend that you follow the example photos provided on the official website precisely.
If this happens, simply follow the link in the email and make the necessary corrections.
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