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How to get a Vietnam Tourist Visa

Let’s be honest…when you dream of your amazing upcoming trip to Vietnam, it’s unlikely you’re envisioning the all-important filing of official government paperwork. Negotiating the tangled world of travel visas is one of the less glamourous aspects of travelling, but it’s absolutely necessary.  So where to start?

Visitor Visas 101 – Do your homework first

Every country has different requirements and rules when it comes to visas, so do your research well in advance to take away some of the stress of the whole process.

Before you even consider applying for any visas, make sure that your passport will be valid for the required time after you enter a new country. For Vietnam, this is usually six months.

When it comes to tourist or visitor visas, learn the visa requirements for your nationality prior to your trip. This can be done by checking Vietnam’s official tourism/immigration website or contacting the nearest consulate/embassy in your country of origin (i.e. where you’re physically applying for your visa).

What you need to know about Vietnam visas:

Keep this in mind:

Our best advice
Try to arrange your Vietnam visa before your trip if possible. If you prefer having flexibility in your trip and wait to get it in Southeast Asia, be prepared to wait for the visa to be issued. It may take up to 10 workings days so be patient and enjoy your time discovering daily life in a new Southeast Asian city while you wait.

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Stray Traveller FAQs for filling out a Vietnam visa application:

Q: It’s asking for my address in Vietnam, but I’m travelling around. What should I enter?

A: Leave that question blank or put the address of your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City.

For Stray travellers, we stay at the Khoi Hostel. The address is:

Khoi Hostel
373/11 Pham Ngu Lao Street
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City

Q: It’s asking for an entry date, but I want to be flexible on my trip. What should I write?

A: The entry date on the visa must be on or before the date you enter Vietnam. Unfortunately, there’s no way around this one. If you are issued a 30 day visitor visa, you can enter either on the exact entry date or any time after that day within the 30 day period. Just remember that if you enter after the date on the visa, you are cutting into your 30 day window. If you don’t plan on staying the full 30 days, you can be more flexible with your entry.

Q: What about the Vietnam ‘Visa Authority’?

A few years ago, Vietnam introduced a ‘Visa Authority’ online which allows third party companies to issue travellers with a Visa Authority (not an actual visa) that they then present to immigration officials at their point of entry. The visa is then issued so long as the Visa Authority was done by a registered service provider.

Keep this in mind if using a Visa Authority:

IMPORTANT NOTE: This article is intended to serve as a helpful guide based on the experiences of Stray staff and other Stray travellers. All information provided is accurate at the time of publishing, but bear in mind that visa requirements can change at any time.

Therefore, we advise people consult with the Vietnamese embassy in their country of origin to ensure they have the most up-to-date information.

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