Vietnam Visa Exemption

As of 2023, citizens of 25 countries can travel to Vietnam without having to apply for a visa. To enter Vietnam, you only need a valid passport with at least two blank pages for stamping. You can find the full list of visa-free countries below. However, if your country is not on the visa exemption list, then you will need to obtain a visa to enter Vietnam.

Special notes

  • British National Overseas (BNO) passport holders are not eligible for the 15-day free visa exemption. Hence, BNO passport holders are required to obtain a valid visa to visit Vietnam.
  • Foreign passports are exempt from visa requirements to Phu Quoc island for no longer than 30 days. If they transit through other international airports in Vietnam before arriving Phu Quoc, they are still eligible for the exemption.
  • APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) holders with valid passports are exempt from Vietnam visa requirements for stay of no longer than 60 days.
  • From July 01, 2020, the 30-day gap between 2 entries was removed. Therefore, visitors from visa-free countries can exit and re-enter Vietnam immedately without having to wait 30 days.
  • There is a proposal for 45-day visa-exempt stay for travelers from European countries, Japan and South Korea. Update: This proposal has been approved today (24/06/2023). (See our news & updates)

List of countries with visa-free entry (2023)

Countries
Passport Requireda
Maximum Stay
Belarus
Yes
Maximum 45 days
Brunei
Yes
Maximum 14 days
Cambodia
Yes
Maximum 30 days
Belarus
Yes
Maximum 45 days

Vietnam visa-waiver policy 2023

What is Vietnam visa exemption?

Vietnam visa exemption (also called visa waiver or visa-free policy) is Government’s policy when a foreigner can enter and stay in Vietnam for a certain period of time without applying for a visa and paying related visa fees. Accordingly, foreigners must be citizens of one of the 25 countries eligible for Vietnam visa exemption and comply with the attached conditions.

Number of visa-free countries (2023)

  • 25 countries (regular passports)

Photos:

  • Two passport sized photos (4x6 cm and must be recently taken with no glass-wear)

Application form:

  • Two passport sized photos (4x6 cm and must be recently taken with no glass-wear)
  • M3 entry/exit form (for visa on arrival)

List of countries with visa exemption

In regard to Resolution No. 32/NQ-CP issued on 15 March 2022, there are a total of 25 countries that are exempted from the Vietnam visa. Foreigners just need an ordinary passport which is valid for 6 months minimum and includes 2 blank pages for the stamp. Besides, Vietnam supports many other foreigners with diplomatic passports to enter Vietnam without a visa.

Ordinary passports

Citizens with an ordinary passport from one of the 25 following countries will be waived from a visa to Vietnam:

Country
Duration of stay
Purpose of entry
Chile
90 days
Purpose of generating income is not allowed
Panama
90 days
Purpose of generating income is not allowed
Cambodia
30 days
N/A
Indonesia
30 days
N/A

Diplomatic passports

With a diplomatic passport, foreigners can enter Vietnam without a visa and stay for 15 to 90 days.
Reference: The list below is based on data obtained from the official website: https://lanhsuvietnam.gov.vn/

Country
Duration of stay
Afghanistan
90 days
Afghanistan
90 days
Afghanistan
90 days
Afghanistan
90 days

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