Vietnam e-Visa 2022: How to enter Vietnam (Full Guide)

Vietnam e-Visa 2022: How to enter Vietnam (Full Guide)

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We recently (in August 2022) applied and got the Vietnam e-Visa through the official Vietnam Immigration Department website.

And in this guide, we would like to share our first-hand experience, tips, rules, and what to look out for when you apply yourself.

  • Vietnam e-Visa summary
    • Available for 80 countries
    • 30 days maximum stay
    • Entry through 33 international checkpoints (air, land & sea)
    • 25 USD processing fee
    • Non-refundable processing fee under any circumstance
    • Three working days usual processing time
    • No available extensions

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Quick links to official Vietnam Immigration sites

Who is eligible for the Vietnam e-Visa in 2022?

Currently, Vietnam e-Visa is available for passport holders of 80 countries. You can find the official list of countries eligible for the Vietnam e-Visa on the official site.

AndorraGreecePalau
ArgentinaHungaryPanama
ArmeniaIcelandPapua New Guinea
AustraliaIndiaPeru
AustriaIrelandPhilippines
AzerbaijanItalyPoland
BelarusJapanPortugal
BelgiumKazakhstanQatar
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSouth KoreaRomania
BrazilLatviaRussia
BruneyLiechtensteinSamoa
BulgariaLithuaniaSan Marino
CanadaLuxembourgSerbia
ChileNorth MacedoniaSlovakia
ChinaMaltaSlovenia
ColombiaMarshall IslandsSolomon Islands
CroatiaMexicoSpain
CubaMicronesiaSweden
CyprusMoldovaSwitzerland
Czech RepublicMonacoTimor Leste
DenmarkMongoliaUnited Arab Emirates
EstoniaMontenegroUnited Kingdom
FijiMyanmarUnited States of America
FinlandNauruUruguay
FranceNetherlandsVanuatu
GeorgiaNew ZealandVenezuela
GermanyNorway
List of eligible countries for Vietnam e-Visa as of September 2022

What if my country is not eligible for the e-Visa?

If your country is not on the list of 80 countries that can apply for the Vietnam e-Visa, check Vietnam Tourism’s site to see if your country is eligible for a Vietnam visa exemption or visa waiver.

Important note: We always advise everyone to also send a quick email or call the embassy in their country just to double-check. Visa rules are constantly changing, and Vietnam has changed quite a few in the last year(s).

How long can I stay in Vietnam with the e-Visa?

In 2022, the Vietnam e-Visa allows you a single entry and a stay of a maximum of 30 days.

How far in advance should I apply for the Vietnam e-Visa?

Usually, you will get your Vietnam e-Visa in 3 working days, but we recommend applying for your Vietnam e-Visa at least 10 to 14 days before your planned arrival, so you have enough time if it takes longer.

It took us eight days in total from applying to receiving results, as there were holidays in between, so definitely make sure to plan accordingly.

What are the Vietnam e-Visa Requirements?

The basic requirements you need to meet before applying for a Vietnam e-Visa are:

  • Passport valid for at least 6 more months after arrival date with at least 2 blank pages
  • Photo of passport personal data page
  • Portrait photo of yourself (facing forward, no glasses, white background)
  • Ability to pay online with a credit or debit card

How to apply for the Vietnam e-Visa in 2022?

The Vietnam e-Visa application is straightforward, completely done, and paid for online, with results received within three working days.

Below is the step-by-step process for applying for the e-Visa.

Step 1: Visit the official e-Visa application form

Vietnam e-Visa Application Form
Vietnam e-Visa application form example. Source: Vietnam Immigration

Step 2: Fill out the e-Visa application form

Fill out the information required to apply for the e-Visa:

  • Portrait photo
  • Passport data page photo
  • Personal information (name, sex, date of birth, address, nationality)
  • Contact information (phone, email)
  • Passport number, type, and expiry
  • Intended temporary residential address (address of the hotel you plan on booking)
  • Purpose of entry (choose tourism)
  • Date of entry
  • Date of exit (max 30 days from date of entry)
  • Entry and exit checkpoint

Make sure to:

  • Write your name entirely (first name, middle, and last name)
  • Fill out the intended temporary residential address, as it’s a requirement, and you will be asked to provide information if you leave it empty. You can find the address of your first hotel and use that (even if you haven’t booked yet).
  • Double and triple-check all the information

Step 3: Submit the application and pay the $25 fee

Step 4: Wait for three working days for the result

Step 5: Download the e-Visa and print two copies

Check application and download Vietnam e-Visa document
Vietnam e-Visa application status search and download. Source: Vietnam Immigration

Which photos do I need for the Vietnam e-Visa?

You must upload two photos for the Vietnam e-Visa, a portrait photo of yourself (4x6cm), looking straight without glasses, and a picture of your passport data page (first page) with the image, personal information, and ICAO lines clearly seen.

We took portrait photos of each other with our phones and used a white wall as a background. Some people have also taken a quality photo of their image from their passport.

As for the passport photo, make sure to take a top-down shot of the first page containing all the information (as shown in the example) so that there is no glare and everything is clear and easy to read.

How to check the Vietnam e-Visa result?

You need to manually check your Vietnam e-Visa application result on the official website, and we advise you to do it multiple times daily.

It works by entering your registration code, email, and date of birth and then searching for your results. And it either says in processing, granted, or denied.

Vietnam e-Visa PDF document
Vietnam e-Visa document

Do I receive an email with my Vietnam e-Visa?

According to the official website, you will not receive an email with the results of your Vietnam e-Visa application, but we actually received an email as soon as it was done.

The email we received simply said that the results were in, but to check the actual status of the application, we still had to check it on the official website ourselves.

eVisa Vietnam result email
Vietnam e-Visa result email.

How long does it take to get the Vietnam e-Visa?

Generally, the immigration department will process your Vietnam e-Visa within three working days, but sometimes it may take up to a whole week or ten days.

Our e-Visa results took eight days to arrive due to public holidays in between, so make sure to plan your trip accordingly.

Why does the Vietnam e-Visa result arrive late?

There are different reasons why your e-Visa result for Vietnam is late, either national holidays, a significant amount of applications, or your payment not being processed yet.

According to some sources, there can be a delay between the time you pay your e-Visa and the time the banks process it. Upon paying your Vietnam e-Visa fee, you will receive an email with a payment confirmation.

However, according to the payment provider Payoo, the payment confirmation can take up to 2 hours, but if it’s delayed further, we recommend getting in touch with them to check what’s up.

Note: Before paying again, make sure that you got a confirmation for the payment either being canceled or failed because otherwise, if it goes through, you will be charged twice. So definitely wait for the confirmation, then try to pay again if it fails.

If you have any issues with the payment through Payoo, you can contact them at support@payoo.vn or visit their website at hotro.payoo.vn

Can I enter Vietnam through a different port of entry than on the e-Visa?

According to the rules of the e-Visa for Vietnam, you can only enter the country in the port of entry you chose on the application, which is also written in the received Visa document.

Although it can happen that you can enter through another airport than the one you have marked on your Vietnam e-Visa without issue, you should try to avoid doing so, as you can be denied boarding your plane by an airline. That is the most common problem, and if you do manage to board the plane, it is then up to the immigration officer at your arrival destination to decide if you are allowed to proceed or not.

So, as much as it is possible to go well for you, we advise you against arriving at a different airport/land border than the one you chose to avoid any issues.

To recap, if you think your travel plans might change, it’s best to put your port of entry to either Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, or Da Nang airport, as they receive the most significant number of frequent international flights, so you’ll be able to enter there, even if you have to find a flight last-minute.

Our situation was that our e-Visa result arrived late (after eight days), and we couldn’t fly into the port of entry we chose on our application on the date that we wanted, so we had to find another flight on a later date, and lost some days in the process.

Which entry and exit points can I use with the Vietnam e-Visa?

You can use your e-Visa to enter Vietnam through 33 international checkpoints, including airports, land borders, and sea ports.

International AirportSeaport
Cat Bi Int Airport (Hai Phong)Chan May Seaport
Cam Ranh Int Airport (Khanh Hoa)Da Nang Seaport
Can Tho International AirportDuong Dong Seaport
Da Nang International AirportHon Gai Seaport
Noi Bai Int Airport (Ha Noi)Hai Phong Seaport
Phu Bai Int AirportNha Trang Seaport
Phu Quoc International AirportQuy Nhon Seaport
Tan Son Nhat Int Airport (Ho Chi
Minh City)
Airports and seaports you can use to enter Vietnam with the e-Visa
LandportLandport
Bo Y LandportMoc Bai Landport
Cha Lo LandportMong Cai Landport
Cau Treo LandportNam Can Landport
Huu Nghi LandportNa Meo Landport
Ha Tien LandportSong Tien Landport
Lao Bao LandportTinh Bien Landport
Lao Cai LandportTay Trang Landport
La Lay LandportXa Mat Landport
Landports you can use to enter Vietnam with the e-Visa

Is the Vietnam e-Visa fee refundable?

The 25 USD fee for processing the Vietnam e-Visa is non-refundable under any circumstance, regardless of the outcome.

Yes, even though you apply for Vietnam’s e-Visa entirely online, you still need to print it and present the physical copy on your arrival in Vietnam.

Did you know?

We explored Vietnam for more than 1 year and a half
and wrote 29 and counting detailed articles.

Did you know?
We explored Vietnam for more than 1 year and a half and wrote 29 and counting detailed articles.

What are the common mistakes when applying for Vietnam’s e-Visa?

The most common mistakes when applying for Vietnam’s e-Visa are entering the wrong name and passport number, uploading bad quality or wrong photos, or choosing the wrong port of entry.

For example, there are multiple ports of entry to Ho Chi Minh City, like Tan Son Nhat International Airport and Ho Chi Minh City Seaport, so make sure to select the correct one.

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Can you apply for more people at once?

You can not apply for the Vietnam e-Visa for more people at once, so families or groups are advised to fill out a separate application for each person.

What if I have a problem with the Vietnam e-Visa application?

In case you made a mistake or there is a problem with your application for your Vietnam e-Visa, you can send a message to the support agents on the official website and describe the issue, like wrong information, failed payment, or forgotten registration code.

Unfortunately, we don’t know the time it takes for the support agents to answer.

What if I provided invalid information on the Vietnam e-Visa application form?

If your application form misses information or contains invalid data, the immigration department will request to provide further information, or in rare cases, they can also decline you.

If you have to provide additional information for your Vietnam e-Visa, you will be contacted and asked to fill it out, and the processing time will restart once you submit all the valid information.

What do I need to present upon arrival with the Vietnam e-Visa?

Upon entering Vietnam with your e-Visa, you must present a printed copy of the Vietnam e-Visa document you received (print from PDF) and your passport.

Although Vietnam no longer requires proof of travel insurance that includes COVID, we always advise against traveling without valid travel insurance.

Health Insurance

Get your insurance:

  • SafetyWing (great – we currently use this one)
  • Heymondo (more plan choices and also affordable)

Can I arrive on different dates than stated on the e-Visa?

You can arrive later than the date of entry you put on the application for your Vietnam e-Visa, but you can not arrive sooner.

Take note that when you apply, you must fill in the exact entry date, so once your visa is approved, the days start counting from the entry date you set, even if the visa arrived late.

We put our date of entry for the 2nd of September, and our visa arrived late, on the 5th of September, so we lost three days because of that. And as we were planning to fly to Nha Trang, and the next direct flight was on the 9th of September, so we also lost additional four days because of that.

Thus, we can’t stress enough how important it is to know your travel dates beforehand and apply much sooner than the advertised three working days it takes to receive the visa.

Our final thoughts

It’s evident that as of November 2022, Vietnam is lacking behind South East Asian countries like Thailand in terms of available options to enter the country, mainly because it misses a longer exemption period and the return of the Visa on Arrival.

Many travelers that would visit Vietnam for a more extended period than 30 days, for example, 45, 60, or even 90 as you could before the pandemic, are now left with no choice but to either wait longer or cut their trip short.

Vietnam is a country visited by various types of travelers in different stages of life, from vacationers that come for a week or two to those that come for a month and to backpackers or people on their gap year who take a longer time to explore the whole country.

Many are still waiting for better options for entering Vietnam, and we’re closely following the situation on the ground, so we’ll update this article accordingly.

We hope that we answered all your questions about the application process and requirements.

However, if you have any more questions, drop a comment below and let us know!


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8 Responses

  1. Hi
    I have been following and in touch with you before since before Covid.Ourfamily trip didn’t take place as covid started.So thanks to you during these years I have learnt so much about what we want to visit and do!!! Thanks a lot ..you are great!!!!
    I can’t wait until We buy the plane tickets from January onwards for August!!!!!!
    Thanks again for all your help…I am hooked on your information
    Best regards from Spain
    Mar

    1. Hi Mar!

      You have no idea how much this means to us! The whole point of this blog is to inspire travel and give as much info and insight into the places we visit.

      We’re so happy to hear that you’ll be visiting Vietnam next year, and we can guarantee that you will have a great time in this beautiful country.

      Keep an eye out for new articles, as we have some big ones coming out soon. Starting with the Hanoi Ultimate Guide that went out yesterday.

      Thank you! 🙂

      Greetings from Kuala Lumpur!
      Arijana & Matej

  2. Thanks for the article.

    I am just wondering if the following scenario would work to stay longer in vietnam.

    I could visit vietnam and stay no longer than 15 days.
    After that I have read, that you are not allowed to re-enter vietnam for the next 30 days.

    So question would be for me:
    Would it be possible to re-enter vietnam with a visa after that?
    so in the end I could stay in vietnam for 45 days (after a short trip maybe to thailand?

    Sounds like a hack? 🙂

    1. Hi John,

      We haven’t done this before and can’t really give any verified information about it.

      But what you can definitely do, is have a back-to-back visa, so let’s say you apply for 2 visas, one would be for the first 30 days, and then the other for the next 30 days. If you’re visiting for tourism purposes and don’t have a long history of border (visa) runs, you should have no problem.

      But essentially, yes, after the 30 days are over, you would need to exit and re-enter the country.

      Good luck and have a great trip! 👋

      Sunny regards from Chiang Mai,
      Arijana & Matej

  3. Hello 🙂 Thank you for these informations ! I have two questions about the visa. I leave France on December 30th to go to Hanoi and I arrive there on the 31st in the morning. I have to start the visa on the 31st or I need it to take the flight and I have to start it on the 30th?
    My 2nd question is that on the e-visa website when I put the maximum period for example for a start on December 31, they told me that the limit is set to January 30, but then it makes 31 full days? Is it a mistake on their part or is it good?
    Thanks in advance 🙂

    1. Hi Florence 🙂

      Since you will be entering the country on 31st December, then your visa can easily be from the 31st and not the time when you board the flight (30th).

      30 days from 31st December is actually 30th January, so that’s all good. 👍

      Have a great trip!

      Sunny regards from Chiang Mai,
      Arijana & Matej

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