One of the most common questions we hear from U.S. travelers planning a trip to Vietnam is not typically about where to find the ultimate gifts or tastiest food (although those are excellent questions!). More often than not, travelers ask “Do you need a visa to go to Vietnam?”
The short answer is yes – U.S. citizens need a visa to enter Vietnam. Below, we outline the different visa options you have, as well as what you need to do to obtain a visa before your trip.
Two types of Vietnam visas are available, with your choice depending on the intent of your trip. If you’re traveling primarily for business, you’ll want to obtain a business visa. Those heading overseas for leisure will want to get a tourist visa.
Both visa types have different entry and validity parameters. Your business or tourist visa can be valid for single entry or multiple entries, for periods that range from one month to one year.
While U.S. citizens can technically apply for an e-visa online or try to get approval for a visa upon arrival, the recommendation is to obtain a visa in advance. E-visas are not accepted at every port of entry, and travelers have reported issues with unexpected and exorbitant fees involved with getting a visa upon arrival.
Obtaining a Vietnam visa in advance also gives you peace of mind that you have the required documentation on hand and can enter the country with the least amount of worry, surprises, or hassle. You can go about it one of two ways:
All applications for a Vietnam visa require submitting a number of documents:
Business visas also require:
Swift or other third-party applications also require:
Now that you have the details about whether you need a visa to visit Vietnam, you should be ready to get the application process underway. Get started now by visiting the Swift Vietnam visa application page. As always, feel free to contact Swift with any additional questions – we’re happy to help!