Vietnam Visa Exemption

  • February 24,2023
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Vietnam visa exemption is a good measure for travelers who want to enter and stay in Vietnam for a certain period without a regular Vietnam visa. It is very convenient but requires specific conditions and asks travelers to follow the standard rules to take advantage of this exemption.

What is the Vietnam Visa Exemption?

Vietnam visa exemption (also called Vietnam visa waiver, or Vietnam visa-free) implies that citizens of a foreign nationality are allowed to enter and stay in Vietnam for a certain period of time.

Having to follow any Vietnam visa procedure since the Vietnam government has signed the bilateral/unilateral visa exemption agreement for their country is not necessary for those cases.

This kind of visa exemption and the Vietnam visa exemption certificate (the Vietnam 5-year visa) differ.

you can apply for regular Vietnam visas online, in person at your country’s Vietnam embassy/consulate, or on arrival at any Vietnam international airport (Vietnam Visa on Arrival).

People who enter Vietnam under visa exemption will obtain the exemption stamp on their passports.

Vietnam visa exemption sticker

This is a sample of Vietnam visa exemption.

Vietnam Visa Exemption countries 2023

As of January 2023, regular passport holders from the 25 countries listed in the table below are permitted to enter Vietnam without a tourist visa:

No.

Country

Maximum visa-free duration

Applicable purpose of visit (if any)

1

Chile

90 days

Entries that do not consist of remunerated activities

2

Panama

90 days

Entries that do not consist of remunerated activities

3

Cambodia

30 days

Not mentioned

4

Indonesia

30 days

Not mentioned

5

Kyrgyzstan

30 days

Not mentioned

6

Laos

30 days

Not mentioned

7

Malaysia

30 days

Tourism, attending press, conference/coverage, official duty, visiting relatives, business negotiations, sports, investment, or attending seminars or conferences

8

Singapore

30 days

Entries that do not consist of remunerated activities

9

Thailand

30 days

Not mentioned

10

Philippines

21 days

Not mentioned

11

Brunei

14 days

Not mentioned

12

Myanmar

14 days

Visiting only

13

Belarus

15 days

Not mentioned

14

Denmark

15 days

Not mentioned

15

Finland

15 days

Not mentioned

16

France

15 days

Not mentioned

17

Germany

15 days

Not mentioned

18

Italy

15 days

Not mentioned

19

Japan

15 days

Not mentioned

20

Norway

15 days

Not mentioned

21

Russia

15 days

Not mentioned

22

South Korea

15 days

Not mentioned

23

Spain

15 days

Not mentioned

24

Sweden

15 days

Not mentioned

25

United Kingdom (Not applicable to BNO)

15 days

Not mentioned

Special notes for you about the Vietnam visa exemption:

  • The 15-day free visa exemption does not serve as a British National Overseas (BNO) passport holder’s eligibility. Hence, they are required to get a valid visa to visit Vietnam.

  • Foreign passport holder are exempt from visa requirements for Phu Quoc Island within 30 days. Besides, if they transit through other Vietnam international airports before arriving in Phu Quoc, they are still eligible for the exemption.

  • APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) holders with valid passports are eligible for Vietnam visa exemption requirements for a stay of at most 60 days.

  • Travelers visiting Vietnam with a visa exemption can exit the country right after the exemption period ends and return immediately for another exemption. There is no Vietnam visa exemption cost.

The above information about the Vietnam visa exemption is provided for informational purposes only. Please double-check with the Vietnam embassy/consulate in your country before departure.

Vietnam Visa Exemption for coastal economic zones

People who are eligible for the 30-day visa exemption are allowed to enter the coastal economic zones decided by the Government when the zones meet the following conditions:

  • Be equipped with an international airport,

  • Have their own space;

  • Have defined geographical boundaries and located separately from the mainland;

  • Be included in the line of socio-economic development policies while posing no threat to Vietnam’s national defense, security, social order, and safety.

So, Phu Quoc island is an example of those zones.

Conditions for getting Vietnam Visa Exemption

You need to ensure the following requirements to be eligible to enter Vietnam with a Vietnam visa exemption:

  • The passport is valid for at least 6 months, counting from the date of arrival in Vietnam.

  • The passport has at least 02 blank pages left.

  • Travelers do not have to pay the Vietnam visa exemption fee.

Vietnam Visa Exemption Extension

Before Covid-19, travelers could extend their Vietnam visa exemption in Vietnam. However, it is not available today.

To stay longer in Vietnam after the exemption duration ends, travelers must leave Vietnam for a neighboring country (such as Thailand, Cambodia, or Laos) and return with a Vietnam visa exemption renewal. This is the Visa Run stay extension measure.

The above is provided to assist you with some critical information about Vietnam visa exemption. I hope you find it helpful to get updated information on the list of countries from which regular passport holders can enter Vietnam without a standard Vietnam visa or Vietnam E-visa. If you are a citizen from one of those countries, you can look at the mentioned conditions and special notes to prepare well. If there are any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via +1 315 715 8498 or email: [email protected].

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