Visa for Vietnam in questions and answers, FAQ

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Attention! 01.01.2015 tightened conditions for visa-free entry to Vietnam for citizens of those countries which had visa-free stay of up to 15 days. From the CIS countries have such a right only citizens of the Russian Federation. Now to get the stamp on the visa-free stay, the validity of passport must be not less than 6 months from the date of entry (previously three months). Also since the last exit from Vietnam should not be less than 30 days. Read more here...

Common questions the validity

  • Do I need a visa to Vietnam?

    Citizens of most countries the visa into Vietnam is required. However, citizens of Russia can come to Vietnam with tourist purposes for a period of not more than 15 days without a visa with the arrival stamp in the passport for visa-free stay (don't confuse this stamp with the visa on arrival, this is a visa-free stay of up to 15 days).

  • Where can I get a visa to Vietnam?

    You can get a visa on arrival to Vietnam or Consulate in any country. Moreover, it does not matter what your citizenship, you can obtain a visa at the Consulate in any country where you go.

    Is it possible to get a visa while in Vietnam. Yes, such services are offered by travel agents in the resorts. Price from $ 40. They say that this is not legal, and independently of such a visa while in Vietnam not to.

  • What is the required validity of the passport for entry into Vietnam?

    Passport must be valid for at least 6 months if you enter without a visa (for Russians) or are planning to apply for a visa on arrival.

    If you apply for the visa at the Consulate, at the entrance need a passport with validity of not less than 30 days after the period of intended stay (checked on your return ticket). Keep in mind that for the visa at the Embassy you need to provide a passport valid for at least 6 months. The validity of the passport for visa and entry are two different things.

  • What is the required validity of the passport for visa to Vietnam?

    As mentioned above, if you apply for the visa at the Consulate at home, you need to provide a passport with validity not less than 6 months. The validity of the passport for visa and entry are two different things.

  • Is there a transit visa to Vietnam

    No, what type of visa no. If you fly in transit through Vietnam without a change of the terminal, then there is no problem, because you do not leave the international zone.

Visa-free entry

  • Where a mark is stamped on visa-free entry to Vietnam?

    This stamp is for the citizens of Russia and Belarus is placed on all land border crossings and at international airports of Vietnam.

  • Believed to be 15 days visa-free stay?

    If strictly formal, from the date of arrival is counted exactly 15 days. But sometimes the guards put for 1-2 days more if you have a return flight falls on a 16 or 17 day.

  • What is the validity period of the passport is necessary for visa-free entry to Vietnam?

    From 01.01.2015 this period increased from 3 months to 6 months.

  • Is it possible to extend visa-free for 15 days?

    Yes, local travel agents offer a service of renewal (visa) from $ 40 30 days, more time more expensive. From 01.01.2015 the cost of renewal has increased dramatically, up to $ 100.

  • Can I leave Vietnam and return back again to get a stamp for 15 days?

    Until 01 January 2015 this was possible at any time. At the moment, to enter Vietnam visa-free can only more than 30 days after the last exit from it.

  • Can I enter visa free to Vietnam earlier than thirty days after first exit, if the first time I entered on a visa.

    No, from 01 January 2015 to get a stamp for 15 days visa-free stay is possible is strictly not earlier than 30 days after the last departure from Vietnam, no matter how you drove before.

  • Is it possible to exceed the visa-free period of 15 days?

    Officially the law is impossible, but in practice it is known that guards often go to a meeting, and on the basis of submitted tickets on departure stamped in the passport stamped on 16 or 17 days. However, we recommend in such cases to obtain a visa on arrival, especially since it is for Russian citizens is free.

  • I exceeded the 15 days visa-free stay?

    That threatens me at the check-out? If the excess is small, in 2-3 days, then get off listening to lectures about the inadmissibility to violate the terms and a fine of $ 10-15 per each day of delay.

  • Do you need a return ticket for visa-free stay?

    Need a return ticket or a ticket to any other country. Although it is not always check but if they ask and you are in the country will not let. Then you can quickly purchase any ticket for a flight to a neighboring country via the Internet directly at the airport, and enter.

  • I want to fly to Vietnam and fly home from neighboring countries, arriving there on the ground. Let me?

    If strictly according to the law, can not admit, since you have no ticket on departure/departure from Vietnam. But in most cases, if you explain your route and show a ticket from another country to go towards. You can also book a bus ticket from Vietnam in advance via the Internet and present it.

Visa on arrival (Landing Visa)

  • What it takes to obtain a visa on arrival to Vietnam?

    You need a valid passport for a period not less than 6 months, pre-decorated invitation letter (Approval Letter), Photo 4x6 (color or black and white) and a questionnaire. Profile and photo is better to register in advance at home.

    Download the application form for a visa to Vietnam for Vietnamese/Russian languages in two formats: анкета.doc / profile.pdf. Download the questionnaire in pdf format in English.
  • What is an invitation letter for a visa on arrival (Visa Approval Letter) and where to get it

    Invitation letter necessary for obtaining a visa on arrival. It is made through special websites, printed, and transmitted for visa on arrival at the airport. You can get here - http://www.vietnamstay.com/service, http://www.vietnamvisapro.net/, http://www.cheapvietnamvisa.net/, http://www.vietnam-visa-service.comcosts from $ 8.

  • The invitation letter (Visa Approval Letter) and invitation code (Visa Approval Code) is the same?

    In fact they resemble, but are different things. Visa Approval Letter is a paper for visa on arrival at the airport, and Visa Approval Code is the code of invitation, necessary for obtaining a visa in advance. Both are issued through special sites (see above)

  • Where can I get visa on arrival Vietnam?

    Visa on arrival is only in the international airports of Ho Chi Minh city, Hanoi, da Nang and Nha Trang. At land crossings visa on arrival do not.

  • Is it possible to get a visa on arrival in Fukuoka airport?

    With 2015 on the island of Phu Quoc operates a full-fledged international airport that accepts international flights. Visa on arrival is issued, just as in other airports.

  • Should the citizens pay for visa on arrival?

    Visa on arrival Vietnam for Russian citizens is free.

  • How much is the visa on arrival at the airport?

    Usually registration of the visa takes about 15-20 minutes, and in rare cases, if you have a large queue, this process may take up to 1 hour, but no longer.

  • How much is the visa on arrival to Vietnam?

    For the Russians visa on arrival is free for other citizens:

    • 1 month, single entry : $45
    • 1-month multiple entry : $65
    • up to 6 months, multiple entry : $95
    • more than 6 months, multiple entry : $135

    The fee shall be paid in dollars.

    In practice, given only a maximum of three-month multiple entry visa.

Visa entry visa in advance

  • Where can I apply for a visa to Vietnam in advance?

    In any Consulate of Vietnam in any country of the world regardless of nationality (i.e. the Russians can easily apply for a visa to Vietnam at the Embassy of Thailand, for example). Of course, you can apply for a visa in Moscow, the Consulate in Vladivostok and Yekaterinburg

  • Does the limit re-entry no earlier than 30 days after the last exit, if I enter on the existing visa or a visa on arrival with a letter of invitation?

    The restriction of entry no earlier than 30 days only applies to visa-free entry.

  • Visa at the Embassy of the Russian citizens is free of charge, as well as visa on arrival?

    No, the visa issued in advance, will have to pay a hefty visa fee, so for tourist purposes, in most cases it makes no sense to contact the visa at the Consulate beforehand. Sense to apply for a visa in advance only in the case if you enter the country by land, i.e. will not be able to get a free visa on arrival (for Russian citizens).

Also be sure to check that you have unpaid fines and other debts, otherwise you can not release at the border from Russia.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin November 13, 2018

Hello Tatiana! Well, how can not find, clearly stated that the requirement of 30 days only applies to visa-free entry visa will drive without problems ...
mimozzza 17 December, 2018
Please tell me how to act. I have Ukrainian citizenship. Arrive on a direct flight to Phu Quoc from China. But going to fly from Ho Chi Minh city to Moscow. The right thing to do is to apply for a visa on arrival from Fukuoka or already on arrival in Ho Chi Minh city? ...
admin 18 December, 2018

Not quite sure how you could apply for a visa on arrival in Ho Chi Minh city, if you fly directly to Phu Quoc? So if you do not mistake in the question then the only option is to apply for a visa on arrival in Fukuoka. ...
Anastasiades 20 December, 2018
Hello! will be able to tell - what are the rules for import and export of animal that is in Fukuoka? the Embassy said only that "we need the usual help", but at the check out also need the permission of the veterinary service. how to know there is such on the island or no? and is it possible to fly with the dog and fly with her back directly over the airport Fuyuka? Thank you!! ...
mimozzza 26 December, 2018

The fact that on Phu Quoc visa-free entrance of the same, but under the condition of departure from thence on a direct flight to another country. Right? I'm from Fukuoka will fly first in Ho Chi Minh city, there to do the transplant and then in another country. Do I understand correctly that in this case I have to open the visa ? Even though Phu Quoc in Ho Chi Minh city but still need? And if the answer is Yes, then do I need now to prepare the invitation? ...
admin December 26, 2018

I wrote to you already that you will be able to apply for a visa only upon arrival at Phu Quoc island. In Ho Chi Minh city you will not be able to issue, because you arrive on Phu Quoc island. And Yes, visa will have to do in this case, otherwise you just for your domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh city with Phu Quoc jail. And of course you need an invitation, otherwise the visa not you. ...
January 3, 2019
"27 December 2018, 21:13
Hello. I get 15 days instead of 18. At the entrance tried to explain to the border guard, back after 17 days but in English he did not understand ((. And does the airport have somewhere Board with official size of the fines in days? If it's $ 10 a day, as they say, it is tolerated. Well, not to get a divorce. And how raisovna to do a domestic flight in Vietnam on the 16th day? ...
admin January 3, 2019

Well, just let the guard, then OK, everything else is solved.
Board with official size of fines has never seen, though I do have pictures to look at, maybe where they are simply forgotten. What about the internal flights, here's how always as lucky. Passport you will have to watch at check-in and boarding several times, and will climb up anyone in mind to check your dates, it's who knows. ...
Xue 9 January, 2019
Tell me, do I need a Visa for Colombians ? Or the same way as for Ukrainians, is just a stamp in passport on arrival?)) ...
admin January 9, 2019

You have the wrong information, citizens of Ukraine can not get the stamp on arrival, they must obtain a visa. You probably confused the Ukraine and Russia. As far as I know, citizens of Colombia must obtain a visa. ...

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