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Vietnam’s Immigration Authorities have slashed foreign entry visas, to come into effect at the end of November 2015 – making it easier (and much cheaper) to visit the country! Here are the details behind the decision, and what it means for your travel plans.


It’s good news once again for travellers bound for Vietnam – after lifting visa requirements for five European nationalities earlier in 2015, Vietnam has now slashed all entry visa fees to make it even easier for international travellers. Fees for one-month and three-month single and multiple entry visas are all enjoying a major price drop, which comes into effect at the end of November, 2015.

For stays of one month or less…

If you’re only planning on staying in Vietnam for a month or less, visa entry fees originally set at US$ 45 for a single entry, one-month validity visa are now US$ 25. You’ll still need to apply for the visa ahead of time – either through a local Vietnamese consulate, via the website or with visa services – but now will only pay this reduced fee on arrival at the airport.

For stays of three months or less…

For longer journeys through Vietnam, the visa fee for the three month, single entry visa dropped from US$ 95 to now US$ 50. This allows you to stay and travel within Vietnam for a period of up to three months – but is limited to travel within the country. Leaving the country voids your visa, and you will need to re-apply for a visa when returning to the country, even if its on the same trip.

For return travel to Vietnam from Laos and Cambodia…

If you’ve already entered Vietnam on a tourist visa, but continue your travels onto Laos and Cambodia before heading back to Vietnam for your trip home, the original US$ 45 is now only US$ 5. Remember that this is limited to those returning to Vietnam for the transfer back to their home countries. Extended travel back in Vietnam after a visit to Laos and Cambodia will require a multiple-entry visa.

Single entry or multiple entry?

Even after the changes in visa fees, most will be stumped to decide if they need a single or multiple entry visa. Before deciding between a single entry and a multiple entry visa, it’s important to know your travel plans.

If you have an inbound and outbound ticket booked – but no clear itinerary between those dates – it’s often less hassle to simply pay for a multiple-entry visa in case you’d like to leave Vietnam and then return. Two single-entry visas will add up to the cost of a multiple entry visa, but having a multiple entry up-front will minimise the extra work you would need to do to re-apply for a visa from outside of the country.

 

Have a question about Vietnam visas? Ask us in the comments here!

 

 

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8 COMMENTS

    • Hi, Sarah! Unfortunately, the price for a multiple-entry 3 month visa remains at US$ 95. However, there’s been talk of Vietnam proposing a possible year-long multiple entry tourist visa for American citizens. We’ll keep you updated on any changes!

  1. Hi,

    On the 20th of November I’ll be travelling to Vietnam. Any idea if the new visa fees are in place then?
    Has Vietnam published any date already instead of just “at the end of November”?

    Thanks!

    • Hello, Danny! The new visa regulations are set to take effect on Nov. 23rd, so unfortunately just a few days after you arrive! This only applies to visa-on-arrival or visas obtained after that date, so if you are planning to get a visa in your passport before the 23rd, then the fee will be the original cost. Darn!

    • We do actually have language teams within sales, but unfortunately we are limited in how much writing in other languages we can do! That said, we can certainly put you in contact with a German, French or Spanish speaking team member!

  2. Hello,

    I have a question about
    return travel to Vietnam from Laos and Cambodia…

    So when I come back over land/river I pay 5 USD at the border ( say near Chau Doc ) and get a visa for a limited time?
    How long is that time?

    Or do I not understand it correctly maybe?

    Hope you can help me with this?

    Ton.

    • Hi there, Ton! It can get a little bit confusing when travelling into Vietnam overland. For return visitors that are not on a tour, returning via land does make it more difficult to use this visa free exemption. What we would suggest that you do is re-enter the country using either a multiple-entry visa (which you would have obtained on arrival to Vietnam) or get a new single-entry visa while in Cambodia or Laos. This can be done at the Vietnamese consulates in each country, located in Phnom Penh and Vientiane. This sometimes takes a bit of time, so we would suggest at least a day or two in the city to allow for your visa to be processed (they will need to keep your passport to do this).

      Depending on how you are entering Vietnam to begin with, since visa exemptions are (for now) only gauranteed via air travel into the country. For security, it is best to get a visa before entering the country via land.

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