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US citizens are required to have a valid visa prior to entering Vietnam, no matter how long you plan to stay. In order to apply for a Vietnam visa, you can either apply by mail or in person at Vietnam consulate or embassy abroad or online for a visa-on-arrival.

Important notice: As of 2018, short stay visas (1 month/3 month) are now available again.


Submit your visa application online and get the visa stamp at Vietnam airport. A number of travel agencies offer this option. The process is simple:
1 - Apply for your visa online and pay the fee
2 - Receive and print your approval letter 
3 - Arrive at Vietnam Airport and get your visa 

With this option, your visa will be issued by the Immigration Department of Vietnam. Make sure that the approval letter has the correct date of entry, your name spelling, your passport number and your date of birth.


Submit the following documents by mail or in person to the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in either Washington or San Francisco:
1 - Original Passport (with at least 01 month validity prior to the exit date from Vietnam) 
2 - Completed and signed application form with 01 photo (2×2 inch).
3 - Visa fees (Money order or Certified Check) payable to “The Embassy of Vietnam”. 
4 - Prepaid return envelope, if you plan to receive your visa and passport by mail. The embassy and consulate recommend either USPS or Fedex.

Download Vietnam visa application form

Vietnam Embassy in the US: 

Address: 1233 20th street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036
Email: vnconsular@vietnamembassy.us 
Tel: (202) 861-0737

Vietnam Consulate
Address: 1700 California St., Suite 430 San Francisco, CA 94109
Email: info@vietnamconsulatesf.org Tel: (415) 922-1577

Processing time & Fee:

  Visa - On - Arrival Embassy / Consulate
Processing time 2-3 business days 5 business days + mailing time
Fee Approval letter fee + $135 stamping fee $75 - 150*

*Note: Exact fee can be enquired at vnconsular@vietnamembassy.us


US passport holders flying to Vietnam can apply for a visa on arrival. However, you must obtain an approval letter through an agency in Vietnam in order to pick up the visa on arrival.

Recommended agency:

Email: sales@myvietnamvisa.com

Website: www.myvietnamvisa.com


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