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Comprehensive Guide: Vietnam Visas for US Citizens

Mai Anh
3 min. to read


Are you an American citizen looking forward to exploring the mesmerizing beauty of Vietnam? Before setting off on your adventure, it’s crucial to acquaint yourself with the visa application process. This article will guide you through the steps of obtaining a visa for Vietnam, ensuring you’re fully prepared for your upcoming journey. Let’s dive in with Sun Getaways Travel!

Table of contents
  1. Vietnam Visa Types Available for US Citizens
  2. How to Apply for Vietnam Tourist Visa for US Citizens
  3. Cost of Vietnam visa and processing time
  4. Vietnam Embassy and Consulate in the US

1. Vietnam Visa Types

Unlocking the Door to Vietnam >>> All You Need to Know About Visas

Each American citizen planning to travel to Vietnam for business or leisure must obtain a visa. There are two visa categories to select from: tourist visas and business visas.

This article primarily focuses on delivering thorough details regarding tourist visas for US citizens intending to visit Vietnam. Presently, US passport holders have the option to apply for a 30-day tourist visa. This visa permits multiple entries if you opt for visa on arrival, or single entry if you select an electronic visa.

2. Steps to Get Vietnam Visas for US Citizens

American citizens have two avenues to acquire a Vietnam tourist visa: Visa on Arrival or Electronic Visa (E-visa):

Visa on arrivalE-visa
Please provide the following information to the inviting/sponsoring agencies/organizations/individuals in Vietnam:
Ensure that your passport remains valid for at least six months beyond your intended arrival date in Vietnam.
Furnish requisite passport details including your full name, date of birth, nationality, and passport number.
Specify your expected date of arrival in Vietnam and the duration of your stay.
Indicate your intended location for visa collection.
Provide passport photos as required.
Complete the secure online visa application form and proceed with the payment.
Your inviting/sponsoring agencies/organizations/individuals in Vietnam will submit your application to the Immigration Department, Ministry of Public Security to request entry approval for foreigners.Receive the E-Visa letter directly in your registered email within the designated processing time.
The Immigration Department will then relay the entry approval result to your inviting/sponsoring agencies/organizations/individuals in Vietnam, while also informing the relevant Vietnamese mission overseas or the border gate of Vietnam to issue visas for you.Download your E-Visa letter and present it to the Vietnam Immigration Officer upon your arrival to finalize your entry into Vietnam.
You’ll need to visit the related Vietnamese mission overseas or the border gate, where you’ll submit your visa application documents, travel documents, and pay the necessary fees to receive your visa on arrival.
When comparing the Vietnam visa processes for American citizens, the E-visa option emerges as the more convenient choice. With E-visa, one simply needs to apply online and present it upon arrival. On the other hand, for Visa on Arrival, individuals must first secure an Approval Letter and then complete additional paperwork at the airport upon arrival.

Vietnam provides >>> E-visa options to all nations and extends visa-free stays

3. Cost of Vietnam visa and processing time

Vietnam Visas for US Citizens information

CostProcessing time
Single Entry25 USD
Visa on ArrivalMultiple Entry
50 USD
3 working days
Approval Letter15 – 65 USD/pax (varies depending on the type of visa and the quantity of applicants)
E-visaSingle Entry25 USD3 working days
Multiple Entry50 USD3 working days
In regards to time efficiency, Visa on Arrival offers a quicker option, and you can expedite the process with an urgent visa request. However, there will be an additional fee for the approval letter.

4. Vietnam Embassy in Australia


Kindly be aware that visa regulations may undergo changes periodically; therefore, it is recommended to seek the latest information from the Vietnam Embassy or authorized visa services. Below are the official representations of Vietnam in the United States:

Don’t forget to review the most recent travel advisories and stay updated on any particular requirements or regulations prior to your journey. Does this information offer a thorough understanding of Vietnam visas for US citizens? Should Vietnam be your next destination on your global exploration, Sun Getaways Travel is ready to assist you with top-notch Vietnam package tours.

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