How to apply for a VISA to Vietnam
1.Original PASSPORT (which requires at least 03 month validity since your proposed date of exit from Vietnam) and a copy of passport (photo and personal detail pages)
2.One completed and signed application form (Click here to download and Print) with 01 passport-size photo glued.
3.If you cannot come in person, whoever comes in for you must bring along an original letter written and signed by you stating that you are applying for visa.
II. Types of visa and procedures:
1.Tourist or Market Survey Visa:
If you have NO counterpart or contact in Viet Nam and you wish to visit as an independent tourist or to explore the Vietnamese market and look for business prospective partners you are entitled to what we called Tourist or Market Survey Visa. And you may apply for a 15-Days Visa (single entry) or a One-Month Tourist Visa (single or multiple entry)
The 15-Days Visa (single entry). The validity indicated in your visa is for entry (you have to enter Vietnam no later than the last date). And you can stay in Vietnam upto 15 days counted from the date of your entry.
The One-Month Tourist Visa (single or multiple entry)
Requirements for application are the same, return tickets and hotel booking are required.
2.If you are invited by a Vietnamese host to go to Viet Nam for business, conference, training, working, investment, etc. your visa should be applied by your Vietnamese host organization. We can issue visa only upon receiving official approval from the Viet Nam Immigration Authorities. Other types of documents (invitation letter, information note ext. are for reference only). Your type and duration of visa will be decided by the nature of your work with the Vietnamese counterpart, and it could be single or multiple entries with a maximum duration of 01 year.
If you are a diplomat or member of a governmental or international organization, your host should apply for your entry clearance with the Consular Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam. (authorization number ends with LS-XNC.kv)
If you ARE NOT a diplomat or member of a governmental or international organization, your host should apply for your entry clearance with the Immigration Department at the Ministry of Public Security of Viet Nam. (authorization number begins with A-(number) or B-(number) or C-(number))
Requirements for application are the same; in addition, a verbal note or invitation letter is required.
3.Diplomatic or Official Passports:
If you carry an Indian Diplomatic or Official Passports, you are exempted from entry visa for 90 days according to Consular Agreement signed between Vietnam and India.
If you carry a Diplomatic or Official Passports from other countries which have not yet signed Consular Agreement with Vietnam, you are still required a visa to enter Viet Nam. However, your visa is free of charge.
III. Payment: For the time being, the fee is accepted by cash.
IV. Processing Time: Five business days are required to process visa applications. Expedited processing requires one to two business days after the Embassy has received the application (additional fee required).
The Embassy is closed on Saturday, Sunday, and in Vietnamese and Indian holidays, as follows:
Vietnamese holidays: New Year holiday: 01 January; Victory holiday: 30 April; International Labourers’ holiday: 1 May; National Day: 2 September. Lunar Calendar holidays: Lunar New Year holidays: 4 days; Hung King day: 10 March;
Indian holidays: National Day, Diwali.
Please take account of the observed holidays in planning for your visa application and travel.
For further information, please contact the Visa Section of the Embassy:
Telephone: (00-91) 23018059 – ext: 46 (answering machine; visa officer available on phone from 4:00 to 5:00p.m or for emergency cases only)
Working hours: 9:30am – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.
Applications are accepted in the morning, from 10:30 to 12:30.
Visa collection is in the afternoon, from 4:00 to 5:00.
Last modified 26-10-2012