Vietnam Visa Exemption: Everything You Need to Know

Last update: Dec 07, 2023

Vietnam visa exemption, also known as Vietnam visa waiver or Vietnam visa-free, allows foreign nationals to enter and stay in Vietnam for a specific period without the requirement of going through a visa application process. This exemption is made possible through bilateral or unilateral agreements between the Vietnamese government and the foreign national's country, facilitating hassle-free travel for eligible individuals.


It's essential to distinguish between this type of visa exemption and the Vietnam visa exemption certificate, commonly known as the Vietnam 5 years visa. While the former allows certain foreign nationals to enter Vietnam without a visa for a specific period, the latter is a separate document that grants a 5-year visa validity for specific eligible individuals. Both are distinct in their application and benefits.

This is a simple exemption stamp as follows on their passport:

Vietnam visa extension

Vietnam Visa Exemption countries

s of January 2022, citizens holding regular passports from 25 countries are no longer required to obtain a visa to enter Vietnam. Here is the complete list of countries eligible for Vietnam visa exemption:

No. Country Maximum visa-free duration Applicable purpose of visit (if any)
1 Chile 90 days Entries that do not include remunerated activities
2 Panama 90 days Entries that do not include remunerated activities
3 Cambodia 30 days Not mentioned
4 Indonesia 30 days Not mentioned
5 Kyrgyzstan 30 days Not mentioned
6 Laos 30 days Not mentioned
7 Malaysia 30 days Tourism, attending press, conference/coverage, official duty, visiting relatives, business negotiation, investment, sports, or attending seminars or conferences
8 Singapore 30 days Entries that do not include remunerated activities
9 Thailand 30 days Not mentioned
10 Philippines 21 days Not mentioned
11 Brunei 14 days Not mentioned
12 Myanmar 14 days Visiting only
13 Belarus 15 days Not mentioned
14 Denmark 15 days Not mentioned
15 Finland 15 days Not mentioned
13 France 15 days Not mentioned
17 Germany 15 days Not mentioned
18 Italy 15 days Not mentioned
19 Japan 15 days Not mentioned
20 Norway 15 days Not mentioned
21 Russia 15 days Not mentioned
22 South Korea 15 days Not mentioned
23 Spain 15 days Not mentioned
24 Sweden 15 days Not mentioned
25 United Kingdom (Not applicable to BNO) 15 days Not mentioned

Important Notes for Vietnam visa exemption:

  • According to the new law on entry, exit, transit, and residence of foreigners in Vietnam, which took effect on July 1, 2020, the 30-day interval between two stays with visa exemption has been removed.
  • However, it's important to note that British National Overseas (BNO) passport holders are not eligible for the 15-day Vietnam visa exemption. Therefore, they must apply for a visa to visit Vietnam.
  • The visa exemption covers entry, exit, and transit purposes, and the visa-free stay period is calculated from the date of entry.
  • The Government grants a 30-day visa exemption to individuals entering coastal economic zones that meet the following conditions as determined by the authorities.:
    • having an international airport
    • having their own space
    • having defined geographical boundaries and being separate from the mainland
    • being in line with socio-economic development policies while posing no threat to the national defense, security, social order, and safety of Vietnam. So, Phu Quoc Island is one of those zones. See Phu Quoc visa exemption 
  • APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) holders with valid passports enjoy a Vietnam visa exemption for a stay of up to 60 days. If you wish to extend your stay beyond this period without departing Vietnam, you will need to follow the appropriate visa extension procedures, see the exemption of Vietnam stay with ABTC.

Vietnam Visa Exemption Conditions

To enter Vietnam with a Vietnam visa exemption, eligible travelers are required to ensure:

  • Their passport is valid for at least 6 months following their date of arrival in Vietnam; and
  • Their passport has at least 02 blank pages.

Vietnam Visa Exemption Extension

Prior to the Covid outbreak, it was possible to extend the Vietnam visa exemption while in the country. However, this is no longer feasible at present.

Individuals who wish to prolong their stay in Vietnam beyond the duration of the visa exemption must depart from Vietnam to a neighboring country such as Thailand, Cambodia, or Laos, and then return with a fresh visa exemption. This method of extending one's stay is commonly referred to as a "Vietnam visa run."


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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I’m a UK passport holder. Is Vietnam visa exemption for UK citizens applied for my second visit within 30 days after my visa-free visit to Vietnam? A. Yes. You can enter Vietnam with a Vietnam visa exemption for your every stay of less than 15 days in our country.

Please be kindly informed that if you are eligible for Vietnamese Visa exemption (except for 5 year visa exemption), you are not required to do anything beforehand, including completing any Vietnam visa exemption form. Just make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months following your arrival date and has at least 02 blank pages. And then, upon arrival at the port of entry in Vietnam, please show your passport to enter Vietnam.

No. At the moment, visa extension is not available for those staying in Vietnam with visa exemption. In case you want to extend your stay in Vietnam, you are highly recommended to leave Vietnam and then come back with another visa exemption. This way is known as Vietnam visa run

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