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Vietnam Visa Requirements For Tourists

by David Pacella | March 17th, 2010

Tourism is a growing industry in Vietnam.  According to Wikipedia, the tourism industry in Vietnam grew 63 percent between the years of 1999 and 2004. About 8 or 9 percent of the foreign tourists who visited Vietnam in 2004 were from the US.

This year, in 2010, the government of Vietnam is celebrating a National Year of Tourism, so it’s a particularly exciting time to visit.

However, American citizens visiting Vietnam must have Vietnamese visas.  To get a Vietnamese tourist visa,  you need the following documents:

  • Your US passport
  • A completed Vietnamese visa application
  • A recent passport photo, taken within the past 6 months.

Also, you must apply ahead of time to get a Vietnamese visa. Some countries will issue tourist visas to travelers when they arrive at the airport, but Vietnam is not one of these. In fact, if you show up without a visa, you can expect to be immediately deported.

A few other things you should know about Vietnam visas for tourists:

Vietnam tourist visas are typically single-entry.  If your itinerary requires you to enter and exit Vietnam more than once, you must specify that you need a multiple-entry visa when you apply.

Also, if you plan to continue from Vietnam into Laos, make sure you get the type of Vietnamese visa that is adhered to the passport.  If your visa is detachable, the Vietnamese border officials will take it off when you leave Vietnam; however, Laos border officials require that you have a Vietnamese visa in your passport to enter Laos from Vietnam. can help you obtain the necessary visas for your next trip to Asia.  We’ll examine your itinerary and so some research to determine which visas you need and what you need to do to obtain them.

Then, we’ll help you with the application paperwork, providing clear, easy-to-follow instructions that will help prevent common mistakes that could hold up your application. After we get your visa application, we take it directly to the appropriate embassy 0r consulate for the fastest possible processing.

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