The validity period of the Vietnam visa depends on the type you apply for. You can choose between the electronic variant which can be applied for online, one of the different visas on arrival, or a physical passport sticker through the embassy. The most commonly used and easiest to acquire variant is the electronic visa, with a validity period of 30 days.
Travelling without a visa
Citizens from the UK (British citizens only) can travel to Vietnam without a visa, provided their stay lasts no more than 15 days. Travellers that wish to stay longer are required to apply for a Vietnam visa. It is also prudent to keep in mind that there is an important requirement tied to the use of this visa-free travel regulation: there must be a gap of at least 30 days between each visa-free visit to Vietnam. You are also required to provide a printout of an onward or return ticket. If you are unable to meet these requirements, you are obliged to apply for an e-visa.
Validity Vietnam e-visa
The validity period of the Vietnam e-visa is 30 days. You can apply for this variant entirely online; you do not need to go to the embassy beforehand, and you do not need to wait in line after arrival to pay for a stamping fee. The validity period starts on the date you fill in on the online application form. Your stay can last a maximum of 30 days, calculated from the starting date of the visa. Therefore, if you arrive later than the starting date, you can only stay in Vietnam for less than 30 days.
The Vietnam e-visa is suited and valid for both business as well as tourist travellers. It can only be used once, making it a single-entry visa. If you wish to travel to Vietnam multiple times, you need to submit a new visa application each time.
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Validity of the Vietnam visa on arrival
The Vietnam visa on arrival has different variants, divided into tourist and business visas.
Take note: do not apply for a visa on arrival
The embassy of Vietnam discourages travellers to make use of the visa on arrival. Do you not meet the requirements for the electronic variant? For instance because you want to stay in the country for longer than 30 days, or you want to enter multiple times? Submit your application directly with the embassy.
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Tourist visa on arrival
There are four different types of visa on arrival for tourists. Two of these variants have a validity of one month, while the other two have a validity of three months. Each of these variants has a type with a single entry and one with multiple entries. With the multiple entry variant of the Vietnam visa is valid for an unlimited number of trips that are made within the validity period of 1 or 3 months.
Business visa on arrival
The business visa on arrival has six variants. These can be divided into visas with a validity period of 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year. The variants of 1 and 3 months have both single as well as multiple entry variants. The 6 months and 1 year types are always multiple entry, meaning that an unlimited number of trips to Vietnam can be made, as long as all trips take place within the validity period of the visa.
Validity passport-sticker Vietnam visa
When you submit your application manually through the embassy, you will receive a visa in the form of a passport-sticker in your passport. Because of the manual work that needs to be done by the consular employees of the embassy, the costs of this are higher than applying for the online visa. Through the embassy you can apply for the following variants (both for business as well as tourism):
- 1 month validity (single entry)
- 1 month validity (multiple entry)
- 3 months validity (single entry)
- 3 months validity (multiple entry)
- 6 months validity (multiple entry)
- 12 months validity (multiple entry)