As of January 2022, regular passport holders of 25 countries DO NOT need a visa for Vietnam. Here is the full list of Vietnam visa exemption countries:
|Country||Maximum stay||Conditions (if any)|
|Chile||90 days||For tourist visa only|
|Panama||90 days||For tourist visa only|
|South Korea||15 days|
|United Kingdom (Not applicable to BNO)||15 days|
The above information about the Vietnam visa exemption (updated on March 15, 2021) is provided for informational purposes only, please double-check with the official authorities in your current country before departure.
Other Vietnam Visa Exemption Cases
- The 30-day visa exemption is granted to those entering the coastal economic zones decided by the Government when those zones meet the following conditions:
- 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.
- APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) holders with valid passports are exempted from Vietnam visa requirements for a stay of no longer than 60 days.
- British National Overseas (BNO) passport holders are not eligible for the 15-day Vietnam visa exemption. So, they need to apply for a visa to visit Vietnam.
Conditions for Making Vietnam Visa Exemption
To enter Vietnam with a Vietnam visa exemption, the eligible travelers are required to ensure:
- their passport valid for at least 6 months following their date of arrival in Vietnam; and
- their passport has at least 02 blank pages; and
- negative COVID test certificate (except for children under 2 years old) taken within 72 hours of departure if using RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method or within 24 hours if using the rapid antigen test method.
Vietnam Visa Exemption Extension
Before Covid, the Vietnam visa exemption can be extended in Vietnam. However, it cannot be done today.
Those who want to further remain in Vietnam after the exemption duration ends are highly recommended to leave Vietnam for a neighboring country (such as Thailand, Cambodia, or Laos) and come back with a new visa exemption. This way of stay extension is called Visa Run.
Source: Vietnam Visa