How to acquire a Vietnamese tourist visa if you come from an EU country

A Traveler standing on top of a mountain and enjoying valley view in Ha Giang province of Vietnam

We are happy that you have decided to visit Vietnam. It is truly one of the most diverse and beautiful countries and you won’t regret staying here for more than 15 days. Since it is quite a big country, the distances tend to be long.

Citizens from selected countries in EU can visit Vietnam for up to 15 days visa-free such as citizens from Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italia, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden and UK. Please note that a gap of at least 30 days between two visa-free visits is required. However, if you plan on staying for a longer period of time, you need to apply for a so-called Visa on Arrival or an E-Visa.

Visa on Arrival – Apply online for pre-approval then pick up your visa on arrival at the airport of Vietnam

Both of the options are very easy to apply to. You just need a computer and you’re all set to go! The first steps for a “Visa on Arrival” is that you:

Getting visa on arrival Vietnam
Getting visa on arrival Vietnam

1. Apply Online.

Do this through our webpage. It is both fast and safe. You can choose to pay with PayPal or by credit card.

2. Wait for the Visa Approval

You will receive the approval via the email you submitted. Don’t forget to download and print a copy of the approval letter. In order to pick up your visa at the airport, you need to bring this document.

What is the visa approval letter?

3. Pick up your visa

Show the approval letter to the officer at the landing visa desk and pay the visa stamp fee to pick up your visa on arrival.

Where to pick up your visa on arrival?

4. You are ready to check in!

When they have stamped your passport, you are ready to check in and explore Vietnam! The difference between a Visa on Arrival and an E-Visa is that you can apply to stay longer than 30 days with a Visa on Arrival. Here you have the option to apply for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and even up to 1 year with single or multiple entries. With the E-Visa you can only apply for a 30 days visa, single entry.

Electronic visa or Vietnam e-visa for citizens of EU countries

However, if you do not wish to stay for longer than that amount of time, an E-Visa is a very simple alternative and it is almost the same steps as applying for a Visa on Arrival.

Immigration Officer Stamping a Travelling Passport
Immigration Officer Stamping a Travelling Passport

Just follow these three steps and you will be on your way to Vietnam:

1. Apply online

The same steps for when you apply for a Visa on Arrival.

A picture of your passport which contain your personal data & A photo of your face is required to apply. Click here for more details.

2. Download your E-Visa

You will receive your E-visa through the email you submitted. Do not forget to download and print a copy of it for when you arrive to the airport.

The e-visa is an actual visa issued electronically and you can show it at the passport control for entering Vietnam (no need to stop at the landing visa desk to pick up the visa as visa on arrival).

3. Welcome to Vietnam!

Present your e-visa at the check-in point to get entry into Vietnam.

A sample of an eVisa Vietnam
A sample of an eVisa Vietnam

You thought it would be harder than this? Think again! It’s both super easy and quick. You don’t have to think about going to an embassy or feeling stressed about applying for a Visa. We will help you throughout this process, and if there are any questions, we are always here for you.

Now don’t wait any longer and apply for your Visa today!