Do I Need a Visa to Travel to Vietnam from UK?

Until the year 2021, British Citizen passport holders can enter Vietnam and spend a maximum of 15 days without a visa.  However, due to some security reasons, if you are from other nationalities, you will need a visa before you enter Vietnam. You thus need to visit your nearest Vietnamese embassy and get a visa before touring the nation. You don`t have to be mistaken as a terrorist and risk imprisonment yet you can easily access a visa and comfortably visit the land.

Please note that BNO (British National Overseas) are required visa for visiting Vietnam.

Please read who need visa to Vietnam for more information

Travel Limits

If you are planning to visit Vietnam for more than 15 days, you can get an online e-visa before you travel. One of the aspects of an online visa is that you will have limited access to entry or exit to points which must be selected during application.  You can use this e-visa if you have an outlined plan for your visit. However, if you don’t have a fixed travel plan, you may consider applying a regular single entry visa that is more flexible. In other words, you will be in a position to enter or exit some places without any limit.


There are places where you can enter without a visa.  For instance, the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc has an additional option where you can enter without a visa for up to 30 days.  However, after entering the island, you need to select your visa waiver plan. That’s you can choose either a 30 or 15-day Vietnam- extensive visa. You will need to check in with an immigration officer and select your preferred plan.  In such officers you will be directed on the places you will need a visa to enter as well as those that are visa-free. The aspect is critical as you will be in a position identify the dangerous places as well as those that are free to visit. You may also consult the immigration officer on any other concern you may have before touring the land.

From the year 2015, the Britons who are spouses or children of Vietnamese nationalities have been applying a visa exemption certificate. One of the merits of this certificate is that it is valid for up to five years and you will have access to multiple access into various places in the nation for about six months. The application of the certificate can be made at the nearest Vietnamese embassy of any immigration office in Vietnam. With such a document, you don’t have a visa as you are counted as one of the Vietnamese citizens. However, the certificate must be valid for you to operate effectively.

It is worth noting that overstaying your Vietnamese visa without any authority is a serious offense. Your travel may be delayed until the fine is fully paid. Therefore, it is always wise to check the validity of your visa as well as its conditions carefully.  The aspect is critical as you will have time to prepare as well as renew the visa before it expires. Also, you need to follow all the conditions of the visa to avoid cases of arrest. In other words, if the visa allows you to enter into specific places, there is no need of popping into other areas that may risk your visit. Thus it is essential to understand all the conditions of the visa before applying. By so doing you will select the appropriate via that fits your tour.