Get vietnam visa in the US

A VISA to Vietnam can be  applied for by mail or in person at the  Embassy of Vietnam in the United States (US) as early as six months prior to  the date of travel. Like in most other nations, there are two ways to  apply for Vietnam visa to be  selected by residents of the US:

I/ Normal Vietnam entry  visa (received before travelling)

The applicant must submit:

1. Original PASSPORT (which  requires at least 01 month validity prior to the date of exit from Vietnam). In  urgent cases, a loose-leaf-visa can be requested, then a copy of passport (photo  and personal detail pages) may be submitted instead of the original passport.

2. Application form (PDF Form/Word Form). The form must be completed, signed  and attached with 01 original photo (2x 2in). In case of a loose-leaf-visa  request, 01 additional photo must be stapled to the form.

3. A visa approval can be obtained  through the applicant’s host or sponsor in Vietnam. If the applicant does not  have visa approval, he/she may contact us at or the  Embassy by email or by  telephone (202 861 0737 ext. 221, 222, or 236) for assistance to apply for it.  Additional processing fees for visa approval may be required.

4. Visa fees must be in the form  of MONEY ORDER, or CASHIER’S CHECK, or CERTIFIED CHECK payable to “THE EMBASSY  OF VIETNAM.” Applicants applying together may submit combined payment in one  money order”. For those who have already got visa approval, please check Consular fees here.

5. A prepaid return envelope, if  the applicant requests the visa to be returned by mail. Please use USPS Express  Mail or USPS Certified Mail (  or Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation. Please do not use UPS or DHL.  Applicants applying together may provide one envelope for visas to be returned  to the same address.

Processing Time: Five (5)  business days are required to process visa applications with approval.  Expedited processing requires one to two business days after the Embassy has  received the application (additional fee required).

Note: Please keep the tracking numbers of the envelopes to and from the Embassy. When  the above deadlines have passed, use the tracking number to check with the  mailing service first.

Please do not make telephone inquires on the  status of your application (make sure that you keep your passport number for  this request) until after the 3rd business day for an expedited case and the  7th business day for a regular case.

The Embassy will be closed on Saturday, Sunday, Vietnamese  and US holidays. Please take account of the observed  holidays in planning for your visa application and travel.

For  further information, please contact the Visa Section of the Vietnam Embassy:

Opening hours: 9:30 – 12:30 Monday through  Friday. Tel: (202) 861- 2293, (202) 861- 0694 and (202) 861- 0737 ext. 221, 222, 236  during 10:00 – 12:00 AM and 2:30 – 5:30 PM Monday to Friday Fax: (202) 861- 1297 and (202) 861- 0917 Email: Website:

II/ Vietnam Visa on arrival (received upon arrival  at Vietnam International Airport)

– Issuing unit: Vietnam Immigration   Department – Processing time: 2 to 3 working days – Processing fee: 10 – 20 USD/person (stamping fee NOT included) – Without Passport requirement – How to get it? You go online at ,  fill in the secure form, and just wait 2-3 days until you receive your Visa  Approval Letter, and take this + your passport + 2 photos to Vietnam to get  your visa at airport. This seems to be the cheapest and easiest  way to get a visa  to Vietnam from the US.