Entry Requirements for Vietnam:
A Comprehensive Guide for US Travelers

Visiting the enchanting country of Vietnam has become more accessible as it fully reopens its international borders in 2023. If you're a US citizen planning your business or leisure trip, it's essential to understand the requirements of the Vietnamese government to enter Vietnam. We'll review all aspects of your travel, from necessary travel documents to health requirements, ensuring you a smooth journey.

Can US citizens travel to Vietnam right now?

Good news for anyone thinking of visiting Vietnam: The country is currently open to incoming travellers without any restrictions. As things gradually get back to normal after the pandemic, Americans can now enjoy the rich cultural heritage and breathtaking landscapes of Vietnam.

What travel documents do American citizens need to enter Vietnam?

American travelers must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond their planned stay. Additionally, they must possess a Vietnam visa, which can be obtained through various methods.

Can US citizens go to Vietnam without a passport?

No, a valid passport is a mandatory entry requirement to enter Vietnam.

Can US citizens get a Vietnam visa on arrival?

US citizens can obtain Vietnam visas on arrival, but only in certain circumstances. This includes when travelers depart from a country where there is no Vietnam mission, when travelling through multiple countries before arriving in Vietnam, or when traveling for a specific emergency. It is advisable to obtain an e-visa online before traveling to Vietnam.

Who can travel to Vietnam without a visa?

Citizens of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries and a few other nations can travel to Vietnam without a visa for specific durations. However, US citizens are not on this exemption list.

How do I obtain a Vietnam e-Visa?

Vietnam e-visas are easy to obtain, but it's important to ensure that it's the right visa to cover your travels. The e-Visa is for visitors who plan to stay less than 30 days in Vietnam, such as tourists, business people, journalists, market researchers, and investors.

The e-visa process only takes a few minutes: You simply fill out the online application, carefully reviewing and following the instructions, then pay the required fees and wait for your visa to arrive by email. This is a single-entry e-visa that is only accepted at 33 international checkpoints. There are no automatic visa extensions available for the Vietnamese e-visa.

If visiting Vietnam as part of a group, the Vietnamese agent arranging the trip may arrange e-visas for foreign nationals or arrange for visas on arrival. Check with the organizer of your group travel plans to confirm whether that is the case.

Travelers who do not qualify for an e-Visa because of their purpose of travel must apply for a visa through the Vietnamese embassy. Before applying for the visa, travelers must obtain a sponsorship or invitation from a qualifying agent, who will then obtain an entry permit from the Vietnamese Immigration Department.

Upon approval, the Vietnamese Immigration Department will notify the traveler's sponsor and the Vietnamese Embassy. Once that approval is confirmed, the traveler can apply for a visa at the Vietnamese Embassy.

Your e-visa does not authorize you to work in any capacity in Vietnam, either paid work or voluntary. If you plan to work in Vietnam, you must obtain a work permit from authorities before applying for the appropriate visa.

How much is a Vietnam visa for US citizens?

As of 2023, the mandated government e-visa fee is $25 for US citizens. This fee is subject to change, so checking the latest updates before your travel is advisable.

How long is my Vietnam visa valid?

A Vietnam e-visa is valid for stays up to 30 days, single entry. Before making any travel arrangements, you should review the 33 ports of entry that allow foreigners to enter and exit Vietnam with an e-visa.

What happens if I overstay my visa in Vietnam?

Overstaying your e-visa in Vietnam could lead to penalties, including fines and deportation.

How do I obtain an entry and exit form?

Entry and exit forms are generally provided on your flight or at the immigration counter in the Vietnam airport.

Vietnam health requirements and screenings

With regard to health requirements, travelers to Vietnam are advised to have valid travel insurance. Although a COVID-19 vaccine card or negative PCR test is no longer required to enter Vietnam, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) recommends that all international travelers be up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. The CDC also provides a helpful traveler’s checklist for Vietnam, which you may want to review before you travel.


Travelers heading for Vietnam should be up-to-date with routine vaccinations and consider vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, rabies, measles, Japanese encephalitis, and yellow fever.


Travelers are advised to carry necessary prescriptions, as local pharmacies may not supply your medication. You may want to obtain a letter from your medical provider for any prescription medication you carry with you so you can show this letter to Vietnamese authorities if asked.

Medical records

If you're under treatment or have chronic health issues, you should carry your essential medical records. Vietnam has limited medical facilities outside of major cities. Some chronic illnesses or serious injuries may require evacuation. It is important to check your insurance coverage before you travel and to ensure you have adequate funds on hand in case you need to pay for medical treatment in Vietnam.

COVID-19 information

US travelers no longer need to show proof of vaccination or PCR tests in Vietnam. However, you should ensure your travel insurance will cover any emergency health treatment, including COVID-19 treatment, and medical evacuation whenever you travel abroad.

FAQs on Vietnam Travel Requirements

Do I need to wear a mask in Vietnam?

Since Vietnam lifted its COVID-19 restrictions, wearing a mask is not mandatory, but it is encouraged in crowded places

Are the restaurants and bars open in Vietnam?

Yes, with the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, restaurants and bars are open in Vietnam. You can freely enjoy the savory delights the country has to offer.

Will my phone work in Vietnam?

In Ho Chi Minh City and most urban areas of Vietnam, you can use your mobile phone. There may be limited network coverage in remote areas. Check the text, data, and voice roaming rates for your mobile carrier before you leave home. To avoid roaming charges, you can buy a Vietnamese SIM card upon arrival. Do note that Vietnamese SIM cards require an unlocked phone.

What kind of plugs do I need in Vietnam?

In Vietnam, you’ll find both Type A prongs (two flat prongs, as used in North America) and Type C and F prongs (two round prongs, as used in Europe). You may need to pack a travel adapter if your devices use different plug types. The power supply in Vietnam is 220 Volts at 50 Hz. You should pack a power converter if your equipment cannot handle dual voltage.

What should I wear in Vietnam?

Vietnam has a tropical climate, so light, breathable clothing is recommended. In religious or cultural places, modest dressing is encouraged.

Can I smoke or drink alcohol in public in Vietnam?

Smoking in public areas is generally prohibited by local law, and drinking is only allowed in designated places licensed to serve alcoholic beverages. It's important for travelers to adhere to local laws.

Is it safe for LGBTQ+ travelers in Vietnam?

Vietnam is considered relatively safe for LGBTQ+ travelers, but the culture is still largely conservative. Respecting local customs and norms is essential. It is rare for same-sex or opposite-sex couples to display open affections in Southeast Asia.

Online resources for travelers to Vietnam

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