Monday, August 5, 2013

Vietnam visa requirements for UK citizens

As a citizen of United Kingdom, you are required Visa to visit Vietnam.
Since 1996, all UK citizens travelling to Vietnam can pick up visa at Vietnam International Airports.
To obtain Vietnam Visa On Arrival, travellers just need to finish the following simple steps:
- Go online:
- Submit application form online via our secured network to receive the Approval letter.
- Get Visa Stamp when arriving Vietnam International Airports ( Ha Noi/ Da Nang/ Ho Chi Minh city/ Nha Trang ).
Apply Vietnam Visa Online
Before applying for Vietnam visa, please make sure that your passport has minimum 6 month validity and left pages. Visa on arrival option is ONLY applicable for traveling by air to Vietnam. Apply Vietnam Visa now on, you will surely be granted entry upon arrival in Vietnam with the approval letter.
Following is required information to obtain Vietnam Visa:
- Your name exactly as per passport: it is your full name on your passport, name order is not important, so you can place either surname first or first name first.
- Your date of birth: in Vietnam, the date format will be DD/MM/YY
- Your nationality or passport: the passport you are using to enter Vietnam (should be valid for 6 months at least from the date of arrival).
- Your passport number: exactly as shown on your passport and should be valid for 6 months at least from the date of arrival.
- Date of arrival: applicants must fill exactly Date of Arrival. You can just enter Vietnam later but not earlier than the approved date.
Photos: passport photos are required at Vietnam airports only. You can use our secured online form to submit your application or find all download forms.

For further assistance, please email us:

What is approval letter ?

APPROVAL LETTER is a letter issued by VIETNAM IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT that allows you to enter and exit Vietnam for a given time period (1 month or 3 month – single/multiple entry). With the approval letter, you can pick up your visa upon arrival at one of three international airports in Vietnam (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang).

This is considered the “KEY” document for you to check in your international flight to Vietnam. Without the approval letter, you will be denied on Board. Check out the sample of approval letter, click here

Travellers will surely be granted entry upon arrival in Vietnam with the approval letter by following these steps:

1.Go online:
2.Input information correctly (Full name/ Date of birth/ Passport number/ Nationality/ Gender/ Date of arrival/ Type of Visa ) for Online Application
3.A colored scanned copy of the approval letter will be sent to you by email, so please make sure that you provide us with the correct email address.
4.Print the approval letter (color print is preferred but not required).

At the airport, the corresponding authorities will verify the details on the approval letter based on your passport and travel documents for you to get Visa Stamped on your passport.

Following is a few mistakes that travellers probably make when applying for the Approval Letter:

- Visa on arrival at the border: Vietnam Visa on Arrival is just applicable for Air Travel, it means there is NO on arrival visa for overland/border crossing or sea/water entry.

- Spelling/Typo mistakes: Many applicants fill in the Application form with incorrect information: full name on passport, passport number or date of birth. Normally, that may not be a big problem, however, in some cases; they will be refused by the airline at the departure airport since the information on the letter of approval does not match those in the passport. So, make sure you enter everything correctly and carefully.

If you have any question, please feel free to contact our hotline: +84 962 655 556 or +84 966 56 99 56or send email:

How to get Vietnam visa from United Kingdom?

How to get Vietnam visa from United Kingdom?
United Kingdom is not in the list of Vietnam visa exemption; therefore, every United Kingdom is required a valid visa to enter Vietnam. From United Kingdom, you can get a visa to Vietnam by two following options:

Option 1: Get Vietnam Entry Visa at Vietnam Embassy in United Kingdom:
You can apply for Visa to Vietnam at Vietnam Embassy/Consulate in United Kingdom:
Embassy of Vietnam in London, United Kingdom
- Address: 12-14 Victoria Rd., London W8-5rd, UK
- Phone: (4420) 79371912
- Fax: (44020) 7565385
- Email:,
- Office hours: Office hour: Monday - Friday: Morning: 9.00a.m - 11.30a.m Afternoon: 13.00p.m - 17.00 p.m

Consulate General of Vietnam in London, United Kingdom
- Address: 12-14 Victoria Rd., London W8-5rd, UK
- Phone: (4420) 79371912
- Fax: (44020) 7565385
- Email:,

However, it may take you 2-5 working days to get Vietnam Visa at Vietnam Embassy in United Kingdom.

Option 2: Get Vietnam Visa on Arrival: Visa on arrival – the visa picked up at arrival airport – is offered to all of those who are the United Kingdom passport holders. This kind of method is created to make the United Kingdom trip to Vietnam simpler and more economical. It is applicable for those travelling by air to Vietnam.
Visa on arrival is a special advantage for those who live far from the Vietnam Embassy/Consulate in United Kingdom. The applicants neither have to go to the Embassy nor have to send out the passport. By using this way of getting Vietnam Visa, a United Kingdom only needs at least 2 days for normal processing and 1 day for urgent processing (or only 4 working hours for super urgent service – see Super Urgent Service) to get a pre-approval letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department which is an official permission of getting visa upon arrival.

How to get pre-approval letter and visa?
You go online at fill in the secure form, make service payment, and just wait for 2 working days (normal service) or within 1 working day (urgent service) to get your Visa Approval Letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department via email
Print the approval letter out together with a filled entry and exit form and 2 passport sized photos
Get your visa stamped at Vietnam airport checking point by submitting printed visa approval letter, passport, 2 passport-sized photos, entry and exit form, and stamping fee to the in-charge officer.

Before applying for Vietnam visa, a United Kingdom has to make sure that his/her passport has minimum 6 month validity and left pages.
Visa on arrival option is ONLY applicable for United Kingdom traveling by air to Vietnam.

Vietnam Visa For UK Citizens

A Bristish - UK passport holders are required to apply for a visa to enter Vietnam. Tourist visas are good for 30 days and may be extended after your arrival in Vietnam. You can do it your self at Vietnam embassy in London or apply for a visa on arrival.

Location of Vietnam Embassy (Visa Section) in the UK
How to get there? The Embassy is opposite to Kensington Garden (Hyde Park). The nearest tube station is High Street Kensington, which is about five minutes walking from the Embassy. You just exit the tube station, turn right, go straight for about 300 m, then you will see Victoria Road on your right.
Address: 12-14 Victoria Road,
London W8 5RD
Tel: 0207 937 1912
Fax: 0207 937 6108 / 0207 565 3853

* Processing time

It takes five working days (in the normal processing) and two working days (in the fast-track processing) to process your visa for both applications made in person or by post. Application by post must be accompanied with a self-addressed envelope.

Fees and charges are per individual and applicable to both UK and Ireland and to all applicants who possess valid and separate passports. All payments for fees and charges can be combined into one single form (in cash, postal order or bank draft). Pre-paid envelopes are not accepted.

Please note if your children are also on your passports, they will be exempted. Otherwise, they will need separate visas and will be charged as such. You do not need, however, to file separate application forms for them. (Tips by DirtyQuilmes / Thorn Tree Forum – Lonely Planet)

Option 2: Apply online

Visa on arrival is recognized as a legitimate way to obtain your Vietnam visa by the British Embassy in Hanoi. A number of travel agencies are handling the process, which is quite simple:

-    Apply online for the visa
-    Collect the approval letter by email and prepare 2 passport sized photos
-    Arrive at a Vietnam Airport and collect the visa stamp

Required documents:
You are required to submit your passport and 2 passport sized photos when you arrive at a Vietnam Airport. No documents are required at the time of applying online.


- Please read the information below carefully before calling or emailing us.
-  Telephone enquires: 9:30-12:30 and 14:30-5:30 Monday to Friday.
-  Email enquiries will be replied within 24 hours.

The Embassy of Viet Nam in London is the sole authority responsible for issuing Vietnamese visas in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
Travelers are advised to obtain standard visas from the Embassy before their embarking on their trips.
We do not recommend visa-on-arrival and online visa. These types of visa are issued by un-recognised websites with no connections with the embassy. We cannot verify the validity of such visa and cannot provide assistances to travelers in case they are refused entry while using these types of visa. Please read the updated Travel Advice by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (

I. General requirements:
    - Valid PASSPORT (validity must exceed that of the visa by at least one month).
    - One completed APPLICATION FORM F (download form here).
    - One passport PHOTOGRAPH taken not more than one year ago, affixed to the application form.
    - VISA FEE (see below)
    - If you want your passport to be returned by post: please provide a self-addressed envelope (not stamped) and postal charge (see below).
    - The Embassy may request further supporting documents and will contact the applicant when necessary. Please do not send any unless you are requested to do so.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: upon receipt of your visa, you are required to check and make sure all the information is correct (especially passport number and visa date). Any error must be notified to our staff immediately and BEFORE your trip to Viet Nam.

II. Processing time:
* Normal Processing: 5 working days.
* Express Processing: 2 working days (different fee applied).
* Next Day Processing: 1 working day (different fee applied).

III. How to apply:
You can apply for Visa in person or by post. A third party can submit relevant documents and collect visa on your behalf. Email/fax application is also possible if you use Express or Next-day service.
Applications must be submitted before 12:30 every working day.

To apply in person:
 - Arrive at the embassy between 9:30-12:30. No appointment is needed. The consulate service is closed after 12:30.
- Submit all the required documents (see above) and pay the appropriate fee in cash.
- You will receive a receipt, which states the date your visa is ready for collection.
- Collection time: 9:30-12:30 Monday to Friday (except public holiday). No appointment is needed.
- A third party can submit relevant documents and collect visa on your behalf.

To apply by post: (The Embassy recommends application by post to avoid long queue).
- Post your application (including: passport, application form, self-addressed enveloped (not stamped), payment of all related fees and charges) by Royal Mail Special Delivery.
- Payment should be made by cheque or postal order payable to the ‘EMBASSY OF VIET NAM’, all in British pounds sterling only. Your full name, passport number, contact address and telephone number must be provided at the back of the payment. DO NOT SEND CASH.
- More than one visa application can be submitted together in one envelop.
- More than one passports can be returned to applicants in the same envelop.
- All passports will be returned by Royal Mail Special Delivery.
- Visa processing time will start from the date the application is received, not from the date it is dispatched. Your passport will need 1 or 2 days to reach you via post after the visa is issued.

To apply by email/fax (express and next day service only):
- Email/Fax your application form (with a photo attached) and passport page to or 0207 565 3853/0207 937 6108
- All application must be made before 12:30 of every working day.
- We will NOT confirm the receipt of application by fax. However all successful email application will receive an email confirmation within 24 hours. Do not assume your application is accepted if no confirmation was made. Once the confirmation email is sent, it is not possible to cancel your application; payment of the full visa fee is required.
- Collection: You can collect your visa by visiting the embassy with your passport and pay the appropriate fees in cash.
- Visa collection time: 9:30-12:30 Monday to Friday (except public holiday). No appointment is needed.
- All applications by Fax/Email are automatically considered as Express processing (unless specified as Next-day processing).

IV. Visa fee and postage charge
-  Visa fees vary according to the type of visa and length of stay. Please contact the Embassy by email at  for relevant fee information.
-  Postal charges (including handling fees) by Royal Mail Special Delivery. Please contact the Embassy by email at  for relevant fee information.
You can pay visa fee and postage charge by 1 cheque.
V. Important information: - Visa will be valid from the DATE OF ENTRY (provided in the application form) and extend for 30 days or 90 days depending on the type of visa. You can visit Viet Nam on and after the DATE OF ENTRY and must leave before the visa expires.
- Visa rules and fees for children should follow the same procedure as adults if they have their own passports. Children who are included in parents’ passports do not need separate visas and are not charged (however, their names must be stated in their parents application form with one accompanying photograph). The parents must sign the applications on behalf of children under 14 years old.
- Amendments of the visa can be done only when the visa is still valid. Amendment fee applies.
- Fees and charges once received are not refundable, except in case of Visa rejection.
- You do not need a visa to enter/re-enter Viet Nam if you do not cross passport control when catching connecting flights.
- The Embassy of Viet Nam reserves the right of refusal for any visa application. The visa process is not bound by your travel plan.
- The Embassy is not responsible for any loss or damage to redundant documents not required by us.

DIPLOMATIC AND OFFICIAL VISA - Holders of diplomatic and official passports based in the UK and Ireland will be granted visas GRATIS unless otherwise endorsed.
- In addition to the procedure specified above, applicant must submit a Note Verbal or an official letter from the UK Foreign Office or the Republic of Ireland Department of Foreign Affairs, or diplomatic missions accredited to UK, Ireland, and international organisations.
- British or Irish diplomats to be posted in Viet Nam are requested to inform the Embassy of his/her Position, title at the mission in Viet Nam, and name of the person that he/she is to replace.

All documents need to be properly notarised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (for United Kingdom), the Department of Foreign Affairs (for Ireland) and the Legalisation Offices in the UK Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man). Documents from UK Overseas Territories ( Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Island , Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Turks and Caicos Islands) must be legalised by the Legalisation Office in the Overseas Territory concerned before being legalised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Only then will the documents be legalised in turn by the Embassy of Viet Nam in London.

You need to submit:
-  Original documents
- Photocopies of the above documents to be retained by the Embassy
- Legalisation fees: please contact us. Payment should be in cash, postal order or bank draft made payable to 'Embassy of Viet Nam'
It takes five working days to process your application, excluding posting time. Please add £10 and a self-addressed envelope if your application is to be sent and returned by post (return would be by Special Delivery).

A non-Vietnamese citizen, seeking to get married to a Vietnamese national, may submit in person or by mail his/her file of required documents for marriage registration to the Embassy of Viet Nam in London for authentication before taking them to Viet Nam for subsequent procedures.
Documents to be authenticated by the Embassy:

A Regular Dossier Includes:
- Application for Marriage Registration in Viet Nam.
- Certificate of No-marriage Records issued by the State Vital Statistics Office within the last six months certifying that no marriage license or marriage record of the applicant has been found for the period from the beginning of legal age for marriage to date.
- Medical Certificate issued by an authorized medical organization confirming that the applicant has no mental illnesses, or has a mental problem but not to the extent of losing consciousness of his/her own actions.
- Photocopy of the photo and signature pages of the Passport.

NOTE: The Certificate of No-marriage Records and Medical Certificate must be certified by a Notary Public and the signatures of the Notary Public must be subsequently certified by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before the documents are sent to the Embassy for authentication.

For Divorced and Widowed Applicants: In addition to the above-listed documents, - Divorcees are required to submit the Divorce Decree after it has been certified by a Notary Public, and subsequently authenticated by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Widows are to submit a photocopy of Death Certificate of the previous spouse after it has been certified by a Notary Public or and subsequently authenticated by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
- Power of Attorney for Submission of Application: The foreign party can, with a power of attorney, entrust his or her fiancé to submit the application package.

A Vietnamese Birth Certificate is granted to a child: - born of two married Vietnamese citizens,
-  one of the parents is a Vietnamese citizen and the other is a stateless person
-  mother is a Vietnamese citizen and father is unknown

Dossiers include: - Application Form for Birth Certificate. For late applications, please download form here: FORM 1 FORM 2
- Photocopies of the parents’ passports.
- Photocopy of marriage certificate
- Photocopy of birth record by the hospital
- For a child born of a Vietnamese citizen and a foreign citizen, the foreign parent needs to submit a declaration stating his/her acceptance that the child may carry Vietnamese citizenship.

Processing Time: Five working days, excluding the posting time.
- Duplicate Birth Certificate (for those who were born in Viet Nam and their original birth certificates were not issued by the Embassy)
- Vietnamese Police Check.

Please do not contact the Embassy for the above documents. You must petition for them at the local authorities in Viet Nam.

Embassy of Viet Nam (Consular Section)
12-14 Victoria Road, London W8 5RD
Tel: 0207 937 1912
Fax:  0207 565 3853 or 0207 937 6108

Direction to the Embassy: The Embassy is located on Victoria Road, off Kensington High Street and Kensington Gardens. Nearest Underground stations: High Street Kensington and Gloucester Road.
Opening Time: 09.30 to 12.30 ONLY, Monday to Friday
Please note that there is NO appointment system at the Embassy.