Vietnamese authorities continue to improve the visa procedures to make it more straightforward for travellers. It is recommended that you obtain a visa prior to your arrival in Vietnam unless you belong to a country that is exempt (15 days). We provide links to more information on obtaining visa and some of the main embassies below.
Visa Exemptions (Vietnam)
Visa on arrival (Vietnam)
Customs Regulations (Vietnam)
Phu Quoc Island Specific Decisions
More Information on Obtaining Vietnamese Visas
Vietnamese Embassy Sites
All visitors must obtain Vietnam visa prior to entry into Vietnam, with the exception of the following countries which are exempt from requiring a visa when they enter, exit or stay. As of November 2014, foreigners who fly directly to Phu Quoc island (via Siem Reap, Singapore etc) no longer requires Visa.
- Citizens of Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia and Laos holding valid ordinary passports are exempt from visa requirements and are allowed to stay for not more than 30 days.
- Citizens of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Japan and South Korea holding different kinds of passports are exempt from visa requirements and are allowed to stay for not more than 15 days
Visa on arrival
It is possible to avoid embassy queues and obtain a visa on arrival at either of the international airports at Hanoi (Noibai), Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat) or Danang. You need to have an Approval Letter from Vietnam Department of Immigration to be able to get a visa on arrival. Some travel agents can organise this for a fee. The validity of the visa on arrival is 30 days, which can be extended after entering Vietnam.
Customs Regulations (Vietnam)
If arriving at an international airport, all luggage is x-rayed and Customs officials may check luggage on request. There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency, objects made of gold, silver, precious metals, gemstones, or plated pieces with silver or gold, however visitors must declare these in detail on the customs forms.
Entry: Tourists are allowed to bring in the following items duty-free:
- Cigarettes: 400 pieces
- Cigars: 50-100
- Tobacco: 500 gram
- Liquor: 1.5L
Personal effects of a reasonable quantity. Small gift items valued at not more than US$500
Note: There is no limit to the amounts of cash, precious metals and gems people can bring in, but amounts of over US$7,000 must be declared.
It is prohibited for any visitor to bring into Vietnam the followings:
Exit: Goods of commercial nature and articles of high value require export permits issued by the Customs Office. Antiques, some precious stones and animals listed in Vietnam's red-book may not be exported from the country.
- Weapons, explosives and inflammable objects
- Opium and other narcotics
- Cultural materials unsuitable to Vietnamese society.
Phu Quoc Specific Decisions
In September 2005 the government passed regulations specifically in relation Phu Quoc Island entry, exit and residence of foreigners or Vietnamese holding foreign passports. These regulations are provided below in more detail.
Under this Decision, foreigners and Vietnamese holding foreign passports who are, entering, exiting from, and residing in Phu Quoc Island for a stay period not exceeding 15 days are exempt from visas. The following section provides a summary of those regulations.
International flight arrivals
Foreigners who enter via another international border-gate of Vietnam and stay in its transit lounge before travelling to Phu Quoc Island shall also be exempt from visas. With the opening of the new airport international terminal in Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat) foreigners will soon be able to transit from international flights directly to Phu Quoc, exempt from visa requirements for up to 15 days. Passports must be valid for at least 45 days. After arriving in Phu Quoc Island, if visitors want to travel other localities or stay in the island for more than 15 days, visitors are required to visit the immigration department who is responsible for issuing visas.
Arriving by sea
Foreign-tourist ships can arrive or leave Duong Dong harbour in accordance with agreements signed with Vietnamese tourist companies. Foreign tourist ships which visit Duong Dong area & other areas (except restricted areas) must comply with Vietnamese immigration laws and Phu Quoc regulations, i.e. 15 day stay allowed exempt from Visa. Citizens of south-east Asian countries listed above, do not need certification when entering Duong Dong Town for up to 15 days. If visitors want to travel outside Phu Quoc Island and/or more than 15days, they will be required to obtain visa clearance provided by immigration in Duong Dong town.
Foreign cargo ships
Foreign cargo ships are allowed to arrive or leave Duong Dong town to deliver or receive cargo as per contractual agreements. The crewmen on these ships can use their passports or sailor's registers to enter Duong Dong area. If they deliver or pick up goods in other Vietnamese harbour's, they have to obey Vietnam's current laws.
Detailed Regulations Specific to Phu Quoc Island
Chapter 1: Entry into, and exit from Phu Quoc Island
Article1 - Phu Quoc Island (excluding areas exclusively planned for public security or defence purpose) shall be eligible for entry and exit preferences specified in Clause 1, Article 3 of the Prime Minister's Decision No, 53/2001/QD-TTG of April 19, 2001, on policies toward border-gate economic zones.
Article2 - Foreigners and Vietnamese holding foreign passports (hereinafter referred collectively to as foreigners) who enter, exit from, and reside in Phu Quoc island, for a stay period not exceeding 15 days shall be exempt from visas; foreigners who enter an international border-gate of Vietnam and stay in its transit lounge before travelling to Phu Quoc island shall also be exempt from visas.
Citizens of countries entitled to visa exemption shall observe current regulations.
Article 3 (1): Foreigners arriving at the island by the sea through Phu Quoc international border-gate shall carry out entry procedures with the entry and exit management body right at the border-gate; foreigners travelling to Phu Quoc island by air shall carry out entry procedures at Vietnam's international airports, then stay in transit lounges of these air ports before taking domestic fights to Phu Quoc island.
Article 3 (2): When carrying out entry procedures, foreigners shall have to produce their passports which are still valid for at least 45 days.
Article 4 - In cases where, after coming to Phu Quoc island, visitors wish to travel to other localities, the entry and exit management body shall consider and grant visas to them right in Phu Quoc island; if they wish to stay in Phu Quoc more than 15 days, the entry and exit management body shall consider and extend their sojourn period.
Article 5 - Crew members holding valid foreign crew members' books or crew member's passport may enter, exit from, and reside in Phu Quoc island during the period when their ships anchor at Phu Quoc island.
Article 6 - As from the effective date of this Regulation, the Ministry of Defence shall, after reaching agreement with the Ministry of Public Security and the People's Committee of Kien Giang province, report to the Prime Minister on the demarcation of Phu Quoc island areas exclusively planned for public security or defence purposes, publicize these areas and put up specific direction and no-entry signboards for each area.
Chapter 2: Residence in Phu Quoc Island
Article 7 - Foreigners entering Vietnam through Phu Quoc international border-gate shall be granted right at the border-gate by the entry and exit management body certificates for a sojourn period corresponding to the visa-exemption period; foreigners who are lawfully sojourning in Vietnam, when arriving at Phu Quoc island, shall not have to carry out procedures for sojourn certification but report thereon according to current regulations.
Article 8 - Once in Phu Quoc island, foreigners may freely reside and travel there in accordance with the registered entry purposes, except for no-entry areas and areas exclusively planned for public security or defence purpose; if they want to enter such areas, they must obtain permission of competent agencies according to the Provision of the Prime Minister's Decision No. 160/2004/QD-TTg of September 6, 2004, no-entry areas and locations.
Article 9 - Foreigners who apply for the extension of their sojourn period, change in registered sojourn purposes, grant supplementation or amendment of visas, or grant of sojourn cards or residence cards, shall carry out procedures with the entry and exit management body of Phu Quoc Police in person or through other agencies, organizations or individuals. The order, procedures and time limits therefore shall comply with the Ordinance on Entry, Exit and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam and the Government's Decree No. 21/2001/ND-CP detailing the implementation of the Ordinance on Entry, Exit and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam.
Chapter 3: Upgrading ... entry and exit activities in Phu Quoc Island
Article 10 - The People's Committee of Kien Giang province shall coordinate with relevant ministries and branches in submitting soon to the Prime Minister a plan on upgrading Phu Quoc border-gate airport into an international airport and An Thoi Port into an international seaport. The Ministry of Public Security shall arrange personnel and means for the entry and exit management at the two international border-gates of Phu Quoc island. In the immediate future, the entry and exit management body of the Ministry of Public Security and local relevant agencies shall arrange personnel and means for the carrying out of entry and exit procedures of foreigners according to regulations applicable to international border-gates.
Article 11 - The People's Committee of Kien Giang province shall coordinate with relevant ministries and branches in investing in material foundations and providing funds for entry and exit management work so as to meet the requirements for foreigners' entry into, exit from, and residence in Phu Quoc island.
Chapter 4: Mechanism for coordination in management of foreigners
Article 12 - The Ministry of Public Security shall have to guide the implementation of this Regulation; and coordinate with the People's Committee of Kien Giang province and relevant ministries and branches in organizing the implementation of this Regulation.
Article 13 - The Ministry of Defence shall have to settle entry and exit procedures for foreigners entering or leaving Phu Quoc island by sea; and ensure public security and defence for Phu Quoc island.
Article 14 - The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism shall have to direct and perform the specialized management over companies organizing tours to Phu quoc island; these companies shall have to manage tourists, ensuring that tourists enter and stay in the island in compliance with the permitted entry purposes and residence period, and coordinate with functional agencies in settling problems related to tourists.
Article 15 - The People's Committee of Kien Giang province shall, within the scope of its tasks and powers, have to coordinate with the Ministry of Public Security in directing Kien Giang Police to perform the state management over foreigner’s entry into, exit from, and residence in Phu Quoc island.
Article 16 - Agencies, organizations and individuals that invite or guarantee guests to Phu Quoc island shall have to ensure that their guests enter and stay in the island in compliance with the permitted entry purposes and residence period ensure funds and coordinate with state agencies in settling issues related to their guests.
For more information on obtaining Vietnamese Visas
Vietnamese Embassy websites