Good news! Since February 2017, French people can apply for an e-visa valid for 30 days to visit Vietnam.
What is the official website where to apply for the Vietnamese e-visa?
The official website is accessible here: https: //evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/home
How much does it cost?
What is the validity of the Vietnamese e-visa?
30 days and not one more
When filling out the form, you entered the date you wish to enter Vietnam.
For example, you plan to enter on January 1, 2018. Your e-visa is valid from January 1 to January 30, 2018. You enter when you want (January 1, 5 or 29), but your e-visa will still expire on January 30, 2018.
Is this a visa on arrival?
No, it’s an e-visa, so a visa that you obtain beforehand, before entering Vietnamese soil. There is no form to fill in when you cross the border, you just have to show your passport and your e-visa, which you will have printed beforehand.
Is this a multiple entry visa?
No, one entry only
How does it work?
First of all, you have to prepare :
- a photo of you, dimension 4x6cm, without glasses. Be careful, this isn’t the classic format for French passport photos.
- a scan of your passport
- your credit card
- the name of the borders through which you intend to enter and leave Vietnam
- the dates of your stay, including the date of your arrival in Vietnam
Then, for the e-visa application :
- Read the instructions on this page: https: //evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/en_US/web/guest/khai-thi-thuc-dien-tu/cap-thi-thuc-dien-tu Be careful to enter your first and last name exactly as written in the passport. If you have a middle name for example, you must also mark it in the form.
- Check the box at the bottom and then “Next”
- Fill out the form correctly, including your name first name, date of birth, dates of entry/exit and ESPECIALLY your email address
- Upload a 4x6cm photo, without glasses
- Upload a scan (or a clearly visible photo) of your passport
- Pay with Mastercard, Visa, JCB or other Vietnamese payment cards
- Come back 3 working days later and fill out this form to find out instantly if your application has been accepted: https: //evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/tra-cuu-thi-thuc
- Finally, PRINT your e-visa and present yourself at one of the 28 authorized border crossings
- To leave Vietnam, with the e-visa, you must also exit through one of the 28 authorized border crossings
What happens if I enter or leave through an unauthorized border?
If you come with an e-visa and you try to cross a border not authorized by the e-visa, well you turn around, goodbye!
Or you will be offered a visa waiver but for 15 days only (if you are eligible of course – i.e. you have not benefited from it within 30 days).
If you go out by a border not authorized by the e-visa, well, you don’t go out! and you will have to take another way to go out by the right border post.
Corruption is unacceptable, it will not be tolerated, so make sure you can cross the border, otherwise you will turn back.
What are the authorized border crossings for arrival/exit?
The list is updated frequently here: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/documents/20181/163332/Danh+s%C3%A1ch+c%E1%BB%ADa+kh%E1%BA%A9u/4ae61cd9-5bde-4df4-8be4-db36fc3f6704
Arrivals by plane
- Cat Bi Int Airport (Hai Phong)
- Cam Ranh Int Airport (Khanh Hoa)
- Can Tho International Airport
- Da Nang International Airport
- Noi Bai International Airport (Ha Noi)
- Phu Bai International Airport
- Phu Quoc International Airport
- Tan Son Nhat Int Airport (Ho Chi Minh City)
- Bo Y Landport
- Cha Lo Landport
- Cau Treo Landport
- Huu Nghi Landport
- Ha Tien Landport
- Lao Bao Landport
- Lao Cai Landport
- Moc Bai Landport
- Mong Cai Landport
- Nam Can Landport
- Song Tien Landport
- Tinh Bien Landport
- Xa Mat Landport
- Da Nang Seaport
- Hon Gai Seaport
- Hai Phong Seaport
- Nha Trang Seaport
- Quy Nhon Seaport
- Ho Chi Minh City Seaport
- Vung Tau Seaport
- The advice given on this article is dated January 22, 2018. It is possible that other borders may have been added or the tariff increased since then. It is up to you to inform yourself and read carefully everything written on the official website: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/en_US/ We are just bloggers, we aren’t a travel agency, we do not work for the Vietnamese immigration.
- If you don’t understand English, go through the Vietnamese embassy in the country where you are, they will be very happy to make a standard tourist visa for you, multiple entry, or single entry, depending on your needs
- It is essential to know where you enter/exit and whether these border crossings are compatible with your e-visa. Too many people don’t pay attention to this detail and have been turned away at the border.
- The visa waiver for Vietnam for tourists staying less than 16 days in Vietnam (and not one more) has been extended until 31/12/2019, it is also up to you to find out, if you are traveling in 2020, if this waiver is still valid