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Do you need a visa for Vietnam and how do you apply for it?

Yes, in most cases you need a visa to Vietnam depending on the length of your stay and your nationality. There are several ways to apply for a visa to Vietnam, here are some of the main options.

Visa-free stay

Some nationalities including Dutch people, can enter Vietnam visa-free for a limited period of time (usually 15 or 30 days), as long as you have a valid return or transit visa. This can be requested upon arrival at a Vietnamese airport, usually with a valid passport with at least 6 months validity after arrival.


Vietnam also offers one e-visa for a number of nationalities. You can apply for this visa via the official website, it is often cheaper than a visa on arrival and you will receive it directly by e-mail. This visa is valid for 30 days.

Visa on arrival

If you do not want to use an e-visa, you can also apply for a visa upon arrival at the airport. This often requires you to fill out a form, provide a passport photo and pay the visa fee.

Visa at the embassy

If you prefer to apply for a visa at the Vietnam embassy or consulate in the Netherlands, please contact the embassy or consulate to find out what documents you need and how to apply.

Please note that visa requirements are subject to change, so it is best to get the most up-to-date information and check with the Vietnam Embassy or Consulate in the Netherlands or the Vietnam e-visa website. Furthermore, it is also important to know whether or not a COVID-19 PCR test is required to enter the country, so inform yourself well about the current situation and requirements of the country.

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