Nationals of countries on Vietnam’s free-visa list are granted a visit visa on arrival at the border free of charge. These are valid for between 14 and 90 days, depending on the person’s nationality. Citizens from countries not covered under this agreement, or those from countries with free entry who want to stay longer than the period granted on their initial visa, will need to apply for a visa to enter Vietnam. A tourist visa is usually valid for one visit of up to 30 days, although it is also possible to apply for a three-month multiple-entry visa for Vietnam.
Those who wish to live in Vietnam for longer periods of time and potentially take up employment will need to apply for a long-term visa or work permit. While the process seems straightforward on the surface, it can often be stressful and involve lots of paperwork. Furthermore, visa regulations aren’t always clear and the success of an application isn’t guaranteed.