Do United States passport holders need a visa to Vietnam?

Yes, United States passport holders are required to have a Vietnam visa to enter Vietnam.

1. How can United States passport holders apply for Vietnam Visa?
There are two options:
  • Apply for Vietnam Visa on Arrival (VOA) - Available!

    This is regarded as the fastest and easiest way for United States air travelers to be granted a Vietnam Visa. Using Visa on Arrival service from our website, you can receive an Approval Letter (issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department) to get Vietnam Visa at your arrival airport within 2 days.

  • Apply for a VOA online Now!
  • Contact a Vietnam Embassy/Consulate

    This way is a little bit more complicated. Please come in person to the nearest Vietnam Embassy during business hours to apply for your Visa. The Visa procedure and Visa fee may vary from Embassy to Embassy and it normally takes at least 3 working days to get your Vietnam Visa.

    Embassy of Vietnam in Washington DC, United States
    Address: 1233, 20th St., NW, Suite 400, Washington DC, 20036, USA
    Phone: (1-202) 861 073
    Fax: 1-202) 861 0917
    Opening hours: 9:30 to 12:30, Monday through Friday.
    Phone: (202) 861- 2293, (202) 861- 0694 and (202) 861- 0737 ext. 221, 222, 236, 237 during 10:00to 12:00 AM and 2:30 to 5:30 PM Monday through Friday
    Fax: (202) 861- 1297 and (202) 861- 0917

2 How much does VOA cost for United States passport holders?
In order to get Vietnam Visa on Arrival, United States passport holders need to pay Service fee (for the Approval Letter) and Stamp fee (for Visa stamp at the airport) as below details:

Visa Types Service Fee
Cost/Person (USD)
pay online by credit card
Stamp Fee
Cost/Person (USD)
pay in cash at the airport
Total Visa Fee
Normal Processing Urgent (1 working day)
1 month single entry (30 days) 2 7 25 Total Visa Fee = Service Fee + Stamp Fee

* Service Fee: pay BestPrice Travel via our website
* Stamp Fee: pay immigration officers directly and in cash at the airport
3 month single entry (87 days) 3 8 25
1 month multiple entry (30 days) 7 12 50
3 month multiple entry (87 days) 18 23 50
3 Which staying length is required to apply for Vietnam Visa On Arrival?
  less than 15 days from 15 to 30 days greater than 30 days
United States Ye Yes Yes


If you plan to arrive by land, you need to obtain a visa beforehand, visa on arrival will only work for air traveller.
If you travel on a cruise, you can contact the cruise operator for visa procedures.