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Vietnam transit visa for travelers

Pursuant to the Law No. 47/2014/QH13 on entry, exit, transit, and residence of foreigners in Viet Nam, which takes effect on 1st Jan 2015, regulations on Vietnam transit visa for travelers passengers through Vietnam is stipulated as below

Pursuant to the Law No. 47/2014/QH13 on entry, exit, transit visa, and residence of foreigners in VietNam, which takes effect on 1st Jan 2015, regulations on Vietnam transit visa for travelers passengers through Vietnam is stipulated as below:


Vietnam transit visa for travelers

1. Requirements for travelers to transit through Viet Nam

Only obtain the following documents, will the travelers be granted for a transit visa through Vietnam.

Compulsory documents include a passport which is valid above 6 months, a ticket which specifies the third destined country, a visa issued by the arrival country as mentioned (in case there is no visa, the arrival country must be in the list of countries that provide nationality of the traveler with visa exemption policy).

2. Transit area

The transit area shall be promulgated and restricted by the authority in which travelers shall stay in during transit duration.

3. Transit by air

With transit by air, foreigners are free from visa requirements. However, travelers must stay in the restricted transit area at the airport and wait for the connecting flight to the destined country.

In case, the traveler wants to go outside the transit area for any purpose, that individual shall become a subject for a compulsory transit visa in accordance with specific transit duration.

4. Transit by cruise

Foreigners that travel to VietNam by cruises and have to transit through VietNam, are free from visa requirements but must stay in a restricted transit area such as ports in which their ships are anchoring.

In case, the travelers want to go outside the transit area for tourism purpose, they must obtain services from an international tourist company who must present the travel program of the foreigners in detail to the competent authority.

Can I do transit through Viet Nam without a visa

Vietnam transit visa for travelers

If you are in the list of nationalities that are provided with visa exemption policy, you will be free from visa requirements in a particular length of stay stipulated by the authority.

However, all foreigners are recommended a visa (stamped on the passport in the case issued at Embassy/Consulate) or visa approval letter (issued by the Immigration Dept in case getting visa upon arrival) in advance.

Vietnam transit visa for travelers

You will not have to get a Vietnam visa in advance if satisfying the following conditions:

  1. Transit and leave Viet Nam for a third country within 24 hours (for example, from Bangkok to Hanoi to Singapore – you cannot “transit” back to the country you started in, like Bangkok to Hanoi to Phuket)
  2. Obtain a valid onward ticket
  3. Strictly stay in the transit area during waiting for the connecting flight
  4. Have a valid entry document to your final destination
  5. Travel by a full-service airline (low-cost airlines such as Vietjet and Jet Star will not provide passengers with transit support service even in a very short of time)

Last trip, I landed myself in hot water due to traveling by Vietjet Air. I missed my flight for not having my visa done in advance as transiting in Bangkok from Doha to Viet Nam.

At first, I didn’t know that Vietjet Air couldn’t support me transit support. With no transit visa, at last, I had to stay in Bangkok and missed my flight to Ho Chi Minh City.


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