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Ultimate Applying for Vietnam visa at Vietnam Embassy San Francisco 2023

A trip to Vietnam requires you to apply for a Vietnam visa in San Francisco. Quickly read the article hereby to get detailed information on how to apply to Vietnam Embassy in San Francisco.

You are confused about how to get a visa through Vietnam Embassy in Los Angeles? No problem. After reading this post, you will find it’s a piece of cake.

Do US citizens need a Vietnam Visa?

US citizens must apply for a Vietnam visa in case they want to enter this country for many purposes such as travel, work, visit relatives…

In case you are not a US citizen, please take a look at the table below to know whether your nationality is in the list or not.

Check it carefully before applying for Vietnam Visa, you may not waste money and time.

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List of countries exempted from Vietnam visa

Areas Countries Term of residence
Asia Singapore less than 30 days
Thailand less than 30 days
Malaysia less than 30 days
Indonesia less than 30 days
Laos less than 30 days
Philippines less than 21 days
Japan less than 15 days
South Korea less than 15 days
Cambodia less than 30 days
Brunei less than 14 days
Myanmar less than 14 days
European Sweden less than 15 days
Finland less than 15 days
Denmark less than 15 days
Germany less than 15 days
France less than 15 days
United Kingdom less than 15 days
Italy less than 15 days
Spain less than 15 days
Norway less than 15 days

Best time to apply for a Vietnam visa

As soon as possible. Don’t wait until last minute to file an application unless you are willing to pay a large amount of money for express service.

Your visa is not valid from the date of application but from the intended date of travel in the application. And you are allowed to enter/exit Vietnam anytime you want while the visa is valid.

The important thing to note is that the short visas are no long available for US citizens since 31st August, 2016.

Whether you will be staying in Vietnam for days or months, you will be granted 1 year multiple-entry tourist or business visa.

Basically, the tourist visa is good for both holidays and business purposes but you are limited to a maximum of 90 days for each visit.

For business visa, there is no restriction on number of day for each entry. You are allowed to remain in Vietnam as long as you want.

The extension is not available for long-term visas. After your visa gets expired, please leave Vietnam and apply for a new visa to return.

How to get Vietnam Visa in San Francisco 2023?

Vietnam remains 3 consulates in the United States and one of them is located in San Francisco. There by, you can easily get the visa before arrival at the consulate (1) or on arrival at airport (2). 

Applying Vietnam visa at Vietnam Embassy San Francisco 2023

1. Apply visa at Vietnam consulate

Although the Consulate General of Vietnam in San Francisco allows in-person and postal application, you are encouraged to apply by post to avoid long queue at the consular office. A complete application includes the following papers:

  • Application form: you have to visit the consulate’s website and fill out the form online. You are able to download PDF file to computer and fill out later but it’s not suggested unless you cannot complete it online for some reasons.
  • Original passport: the passport should have at least 01 month of validity from the date you exit Vietnam. If you order a loose-leaf visa, the passport copy is required instead.
  • Passport-sized photos: 01 photo if you want the traditional visa and 02 photos if you would like loose-leaf visa.
  • Prepaid return envelope: the envelope must be included if you request the passport and visa to be returned by post. One envelope can be used for several applications. For safety of documents, the Vietnam consulate general in San Francisco recommend using UPS or Fedex and keeping tracking number.
  • Visa fee: can be paid by cash (if you apply in person) or  in form of money order, cashier’s check or certified check (if you send the application by post)

Processing time for normal visa is 3 business days and for urgent visa is 24 business hours (extra fee is required for rush service).

Make sure you check for error on the visa once you obtained it. If there is any trouble, notify the consulate instantly for correction.

Embassy of Vietnam in San Francisco, United States
Address: 1700 California St, Suite 580 San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: (1415) 922 1577
Fax: (1415) 922 1848

2. Obtain visa on arrival

Vietnam visa on arrival is the easiest and cheapest ways to get Vietnam visa

Are you thinking that you just need arrive in Vietnam’s airports and pick up the visa there? Yes. That’s true. But it’s not the entire story.

You must obtain approval from Vietnamese immigration department first before you are granted a visa stamp on arrival. The airlines will not let you board the plane if you cannot show letter of approval.

The good news is that the approval can be easily obtained online via travel agents (and we are one of those).

If you are interested to apply online for the letter through our site, please visit to fill out the personal information and pay $30 visa fee online using credit/debit card or via bank transfer. After the application was paid shortly, you will receive an email confirming approval delivery date.

Normally, it takes less than 48 business hours for normal service and 1-24 business hours for express service.

To make sure there is no problem happening at the airport, you should double check the letter and report the error (if any) to us immediately.

Refer to page Vietnam business visa if you care about procedure and price for business visa.

Before your arrival, you should approach the Visa On Arrival window and present the print copy of letter, original passport, 01 passport photo, and 01 entry-exit form. Depending on the length of queue, stamping process may take 15-20 minutes.

Once the visa is ready to use, the officer will call your name and request you to pay $135 stamping fee. You do what he said and get the passport back. Please noted that the stamping fee must be paid cash. Either US. Dollars or VietNamDong (VND) is accepted.

Have a question about getting Vietnam visa in San Francisco 2023? Do not hesitate to contact us for instant support.

More information about processing time for Vietnam Visa on Arrival and Vietnam visa fee

How to fill-in the e-visa application form. Watch video tutorial (official video of Visa Online Vietnam)


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