1. General information

The nationals of the following countries do not need visa to enter Vietnam:


Maximum duration of stay (the arrival and departure days are included)

Japan, Russia and Belarus (*)

15 days

Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Laos and Cambodia

30 days


21 days


30 days

Kyrgystan                                                                         30 days

Chile                                                                                90 days

(*) The following conditions must be met:

- The passport is valid for at least six (06) months;
- Two consecutive visa-free entries must be at least thirty (30) days apart. This rule does not apply to those who enter Vietnam with a valid visa.

Those who do not fall in the above categories are still required to have a valid visa to enter Vietnam.

Valid visa is required for foreign passport holders (and accompanying children who have their own passport) to enter Vietnam. Children accompanied in their parents’ passport do not need a separate visa.

The Embassy of Vietnam in Germany is authorized to issue visas to all foreign passport-holders, regardless of their nationality and residence.

As of 01.01.2015, travellers with purposes other than tourism (eg. business, workshop, conference, study etc.) should contact your sponsor in Vietnam (host organization/partner/inviter) to obtain an approval letter from the Vietnam Immigration Department. Without this approval, the Embassy can only issue tourist visa.

Vietnamese law specifies 20 types of visas corresponding to specific purposes of visit. The visa type can not be changed once you entered Vietnam (for example, from tourist to business). This alteration is only possible once the visa holder has left the country. However, the holder can apply for an extension at the Vietnam Immigration Department.

It is advisable that travellers obtain standard visas from the Embassy before visiting Vietnam. The Embassy does not recommend and does not provide visa-on-arrival or online visa.

Visa-on-arrival is only issued in urgent or special situations. A letter of approval issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department is obligatory to obtain visa-on-arrival at all international airports in Vietnam. The travellers may risk disclosing their identities since such a letter may include personal details of other travellers whether they travel together or not. There are numerous websites which provide “visa-on-arrival” on the Internet. Such websites are fraudulent and does not have any connection with the Embassy.

The Embassy cannot either verify the validity of such visas nor provide any assistance to travellers who are refused entry when holding such type of visa. Given these high risks associated with visa-on-arrival, normal travellers are not encouraged to apply for this type of visa.

The updated travel advice from the Federal Foreign Office (entry requirements for German nationals) can be found here.

2. Application

(i) Applications can be submitted in person or by post. Multiple applications can be sent in one envelope and returned in one envelope if the applicants wish to do so. The visa fee can be paid together or separately.

(ii) The following documents must be submitted:

a) For sticker visa

- Original passport, including child passport or temporary passport (the passport must be at least 01 month valid when the traveller leaves Viet Nam).

- 01 completed application form (both the online and offline form are accepted).

- 01 recent photo (3.5cm x 4.5cm or 04 cm x 06 cm)

- Visa fee (*) in cash or Verrechnungsscheck with the signature of the account holder. The recipient should be: The Embassy of the SR Vietnam, Elsenstraße 3, 12435 Berlin).

- DHL if sending by post.

b) For loose-leaf visa

- Copy of the ID page of passport.

- 01 completed application form (both the online and offline form are accepted).

- 02 recent photos (3.5cm x 4.5cm or 04 cm x 06 cm).

- Visa fee (*) in cash or Verrechnungsscheck with the signature of the account holder. The recipient should be: The Embassy of the SR Vietnam, Elsenstraße 3, 12435 Berlin).

- A stamped (3.75 €) and self-addressed envelope for ENSCHREIBEN if sending by post.

(*) Visa fee vary according to the type of visa and length of stay. For the visa fee and further question, please contact Consular Section at 030 53630 102 or 030 53630 108 or email to: visaberlin2011@ yahoo.com


If you want to pay by cash, it is highly recommended that you use DHL. We do not hold any responsibility in dealing with loss of money via ENSCHREIBEN.

(iii) Therefore, it is recommended to apply for visa at the Embassy as early as possible and no later than 02 weeks prior to departure.

You should also enclose a prepaid envelope by DHL for faster return.

3. Opening hours:

The Consular Section opens on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Morning: 9:00 to 12:30.
- Application submission: 9:00 to 12:30.
- Visa pick-up: 11:00 to 12:30.
Afternoon: 2:00 p.m. to 16:30.
- Application submission: 14:00 to 16:30.
- Visa pick-up: 15:00 to 16:30.

4. Address:

Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Elsenstraße 3
12435 Berlin-Treptow
Tel .:  +49 30 53630 102

+49 30 53630 108
Fax .: +49 30 53630 200

5. Tourist Visa

Tourist visa can be issued for up to 03 months for single entry and multiple entry.

If you have an Approval Number or entry permit from competent Vietnamese authorities, please submit a copy of this approval with your visa application. The approval submitted by the applicant is only a reference. The actual approval has to be sent from the Vietnamese competent authority to the Embassy. For details, please contact the Consular Section.

6. Visa for other purposes

Visas can be applied for 20 different purposes. Worker’s visa can be up to 02 years, while investors’ visa can be up to 05 years, single or multiple entry.

In addition to the above documents, applicants must submit a copy of the Approval/Entry permit from competent authorities in Vietnam.

How to obtain an Approval Number/Entry permit

The applicant should contact their sponsor in Vietnam (host organization, partner, inviter). The sponsor is responsible for obtaining an Approval Number/Entry permit from the competent authority in Vietnam. The Embassy will be informed once the approval is granted. The applicant should submit a copy of this approval (forwarded by their sponsor by mail or fax) together with their visa application to the Embassy.

7. Visa Form

Offline Application Form

The form is available in fillable PDF and can be downloaded from here. To open and fill in the form, you can download Adobe Reader from here.

Electronic application form

- The online visa application form is currently a pilot program and can be accessed here. Once completed, the applicant should print out the application and send it together with other documents to the Embassy. This service is not online visa or electronic visa.

- All contributions are welcome for further improvement.

- Please make sure that you have access to a printer to print out the application in PDF format. In case your computer is not connected to a printer, you may download and save the file for later printing.

- The barcode should be printed fully and clearly – it contains all the information you have submitted and will help us process your request faster.

- This pilot program cannot provide information on the status of visa processing.

How to complete the online application form

Step 1: Select your desired language at the top-right corner of the screen.

Step 2: Click “Fill Form” to start the process.

Step 3: Enter your purpose of entry, place of application and place of pick-up (Viet Nam Embassy in Germany). Then upload your passport photo (optional). Click “Next”.

Step 4: Enter your personal details.

Step 5: Enter the information of your sponsor in Vietnam (optional).

Step 6: Print out the application. If you have not uploaded photo to the online form, please glue a passport photo to the printed application. Then, submit it together with other documents (see point 2) to the Embassy.