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Without Vietnam visa, where can US citizens travel?

The only place where US residents can travel without a Vietnam visa is Phu Quoc Islands. Following, decision 80 regulations: Both Vietnamese and Foreigners who bring abroad passports to enter, exit or live in Phu Quoc island are allowed from visa with a temporary stay of not more than 30 days. In case abroad visitors enter border gate of Vietnam both air and sea, staying in a transit area at that border gate and transfer to Phu Quoc island also allowed from visa according to regulations. The decision will be effective from March 10, 2014.

Almost the tourist often stays, travels on Phu Quoc Island, Mr. Winand Curvers is Dutch citizens who are very satisfied about the Government of Vietnam has released many good policies for Phu Quoc, involve visa exemption policy for abroad visitors staying in this island. Mr. Winand Curvers said: “he is very thankful to the Vietnam Government cause for releasing a 30-day visa exemption policy for all foreigner travel to Phu Quoc. In fact, the Vietnam Government has special interests for abroad visitors to come to the temporary island, he felt very pleasure. He will express this new policy for friends when he arrives in Phu Quoc.”

For the case, when you arrived to Phu Quoc island, travelers want to move other locations, the entry and exit management agency will consider releasing visas at Phu Quoc island. In case for you want to stay in Phu Quoc island with a temporary stay or more than 30 days, the temporary residence extension will be considered by the immigration authorities.

If you want to discover anywhere in Vietnam and avoiding the interruption by this problem. The best way for you to apply for a Vietnam visa when you arrive. After do 4 basic steps:

  • Step 1: Completing details of your trip, flight and passport information on apply form
  • Step 2: Paying the fee then receive confirmation
  • Step 3: Take Approval Letter
  • Step 4: Upon landing, present approval letter to get visa stamped at Landing visa counter.

The fees of Vietnam visa for the US 2019

For instance: Applying for the 1-month single tourist visa for 1 person for a normal process, you will pay $10 for processing fee to get a visa approval letter and pay $25 for fee of stamp later at an airport. To get faster (urgent) visa within 4-8 working hours, you should pay $15 extra fee or getting an emergency visa within 1-4 working hours, you have to pay $45 extra fee.

Useful information

– The passport of American citizen must at least 6 month validity and left pages from travel date before applying Vietnam Visa on arrival online.

– American citizen must be traveled to Vietnam by air if they use Visa on arrival.

– When you get a visa, travel around Vietnam not only Phu Quoc Island or vice versa.

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Vietnam visa for US citizens – All You need to know

US passport is probably one of the most powerful passports the world as its holders can visit up to 166 countries without requiring a visa. So, what is the case of Vietnamese visa for US passport holders? Let’s learn in details in this post.

1. Do US passport holders need a visa for Vietnam?

The answer is YES.

Vietnam is not included in the list of 166 countries that US citizens can visit without a visa. At the moment, all US citizens need a visa for their every visit to Vietnam for tourism or business purpose.

2. Types of Vietnam visa for popular US passport holders

For purpose of visit, holders of popular US passport to Vietnam are often required for:

  1. A tourist visa; or
  2. A business visa.

For validity, holders of popular US passport to Vietnam are allowed to get:

  • 1 month single/multiple entry visa;
  • 1 months single/multiple entry visa;
  • 6 months multiple entry visa (for business only);
  • 1 year multiple entry visa.

3. How to get Vietnam visa for US citizens?

At the moment, there are up to 3 ways to get a visa for US citizens, namely:

  1. Getting visa at the local embassy of Vietnam;
  2. Getting a visa online called visa on arrival; and
  3. Getting a visa online called e-visa.

Now, let’s learn one by one in details.

1. Getting a Vietnamese visa for US citizens at local Vietnam embassy.

Note: The guide below is for US passport holders in the US. In case you are outside the US, you also can contact any Vietnam embassy in the place of your residence to get your Vietnamese visa.


There are up to 4 offices of Vietnam embassy/consulate in the United States that you can contact to get your visa for Vietnam.

Vietnam embassy in Washington D.C., US

  • Address: 1233 20th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036
  • Business hours: 09:00-12:00, 14:30-16:30 from Monday to Friday, except Vietnam and United States holidays
  • Phone: 202-861-0737 ext. 118/121/122/125/129
  • Fax: 202-861-0917
  • Email: visatovn@vietnamembassy.us
  • Website: http://vietnamembassy-usa.org/

General Consulate of Vietnam in San Francisco, US

  • Address: 1700 California Street, Suite 580, San Francisco, CA 94109
  • Business hours: 8.30 am – 12.00pm and 2.30pm – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, except Vietnam and United States holidays.
  • Phone: +1 415 922 1707 ;  415 922 0707  415 922 1238 ; 415 922 8588 Extension 103, 101, 102;
  • Hotline (emergency only): 415-533-0156
  • Fax: +1 415 922 1757
  • Email: visa@vietnamconsulate-sf.org;
  • Website: vietnamconsulate-sf.org

Consulate of Vietnam in New York, US

  • Address: 866 U.N. Plaza, Suite 435, New York, NY 10017
  • Business hours: 09:00 to 17:30, all weekdays, except holidays
  • Phone: 212-644-0831; 212-644-2535;
  • Fax: 212-644-5732
  • Email: lanhsuquan.newyork@gmail.com

Consulate General of Vietnam in Houston, US

  • Address: 5251 Westheimer Rd, Suite 1100, Houston, Texas 77056
  • Opening hours: 9:30 – 12:30; 14.30 – 17.30 Monday through Friday, except holidays
  • Phone: (713) 850 – 1233 and (713) 840 – 0096
  • Fax: (713) 810 – 0159 and (713) 871 – 0312
  • Email: vnconsulate1102@gmail.com

And now, it comes to the process and required documents to get a Vietnamese visa (tourist or business) for US citizens through the Vietnam embassy in Washington D.C., United States.

To get a visa for US citizens at Vietnam embassy in Washington D.C, you need to prepare:

  1. 01 application form. It can be the print-out of the form completed online at http://visa.mofa.gov.vn or the form provided at the embassy. In case you choose to complete the form online, please select VIETNAM EMBASSY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA as Place of visa submission and collection. This printout must be signed by you.
  2. Passport (the original for a sticker-visa application OR a copy of the ID page for a loose-leaf visa application) with at least 06 months of validity prior to the proposed date of entry into Vietnam).
  3. Photo: one (1) 2×2 inch identical photo if the original passport is submitted for a sticker visa OR two (2) 2×2 inch identical photos if a copy of the passport is submitted for a loose-leaf visa.
  4. Visa fees: paid in cash or Visa Card/Master Card for in-person application at the Embassy, or in the form of money order/ cashier’s check/company check payable to “EMBASSY OF VIETNAM”.
  5. Other supporting documents (if any): a copy of visa approval document or provision of visa approval reference number issued by the relevant authority of Viet Nam; invitation letter from sponsor/host etc.

You can submit those documents in person or by mail. In case you submit them by mail, remember to choose a certified carrier as the embassy takes no responsibility for any missing document.

The cost of a tourist or business visa applied at Vietnam embassy in the US for US citizens are not available at any website. In case you wish to get informed, please contact the embassy.

Normal processing time of a visa for US citizens at the embassy of Vietnam in the US is 3 business days and maybe extended by the Embassy in case of any additional documents required.

2. Get visa online – Vietnam visa on arrival for US citizens


Use this way if you are traveling to Vietnam by air as it requires you no travel or does not put you into fear of missing important documents on the mail way.

► You also can see 5 advantages of Vietnam visa on arrival.

With this option, you will only need to work online with a Vietnam visa center to get a visa approval letter and then get visa stamped upon arrival at Vietnam airport.

► See what Vietnam visa approval letter is here and how to define a trustworthy Vietnam visa center.

How to get Vietnam visa on arrival?

To get this visa upon arrival, you need to follow these 3 simple steps:

  1. Fill out the online Vietnam visa application form. You will be required to enter your name, passport number, passport expiry date, date of birth, gender and arrival date, and then make payment of service fee online using a credit card.
  2. Get an Approval Letter via email within guaranteed time, print the letter and carry it with you to Vietnam.
  3. On arrival at one of 5 Vietnam international airports in Hanoi, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Nha Trang or Ho Chi Minh City, you will need to show your Approval Letter, entry and exit form, passport, two passport-size photos (4cm x 6cm) and cash for payment for Stamping Fee to the Immigration Officer who will then stamp the Vietnam Visa in your passport.

Normal processing time of approval letter for Vietnam tourist visa and business visa for US citizens is 2 and 7 working days respectively. But you may get it done in just 2 working hours or 2 working days (for tourist or business visa respectively) with a little extra charge.

► Check https://www.visaonlinetovietnam.com/guide/united-states/ for the cost of Vietnam visa on arrival for US passport holders.

3. Getting visa online – Vietnam e-visa for US citizens


Before applying for an e-visa for Vietnam, you will need to have:

  • A Passport (Valid for at least 6 months after arrival to Vietnam)
  • A Credit/Debit card /Paypal account
  • A digital copy of passport page which contains personal information.
  • A recently taken digital photo (it should present Full face, front view, eyes open without glasses, the background should be plain light-colored or white)

Here is the full process of getting Vietnam e visa for Indians

  • You must submit relevant personal information via the form of the Vietnam Immigration Department and pay the required fee by credit card (MasterCard or Visa) or PayPal.
  • When your eVisa application has been approved, the visa issuance system will send you a notice for a link to download and print the eVisa.
  • You are required to present this eVisa at the immigration checkpoint for verification upon your arrival in Vietnam.

Normal processing time of Vietnam e-visa is 3 working days. Its cost is 25 USD, which is non-refundable in case of visa issuance refusal.

Here comes all the information that you need to know about Vietnam visa for US passport holders. Should you have any question, please feel free to contact us at +84.946.583.583 or sales@visaonlinetovietnam.com.

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How to get to Vietnam from US

As you know, the time zone in Vietnam is GMT +7 and the time zone in US is GMT -7. The US is 8,429 miles/13 565 km far from Vietnam, according to Travel Math’s data.

Let’s find the answers for “How to get to Vietnam from US?” Or “How long will it take to fly from Vietnam to US?” in this article article.

How long will it take to fly from the US to Vietnam?

How long does it take to get to Vietnam from USA - Vietnam visa online
How long does it take to get to Vietnam from USA

In fact, the time of flying from the United States to Vietnam depends on many factors, including:

Where to transit? How many times of transit? and How long of transit?

Depending on which airline you choose, the transit point and transit time may vary. EVA Air, for example, is a Taiwanese airline that will transit in Taipei. Many flights have to transit to 2 or 3 points making the time to come to Vietnam quite long. Most US flights or flights from the United States to Vietnam are transited at major airports such as Taipei (TPE), Tokyo (NRT), Guangzhou (CAN), Seoul (ICN) or Singapore (SIN).

Departing point

The territory of the United States is quite large in more than 50 states and countless cities. Depending on where you depart from, the time of flying from the US to Vietnam may vary.

Weather and security

In summary, due to the factors mentioned above, the question “How many hours is it to fly from the US to Vietnam?” does not have the only answer that can fluctuate between 17 and 30 hours.

Here are some routes to Saigon (Vietnam) from a number of US cities with many tourists often choose to depart from. The transit point and flight time of each airline are listed in detail for your reference:

DepartAirlinesTransitFlight time
San JoseANATokyo19h 20m
HoustonEVA AirTaiwan21h 10m
San DiegoJALTokyo19h 35m
Santa AnaAlaska, ANASan Jose, Tokyo21h 35m
Los AngelesCathay PacificHongkong19h 15m
PhiladelphiaAmerican Airlines, Vietnam AirlinesLondon20h 30m
New YorkAir FranceParis19h 40m
SeattleKorean AirSeoul18h 40m
San FranciscoAsianaSeoul19h 40m
PortlandDelta, ANATokyo18h 50m
DallasAmerican Airlines, JALTokyo21h 10m
BostonCathay Pacific, Vietnam AirlinesHongkong20h 5m

The above table also partly answer the question “Where to transit if flying from the US to Vietnam?” and “How many times to transit?”. According to the data, the US passengers often choose to fly some familiar airlines such as EVA Air, China Airline or Vietnam Airlines because of the relatively short transit time, departure time, food, flight time, etc. with the habit of the majority of US tourists..

Which airline has the fastest flight from the US to Vietnam?

American Airlines passengers fly from Los Angeles to Vietnam with only one night on the plane. The transit time is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes in Tokyo. The total time of flying including transit time is about 17 hours. So far, this is the fastest flight between the US and Vietnam.

How to get Vietnam visa for US citizens

How to get Vietnam visa for US citizens
How to get Vietnam visa for US citizens

To help you find the answer for the question: How to get Vietnam visa for US travelers, we analyze 3 following ways. Or you also can refer to Vietnam Visa for US citizens here.

♦ Apply at the Vietnamese embassy in the United States or a third country with a Vietnamese diplomatic mission: This is the most common way when the Vietnamese government has not applied the visa policy with technological solutions or where Vietnam has no diplomatic mission.

→ Advantages: You will be posted visa on the passport.

→ Disadvantages: The complex procedure, the highest cost, the high ability to refuse, the 7-day review period. If you have a urgent need during the day, it will be difficult to meet.

♦ Electronic visa application (e-visa): This is a new visa policy applied by the Vietnamese government for nationals of 40 countries from February 1, 2017 including the United States.

→ Advantages: convenient, just go to the website to enter information and wait for approval, the fee of 25 dollars (pretty cheap).

→ Disadvantages: Website interface is not user friendly, difficult to operate, only one entry and stay up to 30 days. In order to be granted an electronic visa, you must complete the information in accordance with each process, especially for long-term approval. You can try to apply for an electronic visa at this address: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/web/guest/trang-chu-ttdt

♦ Visa on arrival: This is the policy for international travel companies, prestigious organizations in Vietnam which can guarantee customers, partners to Vietnam for a variety of purposes. Its full process is very simple, you ca see here: Vietnam visa on arrival.

→ Advantages: fast, meeting urgent needs within 1 hour, the simple implementation, cheap cost. There are many options of time, purpose, number of times.

→ Disadvantages: Another step is to stamp your visa at Vietnam airport. If you want to enter Vietnam by road, you will not be able to apply in this way.

We hope that this article helps you find the right answer to the question “How long does it take to fly from the US to Vietnam” and “how to get Vietnam visa for US citizens” as well? And choose the best airline for you!