Getting to Hanoi, Vietnam

Visa not Needed

Brunei Darussalam, Dominica, Ecuador, Micronesia, Federated States of, Haiti, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Nauru, Niue, Philippines, Pitcairn, Palau, Seychelles, Singapore, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Thailand, Tuvalu, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa


Only citizens of certain countries can visit Vietnam without a visa, they are:

  • Visa-free for 30 days: Cambodia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand.
  • Visa-free for 21 days: Philippines.
  • Visa-free for 15 days: Denmark, Finland, Japan, Norway, Russia , South Korea, Sweden.
  • Visa-free for 14 days: Brunei and Myanmar.


Citizens of non visa-exempt countries are required to get an entry visa for Vietnam before departure or an approval letter for a Visa on Arrival (issued on arrival at Vietnam International Airports)

To obtain your entry visa you have to apply to any Vietnam Embassies and/or Consulates worldwide. You need a passport with at least 6 months validity.

If there is no Vietnam Embassy or Consulate in your country, or if you just want to make Vietnam part of a multi-destination trip, then Visa on Arrival is the best option.


Ranging from US$65 – 85 if an application is sent directly to the Embassy or or US$25-55 if your visa has been pre-approved. It requires a pre-arranged application to Hanoi Immigration Department and is generally helpful to those who wish to avoid complicated “red tape” procedures.


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    Quang Tien, Soc Son, Ha Noi; 04 3826 7163

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    There are now direct flights from Paris, Los Angeles, San Francisco, as well as most cities in East and Southeast Asia to Hanoi. Noi Bai International Airport is located some 45 kms outside of the downtown areas, which is translated into about an hour taxi ride.

    Vietnam Airlines remain the main carriers of domestic flights and many international flights. Some budget airlines also have frequent flights in and out of Hanoi, such as AirAsia (to Thailand and Malaysia), Tiger Air (to Singapore), Cebu Pacific (to Phillipines).

    From North America, most indirect flights have a transit in either Hongkong, Tokyo, Osaka or Seoul.

    From Europe, there might be transits in Paris, Hongkong, or Moscow, depending on your starting points.

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