Guide to Vietnam visa for Traveling on Cruise

Need Vietnam visa or notAlmost travelers know that Vietnam can be accessed by bus, train, ship or air. And regardless of which way you enter the country, a valid visa is required, unless you are exempted from Vietnam visa. List of nationals getting Vietnam visa exemption can be found here.

In this post, we only deal with Vietnam visa for those traveling to Vietnam on cruise ships, how to obtain a visa in this case.

As you may know, at the moment, there are two ways to obtain a visa for Vietnam as follows:

  1. Apply for Vietnam visa at Vietnam embassy; OR
  2. Apply for Vietnam visa on arrival.

However, the latter is for those traveling to Vietnam by air only. So in case you travel to Vietnam via sea port, you need to obtain a visa at embassy.

But, as far as we know, a lot of cruise lines may arrange the visa for their travelers, so we highly advise you first to check with your cruise line to make sure whether they can arrange the visa for you or not. If yes, then nothing to care any more. Otherwise, you need to contact the Vietnam embassies/consulate to apply for the visa.

As the visa procedure and application documents may vary from embassy to embassy, you are highly recommended to directly contact the embassy to which they plan to submit the visa application for details.

However, here are minimum documents that travelers are required to provide when applying for visa at Vietnam embassy:

  • Original passport (valid for at least 6 months from your arrival date);
  • Completed application form in hardcopy (must be downloaded from website of the embassy via which you plan to apply for visa);
  • Portrait photo.

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