Important: takes a great pleasure to announce that from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, cizizens of five European countries, consisting of UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy continue to get 15-day visa exemption regardless of their type of passport and immigration reason provided that they meet the conditions required by Vietnamese law, according to the recently issued Resolution No 56/NQ-CP by Vietnamese Government. In case you wish to stay more than 15 days in Vietnam, you are recommended to apply for online Vietnam visa on arrival as it is difficult to extend visa and visa extension will cost you much money.
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Visa requirements for citizens of United Kingdom

Citizens of United Kingdom need a valid visa approved by Vietnam Immigration Department to enter Vietnam. Fortunately, it is much easier these days for UK passport holders to handle their Vietnam visa application as there are two available ways to go about this matter:

  • Applying for visa at Vietnam Embassy (traditional way, visa picked up at Vietnam Embassies) and,
  • Apply for Visa on arrival with (visa picked up at Vietnam International Airports).
In order to get visa to Vietnam, you may choose one of the two options above. Please keep in mind that these two options are quite different in terms of application procedure and applicable applicants.

Travelers should note that while visa on arrival is more convenient and less time-consuming, it is applicable for those who travel to Vietnam by air only. So, if you plan to travel to Vietnam by land or sea, you should apply for a visa at the nearest Vietnam embassy.

There are two offices of the consulate and embassy of Vietnam in United Kingdom: both are located in London.

Embassy of Vietnam in London, United Kingdom
Address: 12-14 Victoria Rd., London W8-5rd, UK
Phone: (4420) 79371912
Fax: (44020) 7565385
Consulate General of Vietnam in London, United Kingdom
Address: 12-14 Victoria Rd., London W8-5rd, UK
Phone: (4420) 79371912
Fax: (44020) 7565385

With visa on arrival, the Vietnam Immigration Department will issue a visa approval letter with your name on it stating that you are allowed to enter Vietnam on a specified date. Then, you will have the visa stamped onto your passport at the arrival airport. If you apply for visa at Vietnam embassies, the visa stamp will be on your passport when they send it back to you.

To learn more about the differences, please refer to our detailed comparison here.

How to apply for visa on arrival to Vietnam from United Kingdom

For United Kingdom passport holders

UK citizens coming to Vietnam for vacation or business can easily apply for visa on arrival following the simple application process provided here at

  • Fill in the secured application form with required information such as your full name, date of birth, passport number, arrival date… You are required to enter the exact personal information of the applicant(s) in order for the Immigration Department to issue Visa Approval Letter.
  • Please double check to ensure the information is correct. Then process to make payment for the service fee. You can make payment with your Credit/ Debit Card via OnePay /PayPal or pay via Western Union. Our confirmation email for your visa application will be sent within 5 minutes.

The cost for Vietnam visa on arrival includes:

  • Visa service fee (paid to when you apply) and,
  • Visa stamping fee (paid to custom officials at airports when you enter Vietnam)

The service fee varies based on the number of applicants, the type of visa and the processing time (normal or urgent) you wish to apply for. You could use the calculator below to check the visa service fee:

Visa fee calculator Currency: USD
  • Anzahl von Visa:
  • Art von Visum:
  • Bearbeitungszeit:
  • Fast-Track Service: Ja Nein
  • Autoservice: Ja Nein
  • } 2 x 18.90 = 37.80
  • 2 x 10
  • 2 x 25 = 50
  • 24
Gesamt: Kein
Detailed information about the service fee and stamping fee for Vietnam visa application can be found here:
  • Wait for 2 working days (normal service) or 1 working day (urgent service) to get your Visa Approval Letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department via email.
  • Print the visa approval letter out together with the entry and exit form (attached in the email)
  • Get your visa stamped at Vietnam airport check-in counter by presenting your visa approval letter, passport, 02 passport-sized photos, entry and exit form (already filled out), and stamping fee to the Immigration Officer.
  • In case you wish to fill out your information offline, you can download the visa application form here (in .doc format), fill it out and send to our email at [email protected]. You will receive our reply email with the payment link to make payment for the visa service fee.

For other nationalities currently staying in United Kingdom

  • If your nationalities are not included in the Vietnam visa exemption list, you are required to obtain a visa before traveling to Vietnam.
  • For those whose nationalities are supported with visa on arrival, you can follow the simple steps listed above to apply for one at Or, you can contact the nearest Vietnam Embassy around your area to apply.
  • First, please check if a visa is required for your nationality to enter Vietnam by visiting our Check Requirement page:

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