VISA

Essential Information.

I. Vietnam Visa Types by Purpose of Visit

According to the new immigration regulations that took effect in July 1, 2020 (Law No. 51/2019/QH14), Vietnam visa is classified into about 21 main types by the purpose of visit, namely DL, DN1, DN2, NG, DT1, DT2, DT3, DT4, LS,  DH, LV, LD1, LD2, HN, PV1, TT, SQ, etc.6 popular types of Vietnam visa are:

1. Tourist visa (DL): Traveling to Vietnam for tourism only.

Depending on validity and number of entries, can be divided into:

  • 1- month single entry visa;
  • 1- month multiple entry visa;
  • 3 months single entry visa; and
  • 3 months multiple entry visa.

2. Business visa (DN1, DN2)

  • DN1 visa – to be granted to foreigners who work with other businesses and organizations with legal status
  • DN2 visa – to be granted to foreigners who come to Vietnam to offer services

Depending on validity and number of entries, can be divided into:

  • 1- month single entry visa;
  • 1- month multiple entry visa;
  • 3 months single entry visa; and
  • 3 months multiple entry visa.

3. Student/internship visa (DH) – Attending a university course in Vietnam

  • Validity: No longer than 12 months

4. Investor Visa (DT1, DT2, DT3, DT4)

  • DT1 – to be granted to foreign investors in Vietnam and representatives of foreign organizations investing in Vietnam with capital contribution of at least VND100 billion. Valid for up to 10 years.
  • DT2 – to be granted to foreign investors in Vietnam and representatives of foreign organizations investing in Vietnam with capital contribution of VND50 – under VND100 billion. Valid for up to 5 years.
  • DT3 – to be granted to foreign investors in Vietnam and representatives of foreign organizations investing in Vietnam with capital contribution of VND3 – under VND50 billion. Valid for up to 3 years.
  • DT4 – to be granted to foreign investors in Vietnam and representatives of foreign organizations investing in Vietnam with capital contribution of less than VND3 billion. Valid for up to 12 months.

5. Working visa

  • LD1 – to be granted to foreigners who come to work in Vietnam with work permit exemption certificate
  • LD2 – to be granted to foreigners who must have work permit Vietnam to work.

Valid for 2 years at maximum.

6. Diplomatic visa (NG)

  • Members of a delegation visiting Vietnam at the invitation of the Vietnamese ministries or other high ranked government officials;
  • Consulate personnel in Vietnam;
  • Go for the work with consulate members or visit them for a short period.

Valid for up to 12 months.

II. Vietnam Visa types by Length of Stay and Validity

By this criterion, Vietnam visa is normally categorized into:

  • 1-month single entry visa
  • 1-month multiple entry visa
  • 3 months single entry visa
  • 3 months multiple entry visa
  • 6 months multiple entry visa
  • 1-year multiple entry visa

The major difference between single entry visa and a multiple entry visa for Vietnam is the number of entries into the countries. While a single entry visa is valid for one stay in Vietnam during the visa validity, the multiple entry visa is valid for several stays in Vietnam during the visa validity.

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