Vietnam Visa for US Citizens

Vietnam is a favorite tourist destination for many Americans. From beach lovers to adrenaline junkies to history buffs and foodies, the stunning country of Vietnam has something for everyone.

Do US citizens need a visa to enter Vietnam?

Yes, US citizens who want to visit Vietnam are required to have a visa.

How do US citizens apply for a Vietnam visa?

US citizens can choose to apply for a Vietnam visa using 2(two) methods: applying for a visa online(recommended) or applying for a visa through the embassy.

Documents required for applying for visa on arrival

  1. Valid passport with at least 6 months validity 
  2. At least 2 blank pages in your passport
  3. Passport-sized photograph with a white background and no glasses
  4. Scan of personal biodata as written in the passport

Applying for a Vietnam visa online is the easiest and fastest way to get your visa. This process requires no contact with the embassy or consulate and can be done online in the comfort of your home.

You can apply for a Vietnam visa online in 4 easy steps:

Step 1: Start the process by filling out an online application form

Step 2: Confirm the information and pay the visa fee

Step 3: Receive the approval letter within 2 to 3 business days.

Step 4: Print the documents and get your visa stamped upon arrival

Apply for visa through consulate/embassy

US citizens can apply for a Vietnam visa through the Vietnam Embassy or consulate located in Washington D.C, or one of the consulates located in San Francisco, Houston, or New York.

The Embassy of S.R. Vietnam in Washington D.C, USA

Address: No. 1233, 20th Street Northwest, Washington, DC

Phone: (+1) 202 861 0737 / (+1) 202 716 8666

Fax: (+1) 202 861 0917

Email: (general information)/ (consular affairs)

Working hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m to 5:00 PM

Consulate General of Vietnam in San Francisco

Address: No. 1700 California Street, San Francisco, California

Phone: (+1) 415 922 1577 | (+1) 415 922 1707

Fax: (+1) 415 922 1848 | (+1) 415 922 1757


Working hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Consulate General of Vietnam in Houston

Address: No. 5251 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas

Tel: (+1) 713 850 1233 | (+1) 713 840 0096

Fax: (+1) 713 840 0159 | (+1) 713 871 0312

Working hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Consulate General of Vietnam in New York

Address: 866 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York

Phone: (+1) 212 644 2535 | (+1) 212 644 0831

Fax: (+1) 212 644 5732


Working hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

How much does a Vietnam visa cost for a US citizen?

In order to obtain your Vietnamese visa, you have to pay two fees: The Approval Letter Fee (paid online) and the Stamping Fee (paid in cash at Vietnam airports)

Check the table below for a detailed overview of the prices.

Vietnam visa fee

Airlines that fly from the USA to Vietnam

Average time: 14 hours and 5 minutes

Flights per week: 3

The most popular airline that flies from the USA to Vietnam is Vietnam Airlines. Other airlines that fly from the US to Vietnam are Japan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Korean Air, All Nippon Airways, China Airlines, Cathay Pacific, etc. 

Currently, there are no direct flights from the USA to Vietnam. You have to transit through Hong Kong, South Korea, or Taiwan. All flights from the US to Vietnam land in either Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, or Danang. You can book your flight ticket to Vietnam with BDATrip.

How to get from the airport to the city center?


To get to Hanoi from the airport, you either take the bus that runs daily (Express bus 86, 7, 17, and 90) and operates from 5:00 a.m till 11:00 p.m. or book a car pickup

Taking a bus is the cheapest way to get to the city but it's crowded and seats are limited. Between the two methods, a car pickup is an easier and more convenient method especially if you are arriving at an odd hour and have a lot of baggage.

Ho Chi Minh:

Ho Chi Minh city is a 30-45 minute ride away from Tan Son Nhat International Airport. To get to the city center you can take airport bus 109, 49 or public bus 152. You can also book a car through BDATrip’s airport shuttle service.


Danang city is just 3km or a 10-minute ride away from Danang International Airport. To get to the city center you can take a public bus from the airport which runs once every hour between 05:00 hours and 23:00 hours. You can also book a car pickup directly from BDATrip. There is also the option of taking a motor-taxis or xe om which has a fixed price according to distance.

How much does it cost to travel to Vietnam from the US?

Vietnam is not an expensive country for US citizens. If you plan your budget properly, then you can spend an entire week without having to spend more than 8, 500,000 VND or $380. Another great thing about Vietnam is that US dollars are also widely accepted throughout the country.

A vacation in Vietnam will cost an average of $50 to $55 per person, per day. For an entire week of vacation, it will usually cost around $350 to $360.  

The average cost for 1 person for accommodation is $22 to $25. For two people, the average cost for a double occupancy room is $45. Book your hotel with BDATrip now.

The average food budget usually costs $10 per day. This amount can fluctuate depending on where you eat, street food, or in a restaurant. 

For transportation in and around the city or town, the average daily cost is around $10. While the average cost of inter-city transportation is around $60.

Travel tips for US citizens visiting Vietnam

If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam, make sure you follow these tips.

  1. US dollars are accepted throughout the country. However, if you have more than $5,000 in cash you must declare it before entering the country.
  2. Make sure you are fully vaccinated according to CDC guidelines before your trip to Vietnam. 
  3. US Medicare does not apply abroad and that includes Vietnam. It is advisable to get a health insurance plan before traveling to Vietnam.
  4. Vietnam’s chaotic traffic has led to many accidents. Always keep an eye out on the road and be vigilant.
  5. Tipping is not common in Vietnam and most locals don’t do it. But if you’re extremely pleased with the service you can tip a few thousand Vietnamese dongs.

For more tips, you can check out Vietnam Travel Rules: The Do's and Don'ts and Vietnam Travel Tip: 5 Things You Should Prepare for Your Vietnam trip.

Why apply for a Vietnam visa with BDATrip?

BDATrip provides an easy-to-use platform that will help you procure your Vietnam visa with ease. Through our simplified online application form and 24/7 customer service, we make the whole e-Visa process quicker and simpler! We also use the latest technologies to secure your data to ensure that there is no data breach. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can a US citizen get a visa on arrival?

    Yes, a US citizen can get a visa on arrival.

  • How much is a Vietnam visa for US citizens?

    A Vietnam visa will cost 17 to 65 US dollars depending on whether it is a single entry or multiple entries and whether it is for a 1 month or 3-months visa. 

    Check the table above for a more detailed overview of the prices.

  • How long can a US citizen stay in Vietnam?

    US citizens can stay in Vietnam with a visa for a maximum of 90 days.

  • Can a US green card holder apply for a Vietnam visa?

    Yes, a US green card holder can apply for a Vietnam visa.

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