Consulate General of Vietnam
5251 Westheimer Rd, Suite 1100
Houston, Texas 77056
United States
Tel: 713-850-1233 | 713-840-0096
Fax: 713-840-0159 | 713-871-0312
Mon - Fri: 09:00am - 12:00pm
Local Time:
Vietnam Time:

Vietnam Entry Visa FAQ

Q1: Do I need a Visa to travel to Vietnam?

A: In principles, all foreign nationals entering Vietnam should get an entry Visa prior to their travel; unless the traveler is bearing a nationality, with which Vietnam’s Government has waived entry visa; a list of those nationalities can be found here.

Q2: What should I include with my visa application?


  1. Visa application form;
  2. A return prepaid envelope with applicant's address (FedEx is recommended) for visa(s) sending back;
  3. Visa Fee, paid in Money Order to VIETNAM CONSULATE GENERAL IN HOUSTON; and
  4. PASSPORT or Color Copy of your Passport (DO NOT use Reentry Permit or Permanent Resident Card/Green Cards)

Q3: How Do I fill out the Visa Application Form?

A: You can fill out the form following the instructions for the Visa Application Form.

Q4: How long will my visa be good for?

A: Once issued, the Visa would be valid for: 1 (one) month or 3 (three) months of stay, depends on what was applied for in the application. For those who want to stay longer than 3 month (6 month/1 year stay in Vietnam); it is advisable that they have a Vietnamese travel agent or a Vietnamese business partner to obtain for them an approval from Vietnam Immigration Services.

Q5: What is covered in the Visa fee?

A: The indicated amount covers all fees for an entry visa. Travelers are not expected to pay any additional visa fee at their entry points in Vietnam. The amount paid to the Consulate is nonnegotiable, nonrefundable and to be paid in full prior to visa receiving.

Q6: Can I request a loose-leaf visa? And what does it mean?

A.: Yes, anyone can request a loose-leaf visa. This is a type of Visa that is not stamped in the traveler’s passport. To obtain this type of Visa, one can send in a color copy of  his/her passport. Please be careful with your visa: If you lose the visa, you will have to reapply for a new one with full required process.

Q7: Is there any difference between loose-leaf and stamped-in visas?

A: Both types of visa are the same in term of legality and validity; the only difference is their forms of issuance.

Q8: Can someone else apply for a visa on my behalf?

A: Yes. You may have friends or relatives come over to the Consulate Office to apply for a visa. You may also include all persons traveling with you in one package with one Money Order to be sent to the Consulate Office for visas.

Q9: How long does it take to get a visa? And can it be quicker?

A: All applications will be examined within a week from the day it arrived to the Consulate, this means, normally you can get results back in 3-5 business days. And yes, it can be done quicker (in 48 hours) and with This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Q10: Can I apply for a visa in person?

A: Yes. You can apply for a visa in person. We are open from Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM. You may find our location here

Q11: Can I apply over the Internet?

A: Technically, yes. You may This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your Visa Application attached and please provide us with a reachable phone number for a direct contact. Please be ready,  our office will contact you over the phone any time after receiving your application.

Q12: What numbers should I call with further visa questions?

A: This is our phone numbers: 713-850-1233 extension 102 or 107 for visa status checking (from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM). Please be patient, we have a rather high volume of callers and you may have to redial several times.


1- The Consulate bears no responsibility for lost or damaged documents sent by mails.
2- The Visa fee is nonnegotiable, nonrefundable and expected to be paid in full.
3- Applicant(s) personally bear all responsibilities for given information in the Application Form.

4- The Consulate General can grant you with visas up to 1 year.

For further information, please contact the Visa Section of the Consulate General:

Opening hours: 9:30 – 12:30; 14.30 - 17.30 Monday through Friday.
Phone: (713) 850 - 1233 and (713) 840 - 0096
Fax: (713) 810 - 0159 and (713) 871 - 0312
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