News report | | 05/12/2022 | ±3 minutes reading time

Most travellers require a visa to travel to Vietnam. Submitting an online visa application is subject to certain requirements. These requirements include your nationality, your passport and your travel plans. In this article you can read more about the requirements related to your passport for applying for a Vietnam e-visa.

Travel purposes online Vietnam visa

The Vietnam visa that can be applied for online is suitable for many travellers. This is because the visa can be used for both tourist or business travel of up to 30 days. Therefore, you cannot use the visa to immigrate to the country for work or study for instance. The e-visa is also not suitable for those who want to stay in the country for more than 30 days, even if it is tourist or business travel.

It is possible to extend the e-visa after arrival in Vietnam. This way, it is possible to stay in the country longer than 30 days with an e-visa. Generally, it is not recommended to extend the validity, as it is a rather complicated process. It is easier to exit Vietnam and apply for a new visa from abroad. This will allow you to stay in the country for another 30 days.

Requirements relating to your identity document

For most tourist and business visitors to Vietnam, however, the 30-day authorised stay of the e-visa is more than enough. To apply for this visa, a traveller must meet all the requirements of the e-visa. Besides the purpose of travel, there are important requirements related to the applicant’s identity document. Both to qualify for the visa that can be applied for online and to use it while travelling, the traveller’s identity document must meet all requirements.

Standard passport still valid for at least 6 months

To submit an online visa application through this website, every traveller needs a valid standard passport. Other identity documents such as an ID card, residence permit emergency passport or German children passport (Kinderreisepass) are not suitable for an online visa application. Moreover, the standard passport must still be valid for at least six months at the moment the traveller arrives in Vietnam.

The Vietnam e-visa is valid for 30 days. These 30 start from the date the applicant has indicated in the application form. Thus, from this effective date, the traveller has 30 days to arrive in Vietnam and also leave the country again. Therefore, if you arrive in Vietnam after the indicated arrival date, you can stay in the country for less than 30 days. Keep in mind that your passport must still be valid for six months on the date you arrive in Vietnam.

Different passport? New visa application required

If your passport is no longer valid long enough, it is therefore required to apply for a new passport before submitting the visa application. This is because the passport details on your visa should always match the passport details of the passport you are using for travel. Therefore, if you had already applied for a visa with a passport that is no longer valid long enough, you cannot use this visa (and passport) for travel to Vietnam. So always check carefully whether your passport and that of any fellow travellers is still valid long enough.

If you unexpectedly need to use an emergency passport or other type of identity document, you should contact the Vietnam Embassy or consulate. You may still be able to apply for a physical Vietnam visa to still be able to travel to Vietnam. However, keep in mind that applying for a physical visa is generally more complicated and expensive than applying for an e-visa. In practice, it will therefore often be easier to apply for a (new) standard passport first and then apply for an e-visa. is a commercial and professional visa agency, and supports travellers in obtaining, among others, the Vietnam visa. acts as an intermediary and is in no way part of any government. You can also apply for a visa directly with the immigration service (640,352 VND per visa, via However, not with our level of support. If you submit your application via, our support centre is available to you 24/7. In addition, we manually check your application and all the documents you provide before submitting it to the immigration authorities on your behalf. If we suspect any errors or omissions while doing so, we will personally contact you to ensure that your application can still be processed quickly and correctly. To use our services, you pay us 640,352 VND in consular fees, which we pay to the immigration service on your behalf, as well as £34.12 in service fees as compensation for our services, including VAT. Our services have saved many travellers from major problems during their trip. Should an application be rejected despite our support and verification, we will refund the full purchase price (unless an application for a previous Vietnam visa was rejected for the same traveller). Read more about our services here.