HOW TO APPLY FOR A VISA

A VISA to Vietnam can be applied for by mail or in person at the Consulate General of Vietnam in San Francisco as early as six months prior to the date of travel. The application does not necessarily need to be at the Consulate in person.

I. The application package includes:

(1) The application form must be completed online, printed out and signed. Please visit http://visa.mofa.gov.vn or click here for ONLINE FORM

* Important note:

- Choose ENGLISH language in top right corner.

- Place of visa submission and collection should be CONSULATE GENERAL OF VIETNAM IN SAN FRANCISCO.

- Field with (*) is compulsory. 

* In case it is impossible to complete the visa application online, Please download a PDF VISA APPLICATION FORM  and send to the Consulate.

(2) ONE of the following documents:

Original passport, or a Copy of the passport.

A copy of the Re-entry Permit, or a copy of the Green card (for overseas Vietnamese only).

     - It is required that the above-mentioned documents must have at least 1 month validity prior to the date of exit from Vietnam and/or 6 month validity to meet airlines’ requirements.

     - The proposed date of entry if the date your visa will be valid from. The visa will be expires 1 or 3 months after this date. There are different fees for 1 or 3 months visa. You can enter and exit the country on any date within this time window of 1or 3 months. It is not possible to enter or exit out of the above mentioned time frame printed on the visa.

(3)  Photo: 01 color photo (2 x 2 inch) if the original passport is submitted; or 02 color photos for a loose leaf visa in case a copy of the passport or re-entry permit or green card is submitted. The loose leaf visa then needed to be stapled to the passport.

(4)  Visa fees can be paid in CASH if applied in  person. Otherwise, the fees must be in the form of MONEY ORDER, or CASHIER’S CHECK, or CERTIFIED CHECK payable to “The Consulate of Vietnam”. A group of applicants may submit combined payment in one money order or certified check.

(5)  A prepaid return envelope if the applicant requests the visa to be returned by mail. The Consulate recommends that applicant(s) use USPS Express Mail or FedEx with the tracking numbers.  USPS - United States Postal Service (prepaid postage stamp envelope or return label) can be bought online at www.usps.com or prepaid return FedEx label can be bought online at www.fedex.com. A group of applicants may provide one returned envelope. You are advised to keep the TRACKING NUMBER or your own reference.


II. Processing time takes up to 3 working days. Expedited processing requires 24 hours after the Consulate has received the complete application package (additional fees required).

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Upon receiving the visas, applicants are advised to double check the accuracy of all the information and inform the Consulate of any errors immediately. Otherwise, they will solely bear responsibility for any hindrance afterwards.

For further information, contact the Consular Section

 

1700 California St, Suite 580 San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone:
(415)922-1707 - (415)922-1577
Fax:     
(415)922-1848 - (415)922-1757