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Singapore visa to Vietnam: The Ultimate Guide for 2023

Goh Jun Cheng

Introduction

Vietnam is quickly becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations for visitors from Singapore. With its stunning natural landscapes, mouthwatering cuisine, rich cultural heritage and affordability, it’s easy to see why. For Singaporeans, visiting Vietnam is now easier than ever thanks to a visa exemption program.

In this ultimate guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about getting a Singapore visa to Vietnam in 2023, including:

  • Visa requirements
  • How to apply
  • Length of stay
  • Extension options
  • Cost
  • Application process
  • Documents needed

Plus we’ll provide tips and recommendations to make your Vietnam visit hassle-free. Whether you’re planning a 2-week holiday or an extended long-term stay, this guide has you covered. Let’s dive in!

Visa Requirements for Singaporeans

As of January 1, 2023, citizens of Singapore are eligible for a visa exemption when visiting Vietnam for tourism or business purposes.

This means you do not need to apply for a pre-approved visa if you are planning a short stay in Vietnam of 15 days or less. You will receive a visa stamp or e-visa upon arrival at international airports in Vietnam.

However, for longer stays between 16-30 days, you will need to apply for pre-approved visas from the Vietnamese government prior to travel.

Here is an overview of the current Vietnam visa requirements:

  • Stays of 15 days or less: Visa-exempt on arrival
  • Stays of 16-30 days: Pre-approved visa required
  • Stays longer than 30 days: Pre-approved visa required

So in summary, trips under 15 days can be done visa-free, but anything longer requires applying for a proper Vietnam visa beforehand.

How to Apply for a Vietnam Visa

If you require a pre-approved Vietnam visa, there are currently two options:

1. Apply for a Vietnam E-Visa

Vietnam offers an electronic visa system which allows you to easily apply online and receive approval via email within 3 working days. E-visas are valid for up to 30 days single entry or 90 days multiple entry.

To apply, you simply need to fill out an online application form, pay the visa fee, and provide a digital passport photo and scanned passport page. Approval letters are sent via email which you print out to present upon arrival in Vietnam.

E-visas are convenient and easy, but they cannot be extended beyond the original validity. So this is best for shorter 1-2 week trips.

2. Apply for a Vietnam Visa on Arrival Pre-Approval Letter

This option involves applying for a pre-approval letter before you depart for Vietnam. You send your application to the Vietnamese Visa On Arrival (VOA) service who will issue an approval letter within 3 days.

You then present the VOA letter at immigration control when you land in Vietnam to get your actual visa stamped into your passport. VOAs are valid for up to 30 days single entry or 90 days multiple entry.

The advantage of VOA approval letters is that they can be extended once in Vietnam for longer stays up to 6 months. So it’s ideal if you may need to extend your trip once there.

To apply, you fill out an application form online, pay the visa fee, provide a passport photo and passport pages. Approval letters are emailed to you within 3 business days.

Either the e-Visa or VOA Approval Letter option works for getting your pre-approved Vietnam visa before departure from Singapore.

Length of Stay in Vietnam

As noted above, the visa exemption allows Singaporeans to visit Vietnam for up to 15 days without a visa.

For longer trips, you can obtain visas valid for:

  • 16-30 days – Single entry e-visa or VOA approval letter
  • Up to 90 days – Multiple entry e-visa or VOA approval letter
  • Over 90 days – Extended VOA approval letter once in Vietnam

So with the proper visa type, you can stay anywhere from 16 days up to 6 months (with a VOA extension) on each trip to Vietnam.

Do keep in mind you will need to provide proof of onward travel and sufficient funds when arriving in Vietnam on longer tourist visas.

Extending Your Stay in Vietnam

If you applied for a VOA approval letter, it is possible to extend your Vietnam visa once you are in the country for long term stays up to 6 months.

Extensions must be applied for through local immigration departments in Vietnam. You typically will need to provide documents such as:

  • Passport
  • Existing visa
  • Application form
  • Accommodation booking
  • Medical certificate
  • Processing fees

Extension length depends on the validity left on your current visa. Be sure to apply at least 5-7 days before your existing visa expires. Overstaying your visa in Vietnam can lead to heavy fines.

Unfortunately e-Visas cannot be extended once in Vietnam. So go for the VOA letter if you think you may need to extend.

Cost of Visa Fees

Here are the typical costs for Vietnam visas for Singaporeans:

  • Visa Exemption: Free for 15 days or less
  • E-Visa: $20-$30 USD
  • VOA Approval Letter: $15-$25 USD
  • VOA Extensions: ~$50-$75 USD

Many online visa services will include service fees, so the total cost may be a bit higher. Be sure to factor this into your budget for Vietnam.

Applying for Your Vietnam Visa

To recap the process of applying for a Vietnam visa:

Short Stays (15 Days or Less)

No pre-approved visa needed. Get visa stamp upon arrival.

Longer Stays (16-30 Days)

  • Apply for E-Visa OR VOA Approval Letter
  • Fill out online application form
  • Submit passport photo and scanned pages
  • Pay visa fees
  • Receive approval document via email (3 days)
  • Print and carry document to present upon arrival

Extending Beyond 30 Days

  • Obtain initial VOA Letter valid 30 days
  • Once in Vietnam, apply to extend before expiry
  • Submit extension application at local immigration office
  • Get extended visa in passport for up to 6 months

That covers the key steps for securing your Vietnam visa from Singapore!

Documents Needed for Vietnam Visa

Be sure you have all these documents ready when applying for and entering Vietnam:

  • Valid passport (6+ months)
  • Passport photos (digital file and print)
  • Approval letter or e-visa printout
  • Departure ticket out of Vietnam
  • Hotel bookings
  • Bank statements

Having these will make the visa process smooth and headache-free!

Tips for Vietnam Visa Application from Singapore

Follow these tips for success getting your Vietnam visa:

  • Apply early – Leave 3+ days for processing
  • Double check visa validity dates
  • Print multiple copies of approval letter
  • Bring USD for arrival fees
  • Use legitimate visa agencies
  • Extend early if needed
  • Photocopy all documents

Advance preparation is key to getting your Vietnam visa from Singapore without any hiccups.

Enjoy Your Trip to Vietnam

Vietnam has become a true southeast Asia highlight with its stunning scenery, mouthwatering cuisine, vibrant cities, and welcoming culture.

With this comprehensive Singapore citizen’s guide, you can now easily obtain your Vietnam visa and focus on planning the details of your amazing trip.

Follow the tips above and you’ll arrive fully prepared to make the most of your time exploring magical Vietnam. Have an incredible adventure. Please let us know if you have any other Vietnam visa questions in the comments.

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