Latest Updates on Vietnam Visa Policies in 2023 

Vietnam visa policies

This article provides the latest updates on Vietnam visa policies for foreigners interested in traveling or obtaining a student visa.

As international travel continues to evolve, Vietnam has made significant strides in adapting its visa regulations to accommodate the needs of tourists and business travelers alike. This is good news for foreigners who are planning extended trips or short-term work in Vietnam. Let’s read this article to update the latest changes in Vietnam visa policies before you intend to visit our beautiful country!

Vietnam issues E-Visa and extends the duration to citizens of all countries and territories worldwide 

While previously Vietnam applied e-visa to 80 countries, from August 15, 2023, the Vietnamese government has expanded the E-Visa application to citizens of all countries worldwide, including 257 countries and territories.

The significant change in this policy is the duration of the E-Visa. According to the Resolution, the E-Visa is valid for a minimum of 1 month and a maximum of 3 months (90 days). This provides flexible conditions for foreigners to experience and explore Vietnam during the corresponding period. Moreover, foreign nationals will have the ability to enter through all of Vietnam’s border gates, facilitating convenient movement and interaction.

The E-Visa is a type of visa that can be applied online with a simple process. Thanks to the convenience and speed of the E-Visa, foreign nationals can save time and effort in obtaining a visa and preparing related documents. Now, you can easily travel to Vietnam and explore its beauty with a visa duration of up to 3 months. You can also try learning Vietnamese with VLS; we offer a Survival Vietnamese course for travelers that is super fun and helpful! 

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Vietnam extends the temporary residence certificate issuance period to 45 days

Starting from August 15, 2023, citizens of certain countries who are unilaterally visa-exempt will enjoy an extended visa-free entry period to Vietnam, now reaching up to 45 days, which is triple the previous duration of 15 days. 

This policy applies to 13 countries, including South Korea, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Belarus. This is a significant move in Vietnam visa policies, as these countries maintain close partnership ties with Vietnam and have actively contributed to the country’s economic and tourism development in recent times. 

The visa-exempt policy for entry to Vietnam for citizens of the aforementioned countries will be in effect for a period of 3 years, from March 15, 2022, to March 14, 2025, and will be subject to review for extension as per Vietnamese law.

This is indeed a piece of heartening news for citizens of these 13 countries. You will now have more time to stay in Vietnam and explore its tourist attractions, and delve into its rich history, culture, cuisine, and language from the North to the South. 

Your 45 days in Vietnam can be even more memorable if you enroll in our Vietnamese language courses in Ho Chi Minh City. VLS offers a wide range of Vietnamese language courses tailored to your needs, and notably, our Cultural & Mentality course, where you can explore local culture with experienced Vietnamese instructors!

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Explore Vietnam for up to 12 Months with Student Visa 

If you want to explore Vietnamese culture, history, and language in-depth and in the long term, we believe that getting the Student Visa is a perfect choice, allowing a stay of up to 12 months, learning Vietnamese with us, and having time to explore Vietnam!

Currently, Vietnamese Language Studies (VLS) supports our students with Student Visas to enable them to come to Vietnam and learn Vietnamese with us. Depending on the duration of your stay in Vietnam we require students to enroll for a certain number of Vietnamese language learning hours (minimum 15 hours per week). Please contact us at or (+84) 909 581 787 (available on Zalo, Whatsapp, Viber) for more details.

VLS will be responsible for supporting you during the Student Visa process, it usually takes about 7 – 15 days, counting from the day on which we receive the complete and accurate application and payment, to process your visa application. 

Before you consider this kind of Student Visa, we have a few requirements following the principles of VLS and the current laws of Vietnam:

Travel Plan 

Vietnamese Language Studies (VLS) will be legally responsible for your stay in Vietnamese, hence you must inform VLS of your travel plans and activities, if any, during the length of your Vietnamese language program. 

Please be aware that you are prohibited from obtaining a paid job by the law.

Class Policies

You must adhere to all class policies and procedures implemented and required by Vietnamese Language Studies.

Vietnamese Laws and Regulations

You must be in full compliance with all laws, regulations, guidelines, and specifications required by the Vietnamese government authorities.

Responsibilities and Liabilities

You must bear all responsibilities if you fail to satisfy any of the previously specified requirements. 

If you are interested in the Student Visa and learning the Vietnamese language, please contact us right away for timely consultation and assistance!

Vietnam visa policies can change over time, so it’s essential to stay updated with the latest regulations. VLS always keeps you informed of the latest information so that everyone can plan their visit to Vietnam and learn Vietnamese with us. Please follow our website or Fanpage to receive more exciting updates from VLS!


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