Vietnam visa requirements for Japan passports

Vietnam visa requirements for Japan passports

The citizens of Japan can stay in Vietnam with visa free for less than 15 days, single entry, for tourism purposes. Those who want to stay in Vietnam more than 15 days or multiple entry or visit Vietnam for business purposes then Vietnam visa is required.

Vietnam Embassy has been established in Japan;
Japanese passport holders don’t need Vietnam visa for 15 days;
Japanese citizens are eligible for e-visa 30 days single entry from 45 USD;
Japanese citizens can get visa on arrival from 6 USD + stamping fee;
Japanese businessmen can apply for DN business visa for working with Vietnam Enterprises;
Japanese businessmen can apply for 2 years Temporary Residence Cards;

In order to re-enter Vietnam with visa free program, the Japanese passport holders will need to to wait for 30 days between two entries. Otherwise, they will need to apply for Vietnam visa.

1. What do Japanese applicants need for Vietnam visa?

In order to apply for Vietnam visa, the Japanese applicants will need a valid passport which is at least 6 months validity from the date of arrival and there are blank pages for visa stamp.

2. How do Japanese passports apply for Vietnam visa?

2.1. Apply online for a Vietnam visa on arrival

The Japanese passport holders can apply Vietnam visa on arrival from anywhere outside of Vietnam. The Vietnam visa will be picked up upon arrival at the Vietnam airports by showing up the printed approval letter.

The approval letter will be sent via email within 1 or 2 working days (normal processing mode), 4 working hours (urgent processing mode) or even 1 hour (emergency processing mode) depending on which option the applicant chooses when submitting online application form.

The aim of visa on arrival is to make the trip to Vietnam easier and cheaper. It is applicable only to those traveling by air to Vietnam. Vietnam visa on arrival is especially an advantage to those living far from the Vietnam Embassy or Consulate in Japan.

By using Vietnam visa on arrival, the Japanese citizens do not need to wait too long to get the approval letter, an official document issued by Vietnam Immigration Department giving permission to get the visa upon arrival.

In order to get a Vietnam visa on arrival, the Japanese citizens should pay two types of fee: the service fee and the stamping fee.
Service fee: The service fee is for visa approval letter processing.
Stamping fee: The stamping fee is paid in cash to the Vietnam Immigration Officer at the arrival airport to get the visa stamp. The applicants must prepare the processing fee in cash (USD or VND) as far as there is no ATM, money changer or any other way to withdraw money in the immigration hall and credit cards are not accepted. Other currencies will be converted into USD at given exchange rate.

At arrival airport, there is a simple “Entry and exit form” need to be completed and return to the Vietnam Immigration Officers for visa stamp.
How to fill in the Entry and exit form (NA1 form)

Useful notes:
– Visa on arrival is only applicable for the visitors traveling Vietnam by air.

2.2. Apply for e-visa for Vietnam

This is new pilot visa system which has just official launched in February 2017. In order to apply for e-visa for Vietnam, the Japanese applicants will need to prepare a file of passport copy and recent taken photo (it should present your full face, front view, eyes open without glasses, background should be plain light colored or white). The e-visa fee (service fee and stamping fee) is paid once when the Japanese travelers apply for e-visa, thus no cash is required at arrival airport.

E-visa is good for those who travel Vietnam less than 30 days for tourist purposes. Since the visa fee is paid once when applying for visa, the travelers don’t have to bring cash for stamping fee at immigration counter therefore, the visa process at arrival airport is faster accordingly.

However, there are several countries whose citizenship are eligible for e-visa up to now. See full list here.

When applying for e-visa for Vietnam, please note that:

  • E-visa is single entry and valid for maximum 30 days;
  • Payments for e-visa applications are non-refundable;
  • The applicants should check the information on e-visa again the passport to make sure there is no mistake;
  • The applicants have to determine the arrival border gates or airports when applying for e-visa. Changing of arrival ports after submitting e-visa is not allowed.

How to apply e-visa for Vietnam?

Step 1: Fill the requirement information in the application form.
Step 2: Pay the visa fee and get e-visa in maximum 3 – 5 working days.
Step 3: Receive an email containing e-visa upon successful application. Please print out the e-visa, bring along with your passport to get on the plane.
Step 4: Present your e-visa at immigration counter to get entry into Vietnam.

Notes : If there is any missing or incorrect/unidentified information, your application will not be accepted.

Port of entry for e-visa

Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City)Nam Can Landport (Nghe An to Laos)Ho Chi Minh City Seaport (Ho Chi Minh City)
Noi Bai International Airport (Ha Noi)Song Tien Landport (An Giang to Cambodia)Quy Nhon Seaport (Binh Dinh)
Da Nang International Airport (Da Nang)Tinh Bien Landport (An Giang to Cambodia)Nha Trang Seaport (Khanh Hoa)
Cam Ranh International Airport (Khanh Hoa)Xa Mat Landport (Tay Ninh to Cambodia)Hai Phong Seaport (Hai Phong)
Can Tho International Airport (Can Tho)Mong Cai Landport (Quang Ninh to China)Hon Gai Seaport (Quang Ninh)
Phu Bai International Airport (Thua Thien Hue)Moc Bai Landport (Tay Ninh to Cambodia)Da Nang Seaport (Da Nang)
Phu Quoc International Airport (Phu Quoc)Lao Bao Landport (Quang Tri to Laos)Vung Tau Seaport (Ba Ria Vung Tau)
Cat Bi International Airport (Hai Phong)Ha Tien Landport (Kien Giang to Cambodia)Duong Dong Seaport (Phu Quoc)
Van Don International Airport (Quang Ninh)Huu Nghi Landport (Lang Son to China)Chan May Seaport (Thua Thien Hue)
Cau Treo Landport (Ha Tinh to Laos)Dung Quat Seaport (Quang Ngai)
Cha Lo Landport (Quang Binh to Laos)Nghi Son Seaport (Thanh Hoa)
Bo Y Landport (Kon Tum to Laos)Vung Ang Seaport (Ha Tinh)
Lao Cai Landport (Lao Cai to China)
Tay Trang Landport (Dien Bien to Laos)
Na Meo Landport (Thanh Hoa to Laos)
La Lay Landport (Quang Tri to Laos)
Notice: The entry port must be exact and cannot be changed once the visa application is submitted to the Vietnam Immigration Department. You must travel Vietnam via the border gate mentioned in your e-visa.

2.3. Apply for Vietnam visa directly at the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulates

For those who want to get a Vietnam visa beforehand or want to travel to Vietnam by land or sea, they can go to the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate nearest their location.
The address of Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in Japan for your information:

Embassy of Vietnam in Tokyo, Japan

Address: 50-11, Motoyoyogi-cho Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151, Japan
Phone: (813) 3466 3313
Fax: (813) 3466 3391

3. How do Japanese citizens apply for 1 year business visa or Temporary Residence Card?

Many Japanese citizens travel Vietnam with visa free and then they find out the country is so beautiful and there are many chances they can start their business here in Vietnam. They decide to apply for 1 year business visa, or 2 years Temporary Residence Card.
In order to apply for 1 year business visa, the Japanese citizens do not provide any paper documentation but their passport copy only. With 1 year business visa, the Japanese passport holders can stay in Vietnam continuously for 12 months without leaving country in the middle or extend the visa. It’s really suitable for those who stay long in Vietnam for business purposes.
For those who expect to stay in Vietnam even longer (2 years) without leaving country in the middle, they can apply for Temporary Residence Card. To be proud, we are one of the few trusted visa agency who provide 1 year business visa and Temporary Residence Card for +1,200 Japanese per year. With 1 year business visa and Temporary Residence Card, the visa validity is really not your concern anymore.

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