What is a Vietnam transit visa?
A Vietnam transit visa is a short-term visa that allows travelers to pass through Vietnam on their way to another country. Transit visas are valid for up to 30 days and can be single or multiple entry.
Who needs a Vietnam transit visa?
Polish citizens must obtain a transit visa to enter Vietnam, even if they are only staying for less than 24 hours and do not plan to leave the airport.
How to apply for a Vietnam transit visa
There are two ways to apply for a Vietnam transit visa:
- Online: Polish citizens can apply for a Vietnam e-visa online at the official Vietnam Immigration website. To apply, you will need to provide your personal information, passport details, and a recent passport photo. You will also need to pay a visa fee online.
- At a Vietnamese embassy or consulate: Polish citizens can also apply for a Vietnam transit visa at a Vietnamese embassy or consulate in Poland. To apply, you will need to complete a visa application form and submit your passport and supporting documents. You will also need to pay a visa fee in cash.
Vietnam e-visas are typically processed within 3 working days. Vietnam transit visas applied for at a Vietnamese embassy or consulate may take longer to process.
Polish citizens applying for a Vietnam transit visa must meet the following requirements:
- A valid Polish passport with at least 6 months of validity remaining after the intended date of departure from Vietnam.
- A passport photo.
- A completed visa application form.
- Proof of onward travel from Vietnam.
- Payment of the visa fee.
The visa fee for a Vietnam transit visa varies depending on the length of the visa and the method of application.
- Vietnam e-visa fee: 25 USD
- Vietnam transit visa fee applied for at a Vietnamese embassy or consulate: 30 USD
Tips for applying for a Vietnam transit visa
- Be sure to apply for your visa well in advance of your travel date.
- Make sure to have all of the required documents before you apply.
- Double-check your visa application form for any errors.
- Keep a copy of your visa approval letter and passport with you at all times when traveling to and from Vietnam.
Vietnam transit visa policy changes 2023
As of August 15, 2023, Vietnam has implemented new visa policies that make it easier for travelers to obtain a visa. Polish citizens can now apply for a Vietnam e-visa for up to 90 days, single or multiple entry. This is a significant increase from the previous 30-day e-visa limit.
Polish travelers who need to transit through Vietnam must obtain a transit visa in advance. Transit visas can be obtained online or at a Vietnamese embassy or consulate. The visa fee varies depending on the length of the visa and the method of application.
3. Transit by air
– With transit by air, Polish citizens are free from visa requirements. However, they must stay in the restricted transit area at the airport and wait for the connecting flight to the destined country.
– In case Polish passport holders want to go outside the transit area for any purpose, that person shall become a subject for a compulsory transit visa in accordance with specific transit duration.
4. Transit by cruise
Polish nationals who travel to Vietnam by cruises and having to transit through Vietnam are free from visa requirement but must stay in a restricted transit area such as ports in which their ships are anchoring. In case they want to go outside the transit area for tourism purpose, they must apply services from an international travel agent who must present travel program of the foreigners in details to the competent authority.
Can I do transit through Vietnam without visa?
Yes, you can do transit through Vietnam without a visa if you meet the following conditions:
- You have a valid passport and a ticket for a connecting flight within the next 24 hours.
- You will not leave the airport international transit area.
- You have the necessary documents for your final destination (passport, visa, etc.).
You do not need a transit visa if you are a citizen of a country that has a visa exemption agreement with Vietnam. The list of countries with visa exemption agreements can be found on the website of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
If you are not eligible for a visa exemption and your layover in Vietnam is more than 24 hours or you want to leave the transit area, you will need to obtain a transit visa. You can apply for a transit visa at a Vietnamese embassy or consulate or online through a visa service provider.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind about transiting through Vietnam without a visa:
- You will need to stay within the designated transit area at the airport. This means that you will not be able to leave the airport to explore the city or visit other parts of Vietnam.
- You will need to have all of the necessary documents for your final destination, such as a visa and a valid passport.
- You may be asked to show your passport and connecting flight ticket to immigration officials when you arrive in Vietnam.
If you have any questions about transiting through Vietnam without a visa, you should contact the Vietnamese embassy or consulate in your home country.