Vietnam visa requirements for South African citizens 2019

Not only a Vietnam Visa is required if nationals want to enter Vietnam but there are many kinds of the document are needed. What are Vietnam visa requirements for South African citizens?

Nowadays, Vietnam is a common destination that more and more people come to work and visit. Before going to Vietnam in particular and other countries in general, you should have knowledge about visa requirements of that country. The article hereby will introduce you about Vietnam visa requirements for South African citizens.

Do South African need a visa to visit Vietnam?

Not all foreigners have to apply for Vietnam visa when they want to enter Vietnam, because this country has an exemption list that some country do not need a visa to enter. Base on this list, South African citizens need to apply for Vietnam Visa because this country is not in the exemption list. South Africa passport holders can apply for visa by 2 ways: Obtaining directly by visiting Vietnam embassy or obtaining online for a Vietnam visa on arrival.

Whoever is not South African citizens but live in South Africa, please check the table below to know whether you need a Vietnam Visa or not.

List of countries exempt from the visa to enter Vietnam

Areas Countries Term of residence
Asia Singapore less than 30 days
Thailand less than 30 days
Malaysia less than 30 days
Indonesia less than 30 days
Laos less than 30 days
Philippines less than 21 days
Japan less than 15 days
South Korea less than 15 days
Cambodia less than 30 days
Brunei less than 14 days
Myanmar less than 14 days
European Sweden less than 15 days
Finland less than 15 days
Denmark less than 15 days
Germany less than 15 days
France less than 15 days
United Kingdom less than 15 days
Italy less than 15 days
Spain less than 15 days
Norway less than 15 days

For a detailed guide to apply for Vietnam visa, please read How to get Vietnam visa for South Africa passport holders?

The address of the Vietnam Embassy in South Africa from our website can help you in case you want to apply for the visa in person at the Vietnam Embassy. This website is information of The Vietnam Embassy, it is provided for information and service purpose.

Vietnam visa requirements for South African citizens


– Passport must be at least 6 months valid prior to your proposed date of exit from Vietnam (ex. Visa granted for 01st – 30th May, 2019, passport expiration date must be from 30th November, 2019 on wards).

– Photo must be taken within 6 months.

– Processing time: 5-7 working days

– You can find a trusted visa agent to hep you apply Vietnam Visa on Arrival online if you live far away from the Vietnam Embassy and do not want to lose the documents (such as passport, money or documents) by postal mail or traffic jam once visiting Vietnam Embassy.  After having the approval letter via email, you will pick up your visa at one of Vietnam International Airports which you land and stamp visa there. But remember, this kind of visa can only be applied when you travel by air to Vietnam.

Vietnam International airport that permit the use of a Vietnam visa on arrival for South African citizens

  • Noi Bai International Airport (Ha Noi)
  • Cat Bi International Airport (Hai Phong)
  • Da Nang International Airport
  • Cam Ranh International Airport (Khanh Hoa)
  • Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Can Tho International Airport
  • Phu Bai International Airport
  • Phu Quoc International Airport

Required documents to stamp Visa at the airport:

– Visa Approval Letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department (which had been sent to your email)

– Immigration Form

– Passport and remaining period of over 6 months, with at least 2 blank pages

– Two 4×6 photos with white background, taken within 6 months and without glasses

– Stamping fee

This is additional information that you can use FAST TRACK service with quick support for stamping visa at Vietnam airports to avoid getting trouble such as be bothered or made difficulty by airport security. Some other extra services are also available as CAR PICK UP, BOOKING HOTEL, BOOKING TOUR,…

Vietnam visa requirements for South African citizens – to work

Vietnam visa requirements for South African citizens

The second one in Vietnam visa requirements for South African citizens is work permit. This is a kind of visa that allow South African employees live and stay in Vietnam for business, they can not apply for tourism visa.

About Vietnam visa requirements for South African passport holders, there are something to be noted:

  1. Person who does not have a Company in Vietnam agreed to guarantee, please let Visa Agent know so they can handle trade visa instead.
  2. Dossier set submitted to apply for Visa is irrevocable so at that time travelers must still pay fee as normal
  3. In case Visa cannot be obtained by visa agent’s fault, they will redo or correct free of charge or refund as required by passenger
  4. When obtaining Visa, applicants can travel by air or road or waterway from South Africa or from other countries to Vietnam.

Vietnam visa extension for South African citizens

You can only stay in Vietnam for a limited period according to the published provisions of the Government of Vietnam. This is one of Vietnam visa requirements for South African citizens as well: extension for Vietnam visa. If South African travelers has visa expired without further extension, they will be punished due to overdue visa, can be deported from Vietnam and listed on the entry blacklist.

We heartily inform you that when you enter Vietnam Tan Son Nhat border gate in Ho Chi Minh City, Moc Bai border gate Tay Ninh Province, you will easily extend your visa and save cost than Noi Bai border gate in Hanoi or Da Nang and Nha Trang.

There are 3 basic kinds of Vietnam visa requirements for South African citizens: trade visa, tourism visa, and work visa. The procedures are different depending on the type of visa.

  1. vietdreamtravel

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on tour viet nam. Regards

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