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Vietnam visa for South African citizens

1. What type of visa South African passport holders need to enter Vietnam?

South African passport holders can pick up Vietnam Visa On arrival to enter Vietnam. Visiting Vietnam for tourism purpose, you can apply for one of the following types of visa. Please contact us for longer stay.

  • 1 month single entry : You enter Vietnam once and stay for consecutive 1 month or less
  • 1 month multiple entry : You can enter many times within same month

Your passport must not be expiring within the next 6 months from the date you arrive Vietnam. If it is set to expire, please renew before your travelling.

2. Visa fee

The total fee for Vietnam visa includes Vietnam Visa services fee and Vietnam stamping fee. Depend on the visa type, the Vietnam VOA costs you different services fee (pay online for us) and stamp fee (pay in cash at the airport)

Type of visaService feeStamp fee
Normal (48 hrs) Urgent (4 - 8 hrs)
1 month single entry$ 15$ 25$ 25
1 month multiple entry$ 15$ 25$ 50
3. How do South African passport holders apply for Vietnam Visa on arrival and enter Vietnam?

Step 1. Fill in Visa option
This is the very first step that you need to do. Fill in the application form with all your information exactly as in your passport. Further is your type of visa needed.
You can start to to apply here.

Step 2. Review information and make payment for services fee
Carefully cross check the information and confirm with us. If there is any mistake after your payment, please contact us via hotline immeditately. You can choose to make payment by different online services from our trusted partners. Credit/ Debit Card via OnePay/PayPal are all accepted.

Step 3. Get Visa Approval Letter via email and prepare necessary documents
Within promised processing time, you will receive the visa approval letter via your email. Please prepare these documents to show at the landing visa counter

  • Your valid passport for next 6 month since immigration date
  • Printed approval letter for visa. See the picture.
  • Filled-in entry and exit form. See and download form
  • Two passport-sized photos (ect. 4x6cm; 3x5cm)
  • Stamping fee for visa in cash (ect. USD25/person for single entry or USD 50/person for multiple entry)
    Please note that the visa officer only accept money in cash in US dollars.

Step 4. Get your visa stamped at the Vietnam airport
By presenting above documents and Visa Approval Letter to the immigration officier, you will do the custom clearance and get your visa stamped. See more details on the immigration process at different entrance gate.
*To accelerate the procedure, we recommend you use our fast track services and VIP fast track services. With these services, our representative will help you out.

4. Exception and other notes
  • Special note

Visa Approval Letter allow you to enter Vietnam by air only. In case you enter Vietnam by seaport or land crossing please contact with Vietnam embassy at your location to get visa stamped before your departure.

Vietnam embassy/consulate in South Africa:
Address: 87 Brooks Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria
Phone: + 27 (0)12 362 8119
Email: embassy@vietnam.co.za
You can see more other Vietnam embassy and consulate information on our list.

  • Exception

Phu Quoc Island, classified as a Special Economic zone, remains the only destination in Vietnam where all nationalities are exempted visa up to 15 days. To be eligible for Phu Quoc visa exemption, you must have passport at least 6 month validity; round trip ticket from Phu Quoc to another country rather than Vietnam. Tourists will need visa to visit other parts of Vietnam if they do not have any other exemption.

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Can I apply here for a visa on arrival letter of approval? Can it be for 30 days
ReplySep 5, 2022
  • Hi Joanne,
    Thank you for your message. So far, We can do Visa letter for South African citizens if they travel full package tour with us.
    We will require these documents to submit Visa letter:
    Copied passports
    Travel insurance
    Flight tickets
    Full Package tour( that arranged by our company)
    It means when you travel full package from your arrival date till departure date, we can arrange Visa letter for you.
    This is the new policy from our government after Covid 19. We hope you understand and support us.
    Thank you.

    Sep 6, 2022

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