Vietnam Visa for British citizens

Do British citizens need a visa for Vietnam?

Yes, it’s mandatory to get a Vietnam visa for UK nationals. Since it’s possible to apply online, you won’t need to go to the Vietnamese Embassy in person.

You can apply for two types of online visas: 

  • Single entry. You can only enter and leave the country once, and it allows you to stay in Vietnam for 30 days.
  • Multiple entries. It allows you to enter and exit Vietnam as many times as you like, but each entry can last a maximum of 90 days.

Vietnam Visa requirements for British citizens​

The requirements to apply for the Vietnam visa from UK are:

  • A passport, which must have 6 months of validity remaining (or more) after traveling. Make sure it’s undamaged and that it has at least 2 blank pages for stamps. 
  • A scanned copy of the biodata page of the applicant’s passport.
  • A personal photograph. It has to be in color and passport-sized. You can find essential advice about the photo in our guide about the Vietnam visa requirements.
  • A bank card to pay for the fees.
  • A current email address to receive the approved document.

How to get a Vietnam travel visa from UK​

British citizens are eligible to apply online for both Vietnamese visas. You’ll only need to follow 3 easy steps, it will only take a couple of minutes. You have to:

  • Select one of the two visas
  • Complete the application form
  • Pay the fees with your bank card

Once your payment has gone through, all that’s left to do is wait. You can expect the approved document in your email within a week (approximately).

Diplomatic representations in Vietnam

British Embassy in Vietnam

Address: Central Building, Tầng 4, 31 P. Hai Bà Trưng, Hàng Bài, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Telephone: +84 (0)24 3936 0500

Fax: +84 (0)24 3936 0561

To go to their website, click here.


British Consulate General in Vietnam 

Address: 25 Le Duan Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Telephone: +84 (0)28 3825 1380 / +84 (0)24 3936 0500/+44 20 7008 5000

Fax (Consular sections): +84 (0)28 3829 5257

For more information, you can visit the Consulate’s website.


Vietnamese Embassy in the UK

Address: 12 Victoria Rd, London W8 5RD, United Kingdom

Telephone: 020 7937 1912 

Fax: 020 7937 6108 


The Embassy’s website is here.

General information UK citizens need before traveling to Vietnam

Country code


Official language

Vietnamese, although English-speakers won’t be hard to find in tourist areas.

Types of power plugs

Types A and C. Since the UK’s plug type is G, you will definitely need a travel adaptor. The voltage of Vietnam is 220 V with a 50 Hz frequency.

Tap water vs plastic bottle 

Stick to bottled water since tap water isn’t completely safe to drink.

Official currency

Vietnamese Dong

Vaccination requirements

UK citizens are advised to apply the following vaccines before traveling to Vietnam:

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Chikungunya
  • Rabies
  • Typhoid

You should also take anti-malarial medication and pack strong insect repellent to stay protected.