Vietnam Visas for Japanese Visitors

From 15 Aug 2023, the government of Vietnam decided to extend the duration of stays in Vietnam from 15 to 45 days for citizens of 13 countries who are unilaterally exempted from visas by Vietnam.

These countries are Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the U.K., Northern Ireland, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Belarus. Citizens of these countries are allowed to stay for 45 days from the time of entry, regardless of passport type and entry purpose.

In recent years, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has been putting a focus on encouraging Japanese travelers to visit Vietnam. Part of this effort has been to make it easier for tourists to get visas.

Most Japanese visitors traveling to Vietnam will fly into Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang International Airport in Da Nang, or Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi. Some of the most flown airlines between the two countries are Vietnam Airlines, Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, and All Nippon Airways. Much like with many other starting locations, the most inexpensive flights are usually to Ho Chi Minh City, but many Japanese tourists are finding Da Nang to be quite accommodating with its seaside landscape and welcoming culture. It also offers vacationers a quiet, peaceful beach setting away from the busyness of Ho Chi Minh City.

Do You Need a Vietnam Visa from Japan?

Japanese citizens don’t always need a visa to travel to Vietnam. If your trip is 14 days or less, you can visit the country without an entry visa. When you go for more than two weeks or will be making multiple visits within a longer period of time, you have to apply for a Vietnam visa. Additionally, Japanese travelers will need to wait 30 days after leaving Vietnam before returning if they do not want to go through the process of obtaining a visa for the second visit.

How to Get a Vietnam Visa

If you are required to get a Vietnam visa and are a citizen of Japan, there are two ways to apply:

  1. Fill Out a Visa Application Online
    The easiest and most recommended option for getting your Vietnam visa when traveling from Japan is to do Vietnam Visa On Arrival. This method is only available to those flying into one of Vietnam’s international airports. To request an entry visa, simply fill out the application form online through our website. In as little as one hour (up to two business days), you will receive a visa approval via email. Print this out and take it with you on your flight. When you get to Vietnam, immigrations officers will give you your stamp and entry visa.
  2. Get a Visa through Your Vietnam Embassy
    The second way to get your Vietnam visa is to go through the closest consulate to you. You will need to submit your passport and a visa application to your Vietnam Embassy. In less than two weeks, you will be able to go back and pick up your stamped visa, which you must take with you on your trip to get into the country.

If you have any questions about how to acquire your Vietnam visa and whether you need one, contact our support team by email at, or call us at +84 12 32 320 320.