Vietnam visa information for incoming international students


1. Entry Visa Procedures

For international students who are currently in their home country, and have been enrolled at UTSH to study:

  • Provide a copy of passport
  • Other supported documents (arranged by USTH)
  • Applicants are required to pay the tuition fees for the forthcoming semester. A proof of payment is requested.

USTH will send you the soft copy of the approval correspondence from the Vietnamese Immigration Department. You will submit it together with your visa application form, original passport, and visa payment. You will then be required to collect your visa at the Vietnamese Embassy in your home country.

In case there is no Vietnamese government office in your country, it’s important to inform us as soon as possible so we can organise for your pre-visa approval letter to indicate the location on arrival in Vietnam where you can collect and pay for your student visa.

As of June 1, 2016, the fees you can expect to pay are below:

  • 35USD for 3 month single entry visa
  • 60USD for 3 month multiple entry
  • 105USD from 3-6 month multiple entry
  • 145USD from 6 month to one year multiple entry

2. Extension of Stay Permits and Renewal Procedures

For international students who are currently living in Vietnam, and are undertaking/will undertake study at USTH and would like UTSH to be their visa sponsor:

2.1. What to submit?

  • N5 form and fill in parts 1 and 3
  • Original passport
  • Original residence certification
  • 1 x Photo 4 x 6 cm with white background, no glasses, business attire
  • Pay fee

2.2. When to submit?

All required documents need to be submitted to the Student Service 14 days prior to the expiry date of your current visa.

In semester break, you are required to pay the tuition fees for the forthcoming semester. Please contact Student Services Office to know the exact amount you have to pay.

2.3. How much does it cost?

You are responsible for the visa fee (payable in Vietnam Dong with the exchange rate at the time of settling the payment). This fee is to be paid to the Student Centre when you submit your passport. A receipt issued by the Immigration Office will be returned to you later.

  • Extension of stay permit: 10USD
  • Length of extension: 3 months
  • 3 month single entry visa: 35USD
  • 3 month multiple entry visa: 60USD
  • 3-6 month multiple entry visa: 105USD
  • 6 month to one year multiple entry visa: 145USD

3. Overdue visas

  • Within the first 3 days of the visa expiry date, a new visa should be granted without penalties.
  • If more than 3 days have elapsed since the visa expiry date, you will be required to write an explanation letter in addition to submitting any required documents for visa renewal. You will also be required to accompany the Student Admin Officer to the Immigration Office to submit the visa application.
  • Fines for overdue visas: 500,000 – 5,000,000VND (depending on case).

For more information and support, please contact International Cooperation Office at 

4. Visa exemptions

Citizens from some countries are exempt from requiring visas to enter Vietnam. However, before the exemption date has expired, students must leave the country and re-enter in order to collect a study visa arranged by USTH.

More information on visa exemptions can be found here(link is external)

Download documents

 Flow Chart of the Entry Visa Procedure
 N5 Form
 Predeparture Guide for Study Abroad students