Vietnam Business Visa Requirements and Application Process

Vietnam Business Visa Requirements and Application Process

Foreigners traveling to Vietnam for business purposes may be eligible for a Vietnam Business Visa. In this Article, you will find out the requirements, application process, fee, and other FAQs regarding the business visa.

1. What is the Vietnam Business Visa?

Vietnam Business Visa, also known as DN1 visa or DN2 visa, is issued for a foreigner traveling to Vietnam so they can engage in business activities. To be more specific:

  • DN1 Visa is issued for foreigners traveling to Vietnam to engage in business activities with Vietnamese companies or other organizations, such as meetings, signing contracts;
  • DN2 Visa is issued for foreigners traveling to Vietnam to offer services, establish a commercial presence, or perform other business activities other activities under international treaties to which Vietnam is a member.

Vietnam Business Visa - Visa DN1

2. Duration of stay

In practice, the business visa is usually approved for a short stay of up to 3 months, with a single entry or multiple entries. The business visa can be extended for a 1-month duration without exiting Vietnam. In addition, the business visa can be converted to a Temporary Resident Card if the foreigner has a valid Work Permit or is an investor in a Vietnam company.

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3. Requirements

The applicant will be granted a Vietnam business visa if the following requirements are met:

  • Has a passport with at least six months validity remaining and at least two blank visa pages;
  • Has a Vietnamese organization sponsoring the visa;
  • Does not fall into a case where they are not allowed to enter the country for whatever reason.

4. How to apply

The process of applying for a Vietnam business visa involves 3 steps:

Step 1.

The sponsor company registers to create an online account on the Public Service Portal of the Ministry of Public Security.

Processing time: from 3 working days

Step 2.

The sponsor company applies for a Visa Approval Letter at the Immigration Department via the Public Service Portal of the Ministry of Public Security

Required documents: 

  • Introduction of the organization’s seal and competent person’s signature (Form NA16)
  • Request for examining and approving foreigners entering the country (Form NA2 regulated)
  • Certified true copy of ERC and IRC (if any)

Processing time: from 5 working days

Result: An Entry Approval Letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department

Vietnam Entry Approval Letter

Step 3.

The foreign visitor pays visa stamp fee, and obtains the business visa on arrival at Vietnam international airports, or at Vietnam Embassy overseas

5. Processing time

Normally, it takes a minimum of 08-20 working days to obtain a Business Visa Approval Letter. If you use visa agent service, it also provides urgent visa service which you can obtain the Vietnam business visa within 2-3 working days.

6. Business visa stamp fees

In practice, the business visa is usually approved for a short stay of a 1-month or a 3-month duration. Accordingly, the visa stamp fee for a single entry is $25, and for multiple entries is $50. The visa stamp fee will be paid by the foreigner at the Vietnam checkpoints or the Vietnam Embassy overseas.

(*) The citizens of countries having international treaties with Vietnam such as Korea, Japan, Russia, Belarus, the UK, France, Germany, Finland, Denmark, and Norway will be exempted from the Vietnam visa stamp fees.

7. What are your visa options?

Option 1. Visa exemption

If foreigners from 25 countries are on the Vietnam Visa-Free List and just visit Vietnam for short-term business purposes, then you don’t need to apply for a business visa.

Option 2. E-Visa

From 15 August 2023, if foreigners from all countries in the world visit Vietnam for short-term business purposes, then an E-Visa will be a better choice. The visa process is easy, fast, and can be conducted 100% online by you. It offers a stay duration of 90 days, with multiple entries. However, the e-visa can’t be extended.

Option 3. Traditional Business Visa

Foreign investors must first enter Vietnam on a business visa sponsored by the company that they invest in. When foreign investors are in Vietnam, the company will apply to convert the business visa to a long-term Temporary Residence Card. Tourist visas and e-visas can’t be converted to a TRC.

In an exceptional case, if a foreigner stays in Vietnam on a visa or a TRC sponsored by another company, the new company may apply to convert his current visa/TRC to a new TRC without having the foreigner exit Vietnam and enter on a Business Visa sponsored by the new company


If you need any assistance to obtain Vietnam business visas for foreigners quickly, please do not hesitate to contact Nova Law.

Nova Law Vietnam is a professional law company based in Hanoi, Vietnam. We assist and advise foreign business owners in Vietnam in legal consulting, visa, company registration, and so on.

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