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Vietnam e-visa for Canadian citizens in 2022

Vietnam e-visa is a form of valid visa to Vietnam that was official launched in February 2017. Together with the visa on arrival and the traditional visa applying at the Vietnam Embassy, e-visa gives you a simple and effective way to enter Vietnam these days. However, Vietnam e-visa is eligible for the citizens of specific countries, not all the countries over the world. Please see below content to ensure if the Canadian citizens are eligible for Vietnam e-visa or not and learn how to apply for an e-visa in normal and urgent processing time?

After a long pause due to COVID 19 pandemic, the Vietnamese government has resumed the e-visa policy from March 15, 2022. We are happy to inform that, Canadian citizens are eligible for Vietnam e-visa! In the first stage of e-visa operation, this kind of visa is available for just 80 nationals (the full list can be found here) including Canada.

How to obtain a Vietnam visa for Canadian citizens?

At present, there are up to 3 ways to obtain a visa for Vietnam, consisting of:

  • Obtain the visa at Vietnam Embassy or Consulate in Canada;
  • Obtain the Vietnam visa on arrival (it is beneficial for those who stay more than 1 month with multiple entries or who travel Vietnam for business purposes or someone need visa for Vietnam in emergency cases). However, the visa on arrival is temporary suspended due to COVID 19;
  • Obtain an e-visa (it is good for less than 30 days of stay with single entry). It is the only way for the foreigners to get a visa to Vietnam after COVID 19 pandemic.

The first option is made offline at the Vietnam Embassy or Consulate in Canada while the visa on arrival and e-visa are made online totally. In this post, you can find the brief description of two online options as well as the difference between them:

Item Visa on arrival E-visa
Issued by
Vietnam Immigration Department Vietnam Immigration Department
Beneficiaries All Canadian visitors travel to Vietnam by air Citizens of 80 countries in the list, including Canada
Purpose of visit Vacation, business, family or friend visit, and others For vacation or business
Visa validity
1 month single/multiple entry;
3 months single/multiple entry;
6 months multiple entry;
1 year multiple entry.
30 days single entry
Visa fee Depending on visa type (from US $6 + stamping fee, refunded in case your visa application is refused US $25, non-refundable in case your visa application is refused
Processing time
2 working days, 1 working day or even 1 - 2 hours to receive the visa approval letter

No sooner than 3 working days to know if your Vietnam visa application is approved or not
Entry ports Eight (08) international airports in Vietnam, consisting of Noi Bai Intl Airport (in Hanoi), Da Nang Intl Airport (in Da Nang), Tan Son Nhat Intl Airport (in Ho Chi Minh City), Cam Ranh Intl Airport (in Khanh Hoa), Van Don Intl Airport (in Quang Ninh) and Phu Quoc intl Airport (in Phu Quoc). Thirty seven (37) entry gates including 09 international airports, 16 international border gates, and 11 seaports across Vietnam
It may, but just sometimes, take you up to 30 minutes or longer to get visa stamped at Vietnam airport if there are too many people arriving at the same time. Normally, it takes 10 - 15 minutes.

As this kind of visa is quite newly launched, of which some certain airlines or even immigration staff at the airports may have not been aware and therefore may refuse it, you should check with your airlines in advance to avoid this. More common issues may come with e-visa here.

How to apply for Vietnam e-visa from Canada?

The conditions for the Canada passport holders to be granted an e-visa according to the Vietnamese laws:

  • The foreigners are outside of Vietnam, enter the country via 37 entry gates;
  • Holding a valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months following the arrival date to Vietnam;
  • Not being blacklisted due to violation of Vietnamese laws in the past;
  • Not failing into the cases of suspension from entry prescribed in Article 21 of Law on foreigners’ entry into, exit from, transit through, residence in Vietnam.

The Canadian applicants satisfy above regulation can make an application for Vietnam e-visa. They will need to follows 3 steps below:

  • Step 1: Complete the online application form in the websites A passport size photo and recent taken portrait are required. The photos must be stored in less than 2MB file of JPG or PNG format. The portrait must be taken within 6 months, straight looking with no glasses and plain background;
  • Step 2: Pay the service fee with your credit/debit card and get the application code;
  • Step 3: Use the code to check the result. If it is approved, please print off e-visa and bring a hard copy along with passport to get on the plane and get entry permit at the entry gates.

The normal processing time for an e-visa is 3 - 5 working days. A PDF file of the visa will be sent to successful applicants to print off and use at the entry gates. Sometimes, it takes longer and the applicants may not get an e-visa on time for their trip. So that, you are recommended to make an application as soon as possible. If you could not get the e-visa on time and your flight is arriving, you can select an urgent visa service. An emergency e-visa service can be done within 2 working days, 1 working days or even 4 working hours absolutely.

What are the concerns or issues of Vietnam e-visa you should know?

Obviously, e-visa is an improvement in many ways for a better visa service of Vietnam. It’s legal, convenient with easy to follow procedures but there are just some small difficulties of e-visa you should be aware of:

  • There is only 30 days and single entry option is available on e-visa system. If you need to stay longer in the country you must do visa run by going to Laos, Cambodia, Thailand or any 3rd countries.
  • The processing time for an e-visa is 3 - 5 business days or even longer, it is totally annoyed if you really need an e-visa done in a short time.
  • The fee once paid will not be returned if your visa application get rejected or the e-visa contains mistakes.
  • You have to determine your entry ports before making an e-visa application. It is not possible to change the entry ports after getting an e-visa.
  • You can not change the information on e-visa after it is issued. So that, you are suggested to check the visa information carefully to ensure there is no mistake. Any unmatching information may make your boarding declined at departure ports.
  • You can’t extend your e-visa but you need to do visa run by going to the 3rd countries.

What should you do if you don't get the e-visa within 3 - 5 working days?

Some Canadian applicants complain that they don't receive their e-visa from Vietnam Immigration Department within 3 - 5 working days as they are informed. The visa status always returns "in processing" mode even the visa application has been submitted for a week or even 10 days. Some of them tried to contact with the Vietnam Immigration Department via website contact page and telephone, email but unsuccessful. We understand your situation and you should follow the instruction below:

  • Track your e-visa status on the government's website by entering given code and email correctly;
  • If you don't receive the e-visa within 3 - 5 working days as you are informed, please try to contact the Vietnam Immigration Department via email or telephone number: (+84)243.8264.026 in Hanoi; (+84)7511.3823.383 in Da Nang or (+84)283.8244.075 in Ho Chi Minh City.
  • If you are not hurry, you can wait for more several days in case they accidentally miss your e-visa;
  • If you don't have time as the date of arrival is coming soon, you should make another application for urgent e-visa service instead. In this case you will definitely get an e-visa within 2 working days, 1 day or even 4 working hours, ready for boarding the plane.

How to apply for Vietnam visa for longer stay with multiple entries?

Update: The longer validity (3 months, 6 months or 1 year) visa and multiple entry visa are temporary suspended after the Covid 19. We will inform you immediately when these visa forms are resumed.

For the Canadian citizens who will stay in Vietnam more than 30 days; or those who expect to enter and exit Vietnam multiple times (for visiting the 3rd countries like Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar... before coming back to Vietnam and flying home); or those who travel Vietnam for business purposes then Vietnam visa on arrival or Vietnam Embassy visa application is highly recommended. In order to apply for a visa on arrival, you are instructed to complete 3 simple steps as below:

  • Step 1: Fill in an online application form and make a payment for processing service fee
  • Step 2: Get a visa approval letter delivered via email within 2 hours (emergency service) or 2 working days (normal service)
  • Step 3: Present the original passport, copy of approval letter (in hard copy), 2 photos (at passport sized) and pay the stamping fee to get visa attached on the passport at arrival airport

If you have any further queries, comments or feedback, please kindly call us by phone/whatsapp +84-912-685-141 or send an email to We are happy to assist you at our best.

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