UK passport holders will be able to enter Vietnam without a visa for up to 45 days, a threefold increase on the previous limit of 15 days, effective 15 August 2023.
Currently, British Nationals can enter Vietnam for up to 15 days for tourism, transit, and business (but not paid or voluntary work) without needing to apply for a visa.
British visitors staying longer can also apply for an e-visa through the online portal and stay for up to 90 days, up from the previous maximum of 30 days. Additionally, the extended e-visa will now be valid for multiple entries, instead of single entries.
Unlike other neighboring countries such as Cambodia and Thailand, where visas can be obtained upon landing at border gates, Vietnam requires travelers to apply for a pre-approved visa letter through a travel/visa agency in order to get the visa stamp upon arrival.
A Vietnam Airlines spokesperson said, “The upcoming changes in visa-free travel and e-visas will significantly enhance the flexibility of travel for British visitors to Vietnam and other countries in the diverse region of Southeast Asia. Multi-destination British travelers will be able to enter Vietnam, travel on to other nations, and return if they miss our beautiful country. Vietnam Airlines will be with them every step of the way with our non-stop services from London Heathrow to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as our extensive network of direct connections to other major cities within Vietnam, Asia, and Australia.”