A VISA to Vietnam can be applied for by mail or in person at the Consulate General of Vietnam in San Francisco as early as 6 months prior to the date of travel. The application does not necessarily need to be at the Consulate in person.

I. The application package includes:

(1) The application form must be completed online, printed out and signed. Please visit or click here for ONLINE FORM

* Important note:

- Choose ENGLISH language in top right corner.

- Place of visa submission and collection should be CONSULATE GENERAL OF VIETNAM IN SAN FRANCISCO.

- Field with (*) is compulsory. 

* In case it is impossible to complete the visa application online, Please download a PDF VISA APPLICATION FORM  and send to the Consulate.

(2) Original passport, or a Copy of the passportIt is required that the passport must have at least 1 month validity prior to the date of exit from Vietnam and/or 6 month validity to meet airlines’ requirements.

 (3)  Photo: 01 color photo (2 x 2 inch) if the original passport is submitted; or 02 color photos for a loose leaf visa in case a copy of the passport is submitted. The loose leaf visa then needed to be stapled to the passport.

(4)  Visa fees can be paid in CASH if applied in  person. Otherwise, the fees must be in the form of MONEY ORDER, or CASHIER’S CHECK, or CERTIFIED CHECK payable to “The Consulate of Vietnam”. A group of applicants may submit combined payment in one money order or certified check.

(5)  A prepaid return envelope if the applicant requests the visa to be returned by mail. The Consulate recommends that applicant(s) use USPS Express Mail or FedEx with the tracking numbers.  USPS - United States Postal Service (prepaid postage stamp envelope or return label) can be bought online at or prepaid return FedEx label can be bought online at A group of applicants may provide one returned envelope. You are advised to keep the TRACKING NUMBER or your own reference.

II. Processing time takes up to 3 working days. Expedited processing requires 24 hours after the Consulate has received the complete application package (additional fees required).

Upon receiving the visas, applicants are advised to double check the accuracy of all the information and inform the Consulate of any errors immediately. Otherwise, they will solely bear responsibility for any hindrance afterwards.

For further information, contact the Consular Section


1700 California St, Suite 580 San Francisco, CA 94109
(415)922-1707 - (415)922-1577
(415)922-1848 - (415)922-1757