October 21, 2019
FAQ Visa tips

Do British National Overseas (BNO) passport holders need a Visa to visit Vietnam? Yes âś…

Many people send a question to ask us whether British national Overseas or British overseas citizen can be free for 15 days of Vietnam Visa or not?

We have sent this question to the consulate of Vietnam in Hong Kong and they give us the answer that British National (Overseas) passport holders or  British overseas citizens HAVE TO APPLY the visa to visit Vietnam.


Below is original answer of the consulate of Vietnam in Hong Kong for the question Do British National Overseas (BNO) passport holders or British overseas citizens need a Visa to visit Vietnam?

From July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016, passport holders of the following countries will enjoy Vietnamese visa exemption for a maximum stay of 15 days: GERMANY, FRANCE, THE UNITED KINGDOM, ITALY, AND SPAIN

– The passport remains valid for at least 6 months beyond the proposed date of entry.
– The second entry only starts at least 30 days after the first entry.
Foreigners holding British National Overseas (BNO) passports or British overseas citizens are not exempted from visa requirement, thus must have appropriate visas to enter Vietnam.


Visa on arrival is available for British National Overseas (BNO) from $6 only – 100% money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. You can apply Vietnam Visa online here and obtain the Visa on arrival.

>> Read the notice of the consulate of Vietnam in Hong Kong about BNO need a Vietnam Visa or not?

Rights as a British overseas citizen

You can:

  • hold a British passport
  • get consular assistance and protection from UK diplomatic posts

Unless you’re also a British citizen:

  • you’re still subject to immigration controls – you do not have the automatic right to live or work in the UK
  • you are not considered a UK national by the European Union (EU)
  • you are not exempted from Vietnam visa requirement

All visitors travel to Phu Quoc Island can stay in the island up to 30 days without a visa. Visitor who want to stay for 30 days visa-free in Phu Quoc island are required to stay within the island for maximum 30 days then exit to for home country or another countries.

Vietnam government has decided to extend visa waivers program for visitors from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. This information was announced by the Minister, Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung announced at the meeting on 03 June, 2017.

Free Visa program for citizens of United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain with a stay in Vietnam does not exceed 15 days was extended for 1 more year by Vietnam Government. Effective 30 June, 2016, the Vietnamese Government issued Resolution No.

Citizens of Belarus will be exempted for 15 days of visas into Vietnam as from July 1, 2015. Under a resolution just issued by the government, visitors from Belarus are allowed to enter and stay in Vietnam for up to 15 days without visas regardless of passport types and purpose of visit.

Despite of applying Vietnam Visa exemption policy for some countries, but Vietnam is still being a hard country for Visa issue in compare with neighboring countries. Therefore, Vietnam government considers extending Vietnam visa waiver to 9 more countries.