January 1, 2020
Vietnam e-visa

Vietnam e-Visa for Citizens of France

Good news! French passport holders are now eligible to apply for the Vietnam e-visa. It’s an electronic version of the Vietnam visa that you can easily apply over the Internet. With this visa option, you no longer need to go to a Vietnam embassy to lodge your visa application. All you need to do is go online and fill out an application form.

The Vietnam e-visa, also known as an electronic visa, is an official document that the Vietnam Immigration Department would grant to foreign travelers. This document will allow them to enter the country and stay for 30 days. The visa can be accepted at airports, seaports, and at the land borders of Vietnam.

Vietnam e-visa Requirements for French Citizens

When applying for the Vietnam e-visa for French citizens, you’ll be required to accomplish an online application form. You just need to use your laptop or mobile phone and access the official website for the Vietnam e-visa application. Make sure you have the following requirements on hand:

  • Valid email address where you will receive your e-Visa copy.
  • Scanned copy of your passport’s biographical page. Your passport must be valid at least six months from your entry date to Vietnam. Sample for passport’s bio page.
  • Recent passport size photo with white background. Photo guide.
  • Credit card or Debit card for the payment of the processing fee online. You can also pay with your PayPal account.

How Much Will the Vietnam e-Visa for French Citizens Cost?

The cost of the Vietnam e-visa will vary. Generally, the standard processing time for e-visa is 3 business days. But there are instances when this will be delayed. Therefore, it’s highly recommended to apply for the visa as early as possible. Try to book your visa at least a week before your actual trip.

The standard processing of the e-visa will cost you around $25. However, for French travelers who needed the visa urgently, you can choose the Rush and Super Rush options. But these options will come with an additional fee. To avoid paying more, plan your trip in advance and apply for your e-visa as early as possible.

How to Apply Vietnam e-Visa for French Citizens?

Since Vietnam e-visa must be applied online, the entire process is pretty straightforward. Unlike the standard type of visa where you need to visit an embassy of Vietnam and personally hand out your visa requirements, this type of visa will only require you to go online. Here are the steps:

  1. Go online and access the official website of the Vietnam Immigration Dept. and click on the option to apply for an e-visa.
  2. Fill out the application form with your personal details, such as complete name, birthdate, passport number and other important details. Review the information very carefully before you go to the next page.
  3. On the next page, you will be asked to pay for the visa-processing fee. For this, you just need to enter your card details. If you’re paying with PayPal, then choose that option.
  4. When your payment is confirmed, you will receive an email that the visa is already being processed. All you need to do is to wait for 3 business days or earlier if you have chosen the rush option.

How To Use the E-visa to Enter Vietnam

Once you received your e-visa copy through email, just download the file and save it on your computer. Print a copy to carry on your trip to the country.

When you arrive at the airport, go straight towards passport control. Hand over the visa along with your passport to the Immigration officer. When you receive a stamp on your passport, you can then go to the luggage section to claim your bags and get out of the airport.

Take note that the e-visa is a single entry visa. It will only allow you to stay in the country for a maximum of 30 days. You can choose to have it extended but you must do it while you’re still in Vietnam and have an agency to sponsor you.

Vietnam Visa on Arrival

French travelers that require a multiple-entry visa to Vietnam and plan to stay there for more than a month should opt for the Visa on Arrival. With this visa, you can choose to stay in the country for a maximum of 60 days. Plus, it will grant you multiple entries.

For the Visa on Arrival, you need to apply for a pre-approval letter ahead of time. You can request for the letter online. Once you receive the letter, just print it and carry it with you on your trip. As you arrive in Vietnam, proceed to the visa counter to get a visa stamp.

If you don’t have plans to stay in Vietnam for more than a month, the e-visa option is a better choice. With this visa, there’s no longer a need to queue at the airport.


If you wish to indulge into the astonishing amalgamation of cultural diversity and natural serenity, you should pay a visit to Vietnam once. Also, the visit to Vietnam is visa-free for French citizens for up to 15 days.