April 10, 2020

Vietnam resume visa-free policy for citizens of Finland starting from March 15, 2022

The outbreak of Covid 19 has presented the world with a major challenge. This is especially true in the travel and tourism sector. In order to contain the spread of the deadly virus, countries around the world have imposed travel restrictions to prevent people from moving. For instance, Vietnam has to suspend the visa-free entry of those citizens who were part of their visa waiver program, including Finnish citizens. The country has also canceled all International flights, closed its tourist sites, and put the entire country into lockdown.

But of course, everything is only temporary. Now that the world is trying to go back to normal, Vietnam is once again opening its doors. The country is hoping to bring in more foreign visitors into the country and restore its thriving tourism industry. In line with this, Vietnam is once again accepting visa-free entry for citizens of Finland.

👉 Requirements for International Tourists to Enter Vietnam Starting March 15, 2022

The Vietnam Visa Waiver Program

The Finnish nationals are among those citizens who were granted free entry to Vietnam as part of the Vietnam Visa waiver program. Under this program, more than 20 nationalities are entitled to enter the country without the need to show a visa. This program was implemented as part of Vietnam’s efforts to boost its tourism industry.

The visa waiver program was launched last January 2015. Initially, the program is only until December of 2019. But because of its success, they have extended it until December of 2022. Under this program, citizens of Finland no longer need to apply for a visa for their holiday to Vietnam. But it is important to note that their stay in the country is only limited to 15 days. Therefore, they must make sure to go out of the country before the 15-day period ends.

Temporary Suspension of Visa-free Entry Due to Covid 19

It was around the middle of March when Vietnam has decided to suspend the visa-free entry of all foreign nationals. They have also stopped issuing all kinds of visas, especially tourist visas. This decision was made in response to the growing concerns of the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the country. Most of the confirmed Covid 19 cases in Vietnam were a result of foreign transmission. By preventing the entry of foreigners, Vietnam believes that they will be able to curb the spread of the virus.

Because of Vietnam’s relentless efforts in containing the virus, the country is now going back to normal. They are now accepting foreign tourists while still implementing strict measures to ensure that the virus won’t re-emerge. Thus, Finnish citizens can now enter Vietnam visa-free and enjoy a relaxing holiday.

Vietnam Visa-free Entry Requirements for Citizens of Finland

Take note that even though you don’t need to show a visa upon entry to Vietnam, you’re required to present some documents. Otherwise, you could be denied entry into the country. Here’s what you need to present.

  • Valid passport – your Finnish passport should be valid for at least 6 months from your entry date. It should also have two blank pages for the visa stamp.
  • Proof of onward travel – your stay in Vietnam will only be limited to 15 days. Therefore, you need to present proof that you’ll be out of the country before the 15-day period ends. So you should be able to show a return ticket or a ticket to your next destination. Your departure date should be within the 15 days that you’re allowed to stay in Vietnam.

Applying for a Vietnam Visa for Citizens of Finland

15 days may not be enough to enjoy everything in Vietnam. So if you wish to stay in the country for longer than 15 days, you should apply for a tourist visa. Applying a tourist visa to Vietnam should be easy for all citizens of Finland.

There are two kinds of Vietnam visas that Finnish citizens can avail of. One is the e-visa or the electronic visa. This is the type of visa that you can easily apply online. You’ll be asked to fill out a visa application form. There are also requirements that you need to submit online. You will also be asked to pay for the processing fee using your card or PayPal account. Once this visa is approved, it will be sent to you through email. This visa will let you stay in Vietnam for up to 30 days.

For those who wanted to stay in Vietnam longer, you can apply for the visa on arrival. With this visa, you get to request a multiple entry visa with a maximum stay of 90 days. You will get this visa at the airport when you arrive. But before you fly to Vietnam, you are required to accomplish a registration form online. You will then be given a letter that you will show to the Immigration counter in order to get your visa.


The Covid 19 pandemic has sent shockwaves throughout the world and has affected the way people live and travel. When the virus started spreading very rapidly, countries have to close borders and stopped accepting foreign visitors.

The Covid 19 pandemic has greatly affected the lives of many. It was around the middle of March 2020 when the World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus a worldwide pandemic.