How to apply for Vietnam visa from Sri Lanka?

Sri Lankan and Vietnam relations

Sri Lanka – Vietnam relations have roots in the two countries affinity to Buddhism and were nurtured through the solidarity of Sri Lanka during the Vietnam’s struggle against colonialism. Sri Lanka has firmly favoured Vietnam during the Vietnamese struggle for freedom and also recognized the provincial Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam. Later following the unification Sri Lanka was one of the first countries to establish relations with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Following the establishment of formal diplomatic relations in 1970, Vietnam opened a resident mission in Colombo in May 1971 while Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in China was concurrently accredited to Vietnam. Later accreditation was from Thailand. As Vietnam withdrew its resident representation from Sri Lanka in 1982 due to economical reasons, the Vietnamese Ambassador in India is concurrently accredited to Sri Lanka.

In January 2001, demonstrating Sri Lanka’s interest to strengthen bilateral relations with Vietnam, the Cabinet decided to open a resident Sri Lankan Mission in Hanoi. Accordingly, the Sri Lanka Embassy was opened in Hanoi on 16th January 2003 and the first resident Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Vietnam presented credentials to H.E. Mr. Tran Duc Luong, President of Vietnam on 17th February 2003. This was an opening of a new chapter aimed at reinvigorating traditional relationship between the two countries.

Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1970, Sri Lanka and Vietnam have signed a number of agreements and MoUs in many fields for co-operation between the two countries.

Vietnam has been benefited by the South South Technical Co-operation programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs introduced in 2001 and a considerable number of Vietnamese nationals continue to undergo training and skill development programmes in selected centers of excellence in Sri Lanka.

There are also a considerable number of Sri Lankans living and working in Vietnam. Mostly, professionals attached to multinational organizations, hospitality sector etc. A several Sri Lankan companies have investments in garments, desiccated coconut industries and service sectors such as shipping etc.

How Sri Lankan citizens apply for Vietnam visa?

Vietnam Immigration policy regulates that all Sri Lanka passport holders need to apply for Vietnam visa before entering the countries. In order to process the Vietnam visa, Sri Lankan citizens could have 2 options:

1. Apply for Vietnam visa at Vietnam Embassy in Sri Lanka or neighbouring countries:

Vietnam Embassy in Sri Lanka
Address: Number 30/5, Ward Place, Colombo 7
Telephone: 94-11-2696050
Fax: 94-11-2692040

Sri Lankan nationals holding ordinary passports who wish to enter Vietnam can also obtain prior visas through a Vietnamese Embassy or consulate (in Bangkok or New Delhi or other countries). Further details can be obtained by contacting the respective Vietnamese Embassies. Contact details of the Vietnamese Embassy in Bangkok and New Delhi are :

Embassy of Vietnam in Thailand

83/1 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan
Bangkok 10330,
Tel: 66 – 2 - 2679602,2515837,2515115,2515116
Fax: 66 – 2 – 2544630,2517201,2517250,2507525

Embassy of Vietnam in New Delhi, India

17, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi 110 021,
Tel: 91 – 11 – 23012133, 23010532, 23016804
Fax: 91 – 11 – 23017714, 23018448

2. Apply for Vietnam visa on arrival:

This seems to be the easiest way to get your visa if you want to avoid the complicated procedures and bureaucracy at Vietnam Embassy. The entry visa will be stamped on your passport as you pass through our immigration checkpoint at the airport. This kind of visa is available for entering the country by air only.

2.1. Simple procedure

You don't need to submit any document but provide some personal information to make visa (learn more about Vietnam visa online application). All application procedure can be processed online: sending information, making payment via Paypal and getting the Approval letter by email. Therefore, visa on arrival is especially beneficial for those who live far away from the Vietnamese embassies/ consulates and do not wish to send off their passports by mail

2.2. Save your time

The approval letter guaranteed to deliver to you via email within 36 hours - 48 hours only. In some urgent case, the letter can be processed in 8 hours, 4 hours or 2 hours (more about Vietnam urgent visa)

2.3. Save your money

Visa on arrival will save you at least 20% over getting a visa at embassy. There will be no consulate fee, no transportation fee to visit an embassy, no postage fee as everything is done over email. If you make payment via Paypal, the cost even more cheaper because we will pay for the Paypal processing fees (more about Vietnam visa fees)

1 month single entry $150 2 - 5 working days $25

Note: Our rate is not included $25.00 (for single entry) or $50.00 (for multiple entry) stamping fees, which you will be required to pay in cash either USD or VND directly at Vietnam airport's immigration desk.

Visa on arrival will save you at least 20% over getting a visa at embassy

Vietnam visa on arrival is legitimated and supported by the Vietnamese Immigration Department. You will get visa on arrival at the Vietnam int'l airport. It is quite simple, easy, no additional charges and no fail.

  • There will be no consulate fee, no transportation fee to visit an embassy
  • There will be no postage fee as everything is done over email.

Instructions for applicants

Applicants go online at, fill in the secure form, submit and just wait 36 hour to 2 working days (normal service) or within 1 working day (urgent service) to get your Visa Approval Letter via email. Taking this letter of approval, your passport, 2 photos and US$25 (for single entry) or US$50 (for multiple entry) as stamping fee to get your visa at airport. Further information, please visit application process.

Applicants can pay by credit cards with PayPal, bank wire transfer or Western Union. Learn more about our Payment Guidelines.

Urgent processing: Same day processing (8 hours) +15 USD; 4 hours processing +30 USD or  2 hours processing +60 USD to normal processing fees. Read more about Vietnam rush visa on working days and at weekend

The price is set in US dollars, you can use the following tool to convert into your local currency.

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