How to get a visa for Vietnam in Cambodia

If you’re headed to Vietnam after Cambodia, you’ll need to arrange a visa in advance. The price of getting a Vietnam visa in Cambodia is far cheaper than in Western countries, so you can save a bundle by getting it here.

Vietnam visa

Heading to Vietnam and need a visa? Skip the embassy and head to a travel agent.

At the time of writing, the following countries are able to visit Vietnam without a visa:

  • 15 days: Germany, France, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Japan, South Korea
  • 21 days: Philippines
  • 30 days: Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia

If you aren’t from one of these countries, you will need to get a visa for Vietnam in advance. If you apply in your home country, it can cost two to three times the price as if you apply for a visa at the embassy in Phnom Penh or at the Sihanoukville or Battambang consulate. However, the fees at the embassy and consulates are about the same as what you’ll pay at any of the hundreds (thousands?) of travel agents in the country. Plus, the agents manage to get the visas processed in the same amount of time and with less hassle. The Vietnam embassy is an exercise in frustration and is best avoided.

If you choose to apply for a Vietnam visa at the embassy, you’ll need a visa application form (available at the embassy or you can fill it out in advance online), your planned date of entry, your passport and a passport photo (here’s where to get passport photos in Phnom Penh)

At the Vietnam embassy or consulates, visas cost:
1-month single-entry visa: $40
1-month multiple-entry visa: $50
3-month single-entry visa: $60
3-month multiple-entry visa: $75

Processing time is one working day (although this can sometimes end up being two working days), and the three-month multiple-entry visa takes longer. They offer same-day or next-day processing for an additional $10. Be aware that the consulate is closed for all Cambodia and Vietnam holidays (and there are lots of them) so factor that into your visa planning.

If you apply through a travel agent, you do not need a visa application form or a photo. Prices fluctuate and seem slightly negotiable.

In Phnom Penh, Cina Travel near the riverside is a good choice for getting your visa to Vietnam. For $59, they can even get you a one-month single-entry visa in two hours, provided you bring your passport to them in the morning, and including a passport photo will make processing time faster. Cina Travel is able to get 3-month multiple-entry visas with no problem.

For 2-day processing, they quoted us:
1-month single entry visa: $42
1-month multiple entry visa: $53
3-month single entry visa: $56
3-month multiple entry visa: $80 (takes three days, Vietnam address is required; for an extendable 3-month visa a letter of invitation is required and the cost is an additional $5)

Another option is expat favorite for visa and license issues, Lucky! Lucky! Motorcycle Shop.

For 2-day processing, they quoted us:
1-month single-entry visa: $42
1-month multiple-entry visa: $55
3-month single entry visa: $58
3-month multiple entry visa: $85 (this will take 3 days rather than two and an address in Vietnam is required)

They can have your visa ready the same day for an additional $15.

In Siem Reap, Sopheak Na Travel is the most popular place in town for Vietnam visas. Visas take one day, but you can pay extra for same-day processing.

1-month single-entry visa: $40
1-month multiple-entry visa: $75
3-month single entry visa: $60
3-month multiple entry visa: $95 (2 day and an address in Vietnam is required)

 

Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

436 Monivong Blvd, Phnom Penh
T: 023 726 274
vietnamembassy-cambodia.org

Consulate General of Vietnam in Sihanoukville

310 Ekareach Blvd, Khan Mittapheap, Sihanoukville
T: 034 934 039
vietnamconsulate-shihanoukville.org

Consulate General of Vietnam in Battambang

Road No. 03, Battambang
T: 053 688 8867
vietnamconsulate-battambang.org

Lucky! Lucky! Motorcycle Shop

413Eo Monivong Blvd, Phnom Penh
T: 099 808 788; 012 279 990
E: luckymotorcyclerental@yahoo.com

Cina Travel

129Eo Street 130, Psar Cha, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
T: 023 998 775; 023 998 774
E: cinatravel@cinatravel.com.kh

83 Responses to How to get a visa for Vietnam in Cambodia

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  1. Levsan says:

    As an austrian citizen how much do I have to pay for a 1 month single visa, entering vietnam by land? Transaction of the visa is not needed to be hurried, approximately price?

    Regards

    Levsan

  2. ELENA says:

    Im a filipino and as a member of asean country my understanding is that we are visa free both of cambodia and vietnam. So i dont need to secure any visa for travelling as a tourist in these 2 countries?

    • Lina says:

      Yes, that’s my understanding but as I’m terribly jealous of ASEAN members but am not one myself, I haven’t researched it thoroughly. I know this has been covered in the comments here somewhere, though.

  3. James Salter says:

    Have been in Vietnam 3yrs now they tell me can only get 30day visa and must leave Vietnam every time. Are 3 month visa’s still availible as of this date 24mar2016

  4. Nabil says:

    Hi Lina, I want to ask you as I am a holder of a Lebanese Passport, so shall i get a visa to Vietnam in my country or I may apply to it when i will be in Cambodia. I believe we do not need visa to enter Cambodia, so I will be visiting Seam Reap then Phnom Penh before heading to Vietnam. Thanks in advance.

  5. Sundy says:

    Dear Lina,

    Do you know if it’s possible to get a multiple, one year tourist visa to Vietnam in Cambodia?

    Also, my friend got his Vietnamese visa at Siem Riep airport and is wondering if he can do that in Phnom Penh airport.

    Thank you,

    Sundy

  6. Glenn says:

    Yesterday I walked into the Phnom Penh embassy with two forms I’d downloaded from the web and two passports. In and out, $80 paid in 5 mins. I was offered a 1hr service for $10 which I declined.

    Today I called to collect the two passports with their 30 day (actually 1 calendar month) visas and, once again, in and out in 2 mins.

    Not sure if I was lucky (I did go at 0900) or if they’ve got their act together.

    • Dave Smith says:

      So In total how long did it take them to process the visa. I’m in Siem Reap at the moment and heading to Vietnam in hopefully around 15 days. I will be travelling through Phnom Penh but I dot wish to stay there so long.

  7. Matthew says:

    Hey Lina,

    First and foremost thanks for the wealth of knowledge! This has been extremely helpful to my friend and I.

    We will be visiting Southeast Asia next week and will go from Cambodia to Vietnam via land. We need a 3 Month, Multiple Entry Visa since we will be in Vietnam for 3 weeks, then travel to other countries, but returning back to Vietnam to return back to the USA.

    You mention that a Vietnam address is required – is the address of our hostel appropriate to put down? Why is it required, can we not pick it up from the travel agency in person? Thanks in advance :)

    Matthew

  8. Cory says:

    Hi Lina,

    Thanks so much for your helpful blog; I find it very useful. I’ll be traveling to Kampot next week, and then overland to Vietnam. Is it possible to arrange the visa in Kampot? Are there any travel agencies there you recommend? Thanks so much.

    Best,
    Cory

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