Visa and Consular services for people in Ireland

The Embassy of Vietnam is the SOLE AUTHORITY responsible for issuing Vietnamese visas in the UK and Ireland. Fraudulently issued visa will be refused entry.

Please read the information below carefully before calling or emailing us.
- Telephone enquires: 9:30-12:30 and 15:30-17:30 Monday to Friday.
- Email enquiries will be replied within 24 hours.

Note: This part is for non-Vietnamese people staying in Ireland. Irish citizens living in the UK should follow the instruction HERE.


1. TOURIST VISA


2. BUSINESS VISA

3.
DIPLOMATIC AND OFFICIAL VISA

4. LEGALISATION

5. ADOPTION OF VIETNAMESE CHILDREN

6.
MARRIAGE

7.
BIRTH CERTIFICATE

8. CRIMINAL RECORD CERTIFICATE (Vietnamese Police check)

9.
CONTACT US


 


TOURIST VISA


For people staying in the Republic of Ireland and out of the UK, you can apply for a loose leaf visa which does not require you to hand in your passport, we will send you your visa by post. (Loose leaf visa is a document with your personal details and travel date, it must be presented with your passport upon arrival).

TOURIST VISA: General requirement


• The Embassy only processes visa application for holders of national passport. Any other travel document such as document issued for refugees are not acceptable.

•    Passport must be at least ONE MONTH valid prior to your proposed date of exit from Viet Nam (ex. Visa issued for 01st – 30th March, 2016, passport expiration date must be from 30th April, 2016 onwards).

•    Photo must NOT be taken more than one year ago.

•    Check all information on the visa once received (especially passport number and visa date). Any error must be notified immediately and BEFORE your departure. The Embassy will NOT take any responsibility when visa problems arise upon arriving in Viet Nam and there will be no refund and compensation of applicable fees.

•    The Embassy may request further supporting documents and will contact the applicant when necessary. The processing of applications with further supporting documents needed may take longer time.


TOURIST VISA: How to apply

•    Submit the following required documents by email:
    
     1.    Application form (Click to download WORD VERSION or PDF VERSION)

     2.    Scanned copy of the photo page of valid passport

     3.    A completed photo & address form, click here to download. The photo must be in colour, standard passport photo size (4x6cm or 3.5x4.5cm)

     4.    Proof of fee payment by bank transfer (screenshot of transaction or receipt)
   

•    All required documents must be emailed to consular@vietnamembassy.org.uk before 12:30 pm in order for approved visa to be posted on the next working day. Please mention in your email which type of service and posting you opt for.

•    Applications made after 12:30pm on Friday and during the weekend will be processed on the next working day

•    Successful email application will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours

•    More than one visa may be returned in the same envelope

•    Visas are returned by International Tracked and Signed or DHL (different postage charge)

•    Visa fees vary according to the type of visa and length of stay. Please email: consular@vietnamembassy.org.uk (subject: "Loose leaf fee enquiry - Your name & Nationality - Ireland" for quick reply)

•    Email consular@vietnamembassy.org.uk immediately if you do not receive visa after 10 working days since receiving confirmation email

 
TOURIST VISA: Other important information:


Transit/Flight connection: In most cases you do not need a visa to enter/re-enter Viet Nam if you do not cross passport control/immigration when catching connecting flights. Please double check carefully with your travel agencies and airlines for specific requirements at your transit airports. This information cannot be confirmed by the Embassy.

If you cannot confirm whether you have to cross passport control/immigration or not, please consider applying for visa to avoid any problem during your transit.

Online visa: As the Embassy cannot confirm the reliability of online visa services offered by many companies on the Internet, it is strongly recommended that travellers obtain suitable visas before entering Vietnam. The Embassy of Viet Nam in London is the sole competent authority to issue visa to Viet Nam in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Fraudulently issued visa will be refused entry and fee is not refundable. 

There have been reported cases of fraudulence and personal data theft when applying for online visa and cases of entry refusal on arrival when these types of online visa are applied through bogus/un-recognised websites with no connections to the Embassy. The Embassy cannot verify the validity of such visa and cannot provide assistances to travellers in case they are refused entry while using these types of visa.

In order to avoid any risks of personal data theft or losses through fraudulent use of credit/debit cards, travelers are strongly recommended not to provide personal information on untrusted websites.

• Visa will be valid from the DATE OF ENTRY (provided in the application form) and extend for 30 days or 90 days depending on the type of visa. You can enter Viet Nam on and after the DATE OF ENTRY and must leave before the visa expires.

• Visa procedure for children are the same as for adults if the children have their own passports. Children who are included in parents’ passports do not need separate visas and are not charged with applicable fees. However, their names must be stated in their parents application form with one accompanying photograph for each child. The parents must sign the applications on behalf of children under 14 years old.

•  Amendments of the visa can be done only when the visa is still valid. Email consular@vietnamembassy.org.uk for necessary instruction.

•  Applicable fees are for processing your application and the entry clearance decision-making service, not for the guaranteed delivery of a visa, therefore you will not be entitled to a refund should your application for entry to Viet Nam be refused 

•  The visa process is not bound to your travel plan. Please do not purchase air tickets/holiday packages to Viet Nam before you obtain a visa or you can be sure to obtain visa on time

•  The Embassy is not responsible for any loss or damage of documents not required by us

•  The Embassy is not responsible for any loss or damage of your passport and visa whilst being handled by post office or courier companies

•  The Embassy reserves the right to ask for further documentation and information from the applicant and to refuse any visa application


•  After submitted, application cannot be cancelled and applicable fees are non-refundable.






BUSINESS VISA


For people staying in the Republic of Ireland, you can apply for a loose leaf visa which does not require you to hand in your passport, we will send you your visa by post. (Loose leaf visa is a document with your personal details and travel date, it must be presented with your passport upon arrival).

BUSINESS VISA: General requirement

•    Passport must be at least ONE MONTH valid prior to your proposed date of exit from Viet Nam (ex. Visa issued for 01st – 30th March, 2016, passport expiration date must be from 30th April, 2016 onwards).

•    Photo must NOT be taken more than one year ago.

•    Check all information on the visa once received (especially passport number and visa date). Any error must be notified immediately and BEFORE your departure. The Embassy will NOT take any responsibility when visa problems arise upon arriving in Viet Nam and there will be no refund and compensation of applicable fees.

•    The Embassy may request further supporting documents and will contact the applicant when necessary. The processing of applications with further supporting documents needed may take longer time.


BUSINESS VISA: How to apply

•    Required documents:
    
     1.    Application form (Click to download WORD VERSION or PDF VERSION)

     2.    Scanned copy of the photo page of valid passport

     3.    A completed photo & address form, click here to download. The photo must be in colour, standard passport photo size (4x6cm or 3.5x4.5cm)

     4.    Proof of fee payment by bank transfer (screenshot of transaction or receipt)

     5.    Invitation letter

     6.   Flight ticket or temporary flight booking

•    All required documents must be emailed to consular@vietnamembassy.org.uk before 12:30 pm
in order for the application to be processed on the same day. Please mention in your email which type of service and posting you opt for.

•    Applications made after 12:30pm on Friday and during the weekend will be processed on the next working day

•    Successful email application will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours

•    More than one visa may be returned in the same envelope

•    Visas are returned by International Tracked and Signed or DHL (different postage charge)

•    Visa fees vary according to the type of visa and length of stay. Please email: consular@vietnamembassy.org.uk (subject: "Business loose leaf fee enquiry - Your name & Nationality - Ireland" for quick reply)

•    Email consular@vietnamembassy.org.uk immediately if you do not receive visa after 10 working days since receiving confirmation email

 
BUSINESS VISA: Other important information:


Transit/Flight connection: In most cases you do not need a visa to enter/re-enter Viet Nam if you do not cross passport control/immigration when catching connecting flights. Please double check carefully with your travel agencies and airlines for specific requirements at your transit airports. This information cannot be confirmed by the Embassy.

If you cannot confirm whether you have to cross passport control/immigration or not, please consider applying for visa to avoid any problem during your transit.

Online visa: As the Embassy cannot confirm the reliability of online visa services offered by many companies on the Internet, it is strongly recommended that travellers obtain suitable visas before entering Vietnam. The Embassy of Viet Nam in London is the sole competent authority to issue visa to Viet Nam in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Fraudulently issued visa will be refused entry and fee is not refundable. 

There have been reported cases of fraudulence and personal data theft when applying for online visa and cases of entry refusal on arrival when these types of online visa are applied through bogus/un-recognised websites with no connections to the Embassy. The Embassy cannot verify the validity of such visa and cannot provide assistances to travellers in case they are refused entry while using these types of visa.

In order to avoid any risks of personal data theft or losses through fraudulent use of credit/debit cards, travelers are strongly recommended not to provide personal information on untrusted websites.

• Visa will be valid from the DATE OF ENTRY (provided in the application form) and extend for 30 days or 90 days depending on the type of visa. You can enter Viet Nam on and after the DATE OF ENTRY and must leave before the visa expires.

• Visa procedure for children are the same as for adults if the children have their own passports. Children who are included in parents’ passports do not need separate visas and are not charged with applicable fees. However, their names must be stated in their parents application form with one accompanying photograph for each child. The parents must sign the applications on behalf of children under 14 years old.

•  Amendments of the visa can be done only when the visa is still valid. Email consular@vietnamembassy.org.uk for necessary instruction.

•  Applicable fees are for processing your application and the entry clearance decision-making service, not for the guaranteed delivery of a visa, therefore you will not be entitled to a refund should your application for entry to Viet Nam be refused 

•  The visa process is not bound to your travel plan. Please do not purchase air tickets/holiday packages to Viet Nam before you obtain a visa or you can be sure to obtain visa on time

•  The Embassy is not responsible for any loss or damage of documents not required by us

•  The Embassy is not responsible for any loss or damage of your passport and visa whilst being handled by post office or courier companies

•  The Embassy reserves the right to ask for further documentation and information from the applicant and to refuse any visa application

•  After submitted, application cannot be cancelled
and applicable fees are non-refundable.







DIPLOMATIC AND OFFICIAL VISA

  • Holders of diplomatic and official passports based in the UK and Ire
  • land will be granted visas GRATIS unless otherwise endorsed.
  • In addition to the procedure specified above, applicant must submit a Note Verbal or an official letter from the UK Foreign Office or the Ireland Department of Foreign Affairs, or diplomatic missions accredited to UK, Ireland, and international organisations.
  • British or Irish diplomats to be posted in Viet Nam are requested to inform the Embassy of his/her Position, title at the mission in Viet Nam, and name of the person that he/she is to replace.



 


LEGALISATION


In order to use your documents in Viet Nam, each document must be legalised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (for United Kingdom), the Department of Foreign Affairs (for Ireland) or the Legalisation Offices in the UK Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man), and then in turn legalised by the Embassy of Viet Nam in the UK.

(Please note that documents from UK Overseas Territories (Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Island , Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Turks and Caicos Islands) must be legalised by the Legalisation Office in the Overseas Territory concerned before being legalised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office).

For legalisation at the Embassy of Viet Nam, you need to submit to the Consular Section, Embassy of Vietnam in person or by post the following documents:

1. Legalisation Application Form: Click to download: WORD format, PDF format

2. Documents (original or copy) with ORIGINAL apostille stamp

3. Copy of documents with apostille stamp

4. A self-addressed envelope if you want your documents to be returned by post.

5. Legalisation fees:
Please email us at consular@vietnamembassy.org.uk for details:

* For people with documents collected in the UK or returned by post to a UK/Ireland address: Email subject "Legalisation from the UK/Ireland - Your name"

* For people in Vietnam or people with documents returned by post to a Vietnamese address: Email subject "Legalisation from Vietnam - Your name"

* Note:
- If your documents are NOT posted to the Embassy directly by applicant, but through a third party, to avoid document loss during the third party’s processing, applicant needs to put the Legalisation Application Form and Payment/Proof of payment in a sealed envelope addressed to “Embassy of Vietnam”, and include this envelope in the document package submitted.

- For documents returned by post, the Embassy can provide tracking number if requested.




ADOPTION OF VIETNAMESE CHILDREN



Documents of the Application Dossier:

      1.      An Application for Adoption of a Vietnamese Child.

2.      A photocopy of the Marriage Certificate (for married couples).

3.      Photocopies of the photo and signature pages of the Passport(s).

4.      A valid permit issued by the competent authority of the country of permanent residence of the adoptive applicant, which allows such applicant to obtain an adopted child.

5.      Health Certificates issued by the competent health authorities not more than six months before the date of receipt of the adoption dossier confirming that the applicant has sufficient health, and no mental and contagious diseases. A bilingual form is attached for the applicant’s convenience.

6.      Proof of prospective foster parent(s)’ adequate means of financial support for the rearing of the adopted child:

7.      No Criminal Record Certificates for husband and wife issued by County Police not more than six months before the date of receipt of the adoption dossier.

8.      A Power of Attorney  from one spouse to the other entrusting him/her to complete the application procedure in Viet Nam when one of the spouses cannot go to Viet nam. 

 All the above- mentioned documents must be authenticated by the Embassy of Viet Nam  after they have been certified  the  Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland.

 The above-mentioned 8 documents must be prepared in two sets and submitted to the Department of International Adoption, Ministry of Justice of Viet Nam.  



MARRIAGE


A non-Vietnamese citizen, seeking to get married to a Vietnamese national, may submit in person or by mail his/her file of required documents for marriage registration to the Embassy of Viet Nam in London for authentication before taking them to Viet Nam for subsequent procedures.

Documents to be authenticated by the Embassy:

A Regular Dossier Includes:

  • Application for Marriage Registration in Viet Nam
  • Affidavit of Marital Status will be sworn in front of a notary public in the United Kingdom within the last six months certifying that no marriage license or marriage record of the applicant has been found for the period from the beginning of legal age for marriage to date.
  • Medical Certificate issued by an authorized medical organization confirming that the applicant has no mental illnesses, or has a mental problem but not to the extent of losing consciousness of his/her own actions.
  • Certified copy of the photo and signature pages of the Passport.

NOTE: All documents must be certified by a Notary Public and the signatures of the Notary Public must be subsequently certified by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office/Department of Foreign Affairs before the documents are sent to the Embassy for authentication.

The foreigner that also has Vietnamese nationality must submit a Certificate of Single Status issued by the Embassy. Instructions can be found at http://vietnamembassy.org.uk/index.php?action=p&ct=VN_Giayxacnhanhonnhan

For Divorced and Widowed Applicants: In addition to the above-listed documents,

  • Divorcees are required to submit the Divorce Decree after it has been certified by a Notary Public, and subsequently authenticated by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Widows are to submit a photocopy of Death Certificate of the previous spouse after it has been certified by a Notary Public or and subsequently authenticated by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Power of Attorney for Submission of Application: The foreign party can, with a power of attorney, entrust his or her fiancé to submit the application package.





BIRTH CERTIFICATE

1. A Vietnamese Birth Certificate is granted to a child:

·                     born of two married Vietnamese citizens,

·                     one of the parents is a Vietnamese citizen and the other is a stateless person

·                     mother is a Vietnamese citizen and father is unknown

Dossiers include:

·              Application Form for Birth Certificate. For late applications, please download form here: APPLICATION FORM

·              The parents’ passports or notarised copy of parents’ passports.

·              The marriage certificate or notarised copy of marriage certicate.

·              Original birth record issued by the hospital of birth certificate issued by Irish authorities (full version that have names of parents).

2. For a child born of a Vietnamese citizen and a foreign citizen, apart from above mentioned documents, the parents needs to submit a Declaration stating their acceptance that their child may carry Vietnamese citizenship. (FORM). The parents can bring their passports to the Embassy  to sign the Declaration in front of the consular officer. If they can not come to the Embassy, they can sign the Declaration in front of the Notary Public (who will certify their signatures) then post the Declaration together with the application to the Embassy.

Processing Time: Five working days, excluding the posting time.




CRIMINAL RECORD CERTIFICATE
(Vietnamese Police check)

The Embassy does not have authority to issue the Criminal Record Certificate.

 

If you are residing in Viet Nam, you must submit the application for Criminal Record Certificate to the Provincial Department of Justice where you are residing.

If you left Vietnam, you need to apply at the National Center for Criminal Record in Viet Nam. You are able to authorise a person in Viet Nam to submit the application to the National Center for Criminal Record Check on your behalf or submit application by post to the National Center for Criminal Record in Viet Nam.

Please see the detailed instruction at the following link:

http://ttlltp.moj.gov.vn/qt/thongbao/Pages/thong-bao.aspx?ItemID=43

or download: The Guidance and the Postage fee for returning Criminal Record to the UK.



If you submit application and receive Criminal Record by post,
please fill the form in English and Vietnamese (Download: English form  |  Vietnamese form) and registration for receiving Criminal Record (Download)

If you authorise somebody to submit the application to the Criminal Record Certificate on your behalf, please complete the application form English and Vietnamese (Download: English form  |  Vietnamese form) and Authorisation letter (Download)


You have to bring to the filled Form/ authorisation letter, passport, proof of residence in Viet Nam to the Viet Nam Embassy in London to have your signatures and copies certified by the Embassy. After that, you can post these documents to National Center for Criminal Record or the authorised person in Viet Nam to submit to the National Center for Criminal Record Check on your behalf.

 


CONTACT THE EMBASSY

Embassy of Viet Nam (Consular Section)

12-14 Victoria Road,

London W8 5RD

Tel: 0207 937 1912

Fax:  0207 565 3853 or 0207 937 6108

Email: consular@vietnamembassy.org.uk

Direction to the Embassy: The Embassy is located on Victoria Road, off Kensington High Street and Kensington Gardens. Nearest Underground stations: High Street Kensington and Gloucester Road.

Opening Time: 09.30 to 12.30 ONLY, Monday to Friday
Please note that there is NO appointment system at the Embassy.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 2017 - 2018

Monday 25 December 2017 Christmas Day
Tuesday 26 December 2017 Boxing Day
Monday 1 January 2018 New Year's Day
From Wednesday 14 February
to Tuesday 20 February 2018
Vietnamese New Year holiday
Friday 30 March 2018 Good Friday
Monday 2 April 2018 Easter Monday
Wednesday 25 April 2018 Commemoration Day for Hùng Kings
From Saturday 28 April
to Tuesday 1 May 2018
Vietnamese Unification Day
International Labour Day
Monday 7 May 2018 Early May bank holiday
Monday 28 May 2018 Spring bank holiday
Monday 27 August 2018 Summer bank
From Saturday 1 September
to Monday 3 September 2018
Viet Nam's National Day
Tuesday 25 December 2018 Christmas Day
Wednesday 26 December 2018 Boxing Day