Visa requirement for seamen

john ahmed
United Kingdom

Visa requirement for seamen

Jun 28, 2016


I have a UK passport and will be arriving in Vung Tao on the 3rd July.
I have been working on a Korean cable ship.
What are my visa requirements for entering Vietnam.
I also want to stay three nights before flying back to the UK.

Best regards

John Ahmed

Vietnam Evisa Support
Jun 28, 2016


Thank you for your email!

The online visa (or Visa on arrival) is just accepted if you are travelling by plane only. 

According to the Vietnam Immigration's new policy, from July 1, 2015 to June 2016, 6 countries (including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK and Belarus) no need Visa if they stay in Vietnam less than 15 days. And the previous visit must be far at least 30 days the next visit.

However, until now we are still waiting for new policy. If this rule is not updated after June 30 2016, you need to apply visa to enter Vietnam. You can apply at this link: 

Any help, please feel free to contact us.          


Evisa team.

May 02, 2018
Good Day sir / mam,
we are ship crewing agency here India. we need to know abt formalities for Indian seamen to join ship.
if he need Vietnami documents
if he need work permit.
pls advise agency adresse who doing this formalities.
Ajay Kumar
Vietnam Evisa Support
May 02, 2018

Dear Ajay Kumar, 

If he needs work permit, please prepare these documents to get it

  1. Business License / Certificate of Investment of the enterprise, representative office license, etc.
  2. 02 Photos 4cmx6cm (white background, without glasses)
  3. Certified copy of passport
  4. Official letter approving the recruitment of foreign employees
  5. Application form for issuance of work permit for foreigner made by company in Vietnam
  6. Degree (University, College, Intermediate)
  7. Certification of at least 3 years of working experience abroad or certification of experts in the same position.
  8. Foreign criminal record or in Vietnam have a term of 6 months up to the date of application for a work permit.
  9. Health checkup paper not more than 12 months in a foreign country or at some hospitals prescribed by the Ministry of Health in Vietnam.

Note:  All the documents issued not in Vietnam need to be consular legalized, translated into Vietnam and notarized in Vietnam.

After he had enough docs, he could contact us to get our instruction 

Any help, please feel free to contact us at or call us at (+84) 909 343 525

Besh wishes, 

Helen Truong (Ms.)

Arun Singh
May 26, 2018
Dear Sir / Mam,
I need to know how to get Vietnam evisa for me to go for 1 week.
Vietnam Evisa Support
May 26, 2018

Dear Arun Singh,

Kindly inform us your nationality?

You can apply visa at our website

After receving your payment, we will process visa base on the information was given and it takes 2 working days for tourist and 5-7 working days for business visa. We will send the approval letter back to you via email

Any more question, do not hestitate contact us


Celine Nguyen

Birender singh yadav
Jul 10, 2018
Dear sir,
I am a seaferer and have to join vessel in Vietnam, kindly guide me for following :
1. Which visa I have to apply.
2 . In how much time the visa will be approved.
3. Documents required.
Vietnam Evisa Support
Jul 10, 2018

Dear Birender singh yadav,

To first answer your questions, please notice that unless your vessel needs to enter any seaport in Vietnam, you do not need to apply for a visa.

However, if it does, please contact Vietnam Embassy in your country for more precise information on your case as we only process E-visa for tourism and business purpose only.


SIncerely yours,

Daniel Ho.

Arun Adithya
Aug 09, 2018
Good Day Sir/Mam,
I'm from India.Can you please tell me if seaman visa will be issued on arrival to Vietnam?
Vietnam Evisa Support
Aug 10, 2018

Dear Arun Adithya

As we mentioned that only Tourist and business type are eligible for Visa on arrival.

In your case, kindly contact Vietnam Embassy directly for more detail.


Amanda  - Evisa team

Vishnu vr
Aug 21, 2018
Good evening madam,
Am a seafarer had informed from agent that having joining from Vietnam by step1-5 dates by the berthing of vessel on corresponding port.please consider now am at kerala and since had flooded couldn't have proper way to contact on embassy. more over need to get information regarding this.please let me know the documents that I had to hlod as per legal procedure for joining.
Vishnu vr
Vietnam Evisa Support
Aug 22, 2018


Dear Vishnu vr, 

Thanks for your concern,

What's your Nationality please ?

For any further details, please contact us at or call us at (+84) 909 343 525

Best Regards
Stepfanno Tran (Mr .)

Aug 29, 2018
Vietnam Evisa Support
Aug 29, 2018

Dear Sir,

You mean that you want to apply visa to enter Vietnam by Sea Port?

An Nguyen (Ms.)

Aug 09, 2019
I am a seafarer and will have to join one of our ship in Vietnam. I am flying from Miami Florida to Vietnam. Do I need a visa to enter Vietnam?
Vietnam Evisa Support
Aug 09, 2019

Dear sir, 

Thanks for your question, 

If you are holding Philipine Passport, you can enter VN without visa , and you can stay at least 21 days. 

In case,  you want to stay more. Please kindly apply a new visa. 


Camellia Pham (ms.)

Neeraj Kumar
Nov 13, 2019
I am an Indian sailor and I will be flying from India to Vietnam to join the ship at Vietnam sea port.
So do I need to apply for Visa ? Or I will get visa on arrival ?
Or there is any other requirement ?

Thanks Neeraj kumar
Vietnam Evisa Support
Nov 13, 2019

Dear Neeraj Kumar

India passport holder need visa to arrive Vietnam

You can apply for the an approval letter to get visa on arrival at


Scarlette Le (Ms.)

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