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Dear Applicant,

If you are in need of consular service, you are requested to read and follow carefully the instructions below. Failure to do so may result in your application being refused or returned unprocessed. You can contact the Embassy for further enquiry. However, please do not contact us before you have read the instructions below.


The Embassy of Vietnam in London is the sole authority responsible for issuing Vietnamese visas in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. We provide fully RELIABLE, SECURE AND FAST services that exceed your expectations.

Application for an entry VISA to Vietnam can be made in person or by post to the Embassy of Vietnam. Application in person can be made by the applicant or any representative. Application by post must be sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery.

I. General requirements:

Documents to be submitted are:

  1. Original PASSPORT whose validity must exceed that of the visa by at least one month.

  2. One completed APPLICATION FORM F (download form here).Forms can be retrieved online or distributed at the Embassy.

  3. One passport PHOTOGRAPH taken not more than one year ago, affixed to the application form. Both Vietnamese and British passport sizes are accepted

  4. VISA FEE payment payable to the ‘EMBASSY OF VIETNAM’, all in British pounds sterling only.

         -  For Application in person: payment can be made in CASH only.

         -  For Application by post: payment should be in guaranteed cheque, postal order or bankers draft only. Your full name, passport number, contact address and telephone number must be provided at the back of the payment. Please DO NOT SEND CASH by post, the Embassy does not accept responsibility for any loss as a result of you sending cash.

         -  Visa fees vary according to the type of visas and length of stay and are regularly adjusted. Please contact the Embassy by email at for relevant fee information.

  5. In case of application by post, passport and visa will be returned by post by Special Delivery. A self-addressed envelope (not stamped) and postal delivery service charge are required.

  6. The Embassy may request further supporting documents and will contact the applicant when necessary. Please do not send any unless contacted and explicitly requested to do so by the Embassy.

II. Processing Schedule:

  • Normal Processing: Five working days (one week) are required for a normal processing of application made in person

  • Express Processing: Two working days for an express processing (additional fee required).

         -  Application by Fax: Application by Fax is available in the Express Processing only. You can send the application form and the main page of your passport by fax TWO DAYS in advance; and then collect the visa upon presenting your passport and paying for the visa fee at the Embassy. If you stay in Vietnam for more than one month and/or one entry, please consult the Embassy.

  • In case of application by post, it takes five working days plus additional posting time (by Royal Mail Delivery Next Day), i.e the visa processing time will start from the date the application is received, not from the date it is dispatched by post.

         -  Return charges(including handling fees) by post should be:

    • one passport: GBP 8 per passport

    • two or three passports (if only posted back in one package): GBP 6 per passport

    • four to seven passports (if only posted back in one package): GBP 5 per passport

    • from eight passports (if only posted back in one package): GBP 4 per passport

III. Important information:

  • The Embassy of Vietnam in London is the sole authority responsible for issuing Vietnamese visas in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. The Embassy is not aware of nor take responsibility for any liability, loss, error, damage etc caused by other missions, entities, authorities etc.

  • All required fields in the application form must be filled with care and precision. For Name and contact in Vietnam, please provide the name of the first accommodation or the name of your acquaintance or business.

  • Visa dates are not flexible. A visa will be valid from the entry date to the exit date as printed. You can visit and stay in Vietnam any time between these two dates, i.e. you cannot enter Vietnam before the entry date and you must leave by the exit date. Therefore, you should be clear about the DATE OF ENTRY AND EXIT on your application form.

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

  • Once the application is with the Embassy, there is no possibility of any change.

  • Fees and charges once received are not refundable, except in case of rejection.

IV. Dos and Don’ts:

  • The Embassy recommends application by post so as to avoid long queue and save your time and ours.

  • Please do not purchase tickets to Vietnam before you obtain a visa. The visa process is not bound by your travel plan.

  • Please allow sufficient time for visa processing. Please take note of the time required to process your application and check carefully with your local post office to get hold of the posting time (For your information: applications sent from another country to UK may take up to three weeks for turnaround).

  • Please retain the post office’s Tracking Number after you send your application by post to keep track of your passport. Do not call the Embassy to track down your application.

  • Please do not contact the Embassy to chase your application (whether it has been received, processed and returned, by post or by fax), your enquiry will not be accepted, nor will the Embassy confirm the progress of processing. However, you may contact us for this purpose after a reasonable time only, e.g three weeks after the application is sent out.

  • The Embassy is not responsible for any loss or damage to redundant documents not required by us.

  • Abusive language and behaviour towards the Embassy’s staff will not be tolerated and will affect the applications of the persons concerned.

  • For further enquiry, please have your question brief and focus only on details that you cannot find on this website. The Visa Section helpline is open between 09.30 to 12.30 and again from 14.30 to 18.00, Monday to Friday, except Vietnamese and British holidays.


  • Holders of diplomatic and official passports who are based in UK and Ireland will be granted visas GRATIS unless otherwise endorsed.

  • In addition to the procedure specified in VISA, applicant must submit a Note Verbale or an official letter from the UK Foreign Office or the Republic of Ireland Department of Foreign Affaris, or diplomatic missions accredited to UK, Ireland, and international organisations.

  • British or Irish diplomats to be posted in Vietnam are requested to inform the Embassy of his/her Position, title at the mission in Vietnam, and name of the person that he/she is to replace.


1. First time visit:

  • Those who have never visited Vietnam since their emigration or their most recent visit to Vietnam was made more than 36 months ago are required to fill out FORM V1 (download form)

  • Processing time: 15 working days, excluding posting time.

  • Foreigners accompanying parents, spouses or children who are Vietnamese residing in the UK are required to fill the Application Form F for foreigners (download form)

2. For second time visit and those who have visited Vietnam within the last 36 months:

Please fill FORM V2 (download form)

  • The visa can be issued within 02 (two) working days since the date of receipt of the application and relevant documents to prove the timing of the previous visit.

  • Processing time: Two working days, excluding posting time.



For Vietnamese residing in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, please follow this link to find relevant information and forms regarding passports, marriage, birth certificates, etc...


Vietnamese citizens applying for new Vietnamese passports need to submit:.

  • Two completed passport forms (HC 1 hc1_page1, hc1_page2 for Vietnamese citizens living abroad for a specific period, HC 2 hc2_page1, hc2_page2 for those who settle permanently abroad)

  • One completed biography form (download form)

  • Four recent passport size photos, with white background.

  • Your old passport which would be cancelled and returned after verification. This should be retained to be used along with the new passport if your UK visa remains valid.

  • Passport Fees

  • In case of loss, a police report must be included.

Processing Time: 15 working days, excluding the posting time. In case of loss, it will take more than 30 working days to process.


  1. All documents need to be properly notarised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (for United Kingdom ), the Department of Foreign Affairs (for Ireland ) and the Legalisation Offices in the UK Crown Dependencies ( Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man ). 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 befor being ligalised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Only then will the documents be legalised in turn by the Embassy of Vietnam in London.

  2. You need to submit:

    • Original documents

    • Photocopies of the above documents to be retained by the Embassy

    • Legalisation fees which is £25 per document. Payment should be in cash, postal order or bank draft made payable to 'Embassy of Vietnam'

  3. It takes five working days to process your application, excluding posting time. Please add £10 and a self-addressed envelope if your application is to be sent and returnt by post (return would be by Special Delivery).


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 Vietnam in London for authentication before taking them to Vietnam for subsequent procedures.

Documents to be authenticated by the Embassy:

A Regular Dossier Includes:

  • Application for Marriage Registration in Vietnam

  • Certificate of No-marriage Records issued by the State Vital Statistics Office 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.

  • Photocopy of the photo and signature pages of the Passport.

NOTE: The Certificate of No-marriage Records and Medical Certificate must be certified by a Notary Public and the signatures of the Notary Public must be subsequently certified by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before the documents are sent to the Embassy for authentication.

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 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 fiance(e) to submit the application package.


A Vietnamese Birth Certificate is granted to a child:

  • born of two married Vietnamese citizens,

  • one of the parents is a Vietnamese citizen

  • whose mother is a Vietnamese citizen

Dossiers include:

  • Application Form for Birth Certificate. For late applications, please download form here: FORM 1 FORM 2

  • Photocopies of the parents’ passports.

  • Photocopy of marriage certificate

  • Photocopy of birth record by the hospital

  • For a child born of a Vietnamese citizen and a foreign citizen, the foreign parent needs to submit a declaration stating his/her acceptance that the child may carry Vietnamese citizenship.

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


  1. Dossier for Adoption:

  • Application for adoption (Vietnamese Form No. 03TP/HT-NN: adopt_page1, adopt_page2, adopt_page3)

  • Commitment of periodical report (Vietnamese Form No.04 TP/HT-NN: commit_page1, commit_page2)

  • Marriage Certificate

  • Birth Certificates (husband and wife)

  • Copies of passports (husband and wife)

  • Papers issued by the relevant British or Irish authorities and organizations in less than 6 months, including:

    • Eligibility Certificate (or Adoption Board Declaration)

    • Police check (husband and wife)

    • Medical Certificate (husband and wife), certifying that the applicant is physically and mentally healthy, with no mental or communicative disease and is able to parent an adoptive child

    • Financial Statements (husband and wife), certifying the applicant's working situation and annual income with financial ability to care for an adoptive child

    • Home study.

  1. Legalisation of Adoption Dossier

  • All the above-mentioned documents (except numbers (1) and (2)) need to be legalised by the Foreign and Commonwealth office of the United Kingdom or Department of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Ireland before being submitted to the Embassy of Vietnam in London for legalisation and processing in Vietnam

  • Legalisation fee should be paid in cash, guaranteed cheque, bankers draft or postal order if application is made in person.

    • Guaranteed cheque, bankers draft or postal order if the application is made by post.

    • All fees should be made payable to the Embassy of Vietnam and in British pounds sterling only. For further relevant fee information, please contact the Embassy.


  • Duplicate Birth Certificate (for those who were born in Vietnam and their original birth certificates were not issued by the Embassy)

  • Vietnamese Police Check.

Please do not contact the Embassy for the above documents. You must petition for them at the local authorities in Vietnam where the deed was performed.


Embassy of Vietnam (Consular Section)

12-14 Victoria Road,

London W8 5RD

Tel: 0207 937 1912

Fax: 0207 937 6108 or 0207 565 3853


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

Opening Time: 09.30 to 12.30 only, Monday to Friday, except Vietnamese and England and Wales

Public Holidays 2012

26 December 2011.                                     Boxing Day

27 December 2011.                                     Christmas Day

Monday 2 January 2012.                            New Year Day

From Monday 23 January to Sunday 29 January 2012.              Vietnamese Lunar New Year

                    (The Embassy opens again on Monday 30 January 2012)

Monday 2 April .                                         Vietnamese Commemoration Day for Hung Kings

Friday 6 April.                                             Good Friday

Monday 9 April.                                           Easter Monday

Monday 30 April and Tuesday 1 May.        Unification Day and International Labour Day

Monday 7 May.                                           Bank Holiday

Monday 4 June.                                          Bank Holiday

Tuesday 5 June.                                         Diamond Jubilee Day

Monday 27 Augus.                                     Summer Bank Holiday

Monday 3 September.                                 Vietnam 's National Day

Tuesday 25 December.                               Christmas Day

Wednesday 26 December.                          Boxing Day

Please note that there is NO appointment system at the Embassy, you will have to join a single queue which varies everyday and for which no preferential treatment is given.

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