Vis-à-Vis: Visa Free Countries to Travel From Vietnam

Put down the paperwork, kick back the stress, and hop on the plane – here’s a list of the countries you can easily visit visa-free from Vietnam!

So, you’ve had your fun in Vietnam and are looking for a contrast or change of scenery? Luckily, there are a handful of visa free countries that Vietnamese citizens and expats alike can access with a 2-hour flight and minimal paperwork. Does the idea of a weekend getaway or quick city tour excite you? This article will help you determine what countries you should easily pop over to from Vietnam, without having to plan for visa applications in advance.

A Convenient Hub

Due to its location, Vietnam serves as an ideal international hub for major airports and connections to surrounding countries. Of course, most visa requirements for international travel are also dependent on the type of passport you hold. In this list, we’ll be looking at passport-holders from Vietnam and third-party countries. We count the United States, European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea. The number of expats from these countries continues to grow in Vietnam exponentially. If your nationality is not mentioned, we recommend visiting your embassy’s website or passport index to determine if you need a visa to visit the countries listed below before traveling:

Thailand

Thailand
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Land of the tuk-tuks and golden Buddha, Thailand is the usual first thought of the visa free countries in Asia. Thailand is an ideal choice for travelers looking to experience a budget-friendly adventure packed with tasty food and beautiful scenery. Whether you’re set on the bustling streets of Bangkok or the beachy shores of Phuket, Thailand has something to offer to every traveler. Thailand provides visa-free entry to passport-holders from the US, EU, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam for up to 30 days upon arrival by flight.

Thailand may ask you for proof of stay or appropriate funds during your trip. But do not be worried as this is simply protocoled for all those eligible under the visa-exemption program. What’s more, many regional airlines offer convenient, direct flights from cities in Vietnam to Thailand destinations such as Bangkok and Phuket, remain quite frequent, and are not too expensive for round trip adventures.

Singapore

Singapore
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If you’re looking for a futuristic city-break, Singapore provides just that. Though slightly more expensive compared to other Southeast Asian countries, Singapore has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment, shopping, dining, and architecture. Americans and South Koreans make up some of the highest numbers of visitors to Singapore. It’s easy to see why, with the plethora of things to do in Singapore! While you may not need a visa for entry, the Singaporean government stresses that it is important to read its guidelines for arrival to ensure that your visit is smooth and problem-free. Over a dozen flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore are conveniently available in exactly 2 hours top, so there’s no excuse not to book!

Malaysia

Malaysia
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Between the multiple languages, numerous traditions, and ethnic combinations, Malaysia is a Southeast Asian Mecca of culture and diversity. With the food, coastal sites, and city life, it proves to be a popular destination among neighboring Asian countries. It has nearly 1,000,000+ visitors from Japan, and South Korea alone! Malaysia currently welcomes all of the nationalities on our list for visa free countries. Some with a stay of up to 90-days, while other passport-holders are only eligible for up to a 30-day entry.

If you are struggling to decide what kind of trip you want, Malaysia can offer you the city and scenery all into one. Malaysia’s price point for tourists ranges slightly higher than that of Thailand but lower than Singapore and can serve as the perfect middle ground if traveling with an indecisive group of friends.

Many More visa free countries for the Vietnamese

Finally, we can’t exclude Vietnamese passport-holders. As their options for regional, visa-free connections are a bit broader than the rest of us. The remaining countries currently available to visit for Vietnamese nationals visa-free are: Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines. And while the Vietnamese may have more options to travel regionally visa-free, this shouldn’t deter you from planning a visit to one of these other countries in the future!

What to Know Before You Go

Vis-à-Vis: Visa Free Countries to Travel From Vietnam
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Think of it before you embark on your application-less journey! We recommend that you research as much as possible to ensure that you meet all of the country’s requirements before arriving at the airport. These countries will require your passport to be valid for the duration of your stay. It’s sometimes mandatory for periods beyond your stay (e.g. Malaysia requires 6-months validity after your date of entry). So, it’s best to check that your passport is rightfully up to date. Make copies of your important documents such as your passport, travel itinerary, and plane tickets. While these countries may not require a visa upon entry, immigration officers could still ask for proof that you are visiting solely for the purpose of tourism, with no intention of overstaying.

Finally, if you are a foreigner flying from Vietnam, we recommend registering your trip with your local government. You can do this via your government’s website or through your country’s embassy in Vietnam. This is for your safety in case anything happens (fingers crossed it doesn’t) during your trip. With these countries in mind, you’d be silly to not have your next getaway booked, hassle and application-free!