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Jan, 2020

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Everything you need to know about Vietnam working visa for South African

Everything you need to know about Vietnam working visa for South African

By Kim Clara

Overview of a Vietnam Working Visa


The Vietnam working visa (LĐ) is intended for expats who have obtained a Vietnamese government-issued work permit. A working visa is granted for foreign employees coming to Vietnam for business purpose. A working visa is valid for 01 months and up to 12 months depending on the duration of your work permit.


Also, a South African worker is able to be issued Vietnam work visa if meeting some requirements such as you should be at least 18 years old and have good health to satisfy job demand. Besides, you have to prove your professional skills and knowledge for the job if you work as a manager or executive director or expert.


How to get Vietnam working visa?


There are two ways for South African citizens to get Vietnam work visa


Vietnam Embassy


This is the traditional way to obtain a visa for South African passport holders, you can come in person to the nearest Vietnam Embassy and you will be instructed step by step to submit your visa application. For further details about Vietnam Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, you can see the contact information as bellow:


  • Location: 87 Brooks Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria, South Africa​ P.O. Box Hatfield 0028
  • Telephone: + 27 (0) 12 362 811 . Fax: + 27 (0) 12 362 8115
  • Email: or
  • Website:


Vietnam visa on arrival 


This is the popular way to obtain Vietnam visa at the airport, you just need to take three online steps below:


  • Step 1: Complete visa application form online here. You should exactly provide your personal information and fully fill in the form. After submitting your visa application, you will choose a method to pay for the visa service fee.
  • Step 2: Within 5 - 7 business days, you will get a pre-approved visa letter sent to you via your private email. All you need to do is to print this document and prepare at least two passport-sized photos before coming to Vietnam.
  • Step 3: Upon arrival, please go ahead to VOA area to stamp Vietnam visa. In there, you may be required to show up the visa approval letter, 2 passport photos, Vietnamese visa application form, your passport, and Visa stamping fee. It is advisable to double check all documents to avoid unexpected mistakes in a visa application process.


Or simply, you just send your passport copy and your expected entry date to the address:


Required documents


When you apply for a Vietnam work visa, you’ll be required to submit some documents to support your application. These vary slightly; however, you will need the following: Operation license of an enterprise or organization: Business registration, investment license, operation license of a branch or representative office.


  • Seal specimens certificate of enterprises or organizations
  • The Visa application form
  • Work permit
  • Employment contract
  • Valid passport


Regardless of when you decide to start your new job in a foreign country, it should be fairly straightforward to get yourself a working visa if you follow the right steps.



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