How Can I Apply For A Vietnam Visa On Arrival When Holding A British Overseas Passport?

Passport is the most important thing to apply for a Vietnam Visa. Because all information must be matched with your passport’s; and moreover, some passport types have visa exemption, some nationalities too. Therefore, the thing gets easier if you know exactly whether you need to apply for the Vietnam Visa or not, what type of visa you can apply. And the most common wonder is “How can I apply for a Vietnam Visa on Arrival when holding a British Overseas passport?”. This post is the answer to it.

The British National Overseas passport, commonly known as the BNO passport, is a British passport for persons with British National Overseas status. The passport was first issued in 1987, from which this new class of British nationality was created. Holders of British National Overseas passports are permanent residents of Hong Kong who were British Dependent Territories citizens until 30 June 1997 and had registered as with British National Overseas.


Normally United Kingdom citizens are allowed to enter Vietnam in a maximum of 15 days without a visa, however, British National Overseas passport holders are required to obtain a visa in any length of stay, and so do Hong Kong, passport holders. It’s not so complicated so British National Overseas passport holders do not so worry. However, there are some notes you have to take.

Kindly note the nationality of British National Overseas citizen on the Vietnam Visa Approval Letter will be stated as the United Kingdom/ British citizen following the current Vietnam Immigration Department policy. Therefore, it will not affect your Vietnam Visa on Arrival. The Immigration Department deserves all the rights to decide whether it is the United Kingdom or British citizen. However, it will not state the full British National Overseas. Please take note of this carefully.

Below are the keys to the question “How can I apply for the Vietnam Visa On Arrival when holding the British National Overseas passport holder?” Please take your British National Overseas passport or your Hong Kong passport (if you have) to apply for Vietnam Visa on Arrival and enjoy your Vietnam trip.

Written by Vietnam Immigration and Visa Consultation | Thu, Jul 02, 2020