Getting a Thai Tourist Visa in Ho Chi Minh City

I recently got a single entry Thai tourist visa from Ho Chi Minh City, and if you’re planning a visa trip soon but aren’t sure where the best place is to get one, here’s how to get a single entry Thai visa in HCM like a boss.

Paperwork you need

To get a single entry Thai tourist visa in Ho Chi Minh City, you need:

  • Valid passport (6 months or more left)
  • Inbound and outbound ticket from Thailand
  • Application form filled out (you can ask for one there)
  • 1 passport photo

You may also need to show at least 20,000b which is stated on the official embassy website, although I wasn’t asked. You can use a bus or train ticket for your proof of entry and exit out of Thailand.

Questions they asked me at the Thai consulate in Ho Chi Minh City

They asked me nothing.

When I applied for my single entry Thai tourist visa, I had already come off a triple-entry Thai visa and was expecting some sort of questioning.

But questions…not even once.

The Thai consulate in Ho Chi Minh City opens at 8:30am until 11:30am in the morning and this is when you can apply for a single entry Thai visa. I went on a Monday and there were a few people in line already.

I reckon I spent a total of 25 minutes there which included filling out my form.

To get a single entry Thai tourist visa will cost you $40, they do not accept VND. They told me to come back the next day between 1:30pm- 3pm to collect.

I came back at 1:30pm and they give me my passport within 2 minutes of being there and that was that.

Thai visa HCM.

Getting rejected for a Thai visa in HCM

I’ve heard recent stories about people being rejected for a single entry visa at the Thai consulate in Ho Chi Minh City. My friend recently overstayed 6 months and they would not give him a new single entry visa because of that.

I’ve also heard stories of people who have not overstayed but were still rejected. I dressed up very nice, was very polite in asking questions and the fact that I was coming off a triple-entry was no concern to them.

What to do if you get rejected

If you aren’t successful in obtaining a single entry Thai visa in HCM, if you head to the backpacker area you can find travel agents who will get the visa on your behalf. I was quoted around $90 for the service (so they take $50) and told me it would take 2-3 days. If you can wait a week then the fee is $70.

I don’t know how trustworthy they are, but if you do get rejected they are worth a shot.

Should you get a single entry visa from HCM?

As long as your passport doesn’t have any evidence of overstay and you’ve not gotten a single entry from HCM before, I think it’s the perfect alternative to Laos. It’s fast, easy and the Thai consulate in HCM is very easy to find.

Have you applied for a Thai visa lately? How did you get on?

17 thoughts on “Getting a Thai Tourist Visa in Ho Chi Minh City

  1. 3 March, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    How long did you stay for? I’ve never been to HCMC before, I hear the nightlife is ok.

    1. 4 March, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      5 days, nightlife is good but nothing compared to Bangkok.

  2. omidarya
    13 March, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    so nice

  3. PeopleElby
    15 March, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Interesting article, might go for my next visa run. So it is possible to do a BKK-HCMC in the morning, apply for a visa as soon as you arrive, and get the passport back and fly back to BKK on the very next day ?

    1. 15 March, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      Yes it is although it’s really worth staying a few days as it’s a fun town.

    2. Leigh
      24 January, 2017 at 8:42 am


      How did you get on with this Visa run?

      Was it successful? I am debating Laos again as I want to get a 60 day visa.

      I hold a British passport.


      1. 24 January, 2017 at 10:21 am

        Two of my friends came back with no issues only 2 weeks ago.

  4. tyler
    3 April, 2016 at 9:47 am

    You think its possible to get a double or triple entry in HCM? I have been in bkk almost 2 months on 1 mo visa exempt and then 1 month extension. Trying to get a visa and come back for as long as possible.

    1. tyler
      3 April, 2016 at 9:56 am

      nevermind, looks like double and triple have been abolished everywhere. its either single or the new metv

  5. 5 April, 2016 at 11:21 am

    I’ll probably be going to Ho Chi Minh for a visa run at the end of may. This is good information. When I did my Visa run to Cambodia it was a huge pain in the ass, scammers everywhere. Will probably do as you did, and fly into Vietnam next.

  6. niko
    3 May, 2016 at 9:10 am

    What does it mean, inbound and outbound ticket?
    What if I don’t know when I will leave Thailand?

    1. 3 May, 2016 at 9:18 am

      It means your entry and exit ticket. If you don’t know when you will leave then you won’t be able to get a visa here.

      1. Bob
        20 June, 2016 at 11:43 pm


        Buy a cheap ticket from Bangkok to Malaysia, Laos, or Cambodia and show that in Ho Chi Minh as your Thai exit ticket.
        Once you get your 60 day tourist visa in Ho Chi Minh you can throw away that “exit ” ticket if you want to.
        The purpose of the cheap exit ticket is just to get the Thai touriist visa in Ho Chi Minh.

  7. Jeff
    7 April, 2017 at 6:28 am


    Thanks for the free post, I got my visa at the embassy with no issues. Seems like if you just give them EVERYTHING they want and get out there are no problems.

    I fly to Bangkok soon and I have heard immigration will ask for proof of adequate funds. I walked all around Ho Chi Minh today and can’t find anywhere to buy Thai Baht. Did immigration at the airport ask you for any kind of further proof and what did you do?

    1. 7 April, 2017 at 8:28 am

      You can show them 20,000b in other currency so perhaps take our USD. You won’t be able to get THB anywhere until you pass the immigration. I am not sure if there are ATMs before then. They asked me verbally when I will leave Thailand, but did not ask to see a ticket.

  8. Max
    12 April, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Hi, i’m going to obtain a SETV in HCMC and then do 30 days extension when in Thailand (to stay the total of 90 days). Can the exit ticket I show in the consulate be 90 days from the date of entry ticket? Or should it be 60 days? (I gonna use it, no throwaway!) And where can I get USD cash in HCMC to show them the funds? ATM only give out VND.

    1. 13 April, 2017 at 5:58 am

      I usually show them a ticket within 60 days, I think that is the safest way. All around District one there are tour shops that will exchange VND to USD.

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