Is Vietnam Embassy in Ottawa the only place to issue Vietnam Visa? Is there any other alternative to get a visa to Vietnam for Canadians? Laura.

Dear Laura, 

Please be informed that whoever has Canadian nationality currently staying in Canada or other countries all over the world that needs visa to enter Vietnam. To get Vietnam visa, Vietnam Embassy in Ottawa is not the only place to issue Vietnam Visa. Canadian can apply by themselves at the Vietnam Embassy in Canada or in any other countries around the world OR applying  for Vietnam Visa On Arrival to get visa upon arrival at Vietnam airport.

Getting Visa at the Vietnam Embassy is known as a traditional way to obtain a visa.  The citizens from Canada will have to submit visa application form in person with original passport and relevant documents at the Embassy of Vietnam in Canada. You should contact with Vietnam Embassy in Ottawa as below:

Vietnam Embassy in Ottawa, Canada

Address: 55 MacKay Street, Ottawa, ON K1M 2B2, Canada

Phone: (+1) 613 236 0772

Fax: (+1) 613 236 2704

Email: [email protected]  | [email protected]

Office hours:  

  • Embassy working hours: Monday from 13:30 pm to 16:30 pm,Tuesday to Friday: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, 13:30 pm – 16:30 pm
  • Consular service walk-in hours: Monday: 13:30 pm to 16:30 pm, Wednesday and Friday: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, 13:30 pm – 16:30 pm

Fortunately, since 1996, all Canadian citizens come to Vietnam can pick up visa at Vietnam international airports with Vietnam visa on arrival. This method requires a few minutes to complete, and simple procedure. 

In order to apply for Vietnam visa on arrival, Canadian can click on and fill in the online application with all correct detail about full name, date of birth, passport number, etc. Then choosing the method of payment for service fee such as Credit/ Debit Card via OnePay/ PayPal or pay via Western Union. And the confirmation letter for the visa application will be sent via email within 5 minutes.

According the processing time Canadian citizens wish to apply for, it will take about 2 working days for normal service or 1 working days for urgent case to receive the Visa Approval Letter from Vietnam Immigration Department via email.

Before boarding the plane, there are some documents that Canadian travelers have to prepare such as printed Visa approval letter, 02 passport-sized photos, Vietnamese visa application form (already filled out). By showing all these documents along with stamping fee paid in cash to the Immigration Officer, you will have the visa stamped onto their passport at Vietnam international airport check-in.

And no matter which way you choose to apply for Vietnam visa, the citizens of Canada have to make sure that their passport has minimum 6 month validity and left pages.

By comparison, you can easily find out the prominent advantages of applying for Vietnam Visa on Arrival for those who wish to enter Vietnam by plane via:

Best Regards,