Any Updates on the newly passed 12 month tourist visa for US citizens

As mentioned before, are you sure its not a DN. :dumbom:

If you entered Vietnam with one year multiple entry visa you should take picture your passport and add it here for showing.
1. Your passport will have 2 stamp: circle and square.
- Circle will have red color ( stamp with one year)
- Square will have blue color ( stamp with 90 days)
2. You should exit Vietnam after 3 months with date which you entry Vietnam.

I will upload picture for everyone to show soon.

Mine is a  red square with stamp of one year.

You will see other stamp with square (will have date of entry, you should exit after 90 days). You should take picture for everyone can see it.

My opinion Security is the best important. Why Vietnam has this policy.

Hypothalamus :

Holy cow, just checked my visa and I think they messed up. I got a DN visa as opposed to the tourist visa I had asked for. The guy who affixed the visa really messed up I hope. Anyways, I guess I'm good for a whole year. That was the best $5 coffee money that I had ever spent in Vietnam.

Maybe he didn't mess up. Maybe he was doing you a favor.

Looks like the visa requirement for Americans has changed to offering 1 year multi-entry visas in addition to the previous visa.  Any know if this changed for VOA too? 

Here is my email from the Vietnam Embassy in DC.  I received the identical one from SF too.

From: Vietnam Consular [mailto:dcconsular[at]]
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:54 PM
Subject: Re: Single Entry Visa and Visa on Arrival

Thank you for writing to the Embassy of Vietnam in Washington DC.
First of all, the Embassy of Vietnam does not issue visa approval letter and strongly recommends you to have the visa before you depart for Vietnam.
On the basis of reciprocity, the US passport holders can apply for 1 year multiple entry visas.
I. Total visa fee (no other fee will be required upon arrival): 
A. 30 days, single entry: $80 per person
B. 30 days, multiple entries: $135 per person
C. 90 days, single entry: $110 per person
D. 90 days, multiple entries: $160 per person
E. 6 months, multiple entries: $180 per person
E. 1 year multiple entry visa (US passport holders only): $220
II. Processing time:
A. Normal processing time: 2-3 working days after receiving complete application (7-10 working days for non-US passports).
B. Expedited processing fee and time: $30 per visa; 24 hours after receiving complete application.
III. What to submit:
A. Passport (copy of passport if applying for loose leaf visa) with at least 01 month validity prior the date of exit from Vietnam (Airlines may require longer validity).
B. Application form: 01 for each passport holders and to be filled online and downloaded at … on-process or PDF form downloaded from … saform.pdf
C. 01 Passport size photos of the applicant (02 photos for loose leaf visa).
D. Fee, in form Money order, Cashier’s check or Company’s check, payable to “Embassy of Vietnam”. Applicants applying together may submit in one combined money order/check.
* If submitted directly at the Embassy (walk in, no appointment needed), the fee can be paid with Visa or MasterCard. One person can submit the applications for the whole group.
E. A self-addressed prepaid return envelope for the Embassy to send back visas once issued. For safety of your documents, please use mailing services that provide Tracking numbers such as USPS, FedEx, UPS (no DHL).  No envelope is required if you plan to submit application and collect visa at the Embassy in Washington DC. All applicants applying together can send in one package.
F. For non-American passport holders please submit Copy of Green Card or Resident Card (if possessed), copy of Flight ticket (Reservation or Itinerary) and copy of Hotel booking .
IV. Where to submit:
Consular Section- Embassy of Vietnam
1233 20th Street, NW
Suite 400
Washington DC, 20036
Tel: 202 861 0737 ext 121, 122, 123, 129
Working hours: 9:30-12:30 and 2:30pm-5:00pm Monday-Friday except holidays.
The Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the United States of America will be closed in observance of the following Vietnamese and American holidays in 2016:
Friday                                     1st               New Year’s Day (VN & US)
Monday                                 18th              Martin Luther King Day (US)
Monday                                  8th               Lunar New Year Festival (VN)
Tuesday                                 9th               Lunar New Year Festival (VN)
Wednesday                            10st              Lunar New Year Festival (VN)
Monday                                  15th             President's Day (US)
Monday                                  18th            Hùng Kings Memorial Day (VN)                       
Monday                                  2nd              Reunification Day (VN)
Tuesday                                  3rd              International Labor Day (VN)                     
Monday                                  30th            Memorial Day (US)
Monday                                  4th              Independence Day (US)               
Friday                                     2nd             Vietnam's National Day (VN)       
Monday                                  5th              Labor Day (US)                     
Monday                                  10th           Columbus Day (US)
Thursday                                24th           Thanksgiving Day (US)
Monday                                  26th           Christmas Day (US)
VN – Vietnamese holiday
US – American holiday

The government really needs to sort this out, so much information that contradicts other information supplied by services here in VN.

I am back in-country and hold a one-year business (DN) visa with no need for exiting/re-entering every three months. This cost me $180 for the letter and $135 stamping fee at the airport. No questions, no hassle. I'm very happy with the new arrangement.

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