How to apply for a Vietnamese passport for the first time?


Required documents:


- Application for passport issuance (download here). Children of less than 14 years of age shall have their applications filled in by their parent/guardian.


- 03 standard passport photos (2x2 inches): 01 photo to be glued on the application and 02 photos to be stapled with the application.


- Biography (download here) (not applicable for new-born applicant).


- A copy of US passport/ US green card/ US valid visa (if any).


- A copy of any Vietnamese personal identification document such as birth certificate, certificate of Vietnamese nationality, Identity Card, Travel Document, Citizenship Registration Card...


- For child applicant: a copy of Birth Certificate issued by relevant Vietnamese authority (if any). If the child has parents holding Vietnamese citizenship and was born in the United States without a Vietnamese birth certificate, the child shall be issued a Vietnamese birth certificate AND a Vietnamese passport (click here for further information).


- A money order or cashier's check for the fees made out to “EMBASSY OF VIETNAM”.


- A self-addressed prepaid return envelope (if you wish to receive your new passport sent back by mail). To ensure safe delivery of your application package and new passport, it is recommended that you use certified mail service offered by USPS, UPS and FedEx with tracking number to check on delivery status. The Embassy shall not be responsible for any loss of documents due to insecure and uncertified mailing service.


Processing time:


* After all required documents are submitted, the application shall be forwarded to Vietnam for further background check and verification. The process may take place in 3 to 6 months.


* For new-born applicant with Vietnamese parents: within 03-05 business days (extra time may be required for further background check/verification for application with inadequate or inaccurate information).


Contact information:


- Address: 1233 20th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington D.C 20036


- Business hours: 9:00 A.M – 12:00 P.M and 02:00 P.M - 04:30 P.M from Monday through Friday. The Embassy is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and during Viet Nam and United States holidays.


- Telephone: 202-861-0737 ext. 123.


- Fax: 202-861-0917


- Email:


* In case of emergency, you may contact the Embassy's hotlines at 202-716-8666.