Vietnam Visa Upon Arrival
Replies: 139 - Last Post: Dec 4, 2013 5:41 PM Last Post By: CMBurns
Mar 4, 2012 5:03 PM
90Makes sense to me. I'm definitely going the travel agent route. I just though I would post that, because when I first started looking into it I was a bit nonplussed.
But you've explained it well. Perhaps it is just a matter of office space.
Well, whatever the case may be, I'm just psyched I'm getting to go to Vietnam. And that I don't have to stick my passport in the mail. Woo hoo :)
Mar 24, 2012 1:51 PM
91Hi I was hoping someone could help me out. I am heading to South East Asia in May and am flying into Hanoi from Toronto (with a stopover in Taiwan). I understand I need a visa to enter Vietnam but all this talk of visa on arrival working vs. them not working has left me confused and unsure what to do.
I have found these websites (Both do the same thing) to apply for a visa on arrival into Vietnam:
Are these legitimate? Should I visit a travel agent? Do I need to speak with the Vietnam Embassy in Canada (which is NOT close by)? ANY clarification would be greatlllllly appreciated!
Mar 28, 2012 3:50 PM
92Hi everyone. Just reading the posts and something caught my eye. I know this is probably not the place to ask, but since everyone is here... Worldworld you mentioned someone not getting into Vietnam because they didn't have a return ticket. can you explain this? I am flying into Hanoi from Toronto and making my way South to Ho Chi Minh City then heading into Cambodia (well that's the plan). Do i need to present a ticket showing I am leaving the country? Thanks!
Mar 28, 2012 6:08 PM
Apr 9, 2012 7:55 PM
94I live in SF and could go to the embassy to get my visa if there was a benefit to doing so.
I head that the line for travelers with a pre-approved Vietnam Visa application longer than someone with a Vietnam Visa already in their passport. Is that true? Is there a benefit to having your visa in your passport rather than the letter?
Apr 10, 2012 10:05 AM
Apr 11, 2012 10:45 AM
96Mookie, actually the cost difference is closer to $40USD per person compared to the Vietnam Consulate in SF, if you get your pre-approval letter from one on the low cost agencies. See http://www.vietnamvisapro.com or http://www.hotels-in-vietnam.com Also remember you have to pay to send your passport to/from the embassy/consulate or go in person. I'm cheap, so I like to save a few bucks, and really hate trusting my passport to the mails. The pre-approval letter gets you some flexibility too, you can apply online just a week or so before you travel, and if your plans change at the last minute you're only out the processing fee of $10-$14.
It is true that you may be in a longer line when you arrive in Vietnam, but if you have checked luggage, baggage claim is the great equalizer!
Apr 11, 2012 3:19 PM
97On the embassy page here it says The Vietnamese Embassies and Consular Offices are the only Competent Government Agencies, who are authoried to issue visas abroad
In order to avoid any risks that may arise when boarding flights or at ports of entry in xVietnam due to possible miscommunication, travellers are strongly recommended to apply with the Vietnamese Embassies and Consular Offices in xAustralia to get visas before leaving
I had an email yesterday from the nice lady from hotelsinvietnam asking had I received my invitiation letter and letting me know if I wanted to book any tours or hotels they would be only too happy to assist me and could get me a good price as I'd used their service for the approval letter.
Wasn't that nice of her?
Apr 13, 2012 7:22 AM
98I've just booked a ticket from Kuala Lumpar to Moscow with Vietnam airlines. It gives me a 20 hour layover in Saigon that I don't particularly want. It was just the cheapest ticket. I did assume Vietnam gave visa on arrival.
Can I get a simpler and cheaper transit visa? Can I just stay in the airport?
My passport is of course with the Russian embassy, I'm getting it at 09:30 and flying to Saigon at 14:00
KUL 14:00 18/4 Wed
SGN 10:35 19/4 Thu
Apr 13, 2012 2:11 PM
Apr 23, 2012 2:15 AM
100Does anybody know if the visa on arrival is applicable only to some nationalities? Has anybody with a Chilean or Venezuelan passport used this type of visa? Thanks
Apr 23, 2012 6:25 AM
Sep 25, 2012 11:42 PM
102Gee, do you think Myvisa might be a tout!
Why pay an $18.99 processing fee, when you can get the same service from http://www.vietnamvisapro.com for just $10USD!
Oct 20, 2012 3:33 PM
I see there's lots of good info on this site, but the option that I have devised for myself hasn't been mentioned. It seems a decent option so I'd be pleased to hear some input
My plan is to skip all the complications of dealing with embassies and simply fly into bangkok instead (where I can get a tourist visa on entry with no worries), get my Vietnamese Visa there (waiting for a day or 2 if I have to), and then proceed to VIetnam.
Any possible complications that I've not thought of? It seems a very convenient option
Oct 20, 2012 6:04 PM
104OK, just to get the facts straight, if you arrive in BKK by air, you'll get a 30 day "visa waiver" (15 days for arrivals by land) that's a little different from a "visa" but I don't think it'll matter in your case. Then you can go to the Vietnam Embassy (or a travel service) and get a visa for Vietnam. BUT, if you'll be traveling to Vietnam by AIR it's faster, cheaper and easier to get a pre-approved visa online for $35USD see http://www.vietnamvisapro.com for low fee and good service. OR, if you'll be crossing into Vietnam overland via Laos or Cambodia then it's cheaper/easier to get your visa there, costs about $45USD.
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