Obtaining a Visa pre-arrival for overland entry into Vietnam
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jan 7, 2013 5:19 PM Last Post By: abrielle_medina
Dec 14, 2012 11:43 AM
Obtaining a Visa pre-arrival for overland entry into VietnamHello!
I know there are many, many visa posts and I've read through all I could find, but unfortunately, I still remain unclear on my question. Please feel free to direct me to another post-sorry if I missed it!
I am a U.S. citizen and I will be flying to Bangkok on January 15th. I fly out 2 months later and I will then be traveling overland into Vietnam at some point in those 2 months.
Most of the visa sites and posts I've seen for Vietnam reference getting visas pre-arrival for flying into Vietnam OR talk about obtaining visas once in Cambodia, Thailand, etc. I've tried reviewing myvietnamvisa and other websites, but it appears to be for flying into the airport.
However, I'll be arriving overland and I would like to get my Vietnam visa now if possible--seems less stressful--but if you'd recommend just obtaining it in Bangkok or somewhere else, this advice would be welcome.
Any advice on the best way to go about this? (U.S. citizen flying into Bangkok who needs Vietnam visa)
Dec 14, 2012 1:57 PM
Dec 14, 2012 3:10 PM
Dec 14, 2012 3:29 PM
Dec 14, 2012 8:30 PM
4You can't use a pre-approval letter if you are entering Vietnam by land. But very easy - and less expensive - to get the visa once you're in Southeast Asia. Besides, you need to specify the dates of validity, so better to wait until you know the date that you plan to enter and just apply for it once you're in the area. Very easy from Cambodia, but certainly possible from Bangkok, as well.
Dec 15, 2012 7:33 AM
Dec 16, 2012 7:58 AM
Dec 16, 2012 12:23 PM
Yeah, they put consulates where there are concentrations of Việt Kiều, overseas Vietnamese. Can you imagine the average Viet in drizzly Seattle? (Although, there are a lot of Hmong in Michigan? The first winter there, they must have thought they'd died and gone to Hell.)
Dec 17, 2012 12:42 AM
8You have to visit a Vietnam embassy to get your visa in this case. However, if you would like to get your visa faster and avoid hassle, you can also get a pre-approval letter online, bring this letter to the embassy (just 1 time)and get your visa directly there.
This is called "embassy visa" service which is available for land travel, i found it from this page http://www.vietnamimmigration.com/visa-vietnam/visa-fee
The advantage of this service is that you don't have to come to the embassy a lot of times, wait several days to get your passport back with a visa, just bring this letter to the embassy and get your visa immediately.
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