vietnam visa error -- worried, got business visa instead of tourist
Replies: 16 - Last Post: Feb 11, 2013 12:35 AM Last Post By: abrielle_medina
Feb 3, 2013 8:09 PM
vietnam visa error -- worried, got business visa instead of touristMy son is flying from France to Hanoi Vietnam on Wednesday and had gotten the visa paperwork done when he was in the US, but it turns out he was mistakenly sent (by email) materials for a business visa (to be picked up/stamped at the airport) rather than a tourist visa. Now we're worried he wont be allowed to enter or even get on the plane!
Any advice or experience with this?
He was just going as a tourist but kniows a guy who teaches there and was going to volunteer a bit, but I expect theres significant paper work to have a real business sponsor and letter -- but this is conceivable just to deal with the visa issue, if theres no other way of handling it
the visa company, which is based in Vietnam, also sent him a 1 entry rather than multientry as he'd ordered but I think this is minor as Vietnam is the main country hes visiting and presumably he can get this adjusted if he does enter the country
any thoughts would be much appreciated, the flight is 2 days off!
Feb 3, 2013 10:06 PM
Feb 3, 2013 11:50 PM
2With only 2 days left, I guess it's too late to try and change things so it looks like he'll need to go on a business visa, so I'd be getting busy with Word or Photoshop and getting all my "business" papers in order. Maybe advise us of the visa company who has stuffed it up, so other travellers can double check if they use them.
Feb 4, 2013 12:20 AM
3Cant see a problem, to get a business visa you are generally asked for a contact here in Vietnam. Immmigration wont issue a business visa without this.I bet there is more to this than meets the eye, you cant just get a business visa by mistake. How about telling us the bits in between so we can see the whole story.
Feb 4, 2013 2:49 AM
Feb 4, 2013 2:49 AM
Feb 4, 2013 1:10 PM
Feb 4, 2013 1:24 PM
7Is this really a problem?? If it is, then since when??
Maybe because it is a one month visa.
Personally I always get a 3 months visa and it has always been a business visa even if I am just a tourist. I never had a problem with that. I think that there is no 3 months tourist visas anyway.
I would not try to fix that at the visa office. It would be looking for trouble. Just fill the form, wait for the visa, pay the money and go.
Feb 4, 2013 2:38 PM
8Lots (most) 90/180 day visas are issued as "business visas" as are some 30 day visas. It really won't matter, as others have said, just fill out the form on arrival, pay the "stamping fee" and be on your way. It'll just be a waste of time to try to change the single entry to multi-entry. If he leaves Vietnam he will need to get another visa to return. Trying to "fix" a mistake on a Vietnam visa will send him into a world of bureaucracy that you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy!
Feb 4, 2013 6:47 PM
9To true BUrns, paperwork in Vietnam is just a minefield you dont want to enter.
I went to the cargo depot here in Saigon to collect a box I sent via air cargo, it took 5 hours of waiting and 13 different departments who all wanted me to sign paperwork. Never again, absolute mind numbing experience just to collect a box of my belongings.
Feb 4, 2013 9:11 PM
Feb 6, 2013 12:47 AM
11I am an American and I got some problems with Vietnam Visa on Arrival at the first time but my friend recommend me a Vietnam-evisa Company which are so trustworthy and fast. Vietnam-evisa Company supports me everything until I got a Visa though the dates are Sunday, Big Holiday or at the midnight. If you want to travel or do bussiness in Vietnam and don't want to be bothered by Visa procedure, let apply on www.vietnam-evisa.org and you will be support easily :)
I am very pleasant with this website and want to share for you
Feb 6, 2013 12:57 AM
12joycepham, sure you are American; es evidenced by your command of English.
Boycott www.vietnam-evisa.org, they are a bunch of low-life touts and spammers.
Feb 6, 2013 1:13 AM
13Thats gotta be the worst English from an American, maybe they couldnt spell Vietnamese tout.
Feb 6, 2013 3:20 AM
(4 star Hotel)
From US$255.15 per night
San FranciscoBook now
(0 star Hotel)
From US$19.40 per night
Park CityBook now
(3 star Hotel)
From US$86.25 per night