Business or Tourist Visa to Vietnam?

by Victoria
(Tucson, Arizona, USA)

I keep hearing about a business visa. I want to get my visa process going right away. So, let's say i have decided to come to vietnam myself w/o a contract with the intention of teaching English. I am qualified (exp., degree, tesl cert.)From my home country, USA, should I apply for a tourist or business visa?

Your answers make me feel informed, calm and ready to go to Vietnam. I am from the U.S.and I want to send my visa paperwork out A.S.A.P.

Thank you so much, Victoria


Reply from

The way I recommend that you do this...

I would not fly directly into Vietnam. That would require you to apply and pay for your Vietnam Visa from within your Home Country.

You can't board a flight to Vietnam without a Visa but I would avoid getting a Vietnam Visa from my home country for 2 reasons.

Price and disclosure of information.

The price is 3X what you need to pay and you will have to fill out an official application for a tourist visa.

My motto is; pay as little as you can and tell them even less.

Doing it from home can be done easily and you need not worry about your government knowing exactly where you are. You aren't breaking any laws.

But it puts you on the map.

I would do nothing in my home country but attain a flight ticket into Thailand or even Cambodia if you wish.

You will save a great deal on both your air tickets and your Vietnam Visa if you fly into Thailand or Cambodia.

You can purchase a 30 day tourist visa to Viet Nam for about $33USD in Cambodia and about $44USD in Thailand at any travel Agency.

Here is the best place I know to Check multiple flight carriers for their best prices.

That same 30 day visa will cost you $70USD or more back in your home country.

Once in Cambodia or Thailand (Thailand is cheaper to fly into), take either the $12USD bus from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City or buy a $70USD flight ticket with AirAsia from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City.

You can get tickets for as little as $7USD for the bus from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City. I recorded the entire trip by bus from Phnom Pehn to Ho Chi Minh City and it is just to show how easy it is.

When you arrive in Vietnam, Begin your job hunt. When your 30 day Visa hits the last week before it expires, head to almost any travel agent in Ho Chi Minh City.

--If you are worried, head to any travel agent in the Pham Ngu Lao area and just ask them how much it will cost to not 'extend' your Vietnam Visa but how much it will cost to 'Purchase' a new, 6 month single-entry Vietnam Visa. You will then hear it from the horse's mouth, so to speak and you can relax or ask to renew it right there. You will lose the 30 days that you have on your current visa if you buy a new one as soon as you get there. That is why I first mentioned to wait until your current visa runs out because the one you purchase will begin its slow expiry on the date it is purchased.--

Whatever you decide to do, tell them you want to purchase a 6 month single entry Vietnam visa. Give them your passport, a passport-sized photo (Not Exact measurement, just approximation will do) and about $95USD. Wait 2 days and presto, you have a brand new 6 month visa for a lengthy stay in Vietnam. That is assuming that you both found a job and want to stay.

Anyone can purchase a visa while in Vietnam from most any Travel Agency.

I realize you want to get the ball rolling but the worst thing you can do is apply for a business Visa now. Get your Vietnam visa from a travel agent in the country you land in. If you apply for a Business Visa in your home country, it just lets everyone know where you are going and costs you more money. And then it rears its Ugly Head..

Do what maked you most comfortable. You will be shocked at how easy it all is. You'll look back and wonder why you worried so much.


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