Different Vietnam Visa Fees for Different Nationalities

One of my business student's father is an embassy functionary. He told me the price of visa will vary in each county.

Basically, the embassy can determine what the market will bear as far as fees are concerned. The more the better as these fee help fund their embassy.


Reply from Travel-Budget-Asia.com

Yes. It is much more expensive for an African Male to get a Vietnam Visa than for an English guy with white skin. It is even worse in Cambodia where member of the African State pay $300USD for the same visa I pay $120USD for.

I hate to even bring it up because it angers many people and they sometimes get angry with me.

I just want to bring it to the attention of people who may wonder why they are asked for more money than I have been saying a Visa to Vietnam should cost.

You can see the real cost printed on the Visa itself. It is $50USD for a six month multiple entry Vietnam Visa. At least that's what it says on my visa. Take a look at yours.

I get a good price on my visa so shopping around pays well. Pham Ngu Lao is not the best area of Ho Chi Minh City to get a good price on a visa.

Once you get to work and talk to other teachers, you'll find your own little secrets that are usually well hidden from the everyday tourist.

I have no doubt that almost everyone pays a different cost on their Vietnam.

They tried to charge me $70USD for a Vietnam Visa at the Vietnamese Embassy in Kuala Lumper, Malaysia. I flew to Phnom Penh, Cambodia instead and got my visa for about $22USD (It is now closer to $32USD in Oct. 2011).

Shop around because everyone from every country can get a different price at any time on their Visa to Vietnam.



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Nov 01, 2011
Where to Get Your Vietnam Visa in Cambodia
by: Anonymous

Hey Philip - WHERE exactly did you get your visa at that price for Vietnam in Phnom Penh? At the Vietnamese Embassy? At a travel agent? Where?

Thinking about doing that myself! NEVER been to Cambodia, though....MANY thanks!


Reply from Travel-Budget-Asia.com

In my opinion you are headed to the wrong place. Cambodia is a much better place with a higher quality of life than in Vietnam. Pay is lower but the gap is closing.

I always head to Lucky Motorbike on Monivong Road to get my Visas.

#413Eo, Monivong Blvd,
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

It is not far from either the riverside or the lakeside. You can book tours and rent a scooter and do visa renewals there.

They are not always the cheapest in town but the quickest (2 days for Vietnam Visa) and most reliable.

Good Luck on your trip. Please consider time in Cambodia before you head to Vietnam. You'll save a heap of money on the visa and you'll get to see some amazing things in Cambodia.

Ever heard of Angkor Wat?


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