A Vietnam visa is a must so here are the best ways to choose from the different visas available and the Surest ways to go about getting your visa for Vietnam.
Residents of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and every other country need to hold a passport that will not expire for at least 6 months.
This is mandatory.
Otherwise, they cannot obtain a Vietnam Travel Visa to enter Vietnam.
Only once you have your Vietnam Visa can you enter the country.
You are permitted to make your Vietnam visa application up to six months prior to your intended date of Travel.
You have to do this in Person at the Vietnamese Embassy in your home Country though.
You must also supply an exact date of entry into Vietnam at the time of application.
You cannot enter before that date once it is set but you can enter any time after that date.
There are a number of different Vietnam visas available:
$65(single-entry); $75(express service).
It'll take about two working days to get the Vietnam Tourist visa by Express Application and five days by way of the Non-Express Application.
The Visa prices above are for those applying for a visa at a Vietnamese Embassy in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
Here is the Vietnam visa application form.
Print it out if you'd like to. Just remember that Vietnam has phased out all 6 month Tourist and Business Visas for 2012)
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But you really don't need to be so prepared and go to all the effort and expense of getting the visa in your home country.
But if you figure on spending a few days in Cambodia or Thailand before heading overland to Vietnam then the rates are much cheaper and the processing times quicker.
I always get mine in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from:
Bunhieng Tang (Manager)
#413 Monivong Boulevard
Tel.(023)212 788 / (023)220 988
They charged me $72USD (May.10/2014) for a single entry 1 month Vietnam tourist visa and they get it for me in a single day (If you drop it off in the early morning then you can get it back that same evening!).
So it's much quicker, cheaper and easier to get your Visa for Vietnam in Cambodia if you plan on going overland from Cambodia into Vietnam.
Or you can try and get the Vietnam Visa from the Vietnamese Embassy at:Vietnam Embassy Cambodia
#426, Monivong Road,
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
(Embassy in Phnom Penh. Consulates in Sihanoukville and Battambang)
But your trip to the Vietnamese Embassy will be a nightmare on the best of days.
I did it there twice and the truth is you are much better off getting your Vietnam Visa at a travel agency. It allows for the officials to process your visa under the radar where corruption is unseen and some of your money ends up in their pockets.
That sounds so negative but its just how things work in this part of Asia. They are all quite open about it and they share in an honorable way amongst each other.
I haven't included Thailand as a place to get a visa but there are abundant travel agents on Khao San Road who will get it for you.
The processing times are much longer than in Cambodia (Unknown Reasons). It's 3-5 days for the Standard Tourist visa but the Express Application is available (48 Hours and More Money) if you need the Vietnam Visa in a hurry.
Don't sweat any of this. Once you get into either Thailand or Cambodia you'll see signs in every travel agency window advertising Vietnam Visa applications.
Use Lucky Motorbike in Phnom Penh like I have for the past 8 Vietnam visa applications if you want to be sure. I have never had a problem with them.
I always get the 1 month single entry Vietnam tourist visa in Cambodia. Once in Vietnam the visa prices are much lower and I get a 6 month single entry visa for $65.
It's all you need if you plan to work or stay long term. Even a renewal on the 30 day visa is $24USD
There are many places to get a renewal Vietnam Visa once you're in Vietnam. Some of the travel agencies will rip you off. The best place bar none is:Tracodi Tourist
Ms. Phan Thi Thanh Nga
Tour Operator (She's the Girl to Contact)
090 753 4435 (Her Personal Mobile Number)
89 Cach Mang Thang 8,
P. Ben Thanh, Q1 TP
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel:(08) 925 2712 / Fax:(08) 833 0317
If you do decide to go to an unknown travel agent to renew your Vietnam Visas then get a receipt and pay AFTER you get your passport back.
If not, when you return to pick up your visa they stretch their hand out to you and say "30 Dollars, please."
And if you don't have a receipt then you have to pay again. I have renewed Vietnam visas many times and 8 out of 10 times they will do this.
But you can always stay on the safe side and contact the nearest Vietnamese Embassy in your Home country. It'll cost you more but less to worry about during your trip.
Or at any Vietnamese Embassy abroad. See a list of them here.
That's it. You're going to have an awesome trip.
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