- Most nationalities must have a visa to enter Vietnam with exception of some Asian nationals.
- From Jan 1, 2015, tourists from Russia, South Korea, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland whose temporary stay in Vietnam is less than 15 days are eligible for a visa waiver.
- Until June 30, 2017, tourists from France, Germany, UK, Italy, Spain, Korea, Japan, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Russia can travel for 15 days visa-free. According to this circular, those EU citizens can have single entry visits up to 15 days and in case they would like to enter Vietnam again with visa exemption, they MUST wait for the next 30 days after the day they travel out of Vietnam.
Vietnam Visa on Arrival:
Please note that Visa-on-Arrival works only for visitors arriving in Vietnam by air. If you arrive in Vietnam by land or cruise, you need to apply for a visa in advance at the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in your country.
To arrange for a visa on arrival available only at Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Danang and Hanoi airports, please send us the following information:
- Arrival date with arrival airport information
- Full passport details (legal names/ nationality/date & place of birth/passport number/expiry date)
- Travelers who get visa on arrival need to bring along as least 2 passport photos (size 4×6 with white background) to proceed the paper work. There is also photo shooting service available at the immigration gate and it costs $5 per person.
It normally takes 3 business days to secure a Visa Authorization Letter, which Lambda Vacations will email the scanned copy to you. You must present this letter when boarding your inbound flight to Vietnam. The effective date will be mentioned in the approval letter. You are not allowed to enter Vietnam before the authorized date of entry. In urgent cases, we may be able to arrange a visa on arrival more quickly, but we cannot guarantee this. (Countries in Africa and Middle East along with India and Turkey require an additional letter to be filed for Visa on Arrival. Therefore please allow 2 additional weeks for processing.)
It is a requirement to provide Lambda Vacations with your full passport and visa information prior to entering Vietnam. Please make sure your passport is valid more than 6 months from the date of departure of each country you are visiting. Also, make sure you have enough blank pages – you may need up to 1.5 pages for each country you visit in Southeast Asia.
E-visa is granted by Vietnamese Immigration Department to enable some countries to apply for a visa online. You can find the list of countries that are eligible for e-visa on the National Web Portal on Immigration. Here’s a link to read more www.evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/en_US/trang-chu-ttdt
To apply for e-visas, foreign citizens can access the websites:
Applicants are required to complete a form available on two separate websites (one in Vietnamese and the other in English) run by the Ministry of Public Security. They will receive an application code and will be asked to pay a non-refundable fee online.
It will take three working days for tourists to find out if their applications have been approved or not, according to the directive. Successful applicants will be able to print off their e-visas to present when they arrive. Visitors can touch down at any of Vietnam’s eight international airports, including Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City, Noi Bai in Hanoi and Da Nang in the central region. They can also arrive via land at 13 international border gates, and via sea at seven ports across the country.
Travelers are highly recommended to purchase trip and travel insurance. Trip insurance covers the cost of your trip should you be forced to cancel your trip before you start the trip. Travel insurance covers such costs as emergency and medical evacuation, hospital fees, property loss, etc. which could possibly happen during the trip. If you would like Lambda Vacations have a copy of your travel in assurance information in case of emergency, please forward these details to your agent who will in turn forward to our office.
Please consult your doctor to discuss your particular health or immunization requirements. If you would like to have a source of further information, please refer to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov
Vietnam’s currency is the Vietnam Dong (VND). The best place to change your money is in your hotel. Many banks (open Monday to Friday) issue cash advances for Visa and MasterCard, usually for a 3% commission. Credit cards and travelers’ checks are accepted in big cities although ATMs are widely available throughout Vietnam and this is the easiest and safest way of accessing money.
US dollars are accepted in most hotels and high-end restaurants, although you will need “Dong” for taxis and in smaller shops. The exchange rate is around 21,000 VND to the US Dollar (check www.xe.com for the latest exchange rate).
Your guide can assist you to purchase a local SIM card and/or hand set at any mobile phone shop. ‘Top up’ credit vouchers are available at most phone shops, particularly ones displaying the network logo, or local post offices. You can place international phone calls and send faxes at post offices or at most hotels, although hotels often charge extra fees.
Wireless (Wi-Fi) Internet access is available in most hotels throughout Vietnam and free wifi is available in many restaurants, cafes and bars. Be careful to not save your password or sensitive information on public computer terminals.
Most of the electrical current in Vietnam is 220V, 50Hz. Round two-plug pins are more common although some places use flat pins or three-pronged pins. Adaptors are sold in local markets and usually available from your hotel. Protect you sensitive electronic equipment like laptops from power fluctuations by using a surge-protector.
If your trip to Vietnam includes stops at beaches and mountainous areas, you will need clothes for all temperatures. A swimsuit, sunglasses, a hat, t-shirts, shorts that are not too revealing, long trousers, some light-weight, long-sleeved tops and a light jacket that is wind and rain-resistant will get you through most trips. If you plan to visit northern Vietnam in the winter, you’ll need a warm coat. Mountainous areas can get chilly; choose clothes you can layer.
If trekking is on your agenda, you will need sturdy footwear with traction—plus lots of socks. Slip-on shoes or sandals are useful for visits to pagodas or people’s houses, as you’ll save time taking your shoes on and off.
Larger cities like Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi offer upscale bars and restaurants, so be sure to pack some clothes and shoes for a nice evening out. It’s not advisable to bring your flashy jewelry.
Bring a money-belt to safely carry your travel documents and cash, and ensure that your luggage has a lock. Bring photo-copies of your passport and visa, plus some extra passport-sized photos if you’re applying for on-arrival visa (just in case). When flying into or within Vietnam, you will probably be given baggage claim tags (they might be stuck to the back of your ticket). Keep these, as you will need to show them when leaving the airport.
If you have any questions or encounter any problems on the ground, please contact us immediately so we can provide an immediate solution:
Address: 37A, street 4, Binh Tri Dong B, Binh Tan, HCMC, Vietnam
Tel: (+84) 9 3453 7176