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1. Posted by philo (Full Member 107 posts) 10y

okay,

I've just started getting my vaccinations, and they should all be finished in 4 weeks time.

What should I do next?!? Do I apply for my visa now? Do I book the flight??

I don't want to book the flight until I definately have the money in my bank that I need to go away.

I want to travel Vietnam for 2 months- the visa only lasts for one! I understand that it is possible to get the visa renewed, but where can you do this, and how likely is it that I will get a renewal??

If I am flying into Bangkok (or Hong Kong), and only staying there for one night, do i need a tourist visa for these places aswell??

Oh, and if I arrive in vietnam on Nov. 1st, and they look at my visa, and notice my return flight is January 1st, won't they start asking questions. Where are you going to go when your visa runs out? where is your visa for the other country??

arrrgh!

Finally, do I need a vaccination certificate to take with me??

Thanks.

ps. does anyone know how much a Vietnamese tourist visa costs?? This is all getting too complicated and daunting for me. Please help! I'm starting to panik.

2. Posted by bdcotter (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

Please see the text

I've just started getting my vaccinations, and they should all be finished in 4 weeks time.
What should I do next?!? Do I apply for my visa now? YES

Do I book the flight?? need to get a visa first I'd say :)
I don't want to book the flight until I definately have the money in my bank that I need to go away.
I want to travel Vietnam for 2 months- the visa only lasts for one! I understand that it is possible to get the visa renewed, but where can you do this, and how likely is it that I will get a renewal?? Renewal is very simple. and yes you will get it. If you can get a travel agent to help you, you could get a 6 month visa for $60, I think
If I am flying into Bangkok (or Hong Kong), and only staying there for one night, do i need a tourist visa for these places aswell?? Don't know, but probably
Oh, and if I arrive in vietnam on Nov. 1st, and they look at my visa, and notice my return flight is January 1st, won't they start asking questions. They might, but not really probable, might want to have a insurance plan

Where are you going to go when your visa runs out? where is your visa for the other country??
arrrgh!
Finally, do I need a vaccination certificate to take with me??
Thanks.
ps. does anyone know how much a Vietnamese tourist visa costs?? This is all getting too complicated and daunting for me. Please help! I'm starting to panik.

Don't worry, Vietnam has very little information online about their visa. I'm personally thinking of making a website with such information. a tourist visa will cost... different amounts depending on who you ask, since everyone wants to make a few dollars.

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Rob,
You and I have chatted before, same advice. Relax, stop stressing and take it one step at a time.
First, get you money situation solved. No sense proceeding if you don't have enough money.

Then look for an airfare that you can live with. UK To BKK is usually much cheaper than UK-HAN. Air Asia will get you from BKK to HAN for around $50.

When you have a firm date, then get your VN visa while still in the UK. You can get a 3 month visa by paying more $. Or extend once there. Most travel agents will do this for you, appox $30 for another month.

VN Immigration will have your visa info, so no problem with your departure date with a 3 month visa.

Thailand gives you 30 days for free, so no problem there. Or use the transit lounge. Then you never really enter Thailand. Not sure about Hong Kong, but some countries give you a 24 hour transit visa for free. Check if you are going through HK.

I never got any vaccinations and the VN Imm. officers did not ask to see any thing health related. This was Jan. '06. I also flew into HAN on a one way ticket from BKK. No questions about how I was going to leave.

As I stated before, the Vietnamese charge different prices in different countries for their visa. Call or e-mail the VN Embassy in the UK and ask. After you have your flight information, then apply for the VN visa.

Rob, get your money together, book your flight, apply for your visa once you have a departure date. Relax and good luck.

4. Posted by weaversgal (Full Member 107 posts) 10y

last post answers most of your questions but with reguards to hong kong then if you are a UK citizen you will get 180 days tourist stamp for free in your passport so you wont have to pay for anything...

personally i'd say go via bangkok because its cheaper for a night accomm there than in hong kong... i just paid 11gbp a night for a room no bigger than a broom cupboard!

steph

5. Posted by Ms Pinky (Budding Member 25 posts) 10y

Vaccinations???????

I am going to VN in about a months time for a few weeks and wasn't even going to bother... In my opinion I think that vaccines are a bit of a crock. I got loads when travelling around Eastern Africa and it cost me a small fortune. I didn't get sick mind you, but I think that was more to do with the fact that I was careful where I ate and drank etc. I am not a big fan of putting poisons in my body anyway and was going to take the chance.
Am I being crazy???

6. Posted by philo (Full Member 107 posts) 10y

Thanks a lot. I now know what to do!

I should have the money I need within 3 weeks, and then will book a flight, go to a few agents and try to get a 3 month visa, and should be ready to go!

Where I live, the vaccines are free, and the only thing I need to pay for is the Malaria tablets. I've had the first of my Hep B vaccines, and will soon be having Hep A and typhoid.

Cheers.

7. Posted by Beckiboo (Respected Member 134 posts) 10y

Following on from this topic:

Can someone tell me whether I will need a longer Thai visa if I plan to spend more than 30days there?

Also - will I need visas for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in advance or can I buy them once I reach the border?

8. Posted by vngreen (Full Member 71 posts) 10y

hi, Philo
You can choose the 3 months visa entry vietnam or make tourist visa one month, then extend one more month in Vietnam when it expire, it's very easy.
Have a good trip!

9. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Quoting Beckiboo

Following on from this topic:

Can someone tell me whether I will need a longer Thai visa if I plan to spend more than 30days there?

Also - will I need visas for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in advance or can I buy them once I reach the border?

Becki,
I answered this in your newest post. Yes, you can get a 60 day visa from the Thai embassy in the UK. I doubt it is worth the effort and the cost. Call or e-mail them for complete details.

10. Posted by philo (Full Member 107 posts) 10y

I've basically finished having all of my vaccinations today, and should have most of the money I need apart from a few hundred quid in ten days time.

I've got some of my prized possessions on ebay and am just having a look around at a few flights around mid to end of October.

I would like to fly to Hong Kong, and stay there for just a couple of nights before heading down by bus to vietnam. Does anyone know how easy it is to find a bus on this route from hong kong? and do you know how much it ma cost me?

I've chosen to fly to hong kong because there seems to be a bit of trouble with flying to bankok??

Finally, I know this is a bit of a daft question to post here, but it will save me trotting off to town to find out the answer. Could I just go to one of my local travel agents, sit down, and book my flight and visas through them, and do you think they will know the answers to some of my questions, or will they most likely not know what they're talking about??

Cheers.