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1. Posted by scotty (Full Member 22 posts) 12y

I am traveling this summer and I need some help,

I am getting a lot of mixed answers regarding Visas to Vietnam. IS it possible to get one at the border, or is it a real hassel / impossible.

And I would also love some advice on where to go ( preferably in the south)

thanks for the help

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 12y


For more info on tourism in Vietnam, log on to:

and for visa,

Hope that helps.


3. Posted by tungnguyen (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y

Obtaining visa to vietnam by two types
1. Visa issued by Vietnam embassy / consulates
You could contact directly with the nearest Vietnam embassy to get visa or you could ask the travel agents to help you getting visa approval ( by Immigration office in Vietnam ) then fax that approval to Vietnam embassy. You come there to get your visa stamp.

2. Visa on arrival
Visa on arrival could make by international border gates as follow:
2.1 Air border gate: Hanoi airport, Danang airport, Saigon airport
2.2 Overland border gate: Moc Bai, Chau Doc with Cambodia ; Lao Bao, Cau Treo, Ky Son with Laos ; Lao Cai, Lang Son, Mong Cai with China.

The travel agents with get your visa-on-arrival aprroval then fax or email to you. You bring and show this approval to police at border gate to get visa stamped at airport.

About where to go, as you know that Vietnam has several World Heritages recognized by UNESSCO, with following: Halong bay, Phong Nha caves and rivers, Hue ancient capital, Hoi An town, My Son royal palaces. Sapa ( hilltribe people), Hanoi ( capital), Saigon ( the Far East Pearl ) are unforgotten cities.

For further information, please try to visit They might bring you useful information.

Have good trip

4. Posted by iloveflyin (Full Member 159 posts) 12y

Hi scotty,

I just came back from Vietnam last month. To get visa going into Vietnam, I went to the Vietnamese consulate site on the net and download the form. Filled it out and sent it to the consulate in San Francisco, together with 30 dollars, two 2x2 inch photo, and 2 copies of my passport (although they asked for the original passport - I never send my passport to anyone by mail). It took a little more than one week to get your Vietnamese visa this way. If you lived in the US, you could go to any Vietnamese travel agency, and they will get you one for around 50 or 60 dollars. You can get visa at at the arival destination - Saigon or Hanoi. However, I want to be sure, that I have it in my hand before I get to the country. If you want to have a Vietnamese visa made when you get to the airport in Vietnam, you still need to have some type of document from a tour group or the Vietnamese embassy or consulate, saying that what will be done for you. Otherwise, the airlines bringing you into Vietnam will not let you on board (I am one of those guys, sometime deny boarding for passengers going to a country like Vietnam, when they don't have required visa.) If you decide to get visa at the airport in Vietnam, bring along 2 or 3 passport photos.

About place to go in Vietnam, there are plenty of tours for tourist like you, and the prices are very reasonable. If you don't want to join those tour groups, you can take buses used for tourists. They are a bit more expensive than local buses, but more comfortable, air conditioned, and do not pick up passengers along the way. Price wise, these buses are still quite cheap (7 dollars for a trip around 400 km.) The train system, too, is also cheap. I paid around 30 dollars to go from Saigon to Hue (central Vietnam- a little over 1000 km). And that was not regular seat, but a bunkbed in one of those compartments on the train (17 hour train ride). You can see some pics from my recent trip to VN from the internet site above this message. If you have more ???, just post.
Happy traveling!