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1. Posted by ainsworth1 (Budding Member, 30 posts) 17 Jan '07 12:31

Hello

does anyone know if an on arrival visa exists for Vietnam? If not would we be able to obtain a visa from Singapore or KL? As we will be in Malaysia before we head over to Vietnam.

Thanks
Mark

2. Posted by kevstump (Full Member, 123 posts) 17 Jan '07 18:30

Hi Mark,

You have to arrange your visa for vietnam in advance. This can be done at the vietnamese embassies in either KL or Singapore depending on what is easiest for you:

Kuala Lumpur: 4 Persairan Stonor · Phone 248-3270

Singapore: 10 Leedon Park · Phone: (65)462-5938

Even better still - if you are going to be in Bangkok beforehand you can pay a hotel or hostel pittance to sort it out for you. They normally sort it in a day or two as well.

Enjoy Vietnam and the Sailing Club in Nha Trang

Stumpy :)

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru, 3525 posts) 17 Jan '07 20:14

Mark,
It is cheaper to obtain your VN visa in BKK than Singapore or KL. If you have that choice. Phnom Penh is cheaper still.

You do have another option if you fly into VN. Both HCMC and HaNoi have 'visa on arrival' at their airports if you set it up beforehand. This will cost you $55, $25 for the visa and $30 for the travel agent to arrange it. If this option makes sense, send me a PM.

I have many photos of VN in my gallery. Have a great trip.

4. Posted by Philuk (Budding Member, 20 posts) 18 Jan '07 01:46

Does anyone know where you can get a Vietnamese visa in Nanning, China?

Phil

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru, 4567 posts) 18 Jan '07 01:58

Hello Ainsworth

Vietnam
U can get the visa at the borders
u need one passport sized photo.
Tourist visas are valid for a single 30 day stay and enable u to enter and exit the country via any international border(make sure to specify this when arranging your visa). Depending on where u acquire it, prices for single entry tourist visas cost around US$30 to US$60. Cambodia, where your visa applicaiton can be processed on the same day, is the most convenient place in Southeast Asia to get a Vietnamese visa. Bangkok is another popular place, as many travel agents offer cheap packages including both an air ticket and a visa.
If u plan to spend more than a month in Vietnam or travel overland between Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, it is possible to get a three month multiple entry visa. These are not available from Vietnamese embassies, but can be picked up for us$70 in Cambodia and for US$85 in the USA.

Mel

6. Posted by hamjunkie (Budding Member, 62 posts) 18 Jan '07 02:44

Dont spose you know - if u get the standard visa but then decide u want to stay longer than 30 days is it possible (easy) to extend the visa?

I might just get the 3month visa in the 1st place so i dont have to worry bout it but would be nice to know my options, thanks.

7. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru, 3525 posts) 18 Jan '07 16:58

Quoting hamjunkie

Dont spose you know - if u get the standard visa but then decide u want to stay longer than 30 days is it possible (easy) to extend the visa?

Imogen,
It is quite easy to extend your 30 day VN visa for another 30 days. Most travel shops will do it for you in 2-3 days. Costs you another $30. I would arrange this in a major city and not try this in the rural areas.

Mel,
As far I know, VN still does not offer 'visa on arrival' at the land borders. I think they will within the next few years, but not at the present.

8. Posted by icarusblu (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 2 Jan '08 19:07

Hi can someone tell mehow much it cost and how many days it takes for a Australian national to get a visa for Vietnam from KL? I've been trying to call the embassy in KL but no one is picking up the phone. I presume it will cost a lot more to get a travel agent to do it- am i right? Is it relatively straitforward to do it myself? Thanks

9. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru, 3525 posts) 4 Jan '08 16:19

Quoting icarusblu

Hi can someone tell mehow much it cost and how many days it takes for a Australian national to get a visa for Vietnam from KL? I've been trying to call the embassy in KL but no one is picking up the phone. I presume it will cost a lot more to get a travel agent to do it- am i right? Is it relatively straitforward to do it myself? Thanks

The VN visa price is flexible. I paid $45 here in the US, $28 in Phnom Penh and over $55 in Singapore. Fast costs more and they charge what they can. Basically greed. The real price is $25 for a 30 day visa. You can do it yourself in KL, reqires 2 trips to the VN embassy and some patience. But it only saves you a few $s. I would let a GH or travel agent do it for you.

You have another option if flying into either HCMC or HaNoi. You can get a 'visa on arrival'. Click here to read about it and see if it makes sense. Good Luck.

10. Posted by tortuga (Budding Member, 20 posts) 6 Jan '08 01:45

is it possible to get VN visas in Laos? in luang prabang or vientienne? (no way i can spell that...)