hey girls and boys,whats the story with gettin a visa in vietnam,im flying in to hanoi from vientiane,laos !do i need one before i get to se asia or what and how can it be obtained? its my first time backpacking so i havent a clue and need help bigtime!cheers
[ Edit: Edited on Aug 22, 2007, at 12:34 PM by dar egan ]
i also flew from Vientiane to Hanoi and got my visa in Vientiane - it took around 3 days and cost around $50 i think; you can get a quicker service if you pay more. you can go direct to the embassy as I did, or you can pay a hotel or travel agent a bit of commission to do it for you. I think its possible to get a visa on arrival in vietnam but i'm not sure what the story is with this - probably just better to get one before.
The cheapest place to get your VN visa is Phnom Penh. If you are going to Cambodia, get it there. It only takes one day, $28-30. The real fee in SEA is $25 for a 30 day visa. It is not worth your time/effort to go to the VN embassy yourself. Use your GH or a business and pay them a small fee to do it all for you.
If you fly into HaNoi, then you can do a 'visa on arrival'. Basically you use a travel agent to arrange it for you. Of course there are fees involved. It will cost you the $25 visa fee at the airport plus another $25-30 to the travel agent. This only makes sense if you do not have access to a VN embassy.
Darren, I am going to send a PM with additional info.
For get visa on arrival in Vietnam (Hanoi_Danang_Ho Chi Minh City).
The price its 20usd$ for the travel agency who will ask for your autorisation number its will take around 3 business days for get it.
On your arrival in Vietnam you will have to pay 25usd$ for the immigration + 2 passport picture.
The visa costs MYR 240 (EUR 51) if you get it from the Vietnamese Embassy in KL.
This guy "negotiated" with the embassy for an even faster service, but got only half the usual 30-day validity.
At 2:50pm I'm in the Vietnamese embassy and ask about the visa. A standard visa costs 180 RM and you have to wait one week, while the express service costs 240 RM and takes three days. After some discussion I get a visa valid for two weeks within 10 minutes for a fee of 240 RM.
Source: http://www.molon.de/travelogues/Malaysia/2006-07/ (read the second last entry)
thanks very much for the help people!
Similar question - we're flying up to Hanoi after 4 days in Bangkok (returning to thailand at a later date for a longer stay once we've travelled down through Vietnam & Cambodia) -
Do you guys reckon we should just leave getting our Vietnam visa til we arrive in Hanoi, with only being in Bangkok for a few days before and not having enough time for it to get processed there??
The price for VN visas varies from country to country. I was charged $40 from the San Francisco consulate for a 30 day visa in 06. With postage, that was more than 'visa on arrival'. Plus I was stressing they would return it before my flight left the US. Check with the VN embassy in the UK and get it there if it is less than the $50 charged for visa on arrival. You must know your arrival dates and flight info with either visa. Google: 'vietnam visa on arrival'. They all require the same info and charge similar fees. I found 'vietnamimpressive.com' had the lowest fees. Good luck with your planning.