im planning to visit vietnam in the coming few weeks and am still unsure on whether i need a visa before entering the country.
on welcomtovietnam.net it says In the event that there is no Vietnam embassy or Consulate in your country, or you just want to make Vietnam part of a multi-destination trip, then we recommend Visa on Arrival as your best option.
this is somewhat confusing as it seems some of the previous posts states that u need to obtain one before entering the country.
would be v. grateful if you guys could clear this up for me
You definately need a visa to visit Vietnam and you CANNOT get it upon arrival. You have to sort it out before you get there.
I had to get my visa from the Vietnamese Embassy in London - took a week to process, and cost around £35. I dropped it in to the embassy and then they posted it out to me recorded delivery.
It was all very efficent.
I would note though l did have to specify exact dates that l would be in the country - which is not so good if you are still vague about your travel plans.
[ Edit: Moderator priviledge - l added a bit extra to my post!! ]
You do have another option if you do not get your VN visa in the UK before you leave. You can get a 'visa on arrival' if you fly into VN. Both HAN & SGN have this option. It costs about $50 to do the visa on arrival. My recommendation is: <www.vietnamimpressive.com> They charge $25 to do the paperwork for you and meet you at the airport. The VN stamp fee is $25, total $50. This is less than what the VN embassy charges you in the UK. Another option is to get your VN visa from a neighboring country if you are not going to VN first. Thailand, Laos & Cambodia can do your VN visa for you in 1-2 days for less than the UK price.
Send me a PM if you have questions.