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VN Visa On Arrival

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1. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

I just arrived in HCMC and used the visa on arrival system. It could not have been easier. Many VN companies offer VOA, I used this one as their fees were less. Just follow the steps and they will e-mail or fax your approval letter. Jetstar Asia did check to see that I had a the approval letter before I could check in at Changi airport. Once at Ton Son Nhat, I went to the Landing Visa counter, gave them passport, approval letter, photo and $25 for the stamp fee. Fill out the arrival card and I was done. Very fast and easy. Just have everything ready and you will breeze right through. A couple next to me did not have photos and the VN officials will take a Polaroid for you, $5 for both of them if I heard correctly.

I paid over $65 in the US for a VN visa last trip when you add in the postage. The VOA system is cheaper and you don't have to send off your passport. Send me a PM if you have any questions.

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

I also used VOA for Vietnam recently - arriving in HCMC after midnight. I was so sleepy after flying 24 hrs from the USA, that the forms I had to fill out were a bit of a chore, but I made it. The thing I can't understand is they only took 1 photo of mine - all the info I read told me they needed 2??? I paid $25.99 for the VOA and $25. on arrival in country. The advice I will give to travelers is this - if at all possible, ARRIVE IN VIETNAM IN DAYLIGHT, and PREARRANGE TRANSPORTATION FROM THE AIRPORT WITH YOUR HOTEL!

3. Posted by angenaline (Budding Member 44 posts) 8y

Does this apply if you are entering from Cambodia via land?

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Quoting angenaline

Does this apply if you are entering from Cambodia via land?

The VOA system only applies if you fly in. You need to arrange your VN visa in Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville BEFORE you get to the VN border if travelling overland.

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Quoting Daawgon

I also used VOA for Vietnam recently - arriving in HCMC after midnight. I was so sleepy after flying 24 hrs from the USA, that the forms I had to fill out were a bit of a chore, but I made it. The thing I can't understand is they only took 1 photo of mine - all the info I read told me they needed 2??? I paid $25.99 for the VOA and $25. on arrival in country. The advice I will give to travelers is this - if at all possible, ARRIVE IN VIETNAM IN DAYLIGHT, and PREARRANGE TRANSPORTATION FROM THE AIRPORT WITH YOUR HOTEL!

I paid $17 for the VOA letter, then the $25 stamp fee. They also took one of my photos, I guess they no longer need 2. I went outside and battled the taxi guys. Vinasun(white taxis) are the best. They use the meter and don't overcharge. There is also a share van for $5, I was told. I had 2 others guys I met at the baggage area and we paid 30,000VND each. That is $2. Cannot beat that.