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1. Posted by rag7 (Budding Member 41 posts) 7y

Hi,

Do i need to get a visa sorted out before i visit Vietnam? I am hoping to visit Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. I have read that i am fine to enter Thailand without a visa but i can find a definite answer for the other two? Any ideas?

Thanks

2. Posted by hdt890 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

u can travel within Asian countries (Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia,...) without Visa. However, as I read from your profile that u are from UK, you definitely need a Visa to Asian before going through the others. For the visa, you can use visa code (from Embassy) or visa on approval (online). I suggest you order visa online as it will be much more convenient for you.

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Ryan,
As posted elsewhere, Thailand will give you a free, 30 day entry permit if arriving via air, 15 days if you enter by a land border. Cambodia will sell you a visa, $20 for 30 days at the airport or the land crossings. VietNam is different. You must buy your visa before you hit their borders. If you are flying into VN, there is a 'visa on arrival' system set up by travel agents. I used this system April 08. I wrote about it in my blog. Phnom Penh is the cheapest, fastest place to buy your VN visa if you go via road. Good luck with your planning.

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Mar-2009, at 17:38 by vegasmike6 ]

4. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 7y

Quoting vegasmike6

Ryan,
As posted elsewhere, Thailand will give you a free, 30 day entry permit if arriving via air, 15 days if you enter by a land border. Cambodia will sell you a visa, $20 for 30 days at the airport or the land crossings. VietNam is different. You must buy your visa before you hit their borders. If you are flying into VN, there is a 'visa on arrival' system set up by travel agents. I used this system April 08. I wrote about it in my blog. Phnom Penh is the cheapest, fastest place to buy your VN visa if you go via road. Good luck with your planning.

Hey VegasMike,

Can you just confirm....

Can i get a vietnam visa upon arrival (from these internet travel agencies) if i am going overland over the boarder. Its more than likely going to cambodia - Vietnam.

Failing this i will buy a visa from Phnom Penh. Do you purchase this directly from the Vietnam embassy?

Thanks in advance.

JD

5. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 7y

The Vietnam visa on arrival is only if you are arriving in the country by plane, if you are planning on a land crossing from Cambodia you will need to have a visa organised before you get to the border.

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Mar-2009, at 01:43 by soliqa ]

6. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 7y

Quoting soliqa

The Vietnam visa on arrival is only if you are arriving in the country by plane, if you are planning on a land crossing from Cambodia you will need to have a visa organised before you get to the border.

Cheers soliqa, thats what i thought. I am currently in Sydney and will be setting off for INdo and SE Asia in a few months. Are you aware if i can get the vietnam visa in Bangkok/ Phom Phen etc..

thanks

JD

7. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 7y

My brother is Australian and he got his Vietnam visa in Phnom Penh after stupidly not even realising until a couple of days before heading to Cambodia that he required one for Vietnam! Personally when I went a couple of years ago I applied before I left Australia.

8. Posted by surfer_xl (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

My friends have tested the "visa-on-arrival". The visa approval letter, they applied online by the vietnamese Travel Agency www.e-visa4vietnam.com , which has very quickly and works well, and costed only 17 USD (service fee) + 25 USD (visa fee) per person . The formalities for the entry were simple and took just 15 minutes. They also recommend me to apply my Visa by www.e-visa4vietnam.com, it's better than apply direct by the vietnamese embassy. On the websites of the Vietnamese embassy, there is not even information about the prices (I called them, and they wanted to take 65,00 Euro). And I dont want to mail my passport through the post. I think Visa on arrival is the best choice.

9. Posted by surfer_xl (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

Hi all,
I applied my Vietnam-Visa by E-Visa4Vietnam on Monday and got my Approval Letter this morning. I paid with Paypal, It's very conveniently. It costed 17$ for service fee and I have to pay 25$ for my visa on my arrival.

10. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Ryan,
It is not worth your time/effort to deal with the VN Embassy yourself. Almost all hotels/guesthouses will obtain your VN visa for you once in Phom Penh. I use Lucky-Lucky Motorvcycle Rentals. Fast, fair, reliable. I have a photo of their shop in my gallery:
Cambodia, page 1.

Send me a PM if you have questions.

[ Edit: Edited on 12-May-2009, at 10:37 by vegasmike6 ]