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1. Posted by bumblebum (Respected Member 5 posts) 7y

Hi,
My boyfriend and I are about to start a big trip through SE Asia over 5 months, I have been researching visas and am a bit confused over the info on visas for vietnam.....
We will be entering from Laos via a land border rather than an airport and were wondering if anyone knows how to obtain a visa in advance - where from, cost, how long it takes and how long it is valid foretc. I have looked on the embassy website and the application form and you have to know exact dates to apply in advance ( we will not know when we are getting to get there as we are taking each day as it comes!)
Thanks in advance for any help :-)

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

You will need to obtain your VN visa before arriving at the border. Your best bet is to buy it when you are in Vientiane. Then you will have a rough idea of when you will hit VN. Your 30 days start on the date you say you will arrive, NOT when you actually arrive the border. The 30 day VN visa is $25, but you will not get it for that price. The travel shop will add a fee for their service and fast costs more than waiting. Figure $30-40 if you give them 1-2 days to get your VN visa. Shop around and see what other guesthouses and travel shops are charging. Good luck with your planning.

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4. Posted by laos_info (Budding Member 42 posts) 7y

visa directly from the Vietnamese Embassy in Vientiane was costing USD50 a couple of weeks ago (of USD55 if you wanted it next day). Travel agents were offering the service for USD45 for 3 day processing.

5. Posted by trainrider (Full Member 95 posts) 7y

Dont worry about it. Just take it as it comes, like you say. You'll know when it gets closer to the time. We got our visas is sihanoukville, Cambodia. $40 same day, they did it in 5 minutes, and we decided at the embassy that we would go in about a week. The visa is valid for entry from the date that you specify and your visa begins from the date that you enter.

We were a bit anal and printed out the application forms in advance, filled them in and attached our passport photo. N.B: If you are American you will need 2 passport photo's.

6. Posted by bumblebum (Respected Member 5 posts) 7y

Thanks for your help everybody :-)

7. Posted by ofrd_trvlr (Budding Member 11 posts) 7y

If you are entering from DBN , Visa on arrival.

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

Quoting ofrd_trvlr

If you are entering from DBN , Visa on arrival.

Anita is entering VN from Laos, not entering Laos from VN. No visa on arrival.

9. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

We got our Vietnamese visas direct from the embassy in Vientiane. It took a couple of days and I think we paid around US$50.

[ Edit: Edited on 30-Jul-2009, at 22:10 by bex76 ]

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

Quoting bex76

We got our Vietnamese visas direct from the embassy in Vientiane. It took a couple of days and I think we paid around US$50.

Bex,
Those VN officials charge what they can. Since a 30 day VN visa really costs $25, nice tidy profit for the IMM guys. Phnom Penh is the cheapest place to buy a VN visa. I never paid more than $35 and that was same day service. I know it has gone up in the last year, but still much cheaper than BKK or Vientiane.