FOREIGN TRAVEL ADVICE BY GOV.UK

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VIETNAM
Visas
Until 30 June 2017 ‘British Citizen’ passport holders travelling for tourism or business can
enter Vietnam for up to a maximum of 15 days without a visa. If you have a different type of
British nationality – for example ‘British national (overseas)’- you’ll need to get a visa before
entering Vietnam.

You must get a visa before you travel to Vietnam if you want to stay for longer than 15 days
and/or if you wish to re-enter Vietnam within 30 days of your departure. If you plan to leave
Vietnam and re-enter from another country make sure you get a multiple visit visa before
travelling. Make sure you know before you travel the type of visa you need for the purpose
and duration of your trip. If you’re travelling for business reasons you should contact the
relevant Vietnam government department in advance to check whether any licenses are
required to carry out your duties.

There are legitimate companies that can arrange visas on arrival, but you must organise this
before you arrive in Vietnam. There are also a number of bogus companies claiming to offer
this service. The Embassy and Consulate General can’t confirm whether a company has a
legitimate arrangement in place.
From November 2015, British nationals who are spouses or children of Vietnamese
nationals can apply for a visa exemption certificate. The certificate is valid for 5 years and
allows multiple entries into Vietnam for 6 month periods. Applications can be made at the
nearest Vietnamese Embassy or the Immigration Department in Vietnam.
Overstaying your Vietnamese visa without authority is a serious matter and you may be
delayed from travel until a fine is paid. Check the visa validity and conditions carefully.

LAND BORDERS
There are a number of local crossing points on the borders with Cambodia and Laos
which are for nationals of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam only and so don’t allow British
nationals to cross. Check locally before travelling to these points.
Foreign travel advice
PASSPORT VALIDITY
Your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months on the date you enter Vietnam for
you to be eligible for the 15 day visa exemption.
For periods of stay longer than 15 days, entry into Vietnam may be refused if your passport
has less than 1 month validity from the date your Vietnamese visa expires.
REGISTRATION
When checking into a hotel, you’ll have to hand over your passport so that the hotel can
register your presence with the local police. Make sure your passport is returned and keep it in
a safe place. Don’t use your passport as a deposit for renting a hotel room. If you are staying
in private accommodation, you will still be expected to register. Ask your host to help you with
this as soon as you arrive. You may be fined if you don’t register.