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    Vietnamese Visa, Visa for Vietnam
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    • 15th Jun 09, 6:51 PM
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    Vietnamese Visa, Visa for Vietnam 15th Jun 09 at 6:51 PM
    This is posted purely for anyone who searches for Vietnamese Visa or Visa for Vietnam - It is one of three. The other two being Russian Visa and Chinese Visa. Please search my posts if you require these Visa specific topics.

    The Vietnamese, arguably the most money making Visa of them all. It exists for one reason only and that is to get cash from you.

    That said it is important to note the following:

    Except for under very specific circumstances you MUST obtain a Visa for Vietnam prior to travel. There are of course certain exceptions but for 99% of people you CANNOT i repeat - YOU CAN NOT GET A VISA UPON ARRIVAL IN VIETNAM (if you feel you are an exception then this thread is not for you)

    From within the UK the process is very straight forward. This thread applies only to postal applications.

    The most important thing to do prior to applying for your Visa is to set your dates. What i mean is this:

    If on your application you put - Entry 01/06/09 Exit 28/06/09 then you cannot enter before 01/06 and cannot leave after 28/06. However, if your outward plans change you can enter anytime after 01/06 but you still must leave by 28/06.
    If you wish to extend your Visa then contact the embassy - Again this thread is only about the application.

    The application

    What you need: (Per Visa)

    - 1 x Passport with 1 blank page and 6 mths left.

    - 1 x Passport photo

    - 1 x Completed application form found here:
    http://www.vietnamembassy.org.uk/visaformf.pdf

    - The Visa fee which as of Jun 2009 is:

    - 30 Day Single Entry standard processing - 38
    - 30 Day Single Entry Expedited processing - 55 if collected in person or 63 posted.
    - The alternative is you can turn up, pay 55 wait an hour and get a 15 day Visa.

    All cheques/Postal order should be made payable to Embassy of Vietnam

    1 x Special Delivery Envelope PREPAID

    1 x Special Delivery Envelope NOT PREPAID

    Postage costs are as follows:
    8 for one passport
    6 for 2 - 3 passports (per person)
    5 for 3 - 7 passports (per person)

    As a guide i paid for 3 Visas, and was bummed the following:

    Visa Cost 38 x 3 = 114
    3 x postage @ 6ea = 18
    Total cost = 132

    What to do

    1 - Fill out the application form and stick your photo on the form

    2 - Work the amount you must pay out and make a cheque/postal order out (the total includes for postage)

    3 - Get the prepaid special delivery envelope and put in:
    - Passport(s)
    - SD envelope
    - Application
    - Payment

    4 - Post it to:
    Embassy of Vietnam (Consular Section)
    12-14 Victoria Road,
    London W8 5RD
    - Sit back and the wait 5 working days for it to return.

    5 - Realise you have been ripped off.

    6- Look forward to your holiday in Vietnam.

    Please understand that things change and this thread is meant as a guideline only. The best advice i can give is rather than visit a modern country that does not mess about with stickers in your nice passport and rob you of your hard earned cash; to appreciate that countries like Vietnam are ridiculously in debt and are simply trying to find a way to further line the pockets of the wealthy whilst letting the locals live in absolute poverty.

    But if you want to experience an amazing country then a Visa is a necessary document.

    Have a wonderful trip and best of luck

    For up to date info: http://www.vietnamembassy.org.uk/consular.html#VISA
    Last edited by sturll; 15-06-2009 at 6:55 PM.
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