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Visa Exemption for Vietnamese Overseas

In the visit to the US, President Nguyen Minh Triet informed   overseas Vietnamese in the US,  as well as all overseas Vietnamese in  more than 90 countries in the world, that  the Vietnamese State has  decided to exempt visas for  all overseas Vietnamese who meet some  conditions. Related agencies in Vietnam are  compiling documents to  realize this decision since September 1, 2007.

Under the  above decision, overseas Vietnamese must fulfill some  formalities to be granted  a visa exemption verification document, which  is valid for many times of  traveling and takes effect within five  years, not only one time like in the  past.

The maximal  residency time in Vietnam  is 90 days each time. If they  want to stay longer, they must ask for visas and  fulfill extension  formalities in Vietnam. They have defined three  subjects of overseas  Vietnamese who will enjoy visa exemption

– The people who have Vietnamese nationality.

– Vietnamese people who hold foreign nationalities.

– Foreigners who are wives, husbands, children of  Vietnamese or Vietnamese who hold foreign nationalities.

A  certificate must be obtained by the passport holders for the  exemption to be  utilized. In order to be granted visa exemption  certificates at Vietnamese  representative offices abroad, overseas  Vietnamese need to submit one of three  following documents:

–  A document that proves they are ethnically  Vietnamese.

– A guarantee by overseas Vietnamese associations based in  the country where they are residents of or by a Vietnamese citizen.

– And a document by authorized foreign agencies certifying  that they are ethnically Vietnamese.

Husbands,  wives and children of Vietnamese people living abroad will  also need to submit  documents that prove their relationship to the  Vietnamese member of their  immediate family.

Expecting a  rush on representative offices abroad, the Committee for  Overseas Vietnamese  has sent 200,000 visa exemption certificates to  Vietnamese embassies  overseas.

Get vietnam visa from HongKong

There are  two ways to get Vietnam Visa from Hong Kong as  follows:

1. Get Vietnam  Visa through Vietnam Consulate  in Hong Kong

Processing time: 2 days (normal)  for 1-month visa Processing fee: $300HK Urgent type: get after 15 mins (only  for 14-day visa); Costs an extra $500HK

Contact  Vietnam Consulate in Hong Kong:

Address: 15/F, Great   Smart Tower,  230 Wan Chai Road Wan Chai, Hongkong Tel: (852) 2591 4517 / 2591 4510 Fax: (852) 2591 4524 / 2591-4539

How to get there? You go to Wan Chai road, you will see Great Smart   Tower Building.  Enter from Canal Road East  and it is not far from there.

2. Get Vietnam  Visa on arrival via online service

The considered quicker and easier way to get Visa to Vietnam from Hong Kong  is to apply online for a Visa on Arrival. However,  this method is applicable to air travel only. Our service costs is only 15$ US  for one application. This is the cheapest option to get vietnam visa.

3. Useful link: to convert currency from HKD to USD

Climate in Vietnam

The climate of Vietnam varies greatly from one region of the country to another. The south of Vietnam is a mere 8 degrees north of the Equator, whereas the most northern point is almost on the tropic of Cancer. One can’t really say that there is one average temperature for all of the country because it is so variable. Most of Vietnam has a sub tropical climate and is hot, at least in the summer, and wet most of the year.

Southern Vietnam experiences very little seasonal temperature change. It has a tropical, hot and humid, climate, and has only two real seasons – the monsoon season and the dry season. The monsoon season brings lots of rain, heat, and regular floods. All of Vietnam is affected by monsoons from May until October or November. The average yearly temperature for this southern region is around 80 or 90 degrees F (27-32 degrees C). Northern Vietnam, along the Red River, has hot, wet summers (80-90 F, 27-32 C), similar to those in the south. Winters, lasting from November to April, are drier and much cooler, with temperatures in the 40′s and 50′s (F) (5-10 degrees C). Winters have scattered showers. The mountainous regions of Vietnam, between the two lowland deltas, and forming a northern border between Vietnam and China are generally cooler. They still get lots of rain, and jungle plants still abound. The mountains and the coastal areas are subject to seasonal typhoons. Average annual rainfall for Hanoi (north) is about 80 inches. For Ho Chi Minh City (south) it is about 60 inches. Hue, near the central coast gets about 120 inches per year.

Sapa – City in the mist

The climate in Southern  Vietnam is excellent for growing rice. Rice is grown all over, but mainly in the northern and southern deltas. The mountains, with cooler temperatures, and poorer soil, are used to grow cash crops such as rubber, coffee and even a form of poppy used to make heroine. The people in Vietnam are prepared for all that the weather brings them. They expect and need the rains to supply water to their rice, and have built dikes to help protect their homes from flooding. To combat the sun and heat, most Vietnamese can be seen wearing conical hats, and staying indoors or in the shade during the hottest hours of the day.

Vietnam Visa for residents of the UK

Residents of the United Kingdom (UK)  have to apply for a valid visa if they would like to travel to Vietnam. There  are, as usual, two ways for getting a visa to Vietnam in the UK, one, reaching  Vietnam embassy in London, and two, applying for an effective visa on  arrival through a visa service.

Get Vietnam Visa directly at the Embassy:

  • Issuing unit: Vietnamese Embassy in the UK
  • Processing time: 3 to 5 working days
  • Processing fee:50 – 85 USD/person
  • Additional fee: Postal cost
  • With Passport requirement
  • How to get it? You reach this Embassy in person and  follow the required procedures.

Get Vietnam Visa on Arrival via visa service:

    • Issuing unit: Vietnam Immigration Department
    • Processing time: 2 to 3 working days
    • Processing fee: 21.25- 40 USD/person (stamping fee  NOT included)
    • Without Passport requirement
    • How to get it? You go online at ,  fill in the secure form, and just wait until 2-23days until you receive your  Visa Approval Letter, and take this + your passport + 2 photos to Vietnam to  get your visa at airport. This seems to be the cheapest and  easiest way to get a visa to Vietnam from the UK

Location  of Vietnam Embassy (Visa  Section) in the UK

How to get there? The Embassy is opposite to Kensington  Garden (Hyde Park).  The nearest tube station is High Street Kensington, which is about five minutes  walking from the Embassy. You just exit the tube station, turn right, go  straight for about 300 m, then you will see Victoria Road on your right.

Consulate General of Vietnam in London, UNITED KINGDOM 

Visa fees and charges

A standard 30-day, single entry visa:

– Processing fee: £38 – Postage administration charge: £8 for return by Special Delivery – Postage charge for two or three application together: £6 per person – Postage charge for four to seven: £5 per person – Postage charge for eight applications up made together: £4 per person

A  30-day, single entry visa in the fast-track service:

Fee: £55 if collected in person;  and £63 if return by post, including  Special Delivery

You can send your application by fax two working days in advance and have  your visa stamped upon submitting your original passport and visa fee payment  (Please note that this fax option is allowed only in the fast-track service).

Short-stay  visa (valid for 15 days, single entry):

Fee: £55 – Granted within one hour if you come in person.

Fees and charges are per individual and applicable  to both UK and Ireland and to  all applicants who possess valid and separate passports. All payments for fees  and charges can be combined into one single form (in cash, postal order or bank  draft). Pre-paid envelopes are not accepted.

Please note if your children are also on your  passports, they will be exempted. Otherwise, they will need separate visas and  will be charged as such. You do not need, however, to file separate application  forms for them.

First time users’ concerns of Vietnam Visa on arrival service

Many people feel confused about Vietnam Visa on arrival procedures, Prices and Fees, Vietnam Visa approval letter, Validity, Scams, etc. We are writing this article in the hope of helping travelers all around the world coming to Vietnam not to be concerned about Visa on arrival in Vietnam any more.

1. Who can apply for Vietnam Visa on arrival?

a. Those traveling by air to Vietnam

b. Anyone

c. Visa on arrival does not exit in Vietnam

d. Those transiting in Vietnam

e. Those traveling overland to Vietnam

The answer: a. Those traveling by air to Vietnam

2. When I apply for VOA to Vietnam, besides traveling by air to Vietnam, do I need any other requirements?

Yes, you have. You need to have at least 6 months valid and left pages (more than 1) on your passport.

Also, check whether you need a Vietnam visa or not as some nationalities can be exempted visa for a short time. See the lists of Vietnam visa exemption.

3. Is there any risk of getting visa on arrival to Vietnam? Is Vietnam visa approval letter valid?

You can check on National Ordinance No. 24/2000/PL-UBTVQH10 related to entry, exit and residence of foreigners in Vietnam to see:

– Who is responsible for what in term of Vietnam visa issuance: Vietnam Immigration Department (belongs to the Ministry of Public Security)

– And who and how and how long can get a visa to entry Vietnam

– Of the 26 articles, the following ones might help you  potential Vietnam visa applicants know why a travel agency can assist you to get Vietnam visa approval letter.

4. Now, let’s see what Vietnam Visa approval letter is

It is an official document issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department for the purpose of permitting the document holders to enter Vietnam, get the visa stamped onto your passport at Vietnam International Airports, and stay in Vietnam within the entry and exit date cited on it. See example of this document below:

5. How about fees and Charges of VOA?

Some often misunderstand about fees of Vietnam visa on arrival or some thinks they are double-charged when using this service. Clarify it as bellows:

To get Vietnam visa on arrival, you need to pay two types of fees:

– Service fee: You pay travel agents online (ranging from 15 – 50 USD)

– Stamping fee: It is the fee you pay to Immigration Officers at Vietnam airports to get your visa stamped on your passport. 25 USD for single entry and 50 USD for multiple entry visas. The travel agents make no deal with this fee.

6. How do I fill out entry and exit dates in the Visa application when I do not make sure exactly about these dates?

If you are not sure about your arrival date and exit date, you can note your proposed arrival and exit date. You can stay in Vietnam within your visa duration (for three month visa, you can stay in Vietnam for 90 days). Also you do not forget, you are not allowed to enter Vietnam before your arrival date noted in your visa.

7. One notable thing for first time user of VOA is that you should have visa approval letter before you get on flight as your airlines will check it in check-in procedures as a compulsory document. Some have been refused to get on board for not having the letter.

We do hope that you will have an unforgettable trip to Vietnam and no worries about Vietnam visa!

How to prepare for a trip to Vietnam

When mentioning about Vietnam , people usually think of its famous battles in the past. Throughout a long period of time fighting against invaders, Vietnam, at last, proclaimed its independence in 1945 and united all regions in 1975 to found the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. For more than 20 years of renovation, Vietnam has been changing a lot in terms of all aspects. A number of visitors have come to visit Vietnam with curiosity to see what it is like after the horrible wars and surprised at the rapid development of this small country. In this article, I am going to give you some steps to prepare for a trip to Vietnam. In other word, after thinking of traveling to Vietnam, please follow these followin.

1.Step 1: Think of the TIME TO GO

Autumn from August to November will be good time for travelers as the weather is rather cool and sunny together with sudden torrential downpours in the North. You will find it romantic when walking along streets. From then, Hanoi will be chilly in the Winter which will lasts from December to March (due to globalization, the cold seems to come later). Temperature in the South is much warmer with much sunshine. There is also no winter there. The Lunar New Year (Tet) happens in February may not be suitable time for travelers unless they stay with a Vietnamese family. This is the most busy time when businesses close and people return to their homes to celebrate the Tet with family.

2. Step 2: Decide to go on tour or not on tour

Using experienced travel agencies can help you avoid costly mistakes. For the most part there is no extra cost for using a travel agency since they are paid by the airlines, hotels and sightseeing firms they work with. Needless to say, business travelers will be wasting their money on escorted tours. However, some travel agencies offer package deals that are convenient to book and save a bit of money. Normally, these include accommodations, round-trip transportation between the airport and the hotel, and an introductory sightseeing excursion. Vietnam is finally finding its way into many Orient “grand tour” itineraries, and a few tour operators are offering extensive Vietnam tours. If you are traveling for pleasure, have two weeks or more, and want to venture beyond Saigon or Hanoi, it may be worth looking into organized tours. For most first-time vacationers, however, it is best to use a knowledgeable travel agency to book the basics and nothing more. Local guides are available through Vietnam tourism, a state-operated tour operator . Virtually all hotels can arrange for these guides, who charge about US$25 for the day, not including transportation or meals. Most guides are trained at the government tour guide school and are well worth the modest fees they charge.

3. Step 3: Ordering passports and visas

This is the one of the most important things that you should be well-prepared. Valid visas and passports are required to enter Vietnam. You can go to Vietnamese embassies located in your country to ask for visas – it may take quite much of your time. Another way, you can order Visa online via some reliable websites like It is faster and cheaper than the first way.

4.  Step 4: How much for your trip

Vietnam’s official currency is Dong. 1$=17,429 Dong. To buy things in markets and some places, you should exchange dollars into Dong for convenience. Vietnam’s unofficial currency is the United States Dollar. At major shopping areas, hotels and restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, you can use Dollars and Dong interchangeably and in practically any combination. For foreigners there is no black market for currency. You can exchange foreign currency and travelers checks at banks throughout Vietnam, though some banks charge a commission of as much as four percent. Most merchants and hotels will not accept travelers checks at all. Cash can be exchanged at hotels and some shops, particularly jewelry stores. You will get a better exchange rate with a clean $100 bill than a worn $5 bill. If bills are damaged or worn they may not be acceptable for exchange. Vietnam’s first ATM appeared in 1996 at the Hong Kong Bank branch in HCMC’s (Ho Chi Minh City’s) New World Hotel building. If your bank at home is part of the Plus or Star systems, you can withdraw from your ATM account at home in either Dong or Dollars. Vietnam’s only other ATM is outside the ANZ Bank in Ha Noi.

5.Step 5: Traveling within the country

While there is an extensive network of trains and busses within Vietnam, it is easier and more comfortable to fly. Vietnam Airlines and Pacific Air serve just about every major city between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, including Nha Trang, Dalat, and Hue. It is cheaper to buy domestic air tickets once you arrive in Vietnam. For example, airfare between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi is about $230 if purchased abroad or $160 in Vietnam (although Vietnamese pay only $40.) The grueling 40+ hour train trip is about the same price. If your travel agency specializes in Southeast Asia you may be able to find an excursion or “circle trip” fare which costs even less.



Get normal Vietnam Entry Visa in Germany before travelling

You apply for Visa to Vietnam in person at the Vietnam Embassy in Germany and follow the below instructions:

– Fill out the online form – Print out that form, and glue on a passport photo – Stamping fee ($79 for 1-month single entry visa) + your passport + a return pre-paid express post envelope to the Vietnam Embassy in Germany at the following address:

The Embassy of Vietnam

Address: Vietnam Embassy in Germany Embassy of Vietnam in Berlin, GERMANY Elsenstrasse 3, Treptow, 12435 Berlin, GERMANY Phone: (4930) 5363 010 Fax: (4930) 5363 020 Email:

Consulate General of Vietnam in FRẠNKFURT, GERMANY SIESMAYERSTR.10, 60323 FRẠNKFURT/M, GERMANY Phone: (00- 49 – 69) 7 Fax: (00- 49 – 69) 7 Email: Website:

Office hours:

Monday to Friday 9.30 a.m – 12.00 p.m 13.30 p.m – 16.00 p.m

the procedures for vietnam visa

Vietnam  is now open and truly welcomes visitors from almost every corner of the world.  Yet, above all, the nation and the Government is warmly welcoming every  Vietnamese person who is now residing far from Vietnam, his/her fatherland, by offering  Vietnam visa exemption for them to enter Vietnam.

This is a very pleasure for Vietnamese overseas, facilitating them at most  to come back to their homeland! For detailed guidelines, please kindly click  here .

Required proof/documents

In order to be exempted from visa to enter Vietnam, what a passport holder  needs to do is to bring your photos + all sealed and legitimate documents (Birth Certificate of yours, or your  grandparents/father/mother’s, etc.) to the Vietnam Embassy/Consulate in the  area where you are currently residing, to ask for “Vietnam visa exemption Letter” (or “Giay mien thi thuc” in Vietnamese). If the documents are clear and  evident, you will be given a Visa Exemption Letter. And now, you can go to Vietnam  without a visa!

Please see here for detailed contact of the Embassy in your area

Mind the procedures?

If you would like to avoid all the mentioned procedures at the Embassy/Consulate,  and require a visa to Vietnam  quickly, will  get your visa on arrival done upon your request (via email or phone)! And it  will be completed in 1 or 2 working days with more favored pricing!

Rush vietnam visa

Vietnam rush visa is applied in case you do not have much time to do the Vietnam visa procedure or you just have one day to prepare for a trip  to Vietnam.

Rush Visa Procedure:

You should fill out the Vietnam visa application form available on our website. The passport also has its validity of at least 6 months from the date to Vietnam. Costs for services will increase by $ 10 (Urgent), $ 30 (Super Urgent). Stamping  fee has not been changed to urgent visa at the airport. ($ 25 for a  single-entry visa and $ 50 for multiple-entry visa).

Time needed to get Rush visa:

8 hours ( Urgent Service)

If you fill out the application form  before 08:30 am in Vietnam (GMT +7), we will send Approval Letter to you  at 6 p.m on the same day. (8 working hours).

4 hours ( Super Urgent Service)

– Morning: If you fill out the  application form before 08:30 am in Vietnam (GMT +7), we will send the  Approval Letter to you at 12:00 a.m on the same day. –  Afternoon: If you fill out the application form before 2:30 pm in  Vietnam (GMT +7), we will send the Approval Letter to you at 6:00 pm on   the same day.

Please note that  urgent services are only used in emergencies because the Vietnamese  Immigration Department may refuse to issue your visas in limited time or  due to some unexpected situations, your approval letter can not reach  you as promised. In this case, the entire amount of money will be  returned directly into your account.

How long to get Vietnam visa

You may wonder how long it takes to get your Vietnam  visa done? Normally, you have two choices to get your Vietnam visa: Option one: apply by yourself at the Embassy/Consulate; and Option two: apply online (for both  visa on arrival and visa code). Accordingly the processing time differs between  those. The latter always takes less time. Details as follows:

Option 1: Apply for Vietnam  visa at Vietnam  Embassy in your current area on your own

  1. Processing Time: The processing time  for tourist visa application normally takes four (4) to ten (10) working days.
  2. Cost: The fee varies from Embassy to Embassy;  For example, about $50US in Bangkok, and $85US  in Washington.

Visa application forms are available at the Embassy/Consulate  in your current area. You can get one by directly visiting the  Embassy/Consulate and pick it up by yourself. Or, you may download it from the  internet, fill it out and send by mail carrier with a stamped, self-addressed  pre-paid return envelope to the Visa section – Vietnam Embassy/Consulate there.  Request by email is NOT highly suggested.

Option 2: Apply for Vietnam  visa online (Vietnam visa on  arrival and Vietnam  visa code)

For both types – visa  picked up at arrival airport (visa on arrival) and visa picked up at  Embassy/Consulate (visa code), applicants can go online and get it via email  after 1 or 2 days;

  1. Processing Time: The processing time  for tourist visa and business visa via online service takes 1 – 2 working days (to  get the visa approval letter/ visa code) (Apply  online by filling in the secure online form, which takes some minutes)
  2. Cost: Applicants would pay two fees: Service Fee and Stamping Fee:

+ Service Fee (paid online): From $13US

+ Stamping Fee (paid directly by yourself where you pick up your visa):

. For visa on arrival: $25US  (single entry) and $50US (multiple entry)

. For visa code: $25US (single  entry) and $50US (multiple entry) + fee charged by Vietnam Embassy.