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Vietnam-US ties gaining momentum day by day

(VNA) Since Vietnam and the US normalised their diplomatic ties on July 12, 1995, both countries, their leaders and their peoples have worked unceasingly to strengthen ties.

In reality, Vietnam and the US began to cooperate with each other even before they normalised relations, in conducting joint searches for US servicemen who went missing in action during the Vietnam War (POW/MIA). The positive attitude, commitment and goodwill Vietnam showed on the issue wiped out any doubts and strengthened the trust both countries had for each other, creating an impetus for bilateral relations to grow robustly thereafter. Prior to this, in July, 1993, the US lifted all of its bans on loans to Vietnam , which paved the way for the Southeast Asian country to access financial funding from overseas. Later, in February, 1994, President Bill Clinton announced the lifting of trade embargo that the US had imposed on Vietnam for many years after getting the US Senate’s approval. A year later, both countries opened liaison offices and then embassies. To strengthen ties even further, they also began to exchange visits of senior-level officials on a regular basis. In 1995, Warren Christopher became the first US Secretary of State to pay an official visit to Vietnam . In November 2000, President Bill Clinton paid an official trip to Vietnam . He was followed to Hanoi by his successor, President George W. Bush In 2006. In return, Vietnam ’s top leaders visited the US , including Prime Minister Phan Van Khai in December 2005, State President Nguyen Minh Triet in June 2007 and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in June 2008 and April 2010.

The leaders also held bilateral meetings at multilateral forums, the latest being between Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Canada . While political ties have been growing well, trade and investment between the two countries has also been growing. In 1995, Vietnam and US bilateral trade only reached 450 million USD but by 2000 this had risen to 1.2 billion USD. After both benefiting from their Bilateral Trade Agreement, which was signed in 2001, the two countries recorded a ten-fold rise in two-way trade in 2009, notching up over 15 billion USD.

With this impressive figure, the US rose to become Vietnam ’s largest importer and third biggest trading partner, plus it also emerged as the largest foreign investor in Vietnam in 2009. In addition to economic cooperation, cooperation in education has also been a great success, adding to their relationship as at the time both countries restarted diplomatic ties there were only 800 Vietnamese students studying in the US . At present, 13,000 Vietnamese students are studying in the US , putting Vietnam at the ninth position in the list of countries with the most students there and first in terms of the growth rate of student number. In health care, both countries linked up to respond to diseases and at present, Vietnam is one of 15 countries that benefits from the US ’s PEPFAR programme to combat HIV/AIDS. As ties are growing, cooperation has also increased to include security and defence and for the first time, they have established a strategic dialogue mechanism for these issues. With the mechanism, a wide range of issues have been discussed, including regional and global security, the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, anti-terrorism measures, the fight against drug and trans-national crimes, disaster relief, maritime security, search and rescue missions, visits of naval ships and peace-keeping missions. On human rights and religious issues, where both still hold different views, frank talks continue to be held and Vietnam ’s openness and willingness has been recognised by US officials and international organisations. The two countries’ people have played a key role in developing bilateral ties. Through visits and informal diplomatic activities, both countries have gained a better understanding of each others cultures, society and institutions. The people’s voice has made positive contributions to the policy making process in both countries. In 1995 no one, even the most optimistic person on the planet, could not think of what Vietnam and the US have achieved today. The 15-year relations have proved that dialogue and cooperation can narrow their differences, solve disputes in international relations and benefit all parties concerned. With what has been gained and the determination and goodwill of both countries, the Vietnam-US relationship will continue to grow and aim higher in the future in a spirit of equality, cooperation and mutual respect, not only in the interests of each country, but also for peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the world./.

US attitude is softer on Agent Orange problem

(VNA) The Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) General Secretary has recognised a slight shift in the US attitude towards solving the AO/Dioxin dilemma in Vietnam.

Tran Xuan Thu, who is also VAVA Vice President, revealed the recognition at an exclusive interview with VNA on the threshold of the third hearing on the problem to be held by the US House of Representatives on July 15.

The hearing session aims to consider steps to be taken to meet demand from Vietnamese AO/Dioxin victims and those exposed to the toxic chemical sprayed by US troops during the war in Vietnam .

Thu told VNA that the campaign in support of Vietnamese AO/Dioxin victims that has been running in all the four available channels has contributed to a shift in the US attitude towards the problem, not only in words but also in action.

The campaign, involving the Vietnamese and US Governments, Vietnam-US Dialogue Group on AO/Dioxin, the VAVA and progressive world forces, has helped bring about modest changes to the attitude of not only the US public but also politicians, he said.

First of all, the US side, for example, including politicians, has acknowledged and talked about AO victims more openly and no longer considers them as simply the disabled. Secondly, the US side has offered technological and financial solutions to detoxify a hotbed of Dioxin in the central city of Da Nang . Most recently in June, the Vietnam-US negotiation team has worked out a plan of action with a budget of some 300 million USD for 10 years to prioritise healthcare for AO victims and clean up the environment.

Representing three million victims in Vietnam , VAVA expressed thanks to the negotiation team for their tireless efforts in contributing to solid solutions to this legacy in Vietnam , said the AO watchdog leader.

Thanks were expressed not only for humanitarian reasons but also in an effort to boost relations between the two countries, Thu added.

“The 300 million USD plan is worthy of respect at a point when Vietnam is poor and victims’ need is huge,” he said.

However, he emphasised the scheme is far from meeting what is needed for the problem in relation to human beings and the environment.

“Vietnamese AO victims are looking for the deployment of the programme as soon as possible,” Thu emphasised.

Charles Bailey, Director of the Ford Foundation Special Initiative on Agent Orange/Dioxin, and Susan Berresford, former Ford Foundation President, both confirmed that it was quite possible to solve the AO impact on humans and the environment in Vietnam .

However, they acknowledged the need for significant financial resources. They asked the US Government to play a key role in meeting this financial demand and work with other donors to help the Vietnamese Government and people address the problem.

Tom Harkin, who chairs the US Senate Health, Education, Labour and Pensions Committee, shared sympathy with AO victims on their sufferings and losses during his visit to Vietnam in early July. He also emphasised that the US should consider solving the AO problem in Vietnam because of the issue of moral responsibility of those who had caused the problem.

The AO issue was not only the pain of Vietnam but also of many families in the US , said the US senator.

Hearing sessions held by the US House of Representatives and the International People’s Tribunal of Conscience as well as the consistent support raised by progressive world forces have contributed considerably to AO victims’ struggle for justice.

Eni F. H. Faleomaveaga, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia , the Pacific and the Global Environment of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, who summoned the upcoming hearing, also launched and chaired the previous two sessions in May, 2008 and June, 2009.

Unlike the previous two sessions, the upcoming hearing will include VAVA representatives and the victims themselves. They are medical doctor Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, VAVA Vice President, and Tran Thi Hoan, a second generation victim, who lost two legs and one hand. The 23-year-old girl is a student of the Ho Chi Minh City Foreign Language and Information Technology University .

Thu concluded the interview by expressing wishes on behalf of three million Vietnamese AO victims that the hearing with the first-ever presence of Vietnamese AO victims would promote a US sense of responsibility towards the problem and push the US to take another step forwards in finding a solution to the nightmare./.

Vietnam-US relations grow fast, says diplomat

(VNA) Vietnam-US ties are developing fast and effectively in all fields of economics, politics, trade, investment, science-technology, culture and education. Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Le Cong Phung made the remark in an interview granted to Washington-based Vietnamese reporters on the occasion of the 15 th anniversary of the normalisation of the two countries’ diplomatic relations (July 12). While assessing the bilateral ties over the past 15 years, Phụng said that these are special relations. “The two countries experienced a period of ups and downs, especially the war heritages, and it is unimaginable that the bilateral ties have developed so well,” Phung said. The Ambassador noted that the US leaders are all determined to boost ties with Vietnam , referring to Vietnam policies of the two former administrations of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and the current administration of Barack Obama.

According to the Vietnamese diplomat, Vietnam-US ties have recorded fast developments over the past 15 years in all fields, especially in economics, trade, investment, science-technology and education. Regarding to economic and commercial ties, Phung said that the two countries’ trade turnover climbed from some 600 million USD in 2000 when the two signed a bilateral trade agreement to 1.2 billion USD in 2001 and jumped up to 15 billion USD in 2009. The US provided Vietnam with its active supports in the country’s bid to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO), agreed to grant Vietnam the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status and is now considering to apply its Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) on Vietnam, said Phung. Last year, despite negative impacts from the world financial crisis, the US was still one of the largest foreign investors in Vietnam . In terms of education, there are some 13,000 Vietnamese students in the US , Phung said, adding that Vietnam is going on with its policy to create conditions for Vietnamese undergraduates and postgraduates to go to the US for study. As for cooperation in security and national defence, Phụng reckoned that this is a sensitive issue. However, he said, “with Vietnamese leaders’ and people’s determination to leave the past behind and look forwards to the future as well as efforts made by both sides”, the cooperation in the field has achieved positive results. Vietnam and the US had agreed to set up a strategic dialogue mechanism on security and national defence and so far three such dialogues have been made. “ Vietnam is one of the few Southeast Asian countries securing the mechanism with the US ,” Phung said. He added that the cooperation in the field will help boost bilateral ties in politics, economics and investment, contributing to enhancing the mutual understandings. While mentioning differences in several fields between the two countries, Phung reckoned that they are not obstacles and the two sides can narrow and remove them by discussions. Regarding to nearly 2 million Vietnamese expatriates in the US , the Ambassador said that this is the largest Vietnamese community overseas and they are trying to maintain the Vietnamese cultural identity. “In general, the majority of them always bear their homeland in mind. They are among pioneers in the normalisation of the ties between the two countries as well as support of the national construction and development cause. Only a few people have after historic events still showed different viewpoints, even hostility, and acted against their nation,” Phung said./.


I/ A VISA to Vietnam can be applied for by mail or in person at the Embassy of Vietnam as early as six months prior to the date of travel. The applicant must submit:

1. Original PASSPORT (which requires at least 01 month validity prior the date of exit from Vietnam and/or 06 month validity to meet airlines’ requirements). In urgent cases, a loose-leaf-visa can be requested, then a copy of passport (photo and personal detail pages) may be submitted instead of the original passport.

2. Application form (PDF Form/Word Form)The form must be completed, signed and attached with 01 original photo (2x 2in) . In case of a loose-leaf-visa request, 01 additional photo must be stapled to the form. If the applicant has already got A visa approval, she/he may write the reference number on the top of the form. For anyone who comes to Vietnam for less than 3 months and does not have visa approval, just leave “visa approval number” blank and the Embassy will take care of it. Additional processing fees for visa approval may be required.

3. Visa fees must be in the form of MONEY ORDER, or CASHIER’S CHECK, or CERTIFIED CHECK payable to “THE EMBASSY OF VIETNAM.” Applicants applying together may submit combined payment in one money order or certified check. Fee for stamping visa can be checked at Consular Fee. Other current fees (such as visa approval arrangement fee, processing fee, shipping, handling and expedite services) may be checked at:


Tel:(84)1666 224 888

4. A prepaid return envelope, if the applicant requests the visa be returned by mail. Please use USPS – United States Postal Service (prepaid postage stamp envelope or return label bought online at or prepaid return FedEx label (bought online at – The Embassy does not accept credit card for FedEx mailing service). For your documents’ safety, the Embassy advices to use USPS Express Mail or FedEx with the tracking numbers. Applicants applying together may provide one envelope for visas to be returned to the same address. For international shipping, please pay in the form of money order payable to the Embassy of Vietnam.
Diplomatic and official visas will be granted GRATIS unless otherwise agreed upon between Vietnam and the applicant’s country. In addition to the documents specified in (I), the applicant must submit a note verbal or an official letter from the relevant agencies of the US Government, Embassies or Consulates accredited to the United States, and international organizations.

II/ Processing Time: Five business days are required to process visa applications with approval. Expedited processing requires one to two business days after the Embassy has received the application (additional fee required).
Note: Please keep the tracking numbers of the envelopes to and from the Embassy. When the above deadlines have passed, use the tracking number to check with the mailing service first.

Please do not make telephone inquires on the status of your application (make sure that you keep your passport number for this request) until after the 3rd business day for an expedited case and the 7th business day for a regular case.
The Embassy will be closed on Saturday, Sunday, Vietnamese and US holidays 2010. Please take account of the observed holidays in planning for your visa application and travel. In addition, no mail can be delivered at the Embassy during weekends and holidays.

For further information, please contact the Visa Section of the Embassy:
Opening hours: 9:30 – 12:30 Monday through Friday.
Phone: (84)1666 224 888


Vietnam welcomes Canadian Navy Ship

The Canadian navy ship, HMCS Regina began a visit to Ho Chi Minh City on June 4, as part of the activities to mark the 35th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-Canada diplomatic ties.

According to the captain of HMCS Regina, Commander Haydn Edmundson, the ship has 240 officers and sailors on board.

Canadian Ambassador to Vietnam Gabriel-M.Lessard said that this visit is of great significance as it is taking place at a time when Vietnam and Canada are celebrating the establishment of their diplomatic relations. He said bilateral relations have been developing well in various fields.

Canada is an important partner for Vietnam in terms of development assistance and the two-way trade turnover ion 2007 hit a record high of US$1 billion, the Ambassador noted.

During their stay in HCM City, the Canadian guests will take part in some charitable activities, visit places of interest and lay a wreath at the late President Ho Chi Minh’s monument.



Getting a visa to Vietnam is now easier than ever before, however, it is better get yourself well prepared under any circumstances that may save you headache.

Hereunder are a few tips that should be taken into account before applying for a visa to Vietnam:

  • Make sure that you have an at least 6 month valid passport with space left for stamping.
  • Visa regulations are often changing, so check carefully before you are due to travel. Usually, it is possible to extend visas within Vietnam but not during the Party Congresses.
  • Visa extensions are often done with less than 1 week on your ongoing visa, and after 3 extensions, you must get a new visa. The fee is ranging from 18-35USD.
  • In case, you are exempted from visa to Vietnam, and want to stay longer than your allowed time, the fee is quite expensive (50-70USD), so keep in mind this when you plan your travel itinerary.
  • Apply for a visa to Vietnam one or two weeks in advance to avoid unwanted troubles or urgent fee.

Vietnam Visa For UK Citizens

A Bristish – UK passport holders are required to apply for a visa to enter Vietnam. Tourist visas are good for 30 days and may be extended after your arrival in Vietnam. You can do it your self at Vietnam embassy in London or apply for a visa on arrival.

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.

* Processing time

It takes five working days (in the normal processing) and two working days (in the fast-track processing) to process your visa for both applications made in person or by post. Application by post must be accompanied with a self-addressed envelope.

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. (Tips by DirtyQuilmes / Thorn Tree Forum – Lonely Planet)

Option 2: Apply online

Visa on arrival is recognized as a legitimate way to obtain your Vietnam visa by the British Embassy in Hanoi. A number of travel agencies are handling the process, which is quite simple:

– Apply online for the visa
– Collect the approval letter by email and prepare 2 passport sized photos
– Arrive at a Vietnam Airport and collect the visa stamp

Required documents:
You are required to submit your passport and 2 passport sized photos when you arrive at a Vietnam Airport. No documents are required at the time of applying online.

5 reasons why getting a visa to Vietnam is easier than any other countries


If you already applied for a visa to other countries, you will find that getting a visa to Vietnam a really simple process. We have just listed below 5 reasons why it is easier to get a visa to Vietnam than any other countries.

1.    Quick:  In many cases, you have a sudden plan to Vietnam for business purposes, and you do not have visa in hand. Such cases, you are able to get a visa to Vietnam in just 2-4 hours. It is still much easier even than booking a flight ticket.

2.    Simple: All the information you are required to provide for a visa application is simple: your name, your  date of birth, arrival date and passport number. You will not need to send off your passport, you will not need an income report, you will not need even a family background papers or for business purposes, you also do not need any invitation letters from the Representative office in Vietnam or your Vietnamese partners.

3.    Hassle-free: For some countries, you are required to provide the Immigration officers with a return ticket proof, detailed travel plan or place you will stay while travelling. For Vietnam visa, you will not need to provide such things either.

4.    Peace of mind: Once you make an application, 99% that your visa will be approved unless you go against its laws or Immigration policy. Vietnam welcomes all travelers to the country.

5.    Cheap: Getting a Vietnamese visa is relatively cheap in comparison to any other countries. The fee is ranging from just 30 – 80 USD.

We do believe that the simple visa process also plays a great part in attracting tourists to a country, and Vietnam has been doing a good job of it.

by Thomas, MyVietnamVisa,.com editor – 28/09/2010

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Vietnam Visa

Instead of applying visa through Vietnam Embassy, all you need to do now is to complete the online application form and pay us. Within 12 business hours after receiving your payment, we will send you pre-approved letter with code for picking up visa upon arrival Vietnam at the airport (airport at Hochiminh or Hanoi or Danang city)

For Visa application, we need the following information:
– Full name (Name as in passport)
– Sex (male/ female)
– Date of birth
– Nationality
– Passport number
– Arrival date
– Arrival flight number
– Departure date

These information will be sent to Vietnam Immigration Department, they will issue a letter of visa upon arrival for you. This letter will be scanned, sent to your email address or your fax. You will be allowed to get on board at departure airport with copy of this letter At arrival airport in Vietnam, you can get the visa with this letter, your original passport, 25USD/ person/ single entry visa or 50USD/ person/ multiple entries visa and 02 photos 4CMx6CM.

Normal time: Up to 2 working days
– Single entry visa:
1 ~ 2 persons: 20 USD/ 1 person
3 ~ 5 persons: 18 USD/ 1 person
6 persons up: 15 USD/ 1 person

– Multiple entries visa:
1 ~ 2 persons: 35 USD/ 1 person
3 ~ 5 persons: 30 USD/ 1 person
6 persons up: 25USD/ 1 person

We will be able to get your visa approved in just a few hours, here are the details:

 8 hour processing:

If you get everything done by 8.00 AM Vietnam time, we will send you the letter by 5.00 PM (8 working hours processing)

– Urgent: within 4 working hours:

* Single entry visa: 40USD/ 1 person
* Multiple entries visa: 50 USD/ 1 person