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On 2/12/2019 at 6:48 AM, scotinsiam said:

Guys - just to let you know Vietnam now do an E visa. I have not used it yet but it is $25 for a month an easy I am told. I do not know if it can be extended in the country yet or not?

https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/trang-chu-ttdt

be aware that for the e visa there are restrictions on the file size and format of the photos that one is required to upload with their application (<2.0mB and .jpeg, .jpg, .jif no .pdf allowed)...to accommodate the restrictions I uploaded a photo from the laptop camera (most phone cameras are > 2.8mB with better resolution) that was a bit blurry and then was rejected after the 3 day processing time, went to a photography shop to get things right, resubmitted and the processing re started from day one...it was then too late to travel so I got a quick visa on arrival instead, just barely...they must still use windows xp for the processing...

 

so give yerself plenty of time for the e visa application...

 

 

 

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e-visa has always worked for me. 3 days usually, once it took 7 days, I would advise doing early. 

 

I do not see Dalat airport as an entry point. I wonder if the 1-year multiple entry visa would allow that?

 

I also do not want a bunch of full-page visas, I had to get a new passport after those filled half of mine. 

 

 

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6 hours ago, mitebbots said:

e-visa has always worked for me. 3 days usually, once it took 7 days, I would advise doing early. 

 

I do not see Dalat airport as an entry point. I wonder if the 1-year multiple entry visa would allow that?

 

I also do not want a bunch of full-page visas, I had to get a new passport after those filled half of mine. 

 

 

1-year multiple entry visa? You are a US citizen? If not so how to apply for a multiple entry visa?

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yes, US citizen. I had one a few years ago before they started doing the 30-day eVisas. I got mine on entry at the time. needed US currency. 

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Bump  - best current way to get a Vietnam visa?

 

Through the Vietnamese embassy in Bangkok?

 

or prepaid visa letter from online service and $25 visa stamp while in airport 
 

 

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Not eligible for e visa? They are a breeze to secure and good for a month. Print it out and head straight to immigration on arrival. The official link is provided above.

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On 10/2/2019 at 4:37 AM, JimmyTheMook said:

Bump  - best current way to get a Vietnam visa?

 

Through the Vietnamese embassy in Bangkok?

 

or prepaid visa letter from online service and $25 visa stamp while in airport 
 

 

It will always be better to arrive with the visa in your passport, but if waiting around for about 20 to 30 minutes at the visa on arrival window is not a problem for you, or is a lot less hassle than going to the Vietnam Embassy in Bangkok, then arranging visa on arrival is fine.

 

Many of the online agents offer and express service at the airport, for a fee.  If you pay the extra money, you have your visa in just a few minutes. 

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There appears to be some new tourist visa rules starting July 1, 2020 that will limit any stay in Vietnam to 30 days no matter the length of your visa. It was first discussed on  a Facebook Vietnam forum.  Not much info out there but if this is the case it will become hard or impossible for anyone to live in the country without a permanent or temporary resident card or valid work visa which can be difficult to obtain. Presently it is possible to "retire" if you were an American with a one year tourist visa providing you made a visa run every 90 days and renewed every year.  Shorter term visas are available for other nationalities.  An expat living in Vietnam provided the link below if anyone can translate it. In addition banking regulations for foreigners went effect on July 1, 2019 restricting the opening of bank accounts and terms of time deposits to the length of your visa. Driving licenses will also be affected.  The government has been paying more attention to the fake "work" visas some visa services were selling with the penalty of deportation, blacklisting and fines.  Sounds familiar! 

 

https://vanbanluat.com/xuat-nhap-canh/luat-51-2019-qh14-quoc-hoi-2bb6d.html#noidung

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On 12/27/2019 at 10:52 AM, griffon2011 said:

There appears to be some new tourist visa rules starting July 1, 2020 that will limit any stay in Vietnam to 30 days no matter the length of your visa. It was first discussed on  a Facebook Vietnam forum.  Not much info out there but if this is the case it will become hard or impossible for anyone to live in the country without a permanent or temporary resident card or valid work visa which can be difficult to obtain. Presently it is possible to "retire" if you were an American with a one year tourist visa providing you made a visa run every 90 days and renewed every year.  Shorter term visas are available for other nationalities.  An expat living in Vietnam provided the link below if anyone can translate it. In addition banking regulations for foreigners went effect on July 1, 2019 restricting the opening of bank accounts and terms of time deposits to the length of your visa. Driving licenses will also be affected.  The government has been paying more attention to the fake "work" visas some visa services were selling with the penalty of deportation, blacklisting and fines.  Sounds familiar! 

 

https://vanbanluat.com/xuat-nhap-canh/luat-51-2019-qh14-quoc-hoi-2bb6d.html#noidung

 

This would be an extremely radical move and makes no sense considering VN wants to increase tourism as much as possible. Are we talking retro-active cuts to already issued multi-month visa periods? Or are we talking about a complete ban on tourist visas any longer than 30 days? Are you sure about this? It would be nice to get a link to the FB discussion. I checked the Da Nang-Hoi An FB page but saw nothing.

 

I will do some more checking around.

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  I don't think too many people are aware of this now and I have been having trouble finding any information. Maybe I can get some clarification from the Vietnam embassy here in BKK.  Perhaps they only want short term tourists and not someone trying to stay permanently on multiple tourist visas. My first hint of a problem was a youtube video I viewed about 9 months ago by a retired German married to a Vietnamese woman for five years. He was saying Vietnam was great to visit but don't try and retire here. He was not specific on the reason for the visa problem.  On my recon in June/July this year I spoke to several people that were angry about the banking changes and the inability to get a driving license. I have a one year multi entry tourist visa and the requirement to leave every 90 days made it of marginal value but if you have to leave every 30 it is virtually worthless.  This was my Plan B in the event I was required to get health insurance from the approved Thai providers. Basically the way I view it is that they want tourists, people with a valid work permits/visas and those that qualify for permanent or temporary visas but not those trying to stay long term on a tourist or fake work visa.  Also some new investment visas are to be implemented soon but with high financial minimums.  I'm on hold at this point in time. 

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