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I have seen an on-line agency quoting me $16 for the letter plus $45 for the visa. Are there any other costs(no surprises)? I'm planning on flying from Bangkook to either Hanoi or Saigon on August 1st.

No surprise costs. When you apply, you have to give them a destination and date, plus length of stay. I just did it a couple of weeks ago. Costs the same as you state. Tip: print out the visa application and fill it out before you go. Don't forget to print out the approval letter too. Also, try to get an airline seat upfront so you can get out and get to the visa counter quickly. But don't expect fast service.

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Vietnam is communist. That means they love difficulty and red tape. Easy is not in their vocabulary. Neither is convenient. If you have a choice between the north or the South, pick the South. People are more pleasant. Not the pissy, unpleasant buttheads found in the north.

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Nationals of these countries listed below may visit Vietnam without visa for a period of time.

1. Citizens of Brunei are exempted to stay in Vietnam within 14 days without visa.

2. Citizens of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos are exempted to stay in Vietnam within 30 days without visa.

3. Citizens of Philippines are exempted to stay in Vietnam within 21 days without visa.

4. Citizens of Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Russia and Finland are exempted to stay within 15 days without visa.

5. Citizens of France, Chile holding valid diplomatic or official passports are exempted to stay within 90 days or several visits of 6 months as from the date of arrival.

6. APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) Holders from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies are exempted to stay within 60 days without visa.

7. For those who travel to Phu Quoc Island – Vietnam and stay there within 15 days are exempted without visa. If they want to visit other provinces or stay there more than 15 days, the Immigration Department will be responsible for issuing visas right on the spot. Source: here

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"7. For those who travel to Phu Quoc Island Vietnam and stay there within 15 days are exempted without visa. If they want to visit other provinces or stay there more than 15 days, the Immigration Department will be responsible for issuing visas right on the spot."

Sorry I can't make head nor tail of this. Could some kind soul please explain to me. Does this mean someone can visit Phu Quoc Island for up to 15 days without having to obtain a tourist visa for Vietnam? If so can you reach this island from any port not in Vietnam?

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Any views on the agencies t hat issue a letter to get your tourist visa at the airport. They charge about $20 and then $45 as the fee when you arrive to immigration at the airport.

Real....or a scam! The Gov site says they are not genuine yet reviews say it works.

Also...any update on one month tourist fees in Bangkok embassy...their site is broken! Do they have a one day turn around......some here say yes and others say no.

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Any views on the agencies t hat issue a letter to get your tourist visa at the airport. They charge about $20 and then $45 as the fee when you arrive to immigration at the airport.

Real....or a scam! The Gov site says they are not genuine yet reviews say it works.

Also...any update on one month tourist fees in Bangkok embassy...their site is broken! Do they have a one day turn around......some here say yes and others say no.

I have not read any reports of people with visa letters from the online sites being refused their visa at the VN airports. I've done it myself twice now as have many of my friends.

A check of Vietnam embassy sites in several countries over the last year shows many of them incomplete, unfinished or simply broken. Vietnam should be embarrassed.

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Any views on the agencies t hat issue a letter to get your tourist visa at the airport. They charge about $20 and then $45 as the fee when you arrive to immigration at the airport.

Real....or a scam! The Gov site says they are not genuine yet reviews say it works.

Also...any update on one month tourist fees in Bangkok embassy...their site is broken! Do they have a one day turn around......some here say yes and others say no.

I have not read any reports of people with visa letters from the online sites being refused their visa at the VN airports. I've done it myself twice now as have many of my friends.

A check of Vietnam embassy sites in several countries over the last year shows many of them incomplete, unfinished or simply broken. Vietnam should be embarrassed.

Thanks KB for reply...I'll run with an agency and get the invite letter.

What worried me was that the Vietnamese embassy in BKK clearly warns against this.

My guess is that theses site take the visa fee away from the embassy to be paid direct at the airport.

The fee for me here in Ireland through the UK embassy is £54 plus all the reg post costs....about £75 in total.

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The same day processing isn't available for tourist visas - you must wait the minimum of 3 or 4 days to get this - so it summary if you want to make visa runs to live in Vietnam you'll be out of the country for 4 days every month . . . a bit of a pain in the butt!

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This is not necessarily true. I lived in Vietnam for 18 months without needing to leave. Just before my original one month tourist visa expired I took my passport to a travel agency who obtained on my behalf a 6 month multiple entry visa. Every 6 months I repeated the process.

It was not "necessarily" (whatever that means) true for you (count your blessings). The right amount of Dinaro will buy you anything, even in a rigid, stick-up-the-arse, bureaucratic communist country! Vietnam is a beautiful country to visit, especially along the seacoast cities. However, residing there is totally different, and very complicated game to play. No thanks,wai2.gif. I'll stick with Thailand, a place where many Vietnamese people (themselves) are attempting to migrate, by the millions. Go figurecoffee1.gif

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Latest on tourist visa application at embassy in BKK. Office itself opens around 8 AM but clerks start work at 9 AM. No ticket system.

Today's cost was 3000 THB, with pickup tomorrow at 4 PM; though I was 2nd in the queue (irrelevant) there was no chance of getting it this arvo.

What a WTVD (Welcome to Vietnam, Dude). Otherwise known as my first taste of corruption?

By the way, does anyone know of any good places to hangout visit/travel safely in the country for a fortnight? I'm a 50-something going on 67 year old Aussie, tired of the LOS after 2 months.

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I saw that many people here booked Vietnam visa on arrival through travel agents.

Can you suggest me some reliable companies offering reasonable visa service?

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Looks like visiting Vietnam just became a bit easier for five European countries:

http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/vietnam-to-scrap-visas-for-five-european-countries-in-july

The visa-free travel policy will be applicable to German, French, British, Italian, and Spanish visitors.

Vietnam currently applies a one-sided free-visa policy to eight countries, including Japan, South Korea, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, and Belarus.

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Booked to go in November to Vietnam, has any UK citizen been recently? is nothing is required except turn up with passport?

https://vietnamvisa.govt.vn/united-kingdom-citizens/

Or do you still need a visa but its free? as it would seem on below link

http://vietnamembassy.org.uk/index.php?action=p&ct=Notice2

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with a US passport what's the cheapest visa and transportation to Ho Chi Minh City from Bangkok? I think the embassy in Bangkok is only open 2-4 and maybe in the morning

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Booked to go in November to Vietnam, has any UK citizen been recently? is nothing is required except turn up with passport?

https://vietnamvisa.govt.vn/united-kingdom-citizens/

Or do you still need a visa but its free? as it would seem on below link

http://vietnamembassy.org.uk/index.php?action=p&ct=Notice2

You'll be requested to show the IO an onward ticket if you arrive in VN

by air on a visa-exempt stamp, which is for free.

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with a US passport what's the cheapest visa and transportation to Ho Chi Minh City from Bangkok? I think the embassy in Bangkok is only open 2-4 and maybe in the morning

It'd be cheapest to get a promo fare for Air Asia or VietJet.

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