Getting our heads around the best way to arrange our VISA for Vietnam took a few hours!
We were warned by various people that it is tedious and there are many scam companies out there claiming to offer a VISA service (and if you google arranging a VISA for Vietnam there are so many companies offering to do this for you!). You can get a Third Party Company arrange your VISA and if you have booked your flight tickets through a Travel Agency they will suggest you do this. The Cambodian VISA process is super simple compared to the Vietnam VISA. After a few hours of research we found the best place to arrange your Vietnam Visa is through the embassy at this link here.
Here’s what you need to know –
- You can apply with 6 months of your trip.
- Your passport must have at least one month validity and a blank page (you’ll find for other countries its generally more than one month!).
- There is a link to download the application form and you will need to fill in one for each person travelling – the form is pretty straight forward to complete.
- You will need a passport sized photo for each person travelling. There is also different information on the internet as to the size of the photo required. We had a couple of different sizes (left over from passport, Ross got his near work and Olive’s was done separately) but they didn’t comment so I don’t think it matters too much.
- Once you have filled in the form you’ll need to call the Embassy directly (the phone number is on the website towards the bottom) and give them your dates and they will tell you how much your VISA will be and then you can send a chq with your forms. I think from memory ours were $90 for adults and $80 for kids. Be mindful that this price was for a single entry visa. If you are exploring Vietnam, then leaving and coming back into Vietnam you will need a multiple entry Visa which is something like double the price (you don’t need multiple entry if you are stopping over in the airport only).
I sent the passports and details via registered post which took 6 working days to get to the Embassy – I was getting worried. But they completed what they needed to do and it arrived back to us within a week – I included an express post envelope for the return. It took 2 full weeks in total. Friends of ours used express post both directions and their VISA’s were returned within days.
Now you know the best place to arrange your VISA for Vietnam – you can do it yourself and there is no reason to pay the extra to have a third party visa service arrange this for you!