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Full guide to get Vietnam visa for Australians

Do Australians need  a visa to visit Vietnam? If yes, how they can obtain it? These are the questions of interest that all Australians want to find the answer before their trip to Vietnam. And these are also the questions with which this post will deal.

Do Australians need a visa to Vietnam?

The answer is NO if:

  1. They directly travel to Phu Quoc island of Vietnam from a foreign territory or country;
  2. Stay there for no more than 30 days; and
  3. Leave the island directly for a foreign territory or country.

phuquoc island - vietnam visa information

Otherwise, a valid visa is required.

How to obtain Vietnam visa for Australians if required?

It can be said that at the moment, getting Vietnam visa for Australians are very easy as they may have two ways to handle this work, namely:

  1. Obtain visa via Vietnam Embassy; OR
  2. Obtain a Vietnam visa on arrival.

Which way is better? Which one should you choose? Please find the answers in the following comparison between these two ways.

1. Similarities

Both these options offer a valid and legitimate visa to Vietnam.

2. Differences

2.1. Beneficiaries

While the former option is available for all those traveling to Vietnam, the latter supports those traveling to Vietnam by air only.

2.2. Issuing Authority

The visa obtained in the former way is issued by the Vietnam Embassy while that in the latter is issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department.

2.3. Steps to apply

For Visa at Vietnam Embassy:

The procedure to obtain this kind of visa may vary from embassy to embassy depending on the embassy you are intended to work with. Some accept visa applications submitted via post, via a third party but some accept submission in person only.

Here is the common procedure and documents to obtain Vietnam visa in person at Vietnam embassy:

  1. Download the application form on website of the embassy you are planned to apply for visa with, fill it out and attached it with a photo;
  2. Prepare documents for application, including: application form, original passport, photos and visa fee and others as required by the embassy;
  3. Travel to the Embassy to submit application documents and […]
January 10th, 2017|Categories: Vietnam Visa Tips||

Full guide to get Vietnam visa for United States Travelers

Updated December 2016

As updated in December 2016, all United States travelers to Vietnam need to obtain a valid visa except they directly visit Phu Quoc Island of Vietnam from a foreign country/territory, stay there for no more than 30 days and finally leave it for a foreign country/territory outside Vietnam.

Phu Quoc Island - ideal destination for relaxing

In case a Vietnam visa is needed, US travelers may have two ways to go about with this matter.

  1. Obtain visa via Vietnam Embassy; OR
  2. Obtain a Vietnam visa on arrival.

Which way is better? Which one should you choose? Please find the answers in the following comparison between these two ways.

1. Similarities

Both these options offer a valid and legitimate visa to Vietnam.

2. Differences

2.1. Beneficiaries

While the former option is available for all those traveling to Vietnam, the latter supports those traveling to Vietnam by air only.

2.2. Issuing Authority

The visa obtained in the former way is issued by the Vietnam Embassy while that in the latter is issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department.

2.3. Steps to apply

For Visa at Vietnam Embassy:

The procedure to obtain this kind of visa may vary from embassy to embassy depending on the embassy you are intended to work with. Some accept visa applications submitted via post, via a third party but some accept submission in person only.

Here is the common procedure and documents to obtain Vietnam visa in person at Vietnam embassy:

  1. Download the application form on website of the embassy you are planned to apply for visa with, fill it out and attached it with a photo;
  2. Prepare documents for application, including: application form, original passport, photos and visa fee and others as required by the embassy;
  3. Travel to the Embassy to submit application documents and pay for visa fee;
  4. Get the Appointment Letter and then leave there for home;
  5. Travel back to the embassy on the appointed date to pick up original passport and visa.

The visa processing time is normally 4 – 5 working days.

For Visa on Arrival

The process to get Visa on arrival is completely different. […]

December 24th, 2016|Categories: Vietnam Visa Tips||

Best News Ever – Vietnam Visa for US from December 15, 2016

It is really great for us to inform that from December 15, 2016, all types of Vietnam visa available for other nationals (1-month single/multiple entry visa, 3-month single/multiple entry visa, 6-month multiple entry visa and 1-year multiple entry visa) are AVAILABLE AGAIN for US passport holders.

various Vietnam visa types for US back

As many of you may know, from September 1, 2016, all US passport holders must obtain a 1-year multiple entry visa for their trip to Vietnam, regardless of length of their stay in the country. This policy encountered a lot of complaints from US travelers who wished to stay in Vietnam for a short term, even a few days but had to pay for a large amount of money.

Together with this move back to previous visa types for US travelers to Vietnam, we are also happy to announce that US passport holders who have obtained the visa approval letter for 1-year multiple entry visa with us – Vietnam-visa.com but wish to stay in Vietnam for a shorter term can have opportunities to get a short-term visa approval letter processed by the Vietnam immigration Department for FREE, and then to get visa stamped at Vietnam airport at a lower stamping fee.

We are filtering our system and will contact our US clients with this new policy. In case you are our client, you got a 1-year multiple entry visa approval letter, have not used it but wish to stay in Vietnam for a shorter duration, you will soon receive our email regarding this processing. If you cannot wait to see our email, please get back to us at Sales@Vietnam-visa.com | Support@Vietnam-visa.com and tell us your application ID as well as which type of visa you wish to obtain.

In case you did not get the visa approval letter with us, please contact your service provider to ask whether they process the visa approval letter again for you for FREE OR NOT.

Well, we are so excited with this news. So now, the cost of Vietnam visa on arrival […]

December 14th, 2016|Categories: Vietnam Visa News||

Best way to get Vietnam visa in case of traveling by air to Vietnam with kids

The traditional way of getting a visa via Vietnam embassy is no longer the best way to obtain a Vietnam visa for foreigners, especially those traveling by air to Vietnam with kids. The reason is that they need to submit original documents to the embassy (original passport), and just image how difficult to reach the embassy in case they do not have anyone take care of their baby.

Vietnam visa on arrival - everything you need to know

Visa on arrival has long become more preferred instead in this case. Since its introduction, visa on arrival has showed its convenience in which travelers only need to stay at home and complete their application for visa online. And then, they will receive the Visa Approval Letter issued by the Immigration Department within just 2 working days at maximum (for tourist visa). This is an electronic document that allows travelers to pick up official visa straight away at Vietnam international airport without visiting any embassy.

Do you want to know the whole process of obtaining a visa on arrival to Vietnam? Following is your information:

To get such kind of visa, you only need to go through 4 simple steps as follows:

Get Vietnam visa cheap and easy

  1. Complete the online form: no document required, just information. In this step, you will need to access to https://booking.vietnam-visa.com/step1.html, and fill out the form with required information including contact info, visa info and applicant’s info;
  2. Review info and pay for service fee: This step will give you time to check your information to make sure every thing you provide is correct. And then you go to final step of pay for service fee online;
  3. Receive visa approval letter via email: After 2 working days or even sooner as you request, please check your inbox to receive your visa approval letter and detailed guide to pick up full visa at Vietnam airport;
  4. Get visa stamped: this is the final step, you will get your visa stamped onto passport […]
December 10th, 2016|Categories: Vietnam Visa Tips||

South East Asia Fun Facts

The region of South East Asia is surrounded by the areas of China to the north, the subcontinent of India to the west and the rest is bounded by the waters of the Pacific Ocean.  This large area encompasses 10 countries which include in no particular order Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and the Philippines.

The actual term of South East Asia became popularized during World War II.  Before this, it was called by many names such as the East Indies, the Indochina region and even the Malay Peninsula.

Here are some interesting facts:

After Brazil, the country of Vietnam is the largest exporter of coffee.

Vietnam coffee - Vietnam visa

The temple of Angkor Wat of Cambodia is the largest known temple on earth.

Laos Sunset at Wat That Chomsi

Vietnam stretches close to 1700 km from north to south, and at the narrowest area (chokepoint) located near the center of the country; it is only 50 km wide.

Halong bay - Vietnam - Visa

The country of Indonesia has over 15,000 small to large islands.

Island of Indonesia - Vietnam visa

The population of South East Asia as a whole is close to 600 million people, where a fifth is living on the island of Java (Indonesia).

The Island of Java - Indonesia - Vietnam visa

The country of Brunei has the most vehicle ownership in all of Southeast Asia.

Brunei travel - Vietnam visa

The National sport of Laos is Kator.

Malaysia has a plant species that grows the world’s largest leaves which can measure up to 3 x 2 m long.

Trees with world's largest leaves in Malaysia - Vietnam visa

The most popular drink in Myanmar is actually tea (both black and green).

tea farming in Myanmar

In […]

December 9th, 2016|Categories: World Travel||

A Christmas note from Deals Hong Kong for group buy gift shopping

The holiday season is dawning upon us and there is a new way to find great gift ideas at a bargain.  The year 2016 has been kind to shoppers looking for all sorts of group buying deals and daily deals will leave its imprint on holiday shopping as well.

Christmas notes Hong Kong - Vietnam visa online

The main worries for holiday shoppers are the busy crowds, parking, and heavy shopping bags.  Of course online shopping is one solution for these headaches, but this year giving gifts via group deals gives shoppers another new option.  For gift-able group deals, shoppers simply have to input the receiver’s e-mail address during checkout.  If the gift is a physical good, the shopper can also choose to redeem the item first, then give the gift in person for a more personable experience.

Christmas note for Hong Kong - Vietnam visa online

Another worry for holiday gift givers is that it takes too much time to look for the right gift, at the right price.  With group deals, shoppers can always ensure that they are getting a great deal since they are usually paying at least 50% or more off the original price.  What’s more common gifts such as jewelry, electronics, gadgets, and beauty & spa vouchers are always commonly found in group buying.

Christmas deals Hong Kong - Vietnam visa

Looking for something unique?  For those who need some inspirational ideas on gifts for kids, bosses or your significant other; be sure to visit Hong Kong Christmas deals to help with your holiday shopping.

Hopefully our website is able to help you find the best gift for all your loved ones this holiday season.  Happy holidays from all of us here at Deals Hong Kong, and we wish you a pleasant beginning to 2017!

December 6th, 2016|Categories: World Travel||

5 ways to request Visa approval letter with Vietnam-visa.com

For many year entering Vietnam has been made much easier with introduction of Vietnam visa on arrival, in which travelers will need to obtain a visa approval letter online in advance to then get full visa upon arrival at Vietnam airport.

At Vietnam-visa.com, with over 10 years assisting travelers to get visa on arrival, we respect convenience of our clients, so we also try to be flexible in our ways to assist our clients. As such, we have developed up to 4 ways for travelers to request the visa approval letter via us, namely:

1.Online Form

We have developed a very simple online form for our dear clients to complete their application. Here is the link for direct application: https://booking.vietnam-visa.com/step1.html.

online Vietnam visa application form step 1

2. Email

In case you not want to  complete the form, you can send us your request to our email Sales@Vietnam-visa.com. In your message, please provide us the following information:

  1. Visa type;
  2. Arrival date;
  3. Purpose of visa;
  4. Applicant’s details: full name, nationality, date of birth, gender, passport number and passport expiry date.

To make sure you do not provide wrong personal information, you do not need to specify applicant’s details, but send us a soft copy of your passport and we will complete your information on your behalf.

make a phone call to request Vietnam visa approval letter3. Phone call

Even in case you do not want to compose an email, you still can request the visa approval letter by making a phone call to us at +84.473.005.333 (ext. 221 or 224) or +84.946.583.583 and informing us the same information as the request made via email.

4. Facebook

In case you are on facebook, you still can apply for visa approval letter via this channel. Just inbox us the same information as in the request made via email. And to ensure correct information, you can attach soft copy of your passport thereon.

Here is the link of our fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/VietnamVisaService/.

Chat online to request Vietnam visa approval letter[…]

December 5th, 2016|Categories: Vietnam Visa Tips||

The Top 5 Things to Do in Hà Nội, Vietnam

While there are literally hundreds of places to visit and things to see and do in Hanoi, Vietnam, I have listed below my top 5 things to do in if you’re on a limited time schedule. Make sure you plan ahead for your trip to Vietnam by obtaining the proper visa you may need. Obtaining a visa-on-arrival is the easiest way to do this.

Finding the right hotel for your visit to Hanoi should be very easy. There are hundreds of hotels scattered throughout the city. Finding accommodation near Hoan Kiem Lake would be your best bet to be in the center of the city. The backpacker area of Hanoi is to the North of the lake, the French District is to the South. A lot of budget accommodations are scattered throughout the North and West side of the lake. Budget accommodation will cost between $10-20 USD per night, hostels run about $5-10 per person.

1. Hue Café

You may not even notice this café as you walk through the winding streets of Hanoi. Located at 26 Hang Giay Street, this coffee shop is your best bet for the Vietnam coffee you’ve been dying to try. It was once rated the 7th best Coffee Shop in the world by several magazines, and you won’t be disappointed. With only 1 table and 4 chairs at the time of visit in 2013, the top coffee to sample here is the ‘Weasel 1 Coffee’. Vietnam is famous for its ‘weasel’ coffee, where the coffee beans are fed to weasels whose digestive systems help to change the properties of the beans, leaving them with a smooth, hazelnut, and chocolate flavor. The coffee is thick, and matches perfectly with the condensed milk that is often laying at the bottom of the cup. Be careful, there are two Hang Giay Streets in Hanoi, this one is located near the backpacker area.

Hue Cafe - Hanoi - things to do - Vietnam visa

2. Bia Hoi

Bia Hoi is fresh Vietnamese beer that lacks preservatives and is only drinkable for 24 hours. […]

November 28th, 2016|Categories: Vietnam Travel Tips||

3 winter treats of Hanoi

If you are in Hanoi in these day, you will easily feel the wing of winter covering the city. It is not as cold as in European countries, but it is enough cold for people to stay close to each other to get them encompassed by warmth.

In stead of a cup of ice lemon tea in a hot day, here are the recommend 3 street dishes to enjoy when Hanoi is getting cold.

1. Boiled snails

Boiled Snails - a treat of Hanoi in winter - Vietnam visa

Boiled Snails – a treat of Hanoi in winter

Like many other places across Vietnam, boiled snails become an in dispensable dishes of Hanoians when the winter comes.
Snails are often soaked with chilly in order to make them “open the mouth” to release dust and sand inside before being boiled.

The snails are normally served with a mixture of fish sauce, lime, chili, sugar and lemongrass. It is quite interesting to know that this accompaniment varies from stall to stall and the good sauce rather than the snails is the key to attract eaters.

2. Grilled corn

Grilled corn - Hanoi winter treat - Vietnam visa

Grilled corn

Another popular food in winter day in Hanoi is grilled corn. Its scent coming along with chilly winds of winter nights always brings about a bit of warmth inside many Hanoians. Vendors, who are mainly middle-aged and old women, begin to cook and sell grilled corn from late afternoon. They often put corns on fire built by charcoal and constantly turn them over to make corns become well cooked but not burnt. As a result, while the cover becomes hard and browned, the inside is still glutinous, sweet and packed with flavors. Grilled corn stalls can be found almost anywhere on the sidewalk of Hanoi during the night.

3. Banana cake

winter cakes of Hanoi - Vietnam visa

Winter cakes of Hanoi

The smell of the cakes makes passersby’s […]

November 26th, 2016|Categories: Vietnam Travel Tips||