Editor’s note:Michael Tatarski, an American freelancer based in Ho Chi Minh City, retold his most recent visa run and explained why he did not hesitate to call it a nightmare. The story below reflects the author’s own view and experience. get a new visa on a regular basis. One way to do this is to go on a border run to Cambodia and back, which I did recently. The process was a complete nightmare, and illustrative of many of the problems with Vietnam’s tourism. Local media have been full of recent stories lamenting Vietnam’s 12-month run of declining vistor numbers, although there was apparently an uptick in July. Officials, experts and members of the public have weighed in through multiple outlets, with some blaming pollution, scams and a lack of interesting tourism sites for the downward trend. Many, however, pointed to the inconvenient, expensive visa policies of the country, especially given the fact that many neighboring countries offer paid visas on … [Read more...] about American expat recounts Vietnam visa run nightmare
Can you get a vietnam visa on arrival
A recent series of reports on Tuoi Tre News that painted a gloomy picture of the Vietnamese tourist industry has captured special attention from foreign readers, who did not hesitate to pinpoint what they thought is behind a sharp fall in international arrivals to the country. >> An audio version of the story is available here >> Vietnam blames ineffective tourism promotion campaigns on shoestring budget Vietnam suffered the tenth straight monthly plunge in the number of international tourists in March, the latest in a string of worrisome issues hitting the tourist sector that takes great pride in its numerous natural landscapes and heavenly beaches. The news came as no surprise to local industry insiders, and even to some foreigners, who are working in Vietnam or have visited the country. “The traffic gets worse, the pollution gets worse, the beaches contain more and more trash everywhere,” commented Christian Krüper on a Facebook page that gathers … [Read more...] about Vietnam tourism downfall in foreign eyes
VietNamNet Bridge - After five visits to Vietnam, a US tourist has shared with the community of international travelers his experiences in getting a visa to Vietnam in the simplest and fastest way. This is the opinion of an American tourist, not the views of VietNamNet. "I'm from the U.S. and a frequent traveler. I've been to so many places in the world. Before each trip, the first thing I care about is the visa. I often search for information on the Internet about the country where I'm going to visit to know whether it requires a visa or not, and if so, which method is the most convenient for getting the visa. … [Read more...] about American tourist shares experiences in obtaining Vietnam visa
Tourists can get visas at Vietnamese Embassies worldwide or upon arrival in Danang. Danang is the first international gateway in central Vietnam to offer visas on arrival for travellers who have booked hotel rooms and have enough required papers. Details of the travel should be sent to the hotel at least 24 hours before tourists' arrival. Registration fee is approximately US$30 per person. Customs Regulations Entry: - Visitors are permitted to bring with them the following items: - Cigarettes: 400; Cigars: 50-100; Tobacco in fibre: 100 grams ; Liquỏ: 1.5 litres. - Personal belongings and gifts of a reasonable quantity and a total value of US$300. - The amount of cash is not limited, but if exceeding 3,000USD, visitors must declare to Customs. Exit: - For taking commercial goods and those of high value out of Vietnam, an export permit issued by Customs is required. Visitors are not permitted to take the following items out of Vietnam: antiques, gemstones and animals listed in … [Read more...] about Coming to Vietnam
Vietnam has made strides to make visa easier for tourists to enter the country. The Immigration Department, Ministry of Public Security has officially from September 15, 2003 issued Regulation on visa on arrival for all foreigners to Vietnam (Related Articles in National Ordinance No. 24/2000/PL-UBTVQH10). Instead of taking time to get visa stamped at Vietnamese Embassy, visitors can get stamped visa at the border gates. In order to process Vietnam visa for foreigners, you can apply visa on arrival or visa on code. We suggest you should apply for visa on arrival because its procedure is simple, no fail and additional fee. Website vietnamvisaonline.net will guide you procedure to apply for visa on arrival: Step 1 - Fill in the Visa Form Fill in the Vietnam Visa Application Form - only takes a couple of minutes. Step 2 - Confirm and Pay Confirm the information for processing your visa and pay the service fee. Step 3 - Get your Approval Letter After 1 to 2 working days, we will … [Read more...] about Visa Guidance for foreigners to Vietnam
Dear Santa,I wonder how you manage to get into Vietnam. Do you use a visa on arrival, booked by your elves? Or did the said elves have to wait in line at a consulate, pay the money and come back two days later? And since you’re on the job, how do you get your work permit so quickly?Mind you, Santa, you can get the visa faster in Cambodia than in Malaysia. Singapore is the most expensive embassy I’ve visited so far and the Australian Consulate has the smallest waiting area. Good thing you don’t have to travel overland, Moc Bai Border Gate is suffocating in the heat with nowhere to sit while waiting and Lao Bao Border Gate is a nice walk down the hill and back again from where the bus stops.And there’s no food stalls for reindeer, poor things.I wonder if customs will try to stop you at the border for sack inspection, ask for a detailed list of goods and recommend a good broker on your behalf when you’re accused of bringing in second-hand goods. Good … [Read more...] about Eek! Santa’s coming to Vietnam! Info Alert Alert Chia sẻ bài viết qua e-mail
Dear Santa,I wonder how you manage to get into Vietnam. Do you use a visa on arrival, booked by your elves? Or did the said elves have to wait in line at a consulate, pay the money and come back two days later? And since you’re on the job, how do you get your work permit so quickly?Mind you, Santa, you can get the visa faster in Cambodia than in Malaysia. Singapore is the most expensive embassy I’ve visited so far and the Australian Consulate has the smallest waiting area. Good thing you don’t have to travel overland, Moc Bai Border Gate is suffocating in the heat with nowhere to sit while waiting and Lao Bao Border Gate is a nice walk down the hill and back again from where the bus stops.And there’s no food stalls for reindeer, poor things.I wonder if customs will try to stop you at the border for sack inspection, ask for a detailed list of goods and recommend a good broker on your behalf when you’re accused of bringing in second-hand goods. Good … [Read more...] about Eek! Santa’s coming to Vietnam!
No, but seriously. I think it depends on how you would like to spend your holidays in Vietnam. If you want to stay at a nice and cozy beach resort, sipping cocktails and getting a tan, you will want to set your timing different than if you want an active holiday.But first things first: Vietnam is a long country, stretching over a thousand miles, from Sa Pa in the north to the Mekong Delta in the south. There are roughly two different climates, the northern climate with four seasons and the tropical climate with only two: dry and wet.The meteorological divide between the two main climates is the Hai Van Pass between Hue and Danang. Climate of the southLet's start in the south of Vietnam. The dry season lasts from December to the end of April. It is not raining much; the sky is clear and blue. From January to March, there is almost no rainfall at all.If your goal is to relax at a beautiful beach resort, this is the best time to visit Vietnam. If your destination is in the highlands, Da … [Read more...] about When is the best time to visit Vietnam?
Azerbaijan's Ambassador to Vietnam, Anar Imanov spoke to VIR's Hoang Mai about prospects for relations between the two countries to develop in the future following the opening of the country's new embassy. After regaining its independence in 1991, one of the main priorities for Azerbaijan was establishing relations with other countries based on mutual respect. For this reason Azerbaijan started to open diplomatic offices in different parts of the world and today the Republic of Azerbaijan has about 80 diplomatic missions and consulates abroad, including some in the Southeast Asian region. We currently have embassies in China, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. Regarding Azerbaijan's decision to open an embassy in Vietnam, I would like to say that today our main aim is to find fields where our state and private companies and businesspeople can co-operate. In terms of this, I think both countries have great potential. Good opportunities exist to develop co-operation in the fields of … [Read more...] about Azerbaijan courts stronger relations with Vietnam
Travellers could soon be able surf in Bali, shop in Singapore and eat spicy street food in Thailand before crossing into Cambodia and cruising the Mekong in Vietnam—all on a single tourist visa. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is working on a plan that would open the region to foreign tourists in the same way Europe's unified visa system has streamlined travel. "You would just have to apply for one visa and you could then visit all the countries using that visa," said Eddy Krisneidi, an official at the Jakarta-based Asean Secretariat, which recently released its Tourism Strategic Plan for the next five years. With attractions ranging from jungle-covered temples at Angkor Wat in Cambodia to five-star beach resorts in Bali, Southeast Asia is a region that tempts travellers from all walks of life. Asean countries recorded more than 65 million foreign visitor arrivals in 2009. Malaysia led the field, followed by Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, the … [Read more...] about Tourists could see Southeast Asia on single visa