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Vietnam Airport - Urgent

  • SEATraveler2

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    Hey guys,

    I'm heading from Thailand to Canada in 2 days, and have bought 2 separate tickets to get home - an AirAsia flight from Bangkok to HCMC, and then a China Airlines flight leaving HCMC after a 5 hour layover. I was told by a number of people that I will not need a visa, as I will not be leaving the airport. Im starting to get a bit concerned however, as I didn't confirm the fact that it was with 2 different airlines. Can someone confirm whether I need one or not?

    Thank you!

    #1 Posted: 4/3/2014 - 01:21

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  • MADMAC

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    If you are staying in the international section and have the ticket as proof of through traffic it seems to me you'll never need to go through customs. I can't say I know for certain, but I can't see how this could be a problem. You never need a visa when making connecting international flights.

    #2 Posted: 4/3/2014 - 01:31

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    I just checked on this with a friend who does a lot of business in Saigon and he said "No you don't need a visa. You'll have an utterly tedious 4-5 hour wait, but you won't need a visa."

    Cheers

    #3 Posted: 4/3/2014 - 02:01

  • SEATraveler2

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    I'll consider the tedious layover a blessing now that I don't have to scramble to get a Visa. Thank you very much for looking into that for me...was stressing out big time!

    #4 Posted: 4/3/2014 - 02:15

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    Sorry, just to clarify, you don't have checked bags right? As if you have to check bags.... you'll have to go through immigration before you reach the carrousel -- in which case you would need a visa.

    I didn't think of that angle - someone just pointed it out on Twitter.

    #5 Posted: 4/3/2014 - 02:32

  • SEATraveler2

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    aaand back to stressing out. Yeah I have backpack that is over the weight limit and will need to be checked :\

    Do you happen to know how quickly I can get a visa in Bangkok?

    #6 Posted: 4/3/2014 - 02:39

  • SEATraveler2

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    scratch that...i think my back pack just fits the criteria for carry-on...ill just need to toss some stuff. Thanks again

    #7 Posted: 4/3/2014 - 02:56

  • SEATraveler2

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    ugh...was just alerted to another possible issue. Does the HCMC airport stay open at night 24/7? My layover will be in the middle of the night

    #8 Posted: 4/3/2014 - 03:12

  • somtam2000

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    Getting a visa for Vietnam in Bangkok - do read the comments.

    Another option is getting one of the visa on arrival invitation things. Google it, there's roughly 32 bazillion agents offering the service and I'm surprised they haven't started spamming this thread already!

    #9 Posted: 4/3/2014 - 04:01

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