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Visa for Vietnam

Posted by brinner on 5/9/2006 at 13:11


We are currently in Viang Veng and are travelling to Vientiane. We have read that it takes 4 days to get a visa for Vietnam from here.

However, we are flying from Vientiane to Hanoi, so is if possible to get it on arrival?


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Posted by ReneHanoi on 5/9/2006 at 14:23

Visa on arrival in Vietnam:
- only at international airports (Danang - HCMC & Hanoi)
- only if you have the stamped approval from immigration. You can get that thru any travel agency in Vietnam
- not possible if you just show up unnanouced at the airport.
You can get the visa quicker in Laos but it will cost you some extra.

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Posted by DakLak on 6/9/2006 at 06:06

Actually you can make the arrangements from where you are.

Check out:

- and -

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which both give the prices and methodology on how it happens.

DO NOT BOARD AN AIRCRAFT until you HAVE THE LETTER OF APPROVAL - they might deny you boarding in any event.

You pick the visa up at the small counter in the immigration hall where it says, naturally, Visa On Arrival.

Just have the USD$ handy (cash) and ignore the way the money flows.

If the 30-day visa is insufficient the immigration officer may give you a longer one (keep that cash handy) or you can do it through a travel agency.

If you decide to get a visa inside Laos the addresses you need are:

Consular Services
Thatluang Road
Tel: +856-(0)-21-413-400
31 Ban Pha Bat Tinh
Pak Xe
Champassak Province
Tel: +856-(0)-31-21-2058
118 Si-Sa-Vang-Vong
Muong Khan-Tha-Bu-Li
Tel: +856-(0)-41-21-2418

You can download a visa application at: < >

Donations, bribes, etc can always speed up your visa - just ask the guy at the consul how much is express service ... and don't expect a receipt!

If your plane has people seated down the middle on little plastic stools, or bags of stuff in the aisle, ask to get off and take the next flight - or fly anything without Lao(s) written on the outside.

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Posted by brinner on 7/9/2006 at 10:21

Thanks guys for the replies. We actually are getting our visa from our guesthouse. A 2 day process cost $55 each. So not too bad.

Defo avoiding Laos airlines and using vietnam airlines


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Posted by Laura_B on 7/9/2006 at 18:11

I think Laos airlines & Vietnam airlines are partners. I booked a flight with Laos airlines to go from Vientiane to Hanoi & it turned that we flew with Vietnam airlines.

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Posted by brinner on 9/9/2006 at 12:14

If you book online with someone like, then you can see who you are flying with.

Generally there is two flights a day, one by Lao Airlines & one by vietnam, the evening one is vietnam airlines and the morning one is Lao airlines

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