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Vietnam Visa

Posted by LNR on 4/1/2010 at 16:38

Hey people,
Long time reader first time poster. I'm in the final stages of setting up a 6 week SEA trip, departing on the 14th Jan.
I realise i've left it to the last minute, but i need to arrange my Vietnam visa. I'm only in Bangkok for two days, then travelling overland to Chiang Mai, and onto Luang Prabang where we'll fly to Hanoi.

What is my best option, in your experience, to obtain my visa before i hit Vietnam?

Thanks guys!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 5/1/2010 at 06:53 admin

I'd go with the Vietnamese Embassy in Bangkok -- from memory they have an express service (for a surcharge) but not sure if it is same day. Would suggest hotfooting it over there upon arrival or going to a travel agent as soon as you're in and have them sort it out.

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Posted by badgerseatfrogs on 8/1/2010 at 13:02

Posted from within Vietnam.

Depending on what country you are from, you need to arrive in Vietnam with a "Visa Approval Letter". This has to be in your hand printed when you board the plane or arrive at the border.

You can do it online @

You can pay to have it express (about 1 day) or normal (3days). The letter is emailed to you.

Have your forms filled out and passport photo ready to go to speed up the process when you arrive in Vietnam. We just flew from Phuket to HCMC and weren't allowed to board the plane without it.

Definition of an approval letter:
"Approval letter (for Vietnam visa) is the letter approved by Vietnam Immigration Department (Vietnam government) allows you enter and exit Vietnam for a given period. With the approval letter you can get Vietnam visa at Vietnam consulates/embassies or at Vietnam international airport."

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Posted by LNR on 9/1/2010 at 06:10

Thanks guys!

Much appreciated advice.

Not long now till the big adventure...

Badgers - does this apply for Australian citizens or is it just an American resource?


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Posted by heavanse on 2/3/2010 at 22:53

I'm not sure if I'm posting this right, but I have a question. I applied for a Visa Code at They keep referring to a pax. What is a pax?

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Posted by Indoluso on 3/3/2010 at 02:47

In some cases pax refers to people, might be for example: "number of people" = "number of pax"

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