Vietnam visa

Discussion in 'Passport' started by Ozgirl, Feb 3, 2017.

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    Ozgirl

    Ozgirl Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Hi All,

    I need to get a visa for Vietnam.

    There seems to be these online companies were you apply on line (like a visa waiver program) and show up with the confirmation passport photos etc at Immigration on arrival.

    Are these legit?
     
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    Beerman

    Beerman Dedicated Member

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    Ozgirl

    Ozgirl Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Yeah i did more research myself - turns out some are legit some are not.

    But the worst is you basically have to hang out at the airport waiting for them to make your visa.

    BUT have just found another loop hole. German passport holders do not need one!
     
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    Karicta

    Karicta Dedicated Member

    Our travel agent organised all of ours
     
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    Tanuki

    Tanuki Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    We sent our passports to the Embassy in Canberra. No fuss.
     
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    Fmr_Mr_Eski

    Fmr_Mr_Eski Active Member

    Just use the online visa agents. Pretty simple. Maybe 20 minutes of waiting to get in when arrived.

    Beats the hassle of posting away and cheaper.

    I used vietnamvisapro a couple of years ago.
     
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    Richard

    Richard Addicted Member Administrator

    Eski's success not withstanding, there are heaps of scams online.

    +1 researched it thoroughly when we went in 2015. If you are not in Canberra or Syd then it is legit to post and have returned as per Tanuki. We did this 48hr turnaround.

    The problem with the official Syd Consulate site is that it has the same 'amateur' look as most of the scam sites, it also debunks the scam sites with language that makes you think it also is a scam site.

    Embassy site here http://vietnamembassy.org.au/

    All the advise on TripAdvisor and elsewhere is DO NOT turn up at the border without a legit pre-arranged Visa.. You will not get one at the border that passes muster. Not worth the risk.

    We crossed from Cambodia into Vietnam at a river border on the Mekong. Definitely too risky without a legit Visa.
     
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    Richard

    Richard Addicted Member Administrator

    Germany is one of the very few countries that has more freedom of movement than Aussies.
     
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    JoeKing

    JoeKing Part of the Furniture Season Pass Gold

    Ironic, huh?

    Where's yer papers?
     
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    Chondro

    Chondro Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    We also did this.
    You can get fairly scammed doing the visa on arrival there
     
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    Tanuki

    Tanuki Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    On our first trip to Vietnam in 2007 we crossed from Cambodia, right down south on the coast east of Sihanoukville. No visa or anything. Just a few stamps and from memory about $50USD each.
     
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    Tanuki

    Tanuki Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Edit: my wife just corrected my dodgy memory. We actually got a visa in Sihanoukville. Was fairly shonky though.
     
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    dr80

    dr80 Well-Known Member Season Pass Gold

    I used vietnamvisa.com 12 months ago to enter via Da Nang.

    Definitely not a scam.
    Worked perfectly.
    A very good service; would use again.
     
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    Fmr_Mr_Eski

    Fmr_Mr_Eski Active Member

    I can't believe people are stressing about one of the easiest visas to get (excluding waivers or VOAs).

    You guys would be stuffed trying to work out a Sudanese or Turkmen visa.