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    Talking Visa Exemption on Arrival (Vietnam)

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    Cheers , the trail period must be over, will have to remember to avoid VN , must be going back to the needing a letter / visa again.
    Just checked British, German, Italian,French Spanish and Belarus via free ends 30 June, can go back to Visa on Arrival with letter, it will be back to applying online to get the letter.
    Just a heads up the 15 day Visa free entry is back for British Passport holders, I will be heading there later on in the year :
    Updates: June, 03 2018
    • - The 15 day free visa exemption has been extended to June 2020 for the passport holders from United Kingdom, France, - Spain, Italy and Germany. Travellers from these countries can travel to Vietnam without a visa for 15 days, longer term visas can be obtained through visa on arrival or at the local embassy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sisaket View Post
    Just a heads up the 15 day Visa free entry is back for British Passport holders, I will be heading there later on in the year :
    Updates: June, 03 2018
    • - The 15 day free visa exemption has been extended to June 2020 for the passport holders from United Kingdom, France, - Spain, Italy and Germany. Travellers from these countries can travel to Vietnam without a visa for 15 days, longer term visas can be obtained through visa on arrival or at the local embassy.
    They must keep on updating their visa requirements. We have just been to Da Nang and it is a 15 day free visa which has been extended to June 2021. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-ad...y-requirements

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg / Pairin View Post
    They must keep on updating their visa requirements. We have just been to Da Nang and it is a 15 day free visa which has been extended to June 2021. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-ad...y-requirements
    Even better, hope you enjoyed Da Nang did you get to see the Fire Show at Dragon Bridge, think only the weekends though, I had to go back to HCMC again this year, but made sure Ho Chi Minh City FC were at home and had a side trip to Vung Tau so worked out well.
    Just as a footnote AirAsia have now added flights from Bangkok (DMK) non-stop to Nha Trang, when I ve been in the past had to fly via HCMC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sisaket View Post
    Even better, hope you enjoyed Da Nang did you get to see the Fire Show at Dragon Bridge, think only the weekends though.
    Yes, we did enjoy our trip. We had not realised the fire show was weekends only, we still went and had an evening stroll along the river. I found the Vietnamese very friendly, the staff in our hotel were lovely. I was surprised at the lack of currency exchange booths, I was carrying sterling and the only booth I came across was in the Lotte Mart. Your £ certainly goes a lot further though, during happy hour I was paying 90p for a bottle of tiger beer and 60p for local beer.

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    I am looking at going at going to HCMC around next May when I need to go and get a new Multi Entry Non O based on marriage and making it a 5 day trip for some site seeing.
    What are the nicer places to go and where are you best looking to base yourself hotel wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonerider View Post
    I am looking at going at going to HCMC around next May when I need to go and get a new Multi Entry Non O based on marriage and making it a 5 day trip for some site seeing.
    What are the nicer places to go and where are you best looking to base yourself hotel wise.
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    I normally base where I stay on why I am in HCMC IE if arrive by train or need to go to the British Council they are not too far apart so I stay in a hotel at the back of the BC 5 mins walk and about 12 min from Saigon Railway Station and just get a Grab Bike to the airport (not recommended) If im in town a few days or will fly elsewhere I stay in an Apartment walking distance from the airport and its just off a main road into town and if I need go downtown I use the bus. However if I was going to see the sights I would stay downtown, HCMC is split into districts the start / end of the airport bus is near Ben Thanh Market in district 1, your Mrs will enjoy the market and its indoors its within walking distance of lots of hotels in the district, I would stay in district 1, be careful of Taxi scams from the airport avoid the touts. Along from the bus stop towards the river is the Saigon Skydeck I have never been up but meant to have great views. Lots to see about the Vietnam War (American war) at Reunification Palace (aka Independence Palace) and War Remnants Museum. Other sites worth a look include Saigon Opera House, but last time I was there they were construction the Saigon Metro, City Hall and Square (go early when tourist are stuffing their breakfast or night when all lit-up) during the day its really busy, but worth seeing, with your back to city hall looking forward, that is Nguyen Hue Street (pedestrian walking street) . Notre Dame Catherdal and adjacent Central Post Office Building. Ho Chi Minh City Museum, Ho Chi Minh Museum (uncle Ho). If the first time in HCMC you will be amazed by the amount of motorbikes, there is a knack of trying to cross roads on foot, but if you wait at the roadside you will be there from sun-up till sun-down.If you like coffee you will love VN.
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    @sisaket, thx for the info. In relation in what you told me, where in comparison is the Thai Consulate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonerider View Post
    @sisaket, thx for the info. In relation in what you told me, where in comparison is the Thai Consulate?
    I ve never been to the consulate, but it looks like in District 3, when I checked on google maps it puts it at 700 mtrs from the War Remnants Museum (Dis 3) and thats not far from Independence Palace (Dis 1)
    If I was on my own I would get Grab Bike from the hotel, but if Mrs was with me I would nt let her on them. But if it is in the same place IE google maps is correct its not going to be far from Dis 1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sisaket View Post
    If the first time in HCMC you will be amazed by the amount of motorbikes, there is a knack of trying to cross roads on foot, but if you wait at the roadside you will be there from sun-up till sun-down.
    My Mrs was told by her brother, best way to cross the road, close your eyes and hope for the best. I took a video showing some tourists trying to cross the road on Da Nang beach. Buses, cars and motorbikes were just swerving around them. In the end, two motorcyclists seen what was going on and used their bikes to help guide them across the road, if they hadn't, they would probably still be standing in the middle of the road.

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    Ah crossing the road keep moving do not stop ,and do not back peddle they tend to go round the back of you that is the kind of rule but scary Hanoi is bad very scary even the pavements are used as roads .

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    Quote Originally Posted by sisaket View Post
    Even better, hope you enjoyed Da Nang did you get to see the Fire Show at Dragon Bridge, think only the weekends though, I had to go back to HCMC again this year, but made sure Ho Chi Minh City FC were at home and had a side trip to Vung Tau so worked out well.
    Just as a footnote AirAsia have now added flights from Bangkok (DMK) non-stop to Nha Trang, when I ve been in the past had to fly via HCMC.
    We are going to go back to Vietnam on our next trip, July. I was looking at having 3/4 nights at HCMC, I have seen some decent priced 2 bedroom apartments next to the river. Its not to far from the Saigon Skydeck, which I fancy checking out, would also like to visit the tunnels.

    Then I don't know whether to get a flight to Phu Quoc or to get a flight to Sihanoukville to catch a ferry to Koh Rong, probably for 3/4 nights. Do you have any experience of any of the islands and recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg / Pairin View Post
    We are going to go back to Vietnam on our next trip, July. I was looking at having 3/4 nights at HCMC, I have seen some decent priced 2 bedroom apartments next to the river. Its not to far from the Saigon Skydeck, which I fancy checking out, would also like to visit the tunnels.

    Then I don't know whether to get a flight to Phu Quoc or to get a flight to Sihanoukville to catch a ferry to Koh Rong, probably for 3/4 nights. Do you have any experience of any of the islands and recommendations?
    As yet not been to the Islands (Vietnam or Cambodia) or the tunnels, but all the places your thinking about are on my mind, I too could be off to VN booked a apartment for the F1 in Hanoi beginning of April (can be cancelled free)
    A lad from E/mont went to Phu Quoc this year with his Thai Mrs for their wedding anniversary he said it was OK and enjoyed it, apart from the return to BKK when he was asked point blank was he married to a Thai, he knew, they knew the answer (she went through the Thai lines) he said yes, they warned him to have the correct Visa next time or he will be refused entry.
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    The tunnels are a day out they have got a swimming pool there too ,not that i went for a dip changeable weather the day i went ,caught the local bus from ho chi min to the tunnels very easy to do .
    A change from the hustle and bustle and smog .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samsung View Post
    The tunnels are a day out they have got a swimming pool there too ,not that i went for a dip changeable weather the day i went ,caught the local bus from ho chi min to the tunnels very easy to do .
    A change from the hustle and bustle and smog .
    Was a choice between Tunnels and Vung Tua, chose VT as I stayed near the airport and can get limo buses to and from the airport direct. Thinking of the tunnels with a stay in Tay Ninh if I get the chance.
    Can Tho VN.jpg A couple of days messing around in the Mekong Delta or day trip from HCMC. (photo:City of Can Tho)
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    Just been reading up on the visa requirements. If Phu Quoc is your first point of entry, then you could have your passport stamped with a 30 day free entry visa waiver. If your intending to do onward travel within Vietnam, then you must inform an immigration officer, you will then be issued with the 15 day Vietnam wide free entry visa.

    We have decided to start at HCMC for 4 nights, then get a flight to Phu Quoc for 4 nights, so I will be okay with the 15 day free entry visa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg / Pairin View Post
    Just been reading up on the visa requirements. If Phu Quoc is your first point of entry, then you could have your passport stamped with a 30 day free entry visa waiver. If your intending to do onward travel within Vietnam, then you must inform an immigration officer, you will then be issued with the 15 day Vietnam wide free entry visa.

    We have decided to start at HCMC for 4 nights, then get a flight to Phu Quoc for 4 nights, so I will be okay with the 15 day free entry visa.
    No check ,,,,,as Vietnam change month to month there rules .
    I can not upload photos as i can not delete some and it says i need to help anyone ?

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    no 13 bus from ho chi min to the tunnels wish i could upload photos

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samsung View Post
    No check ,,,,,as Vietnam change month to month there rules .
    Are you sure ? Or are you getting confused with recent refusals of UK tourists being denied entry/transit into China ?
    The British embassy in Beijing has received reports of an increase in tourists being refused entry into China under the visa waiver on arrival scheme. This has prompted the UK government to update their website warning tourists, that the 24 hour - 144 hour visa exemption does not guarantee entry into China.

    As for Vietnam, I am sure the following guidelines are still correct.
    https://www.myvietnamvisa.com/vietna...exemption.html
    https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-ad...y-requirements

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    When i went in 2013 i think i had to get a visa but then Vietnam did change there rules i just googled it now and it says visitors from the UK get 15 days ,
    But like i said they change the rules often be aware .
    Also Vietnam is not one of the most revisited country's there is people do not seem to go back i do not why maybe it is the trip it self and length of it .
    See post 2 in this thread.
    Also it was some £50 cheaper to get in Bangkok then the UK at the time .
    But this was a few years ago .

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    The current Visa free period up to 15 days in VN (Mainland) is valid for another couple of years for UK passport holders, however there is a period between visits I think it is a month using the Visa free route IE you could not visit for a couple of weeks then leave and return a week later, you would then a Visa.
    I went to China a few months ago, but I obtained a Visa in BKK, meant to be en route to a third country and tell the airline you want to claim the Visa exception but I ve always obtained a Visa in advance.
    PS - UK passport holders (plus 58 other countries Inc TH) can visit the Chinese island of Hainan (province) for 30 day Visa free IE without being en-route to a third country, but must be booked via a Chinese travel agent a minimum of two days prior.
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    Just looked on the UK FCO site and if I read it right I will be good for May 2020 for free entry visa for a short week in HCMC.
    I also think that Ohm is also good for a for a free entry visa?
    I will be going to hopefully get a new Multi Entry O based on Marriage.
    Has anyone had a recent experience with the requirements to get one.
    I think I had read somewhere that I need a letter from my wife? What does that entail?
    Also I think as for Savannakhet :-
    Copy and Original of Marriage Cert
    Copy of my passport and Viet Visa page
    Copy of and Original of Ohm's ID card Signed by Ohm
    Copy of and Original her Tabian Bahn signed by Ohm

    Would it be worth doing a copy of my Yellow Book and ID card?
    Do I need bank statements from my Bangkok Bank?

    What are the best days to go to the consulate there? As I know Savannakhet gets very busy on certain days.

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