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.
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.
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.
@sisaket, thx for the info. In relation in what you told me, where in comparison is the Thai Consulate?
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.
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 .
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?
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.
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 .
Can Tho VN.jpg A couple of days messing around in the Mekong Delta or day trip from HCMC. (photo:City of Can Tho)
Uncle Ho Museum (HCM) at HCMC.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.