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smith80678 Nov 8, 12 7:40 pm

First time i came with VOA, they didnt even bother to take the photo i gave them. They handed it back with the visa

5khours Nov 9, 12 2:35 am

Just did it at SGN. Took less than 2 minutes.

escog Nov 9, 12 5:08 pm


Originally Posted by jimbo99 (Post 19620460)
You've done well. I've always had the form/photo ready and have generally waited at least 20 minutes. On one occasion there were no other pax there. They took the forms and did nothing with them for a while, still managing to take 20 minutes. The general air of non-urgency and disorganisation makes a poor first impression of Vietnam.

I recently had to do this at Hanoi, and they spent about 20 minutes just standing around waiting for the one guy who could do the stamping to arrive. I was the first one to the VOA counter, handed in my documents, and then went around to the waiting area. Everyone else from my plane arrived, and also submitted their forms and stood waiting around.

The guys in the office (there were around 6) just milled about, though they did get the desk with stamp on it all set up with forms and everything just right. Eventually, the stamping guy showed up and processed all of the passports. They could have gotten everything done in 10 minutes if the one guy was available from the beginning.

smith80678 Nov 9, 12 5:54 pm

Welcome to Vietnam!! Hehe

ryandelmundo Nov 10, 12 3:36 am


Originally Posted by ryandelmundo (Post 19589503)
There had been some discussion about if the three-month entry was real. Was hoping for a confirmation.

When you search online for Vietnam Visa on arrival there's a mission companies doing it. I was wondering if they are all legit as they all look like the same site with Live Chat and things. I checked a bit on the Thorntree and found this link

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntre...64856&start=15

Several folks including some with lots of posts recommend http://www.vietnamstay.com/service/ and they happen to be about the cheapest, so that's who I'm going with.

Cheers!

I can confirm that I received a three-month multiple-entry visa on arrival. Fee was $50. Needed the two printout and a passport photo. Pretty painless. Some folks ahead of me didn't have photos and the guy had a digital camera and snapped them. He wanted $10 I think but they got it down to $5 for both by acting stupid, nice work. So don't sweat the photo if you won't sweat the $5-$10 :)

I'd recommend going with http://vietnamstay.com as they worked for me and many others on the LP site. A google search will show a million places - who knows if they're legit. Ok, back to my cheap pho here in Saigon:)

Cheers Ryan

jimbo99 Nov 26, 12 3:14 pm

Vietnam visa on arrival - loose leaf?
 
My passport has run out of pages, but has a couple of years to run. You can't add pages to a UK passport.

The London embassy will do a visa "loose leaf" - but visas at the London embassy cost 49 and involve hassle. I've sometimes seen people arrive at immigration with loose leaf visas.

Does anyone know if they'll do a loose leaf visa on arrival at SGN?

jozdemir Nov 26, 12 3:18 pm

Not that I've ever heard or seen of...every time I've used the visa on arrival they take my passport for 10 minutes and glue in a full page visa.

I know that's not particularly helpful but it's all that I know of!

jimbo99 Nov 26, 12 4:07 pm


Originally Posted by jozdemir (Post 19749113)
every time I've used the visa on arrival they take my passport for 10 minutes and glue in a full page visa.

Yep! That's why my 48-page passport is full....

travel_geek Nov 26, 12 10:12 pm

Has anyone used Star Vietnam Visa?

http://www.starvietnamvisa.com/fees.php#private-visa

They claim to be able to process the visa letter separate from everyone else, for privacy.

IAN-UK Nov 27, 12 4:36 am

Bite the bullet and get a new passport - sounds like you'll need it sooner rather than later, anyway. And it avoids the stress of pointing immigration folk in the direction of the vaguely stamp-sized free spot on an otherwise full page.

I was in the same situation and threw money at the problem by getting the super-fast express mega-service from the passport office. It was all very efficient - and they credit 9 months (I think) of the unexpired-but-full passport to the new one.

jimbo99 Nov 27, 12 7:58 am

Thanks. I've got two or three years left and a number of pages with room for stamps. So the 49 deal from the VN embassy would seem preferable to renewing right now.

Just as I was typing the above, a friend in VN got back to me having checked with her agent. They say they will do loose leaf for VOA provided you have two photos. One goes on the visa sheet. "My mileage may vary" !

Tod E Tosser Dec 23, 12 8:11 pm

The visa fee is going up as of Jan. 1, 2013:

http://luatkhaiphong.com/Van-ban-Tie...2012-7119.html

For the lazy, you'll have to cough up $45 for the single entry visa.

jimbo99 Dec 30, 12 2:22 am

Just by way of update....

I never got around to renewing my passport. Instead I applied for the visa on arrival in the usual way (via http://hotels-in-vietnam.com/).

At the Diamond check-in lounge at TPE they wanted to see the visa. I showed them the invitation letter and said I'd get a visa on arrival. He asked had I done it before, I said yes. He said where will they put it - I said they can put it on a separate sheet.

I was in Elite class on EVA's BR391. The purser ushered me to C so I could get off first (they often do that for Diamonds). Got to the visa on arrival desk. Guy didn't speak great English, but my VN is good enough. He said no problem issuing the visa via a separate sheet rather than the label provided I had a second photo.

Record time - he did it on the spot. No queues at the immigration counters and priority tagged baggage appeared on carousel as I approached it. I was in the taxi within 15 minutes of landing.

SO, yes you can get your visa-on-arrival on a loose leaf sheet. No extra charge. You need an extra photo
(which they put on the sheet). So one completed form + one photo is what you need. Immigration stamp the sheet, not your passport. I believe on exit they just collect the sheet. So no space used in the passport at all.

If your passport is getting full, then this is the way to go in order to save those extra pages!

Unterwegs Dec 30, 12 3:09 am

Some of the Vietnamese embassies in the US do not require that you send in the passport (just a copy) - San Fransisco is one example. They will just send you a sheet of paper with the visa. You can go to the regular immigration counters. Very convenient. It is a wile since i did this, you need to call them and ask, because they don't advertise the service on their website.

SaigonCyclo Jan 1, 13 1:12 pm

Thanks for the update, Jimbo. Good info to know.


Originally Posted by jimbo99 (Post 19942018)
Just by way of update....

I never got around to renewing my passport. Instead I applied for the visa on arrival in the usual way (via http://hotels-in-vietnam.com/).

At the Diamond check-in lounge at TPE they wanted to see the visa. I showed them the invitation letter and said I'd get a visa on arrival. He asked had I done it before, I said yes. He said where will they put it - I said they can put it on a separate sheet.

I was in Elite class on EVA's BR391. The purser ushered me to C so I could get off first (they often do that for Diamonds). Got to the visa on arrival desk. Guy didn't speak great English, but my VN is good enough. He said no problem issuing the visa via a separate sheet rather than the label provided I had a second photo.

Record time - he did it on the spot. No queues at the immigration counters and priority tagged baggage appeared on carousel as I approached it. I was in the taxi within 15 minutes of landing.

SO, yes you can get your visa-on-arrival on a loose leaf sheet. No extra charge. You need an extra photo
(which they put on the sheet). So one completed form + one photo is what you need. Immigration stamp the sheet, not your passport. I believe on exit they just collect the sheet. So no space used in the passport at all.

If your passport is getting full, then this is the way to go in order to save those extra pages!



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