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Question: Visa for vietnam – basic questions

Good morning,

I want to travel to Vietnam from around 01.09. until 01.11.2016.
I do NOT have booked my flights to Hanoi yet.
Do I first have to book my flights and 2nd apply for Visa?
If I do not get a visa after I purchased my flight  – I have spent money for nothing!

OR do I first apply with an approximate arrival  and departure date and once I got the visa I will book my flights?

please advice!

Best regards,

In General Questions, Visa on arrival | Asked by Gerd Kribel | July 13, 2016


Good morning Gerd,

Thank you for your prompt reply.

We would like to confirm that the date of arrival in your visa application should be the earliest date you expect to arrive in Vietnam so you can enter Vietnam on or after this date and stay within the granted period stated in the approval letter. Therefore, we recommend you to apply for a visa first, then book your flights later to avoid any unexpected situations.

You can either submit your visa application here with us, or kindly send us a scan of your passport and confirm us your expected date of arrival, the exact type of visa you wish to apply so that we could help you with the application and save your time.

Please note that Vietnam Government has just published a new Decree since 01 Jul 2016 (Vietnam time) to extend the Visa exemption policy for German passport holders staying in Vietnam within 15 days for another year until 30 Jun 2017 (each visit using visa exemption must be at least 30 days apart from each other). Therefore, if you have chances to visit Vietnam within 15 days, you could consider using this visa exemption right to save costs.

We hope that the information above is helpful to you and let us know should you have any further concerns.

Best regards,

Kathy Nguyen (Ms.)

Sales Executive