Monday, December 9, 2013

Airport Visa Procedure and Payment Process

Vietnam Visa on Arrival (VOA) is handled by the immigration service at the airports and as such, if the airport is operating so is the VOA department. It is absolutely vital that you have your visa processing fee(s) on you, in cash. There are no money machines (ATMs), money changers or any other way of withdrawing money in the immigration hall and the authorities do not take plastic.

Until you can pay in cash you won't get into the country and you could end up having a wonderful holiday camped on the wrong side of the barrier until your return flight leaves. If you have a bank card, an immigration officer might offer to escort you to an ATM to withdraw some money. Meanwhile you might starve to death (slight exaggeration, but you get the point) as it might be many hours before that happens. They have been known to accept payment in currencies other than US Dollars but are not obligated to do so. If they choose not to, you will have a problem if you haven't brought US Dollars with you. 

Tan Son Nhat International Airport

At  Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat International Airport) the VOA window is situated over to the left as you enter the immigration hall, at the far end. Do not join any queues for Immigration Control. The counter itself is sign-posted -  LANDING VISA.  When you get to the Landing Visa (VOA) window, be prepared to hand over your  passport, one completed copy of the Entry and Exit form, the entire letter of approval and one passport size photo (the officer will staple your photo to the form if not already attached). You should then go and sit down. Even with few people being processed do not expect passports (with the visa attached) to be returned in the order that they were presented at the window. 

 Landing Visa Office at Tan Son Nhat Airport

When your visa is ready, your name will be called and at the same time your passport held up to the window with the photo page showing. You then pay the processing visa fee  - U.S.$45 for single entry, 1 or 3 month. up to U.S.65$ for a One Month Multiple Entry and U.S 95$ for 3 months multiple entries . Vietnamese Dong or U.S. Dollars are the preferred currencies. The notes should be in good condition (no marks, nicks or tears) but it is not necessary for them to be brand new. At HCMC, people have also had Australian Dollars, GB Pounds and Euros accepted as payment instead of U.S. Dollars but no change is given for currencies other than U.S. dollars or Dong. However, to avoid payment problems, U.S. Dollars are preferable as there have been occasional reports of other currencies not being accepted. Once you have paid, your passport will be returned to you, along with a receipt for your payment. Be sure to check the newly issued visa for any errors while still at the window. You then go to the immigration control posts to be processed in the normal way. Baggage reclaim and Customs are downstairs.

Noi Bai International Airport

At Hanoi (Noi Bai International Airport) the procedure differs slightly.  The VOA office is situated to the left as you leave the corridor and enter the immigration hall.  Hand in your passport and VOA approval letter at the counter, and pick up an Entry and Exit Form if you haven't downloaded and completed one beforehand. If necessary there are desks where you can fill in the form. Then walk along the right-hand side of the office to the counter at the opposite end and wait for your name to be called. Because foreign names can be difficult for the immigration officers to pronounce they usually also hold up the passport with the bearer's photo facing outwards.

 Landing Visa Office at Noi Bai Airport

When you have handed your payment completed Entry and Exit form and passport photo to the immigration officer he or she will give you a receipt and return your passport to you, complete with the visa stamp. Check that the exit date on the visa is correct (that is, in one month's or three months' time), then retrace your steps along the side of the office and proceed to Immigration Control. Turn right for baggage reclaim and Customs.

Da Nang Airport

At Da Nang follow the exit signs. As soon as you enter the huge hall it is very easy to find the VOA window - it is on the left hand side and is clearly visible. The process is reasonably quick (approximately 15 minutes with all necessary paperwork completed before landing) but do bear in mind there is no guarantee it will be always be the same. After receiving visas / passports back, progress onwards to immigration control. Immigration Control can be slow, sometimes 3 or 4 long lines. Everyone queues up together going through the same check-points and there are no separate checkpoints for Vietnamese passengers and other nationalities.

Tip: If there are two or more of you obtaining VOA it would be prudent that once you've handed in your paperwork, that one of you stands in line for immigration control. That way you won't be at the back of a long queue.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Vietnam Visa Extension

Vietnam Visa Extension – Steps to be Taken for a Longer Stay in the Vietnam

Vietnam visa extension refers to the permission given for an extended stay in the Vietnam to foreign nationals. These persons are already in the Vietnam on a non-immigrant visa for travel, pleasure, study, work or business and want to extend their stay in the Vietnam.

When a foreigner enters Vietnam, an Immigration Officer gives him/her a  form M3 which is the Arrival Departure document.  The M3 form has a date stamped on it, on or before which the visitor must leave the country. If he/she want to stay more time in Vietnam, he/she need the permission for Vietnam visa extension and allows the non-immigrants to extend their stay for a certain approved period.
Eligibility Criteria for Vietnam Visa Extension

Individuals eligible for a Vietnam visa extension are those who have entered into Vietnam lawfully with a travel, business, family visa are not required to leave Vietnam in order to extend their visa status are not involved in criminal activities that might negate their eligibility and the status of their travel, business, family visa remains valid.

How to Apply for Vietnam Visa Extension?

There are different Vietnam visa categories and the visa extension procedure depends on which category the applicant belongs to.
  • C1 Visa: Visa with vacation, travel purpose
  • C2 Visa: Visa with family/ friend visit purpose
  • B1-2-3 Visa: Visa with business purpose
When to Apply for Vietnam Visa Extension?

According to the Regulation of Vietnam Immigration Department, the application for the extension of stay (form N5) must be filed prior to the expiration of the authorized stay and received by Vietnam Immigration Department 3-5 working days after.

In case, the application of Vietnam visa extension has been filed late and/or after the expiration of the authorized stay, it must be proved that: 
  • The delay was due to unexpected and uncontrollable circumstances
  • No such act has been committed by the applicant that might violate his non-immigrant status such as working without the approval of Vietnam Immigration Department.
  • The duration of delay in filing was reasonable.
  • The applicant is not involved in any kind of formal proceedings regarding his deportation and removal from Vietnam and
  • The status of the applicant is still that of a non-immigrant.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Transfer from Phu My Port to Ho Chi Minh city

Pick-up & Transfer from Phu My Port (Vung Tau city)  to Ho Chi Minh city

Book this private transfer for a fast and hassle-free journey to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh. Upon your cruise ship's arrival at Phu My Port, you will be greeted by your friendly and professional driver and driven directly to your hotel in the comfort of a private, air-conditioned vehicle. It’s that easy!


Private transfer from Phu My Port to your Ho Chi Minh City hotel
Enjoy comfortable, air-conditioned transport with an experienced, friendly driver
Avoid the hassle of long cruise terminal taxi lines
Service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

What You Can Expect

Private Ho Chi Minh City Transfer: Phu My Port to Hotel

Once you dock in Phu My Port, your friendly driver will meet you and drive you directly to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Whether you’re traveling individually, with a partner or in a group, your ground transport needs will be covered by this private airport or port transfer service. Avoid the confusion of taxis or public transportation and enjoy a hassle-free way to start your vacation!

When making a booking, you will need to advise your cruise ship details and your Ho Chi Minh accommodation details. Your transfer will be confirmed instantaneously and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. Approximately 24 - 48 hours prior to your arrival in Ho Chi Minh, you will be required to reconfirm exact pickup time and place (the contact number will be provided on your travel voucher).

Don't forget to book your Hotel to Airport transfer! Please email to

Call for support : +849 62 655 556 (Mr Jacky) or +849 66 56 99 56 (Mr Duy)
Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) airport pick-up and transfer to hotel

Save time and money and book your Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) airport transfer service before you go! You will be met on the ground and then travel in an air-conditioned vehicle from Ho Chi Minh Airport to your Ho Chi Minh City hotel and save the hassle of picking up a rental car, negotiating unfamiliar traffic and maps. Experience Vietnam the easy way - book this efficient airport transfer service online now!

What You Can Expect

Private Ho Chi Minh City Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel
Private Ho Chi Minh City Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel
Travel from Ho Chi Minh Airport to your Ho Chi Minh City hotel in a private vehicle. Transfer services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
When making a booking, you will need to advise your flight details and your accommodation details. Your transfer will be confirmed within 24 hours and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver.

Vehicles used:

Air-conditioned Sedan Car (1 to 4 people)

At time of booking, YOU MUST include the following flight and hotel details:

Arrival Flight Number
Arrival Time
Hotel Name (where you would like to be dropped off)
Hotel Address

Don't forget to book your Hotel to Airport transfer! Please email to
Call for support : +849 62 655 556 (Mr Jacky) or +849 66 56 99 56 (Mr Duy)