Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everybody!!!! I made some recent posts to the Trip Advisor website that were simply about some up and coming changes that will affect travelers to Vietnam. For the life of me I cannot understand what their problem is and I notice many of the most knowledgeable contributors absent with either suspended accounts or perhaps no longer wishing to contribute. The void is quickly being filled by people who are giving very bad or mistaken advice. I have to wonder after becoming so popular so quickly, if they will fall just as fast……. Anyway……. Here is the information they felt should not be shared with TA readers.
VIETNAM VISA STAMPING FEE 2013
1) Stamping Fee
Amending And Supplementing The Circular No.66/2009/Tt-Btc, Of March 30, 2009 Of The Ministry Of Finance Stipulating The Regime On Collection, Remittance, Management And Use Of Fees On Passports, Visas And Papers On Entry, Exit, Transit And Residence In Vietnam takes effect on January 01, 2013. It will cost foreign and overseas Vietnamese visitors to nearly double to obtain visas to come to Vietnam starting next year.
Type of fees
|1||Single-entry visas||USD 45|
|a) Valid for less than 01 month||USD 65|
|b) Valid for less than 06 months||USD 95|
|c) Valid for 6 months or more||USD 135|
|3||Transfer of validity of visas or temporary residence from expired passports to new passports||USD 15|
|4||Temporary residence cards:|
|Valid for up to 1 year||USD 80|
|Valid for between over 1 year and 2 years||USD 100|
|Valid for between over 2 year and 3 years||USD 120|
Requirement visa on arrival
Applicants must enter Vietnam by air to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city or Saigon and DaNang city.
Two passport photos size 4 x 6 cm.
Printing approval letter to get boarding.
Paying stamping fee in cash USD at the airport when picking up visa.
In addition, I have been informed that in part to the over 200 deaths of foreigners in Vietnam due to traffic fatalities, foreigners will no longer be allowed to drive without a valid Vietnamese drivers license…… Sorry Top Gear fans……