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Vietnam Visa on Arrival - recent experience

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Just though it may be helpful to post details of our recent experience arriving in Vietnam this week.

We decided to go the visa on arrival route rather than obtaining the visa in London or Kuala Lumpur as both options were both time consuming and more expensive. We used https://www.instantvietnamvisa.com/ to obtain our visa approval letter. I Paid the fee of $46 for a private visa letter for two people by cc and received the approval letter by email within the promised 36 hours.

With the letter was a useful guide giving clear instructions on what to do on arrival together with a PDF of the immigration form.

We arrived on a flight from KL at 08.30, disembarked and made our way to the arrivals hall where we found the VOA counter at the bottom of the escalator. there was no queue and we handed in our passports, photos, approval letter and completed immigration forms and were told to wait at a counter at the other end of there office. We waited for around five minutes and were then handed our passports back with visas inside in return for $45 pp cash.

Very important to bring the correct fee in cash. There was an American man there at the same time who had arrived without cash and was trying to pay by credit card. The immigration people were having none of it, especially when the man became a little too insistent. There didn't seem to be any ATMs airside at the airport.

Total time taken from landing to taxi was about 40 mins.

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