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5 tips for getting a Vietnam visa from Thailand

It is easy to understand why Thailand stands at the top sending country of tourists to Vietnam. In fact, it has been so since tourism was officially promoted in 1995. Tourists come to Thailand find it too tempting an opportunity to miss – the two countries are only 2-3 hour flight apart.


Businessmen and other travellers often have Thailand as a lay over before moving on to Vietnam. The question is: How easy it is to get a visa to Vietnam? Here are 5 tips on how to best get your visa to Vietnam from Thailand.

1 – You can apply for a visa at Vietnamese embassy in Bangkok, at a fraction of price than you do it from home such as the US, UK and Australia. However, mind the wait and pick-up process, which can extend to almost 1 week.

2 – Visa-on-arrival is now available to all passengers flying from Thailand to Vietnam. Make sure that you apply online in advance for the approval letter, since without this document; you will not be allowed onboard.

3 – If you apply for a visa on arrival, make sure that you go with a trusted agency. The visa-on-arrival is a real business today and one simple search can yield a maze of results. Check whether the website providing service is recommended on other sites or not. Two most trusted agencies that get recommendations on famous papers and forums are:

4 – Whether you apply for a visa on arrival or the traditional one at the embassy, make sure you have passport-sized photos handy. It is cheaper to take those in Thailand or Vietnam than back home.

5 – Visa-on-arrival can be done expedited within a morning or afternoon of the business working days. Contact the agency ( and the customers support will let you know whether fast-tracking service is available in your case.



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