Choose the time for your holiday
Your holiday in Vietnam depends a lot on the time you will be in the country. While located in the Southeast Asian region, Vietnam has a more diverse climate compared to its neighbors. The weather in Vietnam is divided into 3 different regions, and it even has winter in the north. For an overview, from December – March is the best time to explore Vietnam.
To check out more details about the weather in different regions: “Best Time To Visit Vietnam”
Get a Vietnam Visa
Almost all visitors to Vietnam need a visa to enter the country, although some exemptions apply for citizens of countries with reciprocal agreements with Vietnam. Depending upon the nationality and passport of the applicant, a tourist visa can be obtained at the Vietnamese diplomatic office or consulates in foreign countries. Visas can also be obtained with the help of a licensed Vietnamese Travel Company, known as a “Visa on Arrival”. Visas may be either single-entry or multiple-entry, as requested at the time of application.
Visa on Arrival (VOA)
The easiest way is to get your visa through a licensed Vietnamese Travel Company, such as Asia Trip Deals. We can quickly and efficiently organize your pre-arranged VOA if you wish. Our visa processing fee is a reasonable rate of USD$10 / person only. Except for American citizens who are required to pay a stamping fee of USD$135 to get a 1-year, multiple-entry tourist visa, other nationalities need to pay just USD$25 / person for a single entry and USD$50 / person for multiple entries.
To apply for your VOA please email us the following information:
Arrival and departure dates
Full passport details:
Note: your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your travel date, and there must be several blank pages left on your passport.
Once we have received your information, we will secure a Visa Approval Letter for you. This usually takes about 2 – 4 working days (ie. excluding weekends). We will then send you the letter via email or fax. You must present this letter upon boarding your flight. Also, you will need to prepare two photos (6 cm high x 4 cm wide – white background, no glasses, no smiling).
On arrival at the airport (in Hanoi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City), please find the Visa on Arrival window/counter where you will hand over your passport and photos, and be given a simple form to fill out. Pay the stamping fee of USD$25 for the single entry and USD$50 for multiple entries. The staff at the airport will shortly return your passport with your visa, after which you will be allowed to exit the airport.
The citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Vietnam for a certain amount of time:
Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia (maximum stay of up to 30 days)
Philippines (maximum stay of up to 21 days)
Japan, South Korea (maximum stay of up to 15 days)
Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom (maximum stay of up to 15 days).
Unfortunately, citizens of the following countries are ineligible for a VOA and will have to apply at their nearest Vietnamese embassy/consulate:
South Asia – Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Africa – Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa
Starting from February 1st, 2017, the Vietnamese government officially launched the electronic visa plan for foreign tourists from certain countries visiting Vietnam. To apply for an e-visa, please visit http://www.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn or http://www.immigration.gov.vn. For the list of countries whose citizens are eligible to apply for an e-visa to Vietnam, click here.
*TIP: All nationalities traveling directly to Phu Quoc Island can visit the island for 30 days visa-free. To do this you will need to show an outbound ticket on arrival in Vietnam.
Pick your destinations to explore in Vietnam
There is no way you can choose just 1 or 2 places to discover in this wonderful country. Every destination in Vietnam you visit, you will be rewarded with distinctive charms, and thus have beautiful memories to take back home with you. In case this is your first holiday in Vietnam, we have a list of popular destinations for you:
Ho Chi Minh City
Fly to Vietnam
For international flights, you will be likely to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi) or Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City).
Below the list of airlines that provide international flights to Vietnam:
From the US: Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines, Philippine Airlines, ANA (All Nippon Airways), Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, United Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, China Eastern, Air New Zealand, EVA Air, China Airlines, Scoot, Japan Airlines, American Airlines, AirAsia, Emirates, Air China, Delta Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, China Southern, Aeroflot, Air France, Qantas.
*Please note that there is no direct flight from the US to Vietnam.
From Europe: Vietnam Airlines, Qatar Airways, Asiana Airlines, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Air China, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, ANA (All Nippon Airways), Philippine Airlines, Turkish Airlines, EVA Air, Royal Brunei, Korean Air, Aeroflot, Air New Zealand, Air France, Qantas, Swiss, Scoot, Thai Airways, China Airlines, China Southern, China Eastern.
*From Europe, there are hundreds of flights to Vietnam, direct or non-direct (usually with 1 stop), thus you can choose the flights that fit your preference more.
From Asia: Vietnam Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, VietJet Air, Scoot, Jetstar Pacific Airlines, Jetstar Asia, AirAsia, Thai AirAsia, Thai Lion Air, Malaysia Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Air China, Air Macau, Cathay Pacific, Garuda Indonesia, Cebu Pacific, China Southern, Bangkok Airways, Lao Airlines, Thai Airways, Malindo Air, China Eastern, Korean Air, Japan Airlines, Hongkong Airlines, Royal Brunei.