I will be flying to Vietnam from Bangkok for 1 month in this summer and am trying to figure out if I will need to apply for my visa in advance. As I understand it (from various ‘Vietnam visa’ websites) that I am from the UK I can get a visa on arrival in Vietnam.

However, what concerns me is that I won’t be arriving from the UK but from Bangkok so different rules may apply.

Can anyone clarify this?

Hi Andy Smith,

Please be informed that as a UK citizen, you can get a Vietnam visa on arrival regardless of where you are departing for the country, provided that you travel to Vietnam by air.

But you should keep in mind that picking up visa on arrival does not means you need to do nothing before your departure for Vietnam but presenting your passport to get visa when you land in the country.

With this option, you need to apply online via a travel agent for a pre-approval letter first. This letter is issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department via the travel agent as an official permission allowing to board flight to Vietnam.

Following are 4 steps to obtain a visa on arrival for Vietnam applied by Vietnam-visa.co.uk:

  1. Access to https://booking.vietnam-visa.com/step1.html to complete the online application form with required information (including applicant’s full name, date of birth, passport number, passport expiry date, arrival date and purpose of visit);
  2. Pay for service fee online;
  3. Get visa approval letter within 1 or 2 working days and detailed guide to pick up visa upon arrival;
  4. Get visa stamped at Vietnam airport.

Should you need any further information, please feel free to contact us.

Kind regards and happy travels,

Vietnam-visa.co.uk