Before your flight > Visas, Hotel, Transportation in Vietnam

Visas need to be considered
A valid visa is required for almost citizens of foreign countries to visit Vietnam for any purposes from visiting friends and families to going on a business trip or leisure vacation. Fortunately, it is much easier these days for foreign passport holders to apply for visa to Vietnam as there are two available ways to go about this matter.

- Applying for visa at Vietnam Embassy (traditional way, visa picked up at Vietnam Embassies) or,
- Apply for Visa on arrival by your ground handling agent assuming you have provided passport details at least 02 working days before you arrive. (visa picked up at Vietnam International Airports).

Visa type: Normal visa is single entry with max staying 30 days. An other option is multiple-entry visa with duration of staying up to 3 months. Should a 3-month multiple visa required to obtain on arrival, prior notice should be 5 working days minimum.

Required personal documents
Crew and passengers must have current passports with at least six months of remaining validity, and a valid visa into Vietnam.
Some citizens are not required visa for Vietnam. You should contact your local handling agent for this information before arriving into Vietnam
Vaccinations: Currently vaccination not required for Vietnam

Transportation
According to Vietnamese regulation, International Drivers License is not accepted in all cities of Vietnam. It is difficult to drive a car in Vietnam in the even that you have Vietnamese driving license.  Because you don’t know well about roads, driving together with so many motorcycles. Prepaid transportation with a driver is best choice which can be set up through your ground handling agent.

Hotel Reservation
Most preferred hotels are located in the central city area of big cities. It is recommended that crew stay at 4-5 star hotels and hotel booking service can be done through your handling agent. Check in and check out time for hotel in Vietnam is 1400 and 1200 noon respectively. If you scheduled for early arriving and late departure, it’s best to book the night before and extend the following afternoon/ evening.
Hotel policies should be known well before you decide to book the room as cancellation policies required 03 days prior at least for changes or cancellation at most hotels.
Most hotels at big cities are at full occupancy during holidays. These holidays include New Year, Lunar New Year, Country Liberation day, Independent day.