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Visa

Newcastle, Australia
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Visa

I seem to be getting mixed messages regarding a Vietnamese Visa for Australians. Can I get one on arrival. All the onlines seem to be scams. How can I get one?Thanks

Hanoi, Vietnam
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1. Re: Visa

What scams, incorrect!

Melbourne, Australia
Destination Expert
for Vietnam
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12,049 posts
2. Re: Visa

Hi Victoria,

There are no scam websites.

For everything you need to know about VOA, (visa on arrival) read here.

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g29…

Scott

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3. Re: Visa

Hey not sure if it's the same for Australians but there is now an online E-Visa you can get. I'm from the UK. :)

Melbourne, Australia
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for Vietnam
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4. Re: Visa

No Simone, it's not the same for Australians.

We, along with a few others, are not eligible for E-visa.

Scott

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3 posts
27 reviews
12 helpful votes
5. Re: Visa

Like the OP, we are also getting mixed messages about online Vietnam visa applications. The following website poses as an official Vietnamese government website and lists a number of "scam" websites: vietnamconsulate.org.au/content/view/12/26/. However, some of the sites listed are recommended by many Trip Advisor users on these forums. It has occurred to me that the "official" site is in fact a scam itself.

Here is the info from vietnamconsulate.org.au/content/view/12/26/:

Warning:

- We have the honour to announce that the following websites are not legitimate:

http://vietnam-embassy.org, http://myvietnamvisa.com, http://vietnamvisacorp.com, http://vietnam-visa.com, http://visavietnam.gov.vn, http://vietnamvisa.gov.vn, http://visatovietnam.gov.vn, http://vietnam-visa.gov.vn

We decided to play it safe and apply for visas prior to arrival, but have found two separate versions of the visa application form online. This is crazy!

I'm going to do further research on these forums and see what I can see : )

Hoi An, Vietnam
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1,046 posts
18 reviews
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6. Re: Visa

vietnamvisapro.net is a popular site for regulars.

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3 posts
27 reviews
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7. Re: Visa

Thanks, Happy_Travellers5174. I've seen that one recommended here. I had also seen myvietnamvisa.com recommended though, and it's one of the ones listed as a scam, so it's a bit hard to know!

Melbourne, Australia
Destination Expert
for Vietnam
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8. Re: Visa

There's no scam sites.

If there was, the TA forum would be full of threads about them.

Scott

Lincoln, United...
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9. Re: Visa

Carry-0ns

Like the OP, we are also getting mixed messages about online Vietnam visa applications. The following website poses as an official Vietnamese government website and lists a number of "scam" websites: vietnamconsulate.org.au/content/view/12/26/. However, some of the sites listed are recommended by many Trip Advisor users on these forums. It has occurred to me that the "official" site is in fact a scam itself.

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We decided to play it safe and apply for visas prior to arrival, but have found two separate versions of the visa application form online. This is crazy!

I'm going to do further research on these forums and see what I can see : )

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I suppose it depends on what you call 'legitimate' and it's definitions.

Certainly from ALL those websites you cannot obtain a visa - shock, horror, told you it was a scam!

What those companies can do (quite legally and proper) is apply to the Vietnam Immigration Department on your behalf for a Visa On Arrival approval letter. If approved, they then supply you a copy of the letter with which you use it to pick up a full blown, 100% genuine Vietnam visa. You'll find there is nothing different between the one you get from an embassy and the one you pick up on arrival in Vietnam.

There is actually a small difference. The entry date will be the actual date that the visa was issued in Vietnam. One reason to be accurate in setting your exit date. Whichever route you take the termination date of the visa is always fixed - you can always leave before it expires.

With VOA the only reason you need to shop around is that some are cheaper (usually the ones recommended on here) when it comes to application fees. With all, at the end of the day, they supply the letter for a fee. No cash involved. Most, if not all, use credit cards / paypal etc. i.e. default on the supply of the letter and you can apply to your issuer for a refund. So not much point running a scam agency.

Until I qualified for the 5 year exemption I used to use one of those 'scam' sites mentioned. No problems whatsoever in 4 years (8 VOA entries). I used to get the approval letter within 2 days from applying.

If you like to spend far more than you need to applying via the embassy, up to you. Why reinvent the wheel?

Edited: 6:16 am, November 19, 2017
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10. Re: Visa

Thanks, 69bertie. I thought "scam" meant that the visa letter provided would not be considered legitimate and you could have issues upon arrival in Vietnam. Thank you for clarifying!

I have read that there can be long line ups for the VOA once you get to Vietnam, so that is still one thing steering us towards the more expensive option of getting a visa prior. We'll be arriving in Nha Trang (CXR) at 4pm on New Year's day.

Thanks again.