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Vn Departure Tax

Amed, Indonesia
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Vn Departure Tax

Hi All,

Forgot to mention in my trip review that the US$14 departure tax has been scrubbed, it's now built in to your ticket. I wasn't aware of this until I went in search of the departure tax counter at Saigon airport last Thursday, ended up chatting to one of our Jetstar pilots who quickly informed me! I certainly wasn't aware of the change.

Cheers

Debbie

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11. Re: Vn Departure Tax

Maz,

I bought my tickets for first entry in May on 22/01/07---the departure tax was marked on my ticket by SIA!---2 days ago I bought tickets for re-entry for June-July in Singapore and agent made it clear that taxes were included!

Upon departure in late May, at HCMC the booth had disappeared from its usual location!---I asked an official( to double check) and she indicated taxes had gone!

Hope some help!

plover

p.s ---I walked Upper Dixon Road this morning!

Yeppoon, Australia
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12. Re: Vn Departure Tax

Maz1 -Glad someone asked about the tickets as I was sitting quietly (for once!!!! HAHA LOL!) wondering WTF are they all on about.... (obviously our tickets had it all pre-paid or it had already been scrapped.... LOL!) (or maybe I was too frazzled from trying to avoid getting locked up over taking out bullet lighters !!!!! LOL!)Thanks Plover for answering it!!! Now it's all clear as a bell. No taxes, more spending $ I'm with you Marian!! ThemMonkeys :)

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hi maz

see plover does love you still , he is a gem , on holidays and still answers questions GOY plover !.....

i guess it was 3 months ago ( already...gee hasnt that gone fast ) that i was there , but when i left ( hanoi ) the departure tax booth was still there....and since i had booked with jetstar , some time before i actually flew , the taxes where not paid for in my ticketing price .

i had to go to a seperate booth and and pay the tax before i could leave . i cant remember exactly when they started adding the tax to the ticket prices , but if i remember correctly , i think they started doing it before you purchased your tickets .

cheers

batt

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Hi Ken (goldpond)

I flew China Airlines this time (last time with NW) and the departure tax already part of the ticket price. I believed ALL airlines (this is how VN way of dealing with corruption problem at the immigration office) are REQUIRED to pre-collect $14 departure tax.

You're NO LONGER required to pay ANYBODY around the airport.

--DanQue

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Hi Guys,

We are travelling on Vietnam airlines and when we picked up our tickets I asked the travel agent what taxes were included. He advised that all departure taxes were included, including our side trip to Cambodia. The only one we would have to pay for was the $14USD when we depart Saigon.

So will have to wait and see whether we have to pay on departure?

We depart Saigon twice and told only have to pay once????

Semporna, Malaysia
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16. Re: Vn Departure Tax

Surprisingly Hanoi hasn't done yet. I did a test in Air Asia departing Hanoi to Bangkok and it said "no pay" if you fly from 1 July 2007 onwards. Before this day you “pay” at the airport.

land

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17. Re: Vn Departure Tax

We are travelling next month using FF points. (Qantas)

I assume departure tax will need to be paid?

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BruceCau,

I doubt it!!! If you use your FF points, the airliner is still required to collect the departure tax before they issue you the ticket. It's likely you have to pay the departure tax when you pick up your ticket though.

As far as I know, there is NO immigration counter that collects departure tax either at Tan Son Nhat (Saigon) or Noi Bai (Ha Noi) airport when I was there.

--DanQue

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19. Re: Vn Departure Tax

I flew out of Saigon 2 days ago. My tickets were purchased prior to the tax paid on the ticket. When I checked in they sent me to a counter where I had to pay the tax and return to the check in with my receipt. They would not accept credit cards so I had to withdraw cash at the airport ATM which was ok.

all over!
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20. Re: Vn Departure Tax

I just made a short trip to Singapore and back again with Tiger. i went to pay the departure tax, and it was the guy at the desk who said it was already built in to the ticket