In Vietnam, you can stay for 15 days without a visa. Since our stay ended up being almost 7 weeks we got a 90 day single entry visa. There is also the cheaper 30 day visa if you aren't planning on staying that long.
When crossing by land or Air, you will need to get the Visa sorted in advance. If you turn up at the border without your Visa stamp you will only have the option to stay for 15 days! There are a lot tour companies that offer to do the Visa extensions for you, but of course this comes with an additional cost. The best option is to search for the Vietnamese Embassy, located in the country your currently in and do it yourself. It usually saves you around $15-20. We did it ourselves in Sihanoukville, Cambodia which was a quick and simple process. We filled some forms out in the morning, handed over two passport photos each, our passports, our money to pay for the Visas and then came back at 4pm to pick them up. It's that simple.
- 30 Day Single Entry Price: $30 (next day guarantee - same day is $10 extra)
- 90 Day Single Entry Price: $40 (next day guarantee, we had ours done the same day for no extra cost because we went in the morning)
- Multiple entry options are also available for $3-5 extra.
Address and opening times of the offices in Cambodia:
Let me first point out, that as traveller you tend to forget what day it is. Consequently, having made this mistake twice (stupidly), let me point out that the Embassy is never open on a weekend!!!
Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh: 436 Preah Monivong Blvd.
Opening hours: from 8 to 11:30 am -and 2 to 5 pm.
Vietnamese Consulate in Sihanoukville: 310 Ekarech Street.
Opening hours: 8 am to 12 pm and from 2 to 5 pm.
When we're free