UK launches priority visa service in Vietnam


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The British Government has decided to cut visa processing time for business, investor and work visa applicants in Hanoi, with a priority visa service which starts on October 1.

The fast-track processing service aims to return visa decisions within three to five working days compared to the standard 15-day service, said Lord David Puttman, the UK Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia at the launch ceremony on September 30.

He said the British Government is working to ensure it has the right services to encourage growth and support those who it wants to attract to the UK.

The new service and other recent enhancements to the UK visa operation in Vietnam, including the opening of a new visa application centre in Ho Chi Minh City this year, provide a more convenient and efficient service for customers and cater for the growing interest from Vietnamese in the UK as a destination for business, investment, work and study.

For the 12 months leading up to June 2013, the number of UK visa applications filed by Vietnamese amounted to some 13,700. Over the past two years, the demand for UK visas in Vietnam increased by 15 percent.

In addition to the new service, a number of UK visa policy changes will come into effect as of October 1 to give greater flexibility to business visitors and tourists and to UK businesses that employ international migrants.

The changes include allowing tourists and business visitors to undertake some study where it is not the main purpose of their visit, expanding the activities a business visitor can undertake in the UK, removing the English language requirement for intra-company transferees, making it easier for graduate entrepreneurs to switch into the skilled worker category, and allowing some students to stay in the UK after their studies to undertake a corporate internship.

“These changes will ensure that the UK continues to attract the very best global talent to work for British businesses, ” said Puttman.

During his working visit to Vietnam, he also visited a photography exhibition themed “Vietnam-UK relations: From the past to the future” that kicked off on September 30 in Hanoi to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the two countries’ bilateral diplomatic relations.

Co-organised by the British Embassy in Hanoi and the Vietnam News Agency, the exhibition, which will last until October 6, displays 100 photographs showcasing the co-operation between Vietnam and the UK.

Source VNA

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Visa for land crossing from Cambodia to Vietnam for Indians



I am an Indian citizen and plan to cross the land border from Phnom Penh to Saigon. I have the following doubts:
1) Should I get an approval letter for land crossing from Cambodia to Vietnam? I read somewhere online that Indians need an approval letter even for land crossings. Please confirm
2) If approval letter required, what is the fee?
3) If approval letter not required, can I get a visa done at Phnom Penh embassy?



Dear Shamsheer,

We are happy to receive your Vietnam visa questions recently. Regarding to Vietnam visa via land border crossing, we would like to inform that:
1. Approval letter is available for those who enter Vietnam by air only. If the foreigners, including Indian citizens, enter Vietnam via border gate on land they could not use an approval letter to get visa stamped at immigration check point. In your case, visa approval letter is not required.
2. Approval letter is not available but approval code might be helpful. However, you should consider before applying for Vietnam visa code (see more “Why you shouldn’t apply for a visa code to get a Vietnam visa at the embassy?“)
3. Yes, you can apply for Vietnam visa by visiting Vietnam Embassy in Phnom Penh in person.
Best regards,

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How Indian citizens apply for Vietnam business visa?


Basically, Vietnam visa categorized in 2 main types: Vietnam tourist visa and business visa. India passport holders can apply for Vietnam business visa online at lower cost and simple procedure or apply at the Vietnam Embassy in foreign countries.


Business visa is granted to those who enter Vietnam for business purposes or who have an over 1 month leisure trip. A business visa is normally valid for three months (single or multiple entry). The Indian businessmen need to get an official entry clearance from their sponsor, usually their employer if they apply for a visa at the Vietnam Embassy in . If you do not have a business partner, employer, or other sponsor who can provide you with an entry clearance, you can also apply for a business visa on arrival for a stay of up to 90 days.

From India, applicants should prepare some following documents to submit at the Vietnam Embassy or Consulate office:

– Valid passport
– Sponsor invitation letter (not required if you apply for a visa on arrival)
– Completed application form
– Passport size photograph
– Application fee
– Criminal record (might not be compulsory)

All these document will be submitted to the Vietnam Embassy in India 5-7 working days before departure date.

Embassy of Vietnam in New Delhi – India

17, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021, India
Tel: (91-11) 2301 9818 (91-11) 2301 0532
Fax: (9111) 2301 7714(9111) 2301 8448

Consulate General of Vietnam Bombay, India

Wajeda House, Gulmohat Cross Rd. No.7, Juhu Scheme, Mumbai – 400 049, Bombay, India
Tel: (9122) 2620 8589 (9122) 2620 8549
Fax: (9122) 2624 8538

Consulate General of Vietnam in Mumbai, India

Address: B-306 Oberoi chamber New Link road andheri (w), Mumbai 400 053, India.
Phone: (9122) 2673 668
Fax: (9122) 2673 663

Note: Telephone: (00-91) 23018059 – ext: 46 (answering machine visa officer available on phone from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM or for emergency cases only)
Working hours: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
Applications are accepted in the morning, from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Visa collection is in the afternoon, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. 

For those, Indian citizens, who is living far from Vietnam Embassy or Consulate, they might select to apply for a Vietnam visa on arrival instead. Like tourist visa, online business visa application is very simple. You do not have to provide any documents, what you need to do is just:

– Fill in online application form at
–  Conduct a payment via PayPal, bank wiring transfer or Western Union
– Get visa approval letter shipped by email within 2 working days
– Print out the letter, bring with original passport, 2 photos, stamping fee to board your flight and get visa stamped at arrival airport.


If you need a visa in just a few hours for their sudden business in Vietnam, there is a special online visa service offered. It takes you maximum 2 working hours to arrange an approval letter. At weekend or in public holidays when all Vietnam Embassy or Consulate in abroad closed, business visa on arrival application is still available.When Indian visitors are in Vietnam and their business visa going to expire soon, they might have it extended easily by visiting the Vietnam Immigration Department in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Danang or contact us to process it right away.To apply for a work permit, you must be at least 18 years of age and physically fit to do the work you have applied for. You will also have to be qualified to do the work and provide proof of your technical skills and professional qualifications. You cannot have a criminal record or a previous conviction to receive a valid permit.If you work as a doctor, nurse or pharmacist, you will have to satisfy additional requirements. The Vietnamese government is trying to ensure that expats moving to Vietnam are qualified to provide the services they plan to offer. You will receive your valid work permit within 15 days from the date of application.

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Denmark opens visa center in city



Denmark opened on Thursday a visa application center at Resco Building on Nguyen Du Street in HCMC’s District 1 that is operated by VFS Global.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Danish Ambassador John Nielsen stressed that the new center will improve consular services.

“A smooth and effective visa handling is a key to strengthening the increased exchange – commercially, culturally and politically between Vietnam and Denmark,” said the ambassador.

Marita Bachhav, country manager for Thailand and Vietnam of VFS Global, told the Daily that all applications for short term Schengen visas to Denmark, Iceland, Lithuania, Greenland as well as Faroe Islands should be submitted at this center.

In January, the embassies of Italy and Spain also collaborated with VFS Global to open a visa center at the same address for those wanting to apply for a visa to the two countries and some other Schengen destinations. – VNA

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Rush Vietnam visa processing team

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Many people are falling in such bad situation of getting stuck at the departure airport due to having no Vietnam visa in hand. These are caused by many reasons and one of them might be:

– You don’t think that you must have a visa to enter Vietnam even you are not in the Vietnam visa exemption list

– You forget to apply for Vietnam visa in advance and your flight departs on closed holidays or at weekend

– Due to your misunderstanding that visa on arrival means everything will be arranged at arrival airport without an advanced approval letter from the Vietnam Immigration Department

– You need to accompany an immediate family member in Vietnam who requires urgent medical care. An immediate family member has a serious medical condition and requires your presence urgently;

– You need to attend the funeral of an immediate family member; or

– You have to take part in an urgent and late breaking business matter, where the need to travel to Vietnam could not have been foreseen.

Missing the flight or cancelling a trip wastes your time, money and sometimes, it might takes your opportunities of business away. Like other emergency situations, you need a support from a rush Vietnam visa processing team to handle this issue.

As a professional visa agency in Vietnam, we would like to offer very special visa service implemented by a Rapid Vietnam Visa Processing Team. Our team will carry out almost urgent visa requirements for Vietnam at any time, for anyone, from anywhere. An approval letter for urgent entry will be definitely arranged within 8 hours, 4 hours or 1-2 hours. What you need to do is just to pick up your phone to inform us your urgent Vietnam visa need. You are then guided to fill in an online application form at, conduct a payment and receive a letter of approval via email.

Our rush team is grouped by young people who is hardworking, dedicated, trustworthy and dynamic. They know the Vietnam visa and immigration procedures very well therefore they are good visa guidance counsellors who you can trust. You are assured not miss your flight if you contact us early enough by phone +84 912 685 141 or by email

We are 24 hours online that might be useful for your emergency situations.

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Brazilian ambassador’s message



Popular puppets: Street Carnival in Olinda, Pernambuco, is one of the most popular in Brazil. Giant puppets depict traditional Carnival characters and current Brazilian and international celebrities. — Photo


(VNS) On the occasion of Brazil’s Independence Day today, Viet Nam News presents an article by Brazilian ambassador to Viet Nam, Vitoria Alice Cleaver.

This year, the celebration of the Brazilian Indepen-dence Day, September 7, in Ha Noi had a different format than the traditional receptions that are normally held in one of the city’s hotels. This year the Brazilian embassy organised a musical concert by duo Bastos and Borges, who performed Brazilian classic and popular works on flute and piano, at the Hanoi Opera House.

An enthusiastic audience of not only the diplomatic community and Government officials, but also ordinary Hanoians enjoyed the opportunity to listen to the vibrant and rich Brazilian music.

The concert held in such an important week, one in which the independence of not only Brazil (Sep 7th), but also Viet Nam (Sep 2nd) is celebrated, aimed to mark the growing friendship between the two countries, bringing the best of Brazilian music to the Vietnamese Capital. Promoting Brazilian culture in Viet Nam – as well as Vietnamese culture in Brazil – is a way of shortening the geographical distance and building a bridge of understanding and mutual knowledge between our two countries.

Bringing the two countries together and nurturing the ties of friendship that unite the two peoples has produced practical results as well.

Bilateral trade has grown exponentially in the past few years – from US$47 million in 2003 to a projected $2 billion in 2013. The strengthening of the internal markets, through the successful policies of social inclusion and poverty reduction implemented in both countries also played an important role in the development of this robust and balanced trade flow. In 2012, Brazil exported $822 million to Viet Nam and imported $817 million from Viet Nam, an almost equal exchange.

It is our understanding, however, that there is potential for growth in commercial exchanges, not only in products already in the bilateral portfolio, but also in industries still to be explored.

Bearing that in mind, last March the Brazilian Government sent a mission of experts from the Brazilian Trade Promotion Agency (APEX) to hold meetings with representatives of several Vietnamese industry and trade associations. As a result of that mission a group of cotton producers from Brazil visited Viet Nam in June to seek opportunities for business, and other entrepreneurial missions are planned for the near future.

In order to solve problems standing in the way of further growth in trade, Brazil has also sent a technical mission, with experts from the ministries of Fisheries and Agriculture, to inspect the production of Pangasius fish in Viet Nam. Vietnamese inspectors from NAFIQAD will soon go to Brazil to verify health and safety procedures in livestock handling and meat processing for export.

Both countries continue to support each other in multilateral fora. Recently, the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro was elected as President of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group with decisive support from the People’s Committee of HCM City.

For its turn, Brazil is supporting Viet Nam’s pledge to a sit on the United Nations Human Rights Council and both countries are considering mutual candidacies for non-permanent seats in the United Nations Security Council.

Also, Viet Nam has been a long standing supporter of a reformed Security Council that would include Brazil as a permanent member. Such support is highly valued by the Brazilian Government, as the reform of the Security Council has been a primary objective of our Foreign Policy in recent times.

New doors open every day. Brazil has recently signed the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation with ASEAN. This would not have been possible without Viet Nam’s support. Brazil intends to work within the framework of ASEAN in order to enhance co-operation with South East Asian Countries.

Brazil maintains a Portuguese language lecturering position at the University of Ha Noi, with the programme currently teaching over 100 students. Working with our partners of the IBSA Forum (India and South Africa) plus the FAO we are helping to finance a project for enhancement of rice seed quality in the central city of Da Nang.

The Embassy of Brazil in Ha Noi will keep working to deepen this mutually beneficial relationship. Our aim is to foster political co-ordination in multilateral fora and identify opportunities for business between the two countries. Cultural activities such as this week’s concert will certainly play a role in reinforcing the friendship ties uniting Brazil and Viet Nam aiming at intense cooperation in the future. — VNS

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Why you shouldn’t apply for a visa code to get a Vietnam visa at the embassy?


Recently, I applied for a business visa via a local visa agency in Vietnam. I am US citizen living in Shanghai, hence I applied for a Vietnam visa code to obtain a visa at Vietnam Consulate in Shanghai.

I was instructed to get an approval code issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department. As you know, visa approval code is a document that processed by the Vietnam Immigration Department. Upon completion, they will send a visa approval code directly to the Vietnam Consulate in Shanghai by fax then I just bring my passport with a copy of approval code to receive the visa to enter Vietnam. People said that, this procedure will help to shorten the processing time in Vietnam Consulate and I have to leave Shanghai on Monday night. This may be a bit tight. However, as promised a Vietnam visa agency delivered an approval code in just 4 hours that made me excited. I hoped that I can visit the Vietnam Consulate in Shanghai by the next day (Friday, September 6, 2013) to get my visa done easily.

I went to the consulate on Friday then they charged me RMB1160 (USD188) for the local fee.  I thought this was very expensive for a stamping fee, but they insisted it was correct. I was informed that I just have to pay 95 USD for stamping fee accordance with  the Circular 190/2012/TT-BTC of the Vietnamese Government on Vietnam visa fee.

Then they told me that they had not received the code yet and they might get it next week (even in the approval code sent by the Vietnam Immigration Department, it is said that “FAXED ALREADY”).  I said that I wondered how I got the code and they did not and I showed them your email.  They checked again and  this time found the code.  But, since it was already 4:00PM, they could not possibly do it today with only an hour before closing and I was told to come back on Monday next week.

Now I will go back on Monday and hopefully it will be done.  My stamping fee will have been USD188 which I think is very expensive and way more than I paid when I picked up my last visa in Hong Kong or the other times when I got  a VOA.

I don’t know if I was cheated by the local staff or if this is a special fee for USA people since the USA government also charges a lot.

After writing an email to the local visa agency who arranged my visa approval code, they have tried to contact to involved people to have an answer. It turn out to be that even each Vietnamese Embassies or Consulates in abroad must follow the regulations of the Vietnam Government but they have their own regulation that help them to operate in foreign countries. Such Vietnam Consulate in Shanghai, they give an explanation of so called “Trade Union fund” that they are allowed to do to earn for their living. Though you apply for a visa code via a visa agency or apply visa directly at this General Consulate, you will be charged with this additional fee.

Next time, I think I will just get the visa at the airport.  I was hoping to be able to make only one visit to the consulate, but with 2 visits, waiting at the airport is probably the best option for the future.

A receipt from Vietnam Consulate in Shanghai for 3 month multiple entry visa stamping fee (RMB1160) which I should have paid 95 USD only since I had an approval code from the Vietnam Immigration Department in advance.
By Gary Brogue

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Readers agree Vietnam’s visa system is too expensive


Last week, Viet Nam News asked readers for their opinions about the Government offering a single visa for Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam. The proposal is now under consideration. All responders supported the idea, but most expressed hope for an easier visa-application process. Here are some of the responses:

Herve Nguyen, French, HCM City

I understand that some countries need the money to keep the immigration offices operating, but in asking tourists for high fees and creating complicated application procedures, they might have forgotten the bigger picture.

Even if visas are free, countries still gain because of the number of tourists who flock in. In many cases, tourists decide to visit a country partly because of easy visa procedures. Tourists often want to escape their frantic lives and head for quiet resorts overseas. So they avoid nations with complicated visa procedures.

Whether it is single visa for entry into multiple countries, or it is one visa for one country, the most important thing is to make the application easier for tourists. I love travelling, but I often feel terribly tired when I apply for a visa. Any new policy promoting easier visa application procedures, or visas on arrival, or better, no visa applications at all, makes life much easier.

Cu Hong Anh, Vietnamese, Ha Noi

I think the new policy will attract visitors to Viet Nam. The one-visa procedure for three countries will, I feel, also give tourism companies in Viet Nam a chance to integrate more with companies in Thailand and Cambodia.

However, to be effective, the three countries need a strategy to organise tours, hotels and other facility for tourists. I hope the one-visa policy is also expanded to other countries in ASEAN for the convenience of tourists.

John Boag, American, HCM City

The first impression a tourist receives of a foreign country is obtaining a visa. Therefore the process must be simple and honest. Unfortunately, Viet Nam’s tourist system is ripe with fraud and abuse because many travel agencies deliberately deceive foreign visitors.

Tourists are often led to believe the cost of a visa is more than what it really is. The extra money extracted from them is pocketed by these scammers, making losers of both tourists and the Government.

Shane Isackson, Australian, HCM City

I think tourists would be much more motivated to visit Viet Nam if a Thai-style Visa on Arrival scheme was implemented. Many tourists can be quite turned off by the difficult and expensive visa process in visiting Viet Nam.

A single visa would definitely motivate tourists travelling around South East Asia to “pop over” to Viet Nam and have a look.

Personally, I would feel more motivated to travel around a bit more, especially into Cambodia. But importantly, a visa-on-arrival would motivate others travelling in places like Thailand and Cambodia to swing by Viet Nam.

David Wood, English, Nha Trang

What I am more concerned about is how much the total cost of this triple visa would be. In my opinion, for it to have any affect on tourism in Viet Nam, it needs to be free, as it is in Thailand.

It’s all to do with the cost. Like most people, if I am in Thailand or Cambodia and find I have time for a visit somewhere else, I would be tempted, That’s where a triple visa could be beneficial for Viet Nam.

Thailand has far more visitors than Viet Nam and even if only a small proportion of those tourists could be drawn away, it would benefit Viet Nam enormously, but they are only going to be tempted if it’s free.

Andrew Burden, Canadian, Ha Noi

Visas are always an inconvenience. I receive upon arrival, a 90 day stamp in Hong Kong and Malaysia. Welcome! In the Philippines and Thailand, it’s 30 days, but if I arrive overland in Thailand, it’s only 15 days. And I have to pay in Cambodia, Laos, Viet Nam. Why?

If this proposed trilateral agreement means I can flit, fly and drive seamlessly, then I say bring it on. If I have to pay for this proposed Thai visa-then I am off to Kuala Lumpur.

Scams are many and they are disgusting. The late bus arrives at a specific hotel. It’s always too dark to search for a better deal. The meal stops along the way charge double normal prices.

Travel agents charge a lot for a visa and going to embassies is time consuming and often results in shorter-length visas. The lesson is be independent and be punished. Grease some palms and become a rock star!

Cambodia’s border scams me by requiring a hard copy photo, regardless that my passport is scanned and a camera is on the counter. The same scam exists at the airport in Ha Noi.

ASEAN’s tourism ministers need to get real, get organised and stop ripping off international travellers.

Bob Christianson, American, San Diego

Combining the three countries into one visa is very “tourist friendly” idea and should increase visits. But please keep the costs down.

Charlie White , Australian, HCM City

It would be great if a single-visa scheme included other Southeast Asian countries like Laos, Malaysia and Singapore. This would cover the two trips I did many years ago.

Hopefully, they could also introduce a “barriers down” system like in Europe. This would mean trains would not have to stop at borders. For instance, they could go from HCM City to Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh to Bangkok and Bangkok to Singapore without a stop at Butterworth.

I hate plane travel and especially airports – and especially Bangkok airport! — VNS

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How to get Vietnam visa in Shanghai, China?


If you are residing in Shanghai, China, you may choose to get Vietnam visa at the Vietnam Consulate here, or more simply, applying visa Vietnam online for Vietnam visa on arrival.

For the first option, the process for issuing Vietnam Embassy visa takes around 5 working days and costs around 640 RMB (100 U.S. dollars). You are required to present your passport and one passport-sized photo to get your visa stamped. Please see the below for address and instructions on how to  get to the consulate:

Vietnam Consulate in Shanghai

Address: 3F, Huachen Financial Mansion, 900 Pudong Ave, P.C: 200135. (On the corner of Pudong Ave and Yuanshen rd.)
Tel: 6855 5871

How to get there?

The closest Metro station is Yuanshen Stadium Station on line 6. To make it easier, you should take the metro to Century Ave which is close and an interchange station. If you go to Yuanshen, you may take a walk since the street is lined with trees full of shade.

For the second option, it takes 1-2 working days for you to get your Vietnam visa approval letter and the processing fee is only USD 17 for 1 month single entry offerred by By applying Vietnam visa online, your money and time will be saved as no postal fee, no time and fee for embassy transportation.

It should be noticed that Chinese citizens who fly into Vietnam from Shanghai are not allowed to using visa on arrival. In this case, they are requested to apply for Vietnam visa code instead.

What is Vietnam visa code and how it works?

Vietnam visa code is a legal document issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department. As a local Vietnam visa agency, we will help you to apply visa code through the Vietnam Immigration Office then, they will send the visa approval code directly to the Vietnam Consulate in Shanghai where you just bring your passport and 2 photos to receive the visa to entry to Vietnam. The service fee will be online paid us to progress the approval code. The stamping fee will be paid at the Consulate directly to get your stamp. This fee will be different in each country. Please see the below sample of Vietnam visa code:

visa code 1

Page 1 of Vietnam visa code

visa code 2

Page 2 of Vietnam visa code


For further Vietnam visa information, please feel free to contact us by phone +84 912 685 141 or by email We are always willing to assist you at our best!

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Vietnam to have international scale tourist spots by 2020

Vietnam has set the goal of developing six sea-based tourism destinations up to international scale by 2020 under a project recently adopted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Attractions on the waiting list are Ha Long-Bai Tu Long-Cat Ba, Lang Co-Canh Duong, Hoi An-Cu Lao Cham, Nha Trang-Cam Ranh, Phan Thiet-Mui Ne and Phu Quoc.

Under the project, Vietnam’s marine tourism industry is expected to welcome around 22 million foreign tourists and 58 million domestic visitors by 2020, earning over 200 trillion VND (or ten billion USD) and generating 1.1 million jobs.

The country needs over 114 trillion VND (5.57 billion USD) and 145,000 billion VND (7.08 billion USD) by 2015 and 2020, respectively to realise the goal.

With a coastline of 3,260km running from the north to the south, Vietnam has over 3,000 islands and islets. Hundreds of resorts have emerged on 125 beautiful beaches along the coast, offering visitors a chance to pamper themselves in clear turquoise water and natural wonders.

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