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Has anybody arrived SGN recently on a UK Passport?
I am told no longer any need for any type of visa / e-visa for a stay up to 15 days.
Just arrive and immigration? Separate queue for those that don’t need any visa?
Don`t want to end up queuing for hours as I don’t have whatever I need. Also, any idea how long the process is, should I look to pay for meet and assist?
Thanks.7 Nov 2018
When I arrived in Vietnam in August I queued for ‘visa on arrival’ to then be told UK passports don’t need a visa for up to 15 days stay. We joined normal (slow) immigration queue and got through without issue.7 Nov 2018
I also went through recently at SGN and no visa required for stays up to 15 days with UK passport. Queues not a problem as they were quite efficient. Make sure you have your itinerary to hand with outbound flight. If you want to leave and then return within 30 days of departure you will need a visa, which I will need next time.7 Nov 2018
The ‘Visa Waiver’ scheme for UK (and other nationals’ is renewed on an annual basis and is currently in operaton.
There are restrictions as previously noted – full info on the ‘Vietnam Embassy’ website. Don’t get conned by the ‘lookalikes’ asking for your money!
BPP8 Nov 2018
I was in Hanoi recently and confirm no visa was required.
I also recall, if flying in on Vietnam Airways, you could use a special fast track line – however – the arrivals hall was empty….
They have the Skyteam fast track lane, when i was KLM platinum used to flash my card even if was flying CX in, they only told me off once!8 Nov 2018
Working with an Vietnamese ecommerce agency I travel back and forth to Hanoi and HCM City quite often. The system for visa free entry into Vietnam has been in operation for more than two years now
This is the official notice from the VN embassy in London setting out the entry terms
Until 30 June 2021, visa is not required for British, French, German, Italian and Spanish citizens with passport having at least six-month validity travelling to Viet Nam for up to 15 days for all purposes.
The 15-day visa exemption is for single entry only and includes the date of entry and the date of exit. (Please note that some airlines may require proof of duration of stay at check-in).
You must have a visa before entering Viet Nam if you want to stay longer than 15 days.
If you wish to enter Viet Nam at least two consecutive times without visa, the next entry must be at least 30 days after the previous exit. Otherwise, you still need a visa.
There is a fast track lane for Sky Team airline members – but it’s “technically” restricted to premium level members or business class travellers8 Nov 2018