Vietnam is an amazing Asian country located in the east of the Indochina Peninsula.
Thousands of kilometers of beaches (the coastline of the South China Sea is more than 3,000 km) with white sand and tropical palm trees, the picturesque deltas of the Red River and the Mekong, mountains, and hills covered with dense forests, rice plantations and a variety of cultural monuments.
Vietnam has long been popular with tourists from all over the world who know a lot about exotic (and preferably not very hard-to-afford) vacations.
A few years ago, many tourists from Hong Kong got a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the culture of the Vietnamese people, since a Vietnam visa for Hong Kong Special Administrative Region citizens can now be made electronically without leaving their home.
Top 3 Vacation Benefits in Vietnam
Vietnam is one of the least civilized countries in Asia. Tourists can turn their attention to Vietnam for the following reasons:
- Calm beaches. The coastline of Vietnam stretches for more than 3 thousand kilometers, which opens up great opportunities for a beach holiday. Sports events (yacht racing, surfing championships) are held here, as well as all the conditions for comfortable sunbathing and swimming in the sea.
- Ancient temples and attractions. Vietnam is rich in a wide variety of attractions. There are especially many Buddhist temples here, and in Phan Thiet, there is the famous statue of the Reclining Buddha. It is worth visiting Hanoi, which is famous for its beautiful lakes, green boulevards, various temples, and old quarters with noisy streets. Here you can see the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, the Opera House, the Citadel, the Chua-Mot-Kot pagoda, the Kot-Ko tower, and other historical buildings.
- Unique oriental medicine. You can combine holidays in Vietnam with treatment, because specialized centers and SPA hotels are open here, offering tourists procedures based on oriental medicine techniques. You can always visit the hot springs, take a course of herbal medicine, mud therapy, acupuncture, massage.
Applying for an e-Visa
An electronic visa involves the preliminary receipt of an entry permit (invitation) in the form of a Letter of Approval sent by e-mail.
At the same time, the completion of the registration procedure occurs at the entrance to the Republic of Vietnam.
At the border control, the holder of an electronic Vietnamese visa must present the following documents:
- printed confirmation letter
- international passport
- 2 color photos 40 × 60 mm, taken within six months
An important requirement that the applicant must comply with when applying for a Vietnamese electronic visa is to have a ticket to leave the republic (either back to his homeland or to a third country).
For Hong Kong Special Administrative Region citizens, an electronic visa to Vietnam is a single entry permit for the purpose of tourism.
An application for it is submitted on the website https://e-visa-vietnam.com.
The duration of the electronic document must exceed the duration of the trip by at least 180 days. The profile should contain standard personal information:
- surname and name
- place and date of birth
- passport details
- date of intended entry into the republic
- information about children under the age of fourteen who go on a trip with the applicant
When applying for an electronic visa, the applicant must keep in mind that he can come to Vietnam only at one of the 28 border control points. It can be both air and seaports, and land control points.
Possibility of refusal
According to statistics, the percentage of negative decisions is extremely small, as the Vietnamese government is trying to attract as many travelers and investments into its economy as possible. A visa may be refused only for the following reasons:
- A questionnaire with gross errors.
- Submission of knowingly false data.
- The applicant is on the blacklist of the Vietnamese Migration Service.
In the first case, you can correct the errors and submit documents again at any time. In other cases, entry for this citizen is closed.
Rules for visiting the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc
The Vietnamese government pays great attention to the development of the infrastructure of such a unique place as the island of Phu Quoc.
Therefore, Hong Kong citizens are allowed to stay without a visa for 30 days if they flew to Phu Quoc by direct flights or with transfers in Ho Chi Minh City / Hanoi; no matter how many days of the indicated time the stay does not last, they should not leave the island territory.
Remember, if the plane in transit through Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) arrives at the terminal for local flights, and the passenger bought the tickets separately, it is better to issue a regular visa.
You need to find out about this in advance. According to travelers, when moving from one terminal of Ho Chi Minh Airport to another, most often they don’t put a 30-day stamp on Fukuoka.
In Vietnam territory, an arrival registration is required. When checking into a hotel, tourist data will be entered into electronic lists. Homeowners themselves bring information about foreign guests to the police.
This is done for control purposes. If the tourist leaves the Phu Quoc island, then the permit is canceled, and you will have to pay a fine.