Visa Req - Landcrossing to Vietnam

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Visa Req - Landcrossing to Vietnam

Post by CamExpat » Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:49 am

Unforrunately I need to attend a funeral in HCMC tomorrow. I wanted to take the bus across the border and hold a UK passport (which allows entry to Vietnam for up to 15 days each 30 days.

Its not a VOA, which I know are not issued at the land borders.

Does anyone know if I'll be able to cross at the land border with my passoort? Or I definitely beed an evisa (or travel by plane)
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Re: Visa Req - Landcrossing to Vietnam

Post by bittermelon » Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:05 am

This site doesn't say anything about the waiver not working overland.
https://www.myvietnamvisa.com/visa-requ ... ngdom.html

As you say its not a VOA- so no problem- its only VOAs that are restricted to air entry. (as far as i can see)
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Re: Visa Req - Landcrossing to Vietnam

Post by CamExpat » Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:09 am

I will probably have the definitive answer by tomorrow. :facepalm:

Appreciate the advice, I was worried because I could not find anywhere that says you 'can'. Only lists of other things you can't.
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Re: Visa Req - Landcrossing to Vietnam

Post by jimpson » Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:46 am

CamExpat,

No need to worry the 15 day exemption for the visa requirement has been used many times by colleagues at the Bavet/Moc Bai border as recently as this week. Only condition is the country of the passport - with a UK passport - no problem. Be aware that once you return this cannot be used again with 30 days of your return date. If you wanted to return to Vietnam within the 30 days you would need a visa.
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Re: Visa Req - Landcrossing to Vietnam

Post by CamExpat » Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:07 am

Thanks Jmpson, reassurance appreciated.
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Re: Visa Req - Landcrossing to Vietnam

Post by yongchi » Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:18 pm

Crossed via Bavet into Vietnam (April) without a visa and received the 15 days. The bus company collected all passports and handled everything.

On an earlier visit, flying into HCMC, they wanted to see a ticket out of Vietnam, which I had.

No ticket out was requested at the Bavet border.

After a visa exempt stay, you have to stay out of Vietnam for 30 days before you can do it again (or get a visa).

Safe travels.

Edit: Just noticed your Canadian flag. You would have to travel on your UK passport.
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Re: Visa Req - Landcrossing to Vietnam

Post by armchairlawyer » Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:51 pm

When I went to hcmc by Giant Ibis bus from pp, the staff checked passports before departure. A couple had to get off because they were returning before the 30 days was up.
On reentry to Cambodia, a couple were looking unhappy on the Cambodian side at Ha Tien. They were attempting to reenter before the 30 days and Cambodian immigration would not stamp them out. They were being hit for a large fee for a Vietnam visa. They didn’t want to pay but going to PP to get the visa would have cost time as well as money. I would have liked to know exactly how this visa was going to be provided.
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Re: Visa Req - Landcrossing to Vietnam

Post by CamExpat » Sat Oct 05, 2019 5:31 pm

Crossed last night, all very smoothly.

Bus company collected the passports before we left. They gave them back to us at Cambodian immigration so we could exit, then collected them after.

At VN immigration, they handed them in en-mass and immigration handed them back to us 1 by 1 before we boarded the bus.

We were probably the last bus crossing the border so no delays.
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Re: Visa Req - Landcrossing to Vietnam

Post by Arget » Sat Oct 05, 2019 6:19 pm

yongchi wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:18 pm
Crossed via Bavet into Vietnam (April) without a visa and received the 15 days. The bus company collected all passports and handled everything.

On an earlier visit, flying into HCMC, they wanted to see a ticket out of Vietnam, which I had.

No ticket out was requested at the Bavet border.

After a visa exempt stay, you have to stay out of Vietnam for 30 days before you can do it again (or get a visa).

Safe travels.

Edit: Just noticed your Canadian flag. You would have to travel on your UK passport.


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Visa Req - Landcrossing to Vietnam
Post by CamExpat » Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:49 am

Unforrunately I need to attend a funeral in HCMC tomorrow. I wanted to take the bus across the border and hold a UK passport (which allows entry to Vietnam for up to 15 days each 30 days.
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