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You are searching about a destination for your vacation, and you find out that Vietnam is a good place for relaxation. The airlines have the promotion ticket to Vietnam, and you decide a trip to this country. However, when you are planning the route and booking hotels, you suddenly became puzzled with a question: “Do I need to have a visa to enter Vietnam?” In this article, I will share with you the experience to get Vietnam visa for Russian.
Vietnam is a good place for vacation for Russian, cause beautiful landscape, friendly people, nice beaches, and free visa policy. According to the resolution of the Vietnam Government, a visa to Vietnam is NOT NECESSARY for Russians if the purpose of the trip is tourism and the length of stay is not exceeded to 15 days.
BE CAFEFUL WHEN PLANNING A TRIP WITH FREE-VISA OF 15 DAYS VISIT WHEN YOUR FLIGHT DATE IS IN CONSIDERATION, BECAUSE THE IMMIGRATION OFFICER WILL ASK YOU TO SHOW THE RETURN AIR TICKET.
To obtain a visa-free entry, you will need to present at the airport:
Note: Re-visit to Vietnam without a visa is possible only if you re-visit 30 days after the date of the last departure. If less than 30 days, you are not allowed to enter with the free-visa. For example, you come to Vietnam on 1/1/2019 with a free-visa. You get 15 days free visa visiting. Then you exit Vietnam on 15/1/2019 to come to Cambodia. So, you will be allowed to get a new 15 days free visa if you re-enter Vietnam later than 15/2/2019. If you re-enter Vietnam prior to 15/2/2019, you will not get a free visa, and you must apply a visa.
Russians and foreign citizens are exempted from obtaining a visa for a temporary stay on Phu Quoc Island and are eligible for visa-free entry for a period not exceeding 30 days.
So, if you are planning a trip to Vietnam for a period of more than 15 days or are planning to travel to neighboring countries and return to Vietnam – you need to apply a Vietnamese visa. There are two ways to get a Vietnamese visa:
There are 1 embassy and 2 consulates of Vietnam in Russia. You can visit one of them to ask about a Vietnam visa. To apply for a Vietnamese visa, you will need the following documents:
Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Russia
Address # 13, Bolshaya Pirogovskaya St., Moscow, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
General line: (+7-499)-2451092/ 2450925
Website : http://vnembassy-moscow.mofa.gov.vn
The Consulate General of Vietnam in Ekaterinburg (Russia)
22 Karla Libknesta Street Ekaterinburg, 620075 – RUSSIA
Tel : (00-7-343) 2530280 (81,83,84)
Fax: (00-7-343) 2530282
The Consulate General of Vietnam in Vladivostok – Russia
107/1, Pushkinskaya Street,Vladivostok – Russia
General line: (00-7-4232) 226948; Fax: (00-7-4232) 261496
Besides getting visa at the embassy, you can also get a visa upon arrival at any of the six international airports in Vietnam:
The most popular way to get a Vietnamese visa for Russians in 2018, and will be the most convenient one in 2019, is visa upon arrival. The reason makes it popular and convenient is time saving, easy to get, and cheap price.
Upon arrival in Vietnam, at the airport, you must go to the “Visa upon arrival” counter and present the following documents:
For citizens of the Russian Federation: It is free
For foreign citizens:
Russian citizens are free of charge for visa when entering with visa upon arrival, but you must have a visa approval letter. You must apply this letter before coming to Vietnam.
Visa approval letter is the document issued by the Vietnamese Immigration Department and allows the tourists to enter and leave Vietnam for a specific time. Visa upon arrival will be free for Russian in condition that you have this approval letter in your hand.
When a Russian traveler applied this visa approval letter, the Immigration Officer already had the information in record system. However, for convenient, you still need to bring a copy of this letter to avoid delays.
Before issuing a visa approval letter, the Vietnamese Immigration Department carefully checked your application form, so there were no cases in which a visa was refused if the visa approval letter is already in your hands. Visa approval letter must be order online and receive before departure date to Vietnam. In order to get this letter, you just take a few minutes to fill in the online form, for example through vietnamimmigration.com.
After 2 days, you will receive an email with a visa approval letter attachment. It must be printed out and presented at the “visa upon arrival counter” to get visa. Carefully check your passport details with the information in the letter, as well as the time of entry and exit. If there are any inaccuracies, then reply to an employee of VietnamImmigration.com and indicate what needs to be corrected. The support service is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week (including weekends and holidays).
It takes about a half of hour to get visa on arrival at the airport. You submit these above documents to the Immigration Officers (at the Visa Upon Arrival counter), then wait for a few minutes to get visa stamp.
Properly taken photo to the visa application form in Vietnam will help to get a visa without delay. There are a number of mandatory requirements for the photo, take note to use the appropriate photo:
Any more question, you can send email to Vietnamimmigration.com staff through:
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