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How can UK citizens apply for Vietnam visa? When is the best time to visit the country? How to find the best flight to Vietnam? Where to visit? or which tour packages will suit you most? Everything can be found below.

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Best time to visit Vietnam

The best time of year to visit the whole Vietnam is spring (February to April) and autumn (September to November). The temperatures are more moderate, and rainfall is lighter. In spring, March and April have the lowest rainfall across all destinations and temperatures are pleasant, though still cool in the far north.

It is the fact that Vietnam is a year-round destination. Every time of year, you can always find the sun somewhere (more or less).

You can check the detailed guide to know exactly where and when to go in Vietnam throughout the year.

Vietnam Tourist Visa Policy for UK Citizens

British citizens travelling to Vietnam can enter without a visa and stay for up to 15 days within any 30-day period. If you would like to stay in Vietnam for over 15 days, you can get an e-visa prior to your trip that will grant you up to 30 days in Vietnam. For holidays of more than 30 days, you have to obtain a visa from the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK.

To qualify for the 15-day visa waiver, your passport should have a minimum of 6 months validity from your date of entry into Vietnam. When applying for a visa, ensure that your passport has at least one month of validity from the date the visa expires.

If your international flight to Vietnam arrives in Phu Quoc, you can choose between a 30-day Phu Quoc visa waiver or the 15-day Vietnam-wide visa waiver. If you select the 30-day Phu Quoc visa waiver, you must apply for a visa to travel to other parts of Vietnam, as you are no longer eligible for the 15-day Vietnam-wide visa waiver.

That being said, with the visa exemption scheme, you can stay in Vietnam for max 15 days, which is sometimes a little short for a real exploration. In case you plan to stay longer in Vietnam, there are 3 different visa types for you to do so.

Visa online (e-Visa)

The e-Visa is an electronic travel authorization from the Vietnam Government for up to 30 consecutive days, SINGLE ENTRY, issued in PDF format. It is the equivalent to a visa, but no stamp or label is placed in the passport. The e-Visa is an entry requirement to travel to and within Vietnam.

The tourist e-Visa fee is $25/visa/time. You can apply via the official website of immigration office here.

Below are some notes for Vietnam e-Visa:

  • The e-Visa is a single-entry visa.
  • The e-Visa is valid for 30 days, from the proposed date of entry indicated during the application.
  • e-Visa holders may remain in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam for a maximum of 30 consecutive days after the initial entry date.
  • Once the first 30 days have passed, and renewal be needed, e-Visa holders in Vietnam may be considered to grant new visa if being invited/guaranteed by authority/organization/individual in Vietnam in accordance with Law on foreigners' entry into, exit from, transit through, residence in Vietnam.
  • The applicant’s passport must be valid for at least 01 month after arrival to Vietnam and it must have at least two blank pages for the immigration and border control officer.
  • Minors with their own passport must complete a full e-Visa application. Minors aged 14 and under included on their parent’s passport will have to be included on their parents e-Visa application.
  • Applicants are required to carry a copy of their e-Visa at all times during their stay.

Check more about Vietnam Visa Online (e-Visa) here.

Visa on arrival

UK Citizens can also apply for Vietnam Visa on arrival, which is also very easy.

3 steps to apply for your Vietnam Visa on Arrival

  • Step 1: Apply online through a visa agent for an approval letter, which may take 3-5 working days for standard processing and 8 working hours for urgent processing.
  • Step 2: Receive the approval letter by email and print a hard copy. Prepare 2 passport sized photos, your passport and stamping fee of US $25 (for single entry visa) and US $50 (for multiple entry visa) in cash.
  • Step 3: Present all above mentioned documents to get your visa stamp upon arrival at an international airport in Vietnam. That’s it!

How much do you pay for your Vietnam Visa on arrival?

TYPE OF VISA SERVICE FEES STAMPING FEE
Single entry - 1 month 18 USD 25 USD
Multiple entry - 1 month 23 USD 50 USD
Single entry - 3 month 28 USD 25 USD
Multiple entry - 3 month 43 USD 50 USD
Multiple entry - 12 month (US passports) 60 USD 135 USD

* The stamping fee is payable by cash at Vietnam airport in Vietnamese Dongs and US dollars (credit cards are not accepted).
* The service fee is based on 3 working days, and may differ from different suppliers

Check more detail about Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Visa applied via Vietnam embassy or consulate abroad.

Last but not least, UK citizens can apply for Vietnam tourist visa via the below address:

Vietnam embassy to UK in London

  • Address: 12-14 Victoria Road, London W8 5RD (5-minutes walk from High Street Kensington Underground station)
  • Tel.: 020 7937 1912
  • Fax: 020 7937 6108
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://vietnamembassy.org.uk/

Moreover, you can also visit one of the Vietnamese embassies along the way to Vietnam. For example, in case you visit Thailand, you can spend time visiting Vietnamese embassy in Bangkok to get your visa done before continuing your journey to Vietnam.

Vietnam visa requirements

Whichever visa type you are going to apply, below is the standard requirements:

  • 1 valid passport with at least 6-month validity (1 month for e-Visa) on the date of arrival and having at least 2 blank pages.
  • 2 recent passport-sized color photos (electronic copy in case you apply for e-Visa)
  • Visa fee: $30/passport.

There may be some extra requirements depending on the port you enter or the embassy you visit. Please check it directly before proceeding.

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In short, UK passport holders can enjoy the visa exemption scheme for the journey within 2 weeks. For the longer the trip, you can choose to apply Visa on arrival, Visa online (e-Visa), or via a Vietnamese Embassy abroad.

For more information, you can check our guide for Vietnam Tourist Visa Policy here.

How much does it cost to travel to Vietnam from UK?

For the flight cost, check the information below in this article (Getting to Vietnam from UK)

Our recommended spending for your journey in Vietnam is about $120-150/person/day (group of 2 people). Of course, you can either spend less at about $90-100/person/day (even $30/day - backpacker style) or you can spend much higher depending on the services you expect on spot.

Here is our detailed guide for Budget & Currency for travelling in Vietnam

Getting flight to Vietnam from UK

The best way to get to Vietnam from UK is by taking a flight. Depending on your city of residence, you can choose to fly to Vietnam via one of the most popular airports including London (both Heathrow – LHR and Gatwick – LGW), Manchester (MAN), Birmingham (BHX), or Edinburgh (EDI)

Vietnam can be divided into 3 regions: central, northern and southern. The main airports that serve each region are Da Nang International Airport (DAD), Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) and Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) respectively. Book your flights to Vietnam via one of these three airports depending on which region you want to visit first.

The other two major international airports in Vietnam are the Phu Quoc International Airport (PQC) and the Cam Ranh International Airport (CXR) in Nha Trang (central Vietnam).

Flight FAQs

Q. When is the best time to book flights to Vietnam?

Aim to have your flight tickets secured at least four months in advance to give yourself a chance of finding the cheapest flights to Vietnam. If you can then book them even further ahead, especially if your dates coincide with a major event or the peak season. 

Once you’ve narrowed down your destination by choosing a city, usually either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city, you’ll be able to figure out what dates offer the cheapest flights to Vietnam and go from there. 

Flexibility is the key to securing discounted flight tickets so if you’re not governed by a particular set of weeks or to a specific location then you’ll give yourself the best chances of finding the cheapest flights to Vietnam. 

Don’t worry too much about which side of the plane to sit on as each has their benefits and offer equally impressive view through your flight.

Q. Are there direct flights to Vietnam?

Most flights to Vietnam from the UK are not direct. If you prefer a direct flight, you can fly to Hanoi with Vietnam Airlines (VNA).

Q. How long is the flight to Vietnam?

Flights from the UK to Vietnam generally disembark at Noi Bai International Airport, serving the capital city of Hanoi in the north, or Tan Son Nhat International Airport, serving Ho Chi Minh City in the south. Direct, non-stop flights typically take around 11 hours and 20 minutes from London to Hanoi, while flights including a stopover in Bangkok, Dubai, France, Qatar or Turkey can take around 16 hours. From Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, it is possible to travel around the country overland.

The total flight duration from London to Hanoi is 11 hours and 20 minutes and from London to Ho Chi Minh is 15 hours and 5 minutes including a stopover.

Here is the flight time for some popular routes from UK to Vietnam:

  • Flights from London to Hanoi, Vietnam: 11 hours 20 minutes.
  • Flights from Manchester to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: 15 hours 10 minutes.
  • Flights from Birmingham to Hanoi, Vietnam: 14 hours 25 minutes.
  • Flights from Glasgow to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: 15 hours 45 minutes.

Q. What are the main UK departure airports that fly to Vietnam?

  • London (two main airports - Heathrow and Gatwick, but six altogether)
  • Manchester
  • Birmingham
  • Edinburgh

Q. What are the most popular routes from UK to Vietnam?

While some choose either London Heathrow – Hanoi or Manchester – Ho Chi Minh city, London Heathrow - Ho Chi Minh City is the most popular route from UK to Vietnam.

Q. Which airlines operate flights to Vietnam?

There are dozens of choices of Airlines if you want to fly from UK to Vietnam. Here are some most popular:

  • Emirates
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • China Southern
  • Thai Airways

Q. How much does it cost to fly to Vietnam?

The price ticket ranges from $450 to $850 depending on your flight route and date. The cheapest route may be found on the way from London (both Heathrow – LHR and Gatwick – GTW) to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN). 

We recommend using some online ticket booking platform (Kayak, Cheapflights, or SkyScanner) to look for the cheapest flight possible according to your travel plan. They do have alert system when there is the price change on your travel date.

Here is how to get the cheapest flight possible to Vietnam

Getting around in Vietnam

Vietnam is well served by a good network of internal flights. Given the long and thin nature of the country, if travelling north to south or vice versa, then internal Vietnam flights are a convenient and affordable option.
There is also a sleeper train that links Hanoi in the north and Ho Chi Minh in the south. You should try and book tickets for this early as it can sell out, especially during the Tet holiday.

Buses are the main ground transport option, with sleeper coaches covering much of the country. Tickets are cheap due to competition from various companies, but the beds on board are seldom as comfortable as you might wish them to be.

Check How to get around in Vietnam here

Other FAQs

1. Do I need vaccines for Vietnam?

Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Vietnam. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Vietnam: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza

Here is the article for recommended vaccinations for Vietnam.

2. How safe is Vietnam?

All in all, Vietnam is an extremely safe country to travel in. 

  • The police keep a pretty tight grip on social order and there are rarely reports of muggings, robberies or sexual assaults. 
  • Scams and hassles do exist, particularly in Hanoi, HCMC and Nha Trang (and to a lesser degree in Hoi An).
  • Be extra careful if you’re travelling on two wheels on Vietnam’s anarchic roads; traffic accident rates are woeful and driving standards are pretty appalling.

Here is our guide for Safety and Precautions in Vietnam

3. Do I need a travel insurance for Vietnam?
Insurance is not compulsory but a must for Vietnam, as the cost of major medical treatment is prohibitive. A travel insurance policy to cover theft, loss and medical problems is the best bet.

Some insurance policies specifically exclude such ‘dangerous activities’ as riding motorbikes, diving and even trekking. Check that your policy covers an emergency evacuation in the event of serious injury.
If you're driving a vehicle, you need a Vietnamese insurance policy.

Check the detailed article for Vietnam travel insurance here

4. What should I take to Vietnam?

Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to Thailand:

  • Money Belt – These are a great way to avoid pickpocketing while in Vietnam.
  • Mosquito Repellent – Mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases are common in many parts of Vietnam. Make sure you’re protected from these bugs while traveling.
  • Walking Shoes – Visitors can walk the streets to explore the street vendors or beautiful wildlife, making good shoes a must.

Here is the detailed guide for what to pack for Vietnam

5. Are you supposed to tip in Vietnam?

Generally, tipping is not expected in Vietnam, but is very much appreciated. Many Vietnam workers do not earn much money and always appreciate the extra money to be made in tips.

Check out the Vietnam tipping guide & other local etiquettes here

6. Do I need to buy a Vietnam SIM Card? And where can I buy it?

It is recommended to buy a local SIM card why travelling in Vietnam as it surely has a stable connection and also the cheaper price for calling & data usage.

You can buy the SIM Card almost everywhere in Vietnam, especially inside the big cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, or Da Nang.

Check out the detailed guide for Internet & phone in Vietnam here

7. Do I need to bargain while shopping in Vietnam?

Yes, unfortunately, you will have to bargain most of the time to get the price right. Unless you plan to go to shopping mall or supermarket where price is printed on the product. It is not an intimidating task like it seems, and once you will get used to it, you will miss the bargaining scene found in Vietnam and in most of Asia. 

Tips: Look around and check with your guide to have the idea of what you are going to buy. 

Here is our guide for Buying and bargaining in Vietnam

U.K. Embassy in Vietnam

When traveling it is very helpful to find out exactly where the U.K. embassy or consulates are located. Keep the address written down in case you have a legal problem, you lose your passport, or you want to report a crime. Be sure to keep a copy of your passport with you in case you lose the original.

British Embassy Hanoi 

  • Address: Central Building, 4th floor, 31 Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Telephone: +84 (0) 24 3936 0500
  • Office opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.45pm; Friday: 8.30am to 12.30pm and 1.00pm to 3.00pm
  • Consular public hours for notarial and documentary services - by appointment only: 
    • Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.45pm; 
    • Friday: 8.30am to 12.30pm and 1.00pm to 3.00pm

British Consulate-General Ho Chi Minh City

  • Address: 25 Le Duan Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Telephone: +84 (0)28 3825 1380 / +84 (0)24 3936 0500
  • Office opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 8:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4:45pm; Friday: 8.30am to 12.30pm and 1.00pm to 3.00pm
  • Consular public hours for notarial and documentary services - by appointment only:
    • Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 12.00pm and 1.00pm to 4.45pm
    • Friday: 8.30am to 12.00pm and 12.30pm to 3.00pm

Visit the Embassy to Vietnam website before departure to confirm correct contact details for the office.

Vietnam TOUR PACKAGES FOR "UNITED KINGDOM CITIZENS"

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Luxury / 9 days / fr. $2,219

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Family / 13 days / fr. $1,995

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Must-see / 12 days / fr. $1,369

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Unseen / 18 days / fr. $1,990

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Must-see / 18 days / fr. $1,960

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The combination of some must-see experience and the cruise tour along the mighty rivers

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On June 7th, 2012, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has eased travel recommendations for more than a hundred countries and territories, including Vietnam and Laos in the list of "safest to travel".

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The Hmong New Year celebration is a cultural tradition that takes place annually in select areas where large Hmong communities exist and in a modified form where smaller communities come together. During the New Year's celebration, Hmong dress in traditional clothing and enjoy Hmong traditional foods, dance, music, bull fights, and other forms of entertainment. Hmong New Year celebrations have Hmong ethnic traditions and culture and may also serve to educate those who have an interest in Hmong tradition. Hmong New Year celebrations frequently occur in November and December (traditionally at the end of the harvest season when all work is done), serving as a Thanksgiving holiday for the Hmong people.

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Backpacking Vietnam… If you are seeking epic adventures, unique experiences, mouth watering foods and ancient historical sights; Vietnam is the place for you. Once upon a time, the very mention of Vietnam conjured up images of war-torn destination but now Vietnam is a backpacker haven and travelling in Vietnam is a popular part of many Southeast Asian adventures.

Backpacking Vietnam offers an incredible opportunity to get off the beaten track… Explore dramatic mountains in the North, stop in for some corn wine and a friendly chat with the locals before heading south to party the night away…

Many travelers opt to explore Vietnam by motorcycle. Vietnam is a big country and there are lots of Vietnam backpacking itineraries on offer… The most popular backpacking route is heading from Hanoi to Saigon.

Backpacking in Vietnam is a great choice for backpackers on account of the super cheap cost of living and the plentiful adventures.

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The phrase ‘banana pancakes trail’ is the stuff of legend in Southeast Asia’s backpacker route. Along the banks of the Mekong, across many a dorm room and questionable dive bar, backpackers come to learn the story of the first tourists to travel ‘on the ground’, making a conscious effort to immerse themselves in local life. Decades later, their influence is having transformed the region: tourism here is now the fastest growing on Earth, receiving a quarter of total travelers worldwide. 

When you travel through Southeast Asia these days, it is hard to imagine that tourism was almost non-existent just a half century ago. Here is the story of how hippies, guidebooks and banana pancakes helped to create one of the most famous backpacker routes in the world.
 

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Lantern Festival is celebrated in China and other Asian countries that honors deceased ancestors on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar (usually falls around mid-February of Gregorian calendar). The Lantern Festival aims to promote reconciliation, peace, and forgiveness. 

Originally, the holiday marks the first full moon of the new lunar year and the end of the Chinese New Year. In some other Asian countries such as Thailand or Laos, the festival is celebrated around late October or early November to mark the end of the Buddhist Lent & the beginning of the festive season.

During the festival, houses are festooned with colorful lanterns, often with riddles written on them; if the riddle is answered correctly, the solver earns a small gift. Festival celebrations also include lion and dragon dances, parades, and fireworks. 

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In Vietnam, nibbling on mooncakes and sipping tea with loved ones is an essential part of the Mid-autumn Festival, or Tết Trung Thu. As long as we can remember, it is tradition to serve bánh nướng and bánh dẻo — golden baked mooncakes and soft sticky rice mooncakes — on the night of the harvest moon. If you are in Vietnam during this festival, you can experience the fun of your own mooncake celebration. Here is all you need to know about Vietnam’s mooncake tradition.

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