From 1.01. 2009, in accordance with the decision of the head of the government of Vietnam, Russian citizens can enter the country without a visa. True, only for up to 15 days. Therefore, Russian tourists can go for a couple of weeks to see the sights of Vietnam, only if there is a passport and return tickets home.
If you are planning to stay in this countrymore than 15 days, then you need a visa. At the same time, a visa to Vietnam for Russians is issued by a simplified system. It can be issued right after you arrive in the country, and it costs about $ 20.
Nevertheless, to enter the country without a visa it is necessary to comply with a number of conditions:
- A Russian citizen is not included in the list of persons who are prohibited from entering Vietnam.
- A Russian citizen has a valid foreign passport with a validity period of at least three months from the date of arrival in the country.
- A citizen of Russia should have a return ticket to any country.
To determine whether a visa is needed in Vietnam,understand that the day of arrival in the country is considered the whole day, as well as the day of departure. Therefore, except for the day when you arrived and are going to leave, you have 13 days to stay in Vietnam. But border guards do not carp if you, for example, leave not on the 15th day, but a day later, although it is not recommended to take risks.
It is worth noting that in the presence of diplomaticor service passport, a visa to Vietnam is also not required and the stay in this case is not limited to 15 days. But service passports are not for everyone, so for a stay in the country for a long time, you need to issue a visa.
In order to obtain a visa to Vietnam, the following documents should be submitted to the Visa Application Center:
- international passport;
- two color photographs measuring 3 * 4 cm;
- certificate from work or place of study;
- completed questionnaire.
Visa to Vietnam is issued within seven days.
When you apply for a visa, you will be charged a consular fee ofamounting to 5 to 25 dollars. The amount depends on the type of visa, the length of stay in the country and the purpose of the trip. In addition, information about the points of entry and exit from the country, as well as the availability of tickets in both directions, may be required. In addition, on the account of the one who arrives in Vietnam, there must be enough money for the entire period of stay in the country.
A visa to Vietnam can be issued upon arrival atcountry, at the airport. To do this, you must have a passport with you, valid for at least three months from the date of arrival, a passport photo and a completed application form.
For the island of Fukuok visa exemption appliesfor residents of any country. That is, a foreigner, if he follows only this island (for a period of less than 15 days), can stay in Fukuoka without a visa. If a tourist stays on the island longer than the established time limit, he can get a visa right on the spot.
For those who decided to stay in Vietnamlonger, there is the possibility of extending the visa for 30 days (and not only in large cities, but also in the province). For this, a passport, a completed questionnaire and two photos on the passport should be submitted to the local department of entry and exit to the country. Also, the service of visa extension is provided by Vietnamese travel agencies.