Before you can enter Vietnam, if you’re an American citizen, you’re going to need a travel visa. You have two basic choices regarding travel visas, you can wait weeks and make the trip to the embassy or consulate yourself, or you can outsource the task to us and enjoy planning your trip.
Although some countries do allow travelers to obtain their visas upon entry to the country, Vietnam is not one of those countries. You must have your visa in hand before you go.
Here is what you’ll need for either a Business-class or Tourist visa to Vietnam
Remember, your passport is essentially expired 6 months before the due date. We can expedite your passport if you also need that renewed before your travel to Vietnam.
Travel warnings are not issued by the State Department often for Vietnam, but you should always make it a habit to check any country you’re visiting. You can check travel warnings for Vietnam here.
Curious about what to see and do in Vietnam? Here is a great travel video that shows just a sampling of the diverse sights to see.
What you can and cannot bring back from Vietnam can be confusing. Getting knowledgeable about what U.S. Customs allows into the country will make it a quick decision to buy that exotic meat mixture sausage that shopkeeper swears will be fine to bring back into the U.S.
There aren’t actually limits on how much stuff you can bring back from a trip abroad. The ax drops on how much stuff you can bring back into the country for free. Once you pass the $800 worth of goods per person, you start owing taxes on the items.
What can you bring back from Vietnam?
A travel visa to Vietnam is good anywhere from one to three months (depending on the type you obtain) and you can find a lot of good stuff to bring back from Vietnam.
The following is a list of what you can bring back into the U.S, remember $800 total limit per person (before you’re taxed). Current Customs regulations say you can bring back:
– 100 cigars or 200 cigarettes
– 1 liter of alcohol
– Baked foods are usually okay
– Hard cheeses are usually allowed
– And this is a good one for Vietnam: roasted coffee beans and dried tea.
Antiques over 100-years old and artworks are exempt not part of the $800 limit so if you find some art that you must have – go for it!
Another way to get your stuff home is to mail it. Yes, mail it. The current regulations state that you can mail yourself up to $200 worth of goods per day, as long as the packaging is marked: “for personal use.”
You can also mail an additional $100 worth of stuff to family or friends as long as the packages are designated, “unsolicited gift.”
Either way, you must list the contents of any package on the outside wrapping, and you cannot mail alcohol, perfume (because it has alcohol in it), or tobacco products worth more than $5.
What can’t a tourist bring back from Vietnam?
The following items will be confiscated:
Pretty much any freshly prepared foods you attempt to bring in won’t make it if found by customs. You can bring seeds in with you for flowers or vegetables, but not trees. There are some rules to follow, you will need to obtain a phytosanitary certificate of inspection from Vietnam, and you will need to declare them. More information can be found at Aphis.
This thread at TripAdvisor has a lot of ideas for what to buy when you’re in Vietnam. Also, Huffington Post had a great article for the truly unique shopper visiting Vietnam.
Planning a trip to Vietnam? The travel visa to Vietnam is good for a maximum stay of 30 days and may not be obtained upon your arrival in Vietnam. You need to have it before you travel to the country.
If you want to make the process of getting your travel visa to Vietnam a breeze, let us get it for you. Just fill out the paperwork for the type of travel visa you need (Business or Tourist) and get the packet to us, and we will do the legwork for you.
Curious about what to do and see in Vietnam?
If you have any questions about getting your Vietnam visa or any questions regarding your passport, just contact our office at 713-874-1420. We are ready to assist you.
Vietnam is a long, narrow country situated between the Laos and Cambodia borders by the South China Sea. There are gorgeous landscapes to explore. Take in the lush rice fields, dense mountain forests, and the beautiful beaches on the coast. There are modern cities and traditional villages for travelers to immerse themselves in Vietnamese culture both past and present.
You will need both a valid U.S. passport and visa to enter the country. Let us expedite the process for you. Visit our Vietnam visa page or call us at 713-874-1420.
The weather cool year-round and the misty valleys, pine tree forests and a myriad of colorful flowers are the reason emperors and French colonials used this destination as a getaway from the heat of summer. In the present, this south-central region of Vietnam is still popular for the same reasons. With a high walkability score, Dalat is a beautiful melding of scenic landscapes and both traditional Vietnamese and French architectures.
2. My Son
Located on the central coast of Vietnam near the Duy Phú village is the important archaeological site known as My Son. One of Southeast Asia’s most notable ancient sites, My Son was once a significant center of religious Hindu ceremonies where the kings of the Champa Kingdom built numerous temples devoted to the worship of the god, Shiva, between the 4th and 14th centuries.
3. Ho Chi Minh City
The jewel of southern Vietnam is by the Mekong Delta. Formerly known as Saigon, this was the capital of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
Today, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city of the reunified country, offering plenty of reasons to visit, from its blend of historic and modern attractions to vibrant shopping, dining, and nightlife.
A short distance from Ho Chi Minh City Colorful you will find an area filled with floating markets, lush fruit orchards, bird sanctuaries and quaint villages. This area is known as “The Rice Basket,” and rightfully so. This agricultural region feeds more than 30% of the country from the rice plantations, fish farms, and orchards.
5. Nha Trang
A popular destination is this resort city on a beautiful bay. You will find a gorgeous bay view, picturesque mountains, beaches and lush islands to explore. For a little more modern fun, take in the amusement and water parks.
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