These days many tourists are looking for something a little different when they travel. Seasoned traveler have no doubt already been to Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. Those travelers may be looking for a new adventure – a place steeped in history and filled with unique things to see and do.
For many visitors, Vietnam is that place. The country of Vietnam is filled with wonders, from ancient temples and palaces to modern cities with all the conveniences of the 21st century. From the hustle and bustle of the capital to the sights and sounds of the countryside, there are plenty of wondrous places just waiting to be explored.
But before you book your trip and head to the airport, there are some things you need to know. Vietnam imposes a few more travel restrictions than you might be used to, and it is important to understand – and abide by – all the requirements before you start planning your trip.
You probably already know you need a passport to visit Vietnam, just as you do with virtually any country on earth. You may also know that the expiration date of that passport is important, so be sure to check it before you go. In order to enter Vietnam, you will need a passport whose expiration date is at least six months from your planned dates of travel. If your passport is expiring soon, now is the perfect time to get it renewed. Having your passport in order will make the entire trip more fun and less stressful.
In addition to the standard passport requirements, the country of Vietnam also requires that visitors obtain and carry either a Vietnam visa, a document specifically exempting them from the visa requirement, or a written approval letter for a visa. This documentation is required upon arrival in Vietnam, so it is important for leisure travelers to make the appropriate arrangements before they leave their home countries.
It is also important for those leisure travelers to work only with experienced and reliable travel agencies when obtaining the documentation they need to enter Vietnam. There are some less than quality travel agencies out there, and they can leave their clients abandoned when they need them the most.
If you are thinking about booking a trip to Vietnam in the near future, the first thing you should do is check the expiration date of your passport. The second thing you should do is contact a quality agency – one that has plenty of experience working with leisure travel to Vietnam. That agency will be able to help you obtain an approval letter for your trip. Once that approval letter is arranged, you will be able to pick it up when you arrive at the airport in Vietnam. From there, you can simply gather up your luggage, make your way through customs and start enjoying the beauty and uniqueness of Vietnam.