Our frequently asked questions about travel to Vietnam. If you have any other questions, please contact your travel designer or concierge.
Do I need to get a visa?
Visas to Vietnam must be arranged prior to travel. There are two options, one is to use a visa company and send off your passport for it to be put in. The other option is a pre-arranged visa on arrival that is all done online (http://vietnamvisa.govt.vn/).
Visitors to Vietnam may be refused if their passport expires less than one month after their visa expires. It is recommended to travel with six months’ validity remaining in your passport and at least three blank pages.
Do I need to take malaria tablets or have any vaccinations?
Please seek professional medical advice and recheck closer to travel in case the situation has changed.
Malaria is high risk in Vietnam inland and along the Mekong Delta. There is low to medium risk along the coast and in the cities. If you are travelling from a country where there is yellow fever, proof of the yellow fever vaccination will be requested.
It is recommended that you ensure you are up to date with all routine immunisations including hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus-dephtheria, measles-mumps-rubella, polio and varicella.
Should I bring travellers cheques?
If you choose to travel with travellers cheques then ensure they will need to be in US dollars. American dollars are widely accepted for purchases but must be in mint condition, so ensure you receive notes in this condition too.
The Vietnamese currency is the Vietnam Dong which can only be exchanged within the country. It is a good idea to have Dong for low value purchases. ATMs are widespread but transactions are usually capped at approximate $125. Multiple transactions in a day are generally allowed but are usually charged at 20,000d per transaction plus your own banks fee.
Credit cards are widely accepted but there is often a 3% levy on the transaction plus any charge from your bank.
Which currency should I bring?
The Vietnamese currency is the Vietnam Dong which can only be exchanged within the country. It is a good idea to have Dong for low value purchases. American dollars are widely accepted for purchases but must be in mint condition, so ensure you receive notes in this condition too.
If exchanging money we recommend changing only in authorised money exchange bureaus, banks or hotels and never on the street. The US dollar is easy to exchange.
It is vital that you take out valid comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical repatriation, cancellation and curtailment for you trip to South East Asia. This gives you peace of mind that you will not lose money should you be forced to cancel your trip due to illness before you travel or during your vacation.
Please ensure that your insurance covers you for medical evacuation and repatriation both internationally and locally, and we could advise that your policy covers loss and theft of your possessions.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all aspects of your vacation. You must ensure that you will be covered for activities such as walking, rafting, canoeing and horse riding.
Remember to carry your insurance details with you at all times.