Although not all foreigner when traveling need to apply for transit visa, but we think you should have a little knowledge about it. What is Vietnam transit visa for British citizens?
Have you ever heard about transit visa? Not all foreign travelers are required to get Vietnam transit visa when traveling to any country but must transfer in Vietnam. According to the law, Vietnam transit visa is normally valid for 5 days and this kind of visa can only be issued for groups in tour accompanied by a tour guide. Any tour which need a transit visa must supply detailed itinerary and provide with guarantee letter from the travel agent organizing the tour.
Pursuant to the Law No. 47/2014/QH13 which takes effect on 1st Jan 2015 on entry, exit, transit visa, and residence of foreigners in Vietnam, regulations on transit passengers through Vietnam is stipulated as below:
Requirements of Vietnam transit visa for British citizens through Vietnam
English travelers will be issued a transit visa through Vietnam if they obtain enough documents such as: a passport which is valid above 6 months, a ticket which specifies the third destined country, a visa granted by the arrival country as mentioned (in case there is no visa, the arrival country must be in list of Vietnam exemption from visa to enter Vietnam).
1. Transit area
Transit area shall be proclaimed and restricted by the authority where British visitors shall stay in during transit duration.
2. Transit by air
- With transit by air, English nationals are free from visa requirements with a condition that they must stay in the restricted transit area at the airport and wait for the connecting flight to the destined country.
- If British passport holders want to go outside the transit area for any purpose, that individual shall become a subject for a compulsory transit visa in accordance with specific transit duration.
3. Transit by cruise
British passport holders who enter Vietnam by cruises and have to transit through Vietnam are free from visa requirement but must stay in a restricted transit area such as ports in which their ships are anchoring. If English citizens want to go outside the transit area for tourism purpose, they must apply services from an international tourist company who must present travel program of the foreigners in details to the competent authority.
Can I do transit through Vietnam without visa?
British citizens whose country are not in Vietnam visa exemption list to enter Vietnam are recommended Vietnam visa (stamped on passport in case granted at Embassy/Consulate) or visa approval letter (issued by the Immigration Dept in case getting visa upon arrival) in advance. Vietnam Embassy in England will supply you with all information about how to get Vietnam visa.
In case your country are in exemption list, you will be free from visa requirement in a particular length of stay stipulated by the authority.
You will not have to get a Vietnam visa on arrival in advance if you satisfy these following conditions:
- Transit and leave Vietnam for a third country within 24 hours (for example, from Bangkok to Hanoi to Singapore – you cannot “transit” back to the country you started in, like Bangkok to Hanoi to Phuket)
- Apply a valid onward ticket
- Strictly stay in transit area during waiting for the connecting flight
- Have a valid entry document to your final destination
- Travel by a full-service airline (many low-cost airlines such as Jet Star and Vietjet Air will not provide travelers with transit support service even in a very short of time).
In conclusion, you should find out carefully about Vietnam transit visa when planning your trip to this country, in order to avoid unwanted trouble. Some airlines also supply transit support but some do not. You know, without a transit visa, you may miss your flight.