Vietnam: visa, climate and useful tips

Because time understood as climate it will be taken into consideration when choosing the itinerary. The weather intended as permanence, on the other hand, in addition to affecting the type of trip you will make, it will also affect the type of visa that you will have to request.

Let's look at these two issues in more depth.

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Visa for Vietnam

In addition to the passport (with residual validity exceeding 6 months), to visit Vietnam is visa required unless your trip is less than 15 days and you stay within Vietnamese territory.

Otherwise, if your stay will be between 15 and 30 days you will need to request the electronic visa for Vietnam (eVisa). This type of visa does not provide for multiple entries, ie if you want to enter and exit Vietnam you will have to apply for a different visa: the "consular visa for multiple entries" (also required for multiple entries within 15 days of travel).

The electronic visa for Vietnam

The electronic visa therefore allows entry and exit from Vietnam only on one occasion (arrival and departure), previously included in the visa application form.

The day of arrival and departure from Vietnam are to be considered included in the calculation of the 30 days and at the time of the visa request it is necessary to have established the first overnight stay, as it must be transcribed on the form.

How to apply for a Vietnam Visa?

It is strongly recommended apply for a visa online (eVisa) in order to avoid any queue / impediment on arrival. In addition to being more convenient in terms of timing, it is also more convenient from an economic point of view.

In fact, the visa application on arrival, also called Visa on Arrival, requires a letter of approval costing about € 20 in addition to the payment of stamp duties which can range from 25 to 50 dollars.

For this reason, if your next trip will be Vietnam and you are in the event of applying for a visa for Vietnam, I absolutely recommend you to request the electronic Vietnam visa online as the cost is only € 49,95.

Why request it online?

The bureaucratic aspects are always something particularly boring when traveling, plus (at least to me) they generate anxiety.

Will I have filled in everything? Will there be any problems or will everything go smoothly? With visa all these concerns are always present. Having the possibility to fill in everything even before leaving and be sure that when I enter the country I will have no problems, is something that makes me much more peaceful.

It can be requested in this way:

  • filling out an online application form where you will also have to upload a scan of your passport which, I remind you, must have at least 6 months of residual validity.
  • paying later through the common payment methods (Credit Card, Paypal, etc).

The visa arrives there directly via email a few days after completing the form, about a week in the case of an ordinary request, in 3 days for an urgent request.

For more information about the visa for Vietnam, I recommend that you learn more about FAQ Visas from the Vietnamese Consulate.

The Climate in Vietnam

Given the experience, I wanted to tell you about the other time component: the weather. My travels are definitely not complicated, and even this trip to Vietnam was not far behind. Just on the days I had to visit Halong Bay a typhoon developed and I had to completely change my plans. Not to mention the torrential rains in the Sapa area, which resulted in a mud trek.

In short, the climate in Vietnam is a serious matter. Each month has different characteristics, further different also between the south and the north of the country. Vietnam: visa, climate and useful tips

Halong Bay

Weather in Vietnam in August

If like me you can only travel in August and have chosen the splendid Vietnam as your destination, know that it is a special period because a trip to Vietnam in August is a lottery. You could find good weather or, as I said earlier, a typhoon, or both as it happened to me. I must say that I was lucky enough, I did not find persistent rainy days (apart from Sapa and the typhoon). By changing the itinerary I managed to escape from the rains but I am still lurking.

If it is possible to escape from the rains, it is not possible to escape from thehumidity. A trip to Vietnam in August means live with great humidity which, combined with the heat, must be evaluated well. It will often be necessary to stop in the shade and hydrate continuously.

The best time to visit Vietnam?

To give an answer it is necessary divide the country between North, Center and South. The best climate for North Vietnam is in the months of April, October and November. In southern Vietnam it is preferable to go between December and mid-February, although it is possible to extend until April. Finally, the center of the country is best suited between January and March.

As you can see, August is not mentioned, and I obviously went in August. Not bad, because Vietnam is fantastic and you will love it at any time of the year you visit it!

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