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sandbag  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, October 27, 2015 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
sandbag


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We could use some help with this; we'd like to process our Visa apps directly to the embassy sending in a copy of our passports instead of the originals which I'm led to understand is okay as long as we enclose an additional pic; assuming this is correct my other question is item 10 on the Visa application: Name and address of your contact in Vietnam (if any); Gate 1 doesn't have an office in Vietnam; do they want me to put down all of the hotels we will be staying at or just list Gate 1 with their US address, or just list the first hotel we are staying at? 
Thanks for your help.

Scott and Mary
littlera  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, October 27, 2015 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
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I took one of the Vietnam tours five years ago, when you could not get eVisa.  The eVisa site is commercial, and not affiliated with the Vietnamese embassy.   Some of these sites were (and may still be) fraudulent, and were shut down.  Can't speak for the ones out there now.  Probably it is safer to deal directly with the Embassy and get it all done before you leave.  That is what we did.

I always only list the first hotel we stay in on the form, whatever the country, and have never encountered a problem doing that.  When we went the local contact was listed on our travel docs as follows:

Indochina Services Vietnam
27 Tran Nhat Duat, District 1
Ho Chi Minh ,
VIETNAM

You might check with G 1 to see if this is correct.  For our upcoming trip Gate 1 sent local contact info shortly after we booked (India.)  I would check if the contact shown is still correct.  You don't want to wait to get travel docs to apply for visa.
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Dogma  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, October 28, 2015 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
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Save yourself the aggravation and use a visa service, like Genvisa. I am a retired expat and i have used visa services for decades without a problem. Spend the money and let the expert do it for you.
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sandbag  
#4 Posted : Thursday, October 29, 2015 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
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Thanks for the detailed (and helpful) response.
RosemaryNJ  
#5 Posted : Monday, November 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
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We took the Vietnam and Cambodia trip in April.  We sent our visa application to the consulate with the Return Paid envelope purchased at the post office and we had the Visas within 5 days.  It was very simple and we made one check for the $200 for both of us.
breecra  
#6 Posted : Wednesday, February 10, 2016 5:28:53 AM(UTC)
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Returned in January 2016 from Vietnam. Used the website www.vietnamvisa.com for our visas. Within a day or two of your contacting them and paying a small fee, they will email you a letter of permission allowing you to obtain the visa once you arrive at the airport customs area (in our case it was in Ho Chi Minh City). You print out then fill in completely the somewhat odd form they send you online along with a passport size photo you get at home, along with another exact $25 cash sum, then take it to the poorly identified Visa office at the Vietnam entry airport before you go through customs, and wait through a very inefficient process of about a half hour to get the visa. Whole thing cost less than $100 for two people.

LuvToTravelWorld  
#7 Posted : Thursday, February 11, 2016 11:06:52 AM(UTC)
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evisa as well
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