Vietnam
Vietnam
Before leaving
21-09-2023 311.905 Views
PASSPORT & VISA

Your passport must be in good condition, valid at least 6 months after the planned exit from Vietnamese territory, and have at least 2 free pages face to face.

For a stay of less than 45 days / 44 nights, the Vietnamese visa is not mandatory for French nationals (Canadian and Swiss citizens are not exempt from Vietnamese visa). This exemption is valid until June 30, 2025. It is normally renewed by the Vietnamese Government on that date. This visa waiver is only valid for a single entry visa.

For visa-exempt travelers, a second visa-free entry can only be made after 30 days after the last Vietnamese exit.
In case of double entry on Vietnamese territory (for example if you make the round trip to Siem Reap in Cambodia before returning to Vietnam), travelers have only one exemption (not two). It is advisable to use this exemption for the first entry and then to use a single entry visa for the second entry. In case of multiple entries, a multiple entry visa is required.

For stays of more than 45 days in Vietnam, you have the choice between several options to obtain the Vietnamese visa:
An e-visa or Vietnam visa online, which costs 25 USD for a stay of up to one month & harf. The number of border crossings that accept this type of visa is limited and can be found here, however there is no problem if arriving by an international airport.
A visa on arrival for stays between one month & haff and three months, single or multiple entry, with letter of invitation. The price varies according to the number of entries (25 USD for single entry, 50 USD for multiple entries).

A Vietnam visa obtained at the Vietnamese Embassy in France, which costs 70 euros.

Before leaving, we advise you to photocopy all important documents (passport, electronic equipment invoices, insurance policy, plane tickets, driving license ...). A handy tip if you lose your papers or valuables.
 
 
HEALTH and VACCINES

No vaccination is required but some vaccinations are recommended: make sure you are up-to-date with your usual vaccinations (especially diphtheria-tetanus-poliomyelitis (DTP), and rubella, mumps and measles in children). We strongly advise you to make an appointment with your doctor, or with a vaccination center.

Depending on local travel conditions, vaccinations against typhoid fever and viral hepatitis A and B are recommended.
Rabies vaccination is very often recommended in Vietnam, especially for planned trips to remote rural areas. Ask your doctor or an international vaccination center for advice.

Finally, for stays in rural areas in Vietnam, vaccination against Japanese encephalitis is also desirable. In addition to vaccination, this viral disease being transmitted by mosquito bites, it is necessary to resort to protective measures against mosquitoes.

Do not hesitate to provide a small kit of pharmacies with some basic products, it will be very useful in case of first aid.
 
 
CLIMATE

Vietnam is located in subtropical and tropical climate zones, with an average temperature of 26 degrees Celsius. The climate system of Vietnam is very complex because of its position, its topography and its extent (7 ° of latitude from north to south). Many areas, whether on the plateaux or on the coast, benefit from microclimates that can be very different from the general climate.

The north has four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and accompanied by heavy monsoon rains. In autumn, the temperatures become more pleasant and the precipitations become rare. During the winter, temperatures can drop from 10 to 15 degrees with a slight drizzle. The mornings are cool. If you choose to travel to northern Vietnam in winter, it is better to have a little wool and a rain suit. Spring is the perfect season to visit northern Vietnam. The temperature is mild, the rains are rare and the rice fields are adorned with a gradient of incomparable green.

The south enjoys a typical tropical climate with two main seasons: the dry season from October to May and the wet season from June to October. Even during the rainy season, the sun and the heat are at the rendezvous. The heavy storm and monsoon rains come to cool the atmosphere, especially in the evening.

The center of the country knows a mix of these two main climates, with a constant wet and hot. Beware however in autumn, the center is likely to receive the passage of typhoons born in the Pacific.
 

INSURANCE

All travelers have the obligation to take out an insurance policy for their trip before participating in our tours. In order to cope with hospitalization costs and sometimes very high health expenses abroad, it is highly recommended to have an assistance contract or insurance to cover all medical expenses (surgery, hospitalization ...) and medical repatriation, at the risk of not having access to care, including in the event of a vital emergency. These costs can not be supported by the embassy or consulates general of France on the spot.


MONEY

Be sure to ask your bank about the use of your credit card and the fees for using it. Travel options exist, so consider traveling at no extra cost


ELECTRICITY

The electric current is 220 volts and the catches are identical to the French catches before European standardization (in the South, we find in the rooms both American and European catches). You do not need an adapter
 
 
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