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Saigon Arrival - pay for VOA and immigration fast track?

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thestigy

I plan to get a visa invitation letter for a visa on arrival.  In addition to the basic service, the company handling the processing offers two levels of fast track service upon arrive: a) escorted VOA processing and b) escorted immigration fast lane, each for $25 USD additional.  I will arrive around 9:30 in the evening.  I haven't been to Saigon before and don't know if it's at all like the lovely immigration queue at Suvarnabhumi.  I suspect not nearly as busy but I thought I would at least ask...

My question, are the lines long and would you recommend paying-up for the expedited fast track?

 

 

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Mognam

yes, as BM ricktoronto has said get an evisa if you can.  He has provided a link to the official government site.  The other sites often just use this and charge you a premium.  I did the evisa when I went there and got through immigration in no time and that was during the day.

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bangna

Taken around 7.30 evening, each queue had approx 20 people but there were a lot of desks open. Clearance took 12 minutes

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Jademoon

I just did my E-visa application online. The hardest part of the process was taking a photo on my passport and my face. After that it took less than 5minutes to just enter all the information they need which can be found on your passport. Than I payed like 25.90ish USD for the application fee. 25USD is the fee amount and the 90ish cent is for the little extra for the so call exchange rate? Got my result back in less than 24hours being approved. I highly suggest doing the E-visa online route. Less time waiting in line and don't have to pay for the extra invitation letter.

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thumper64

I was under the impression the fast track services were closed down by the government unless you qualify(ie over 70/businesses class etc)

https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1107989-airport-mafia-set-to-be-hit-as-fast-track-scheme-stopped-at-bangkoks-main-airport/

I could have started back up again.

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LuvThaiPussy

Do you need a visa/evisa different to a visa on arrival type (not sure if that exists) if going for less than 15 days?

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Dr No
On 28/12/2019 at 14:25, thumper64 said:

I was under the impression the fast track services were closed down by the government unless you qualify(ie over 70/businesses class etc)

https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1107989-airport-mafia-set-to-be-hit-as-fast-track-scheme-stopped-at-bangkoks-main-airport/

I could have started back up again.

Thread is about Saigon airport mate, not BKK. 

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thumper64
1 hour ago, Dr No said:

Thread is about Saigon airport mate, not BKK. 

Sorry my bad........

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biggles

Vietnam has a  visa free entry period, same as Thailand which varies based on passport. UK get 14 days, ASEAN countries get 21 etc. 

We used the govt website at post #2 last year with no problems. Heading back next month for 14 days, Nha Trang is really nice

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RandyJohnson

mentioned above about a service that  fast tracks - take it if true - whatever the cost.

Our experience:

Purchase on-line visa for about $17. it did state require passport photo and another $20 fee upon arrival. I printed it out (and you need to).

the Immigration Hall is huge - dozens of lines...no real concise signage/directions.

wait in line (about 2 hours). But, wrong line.

you must go to counter and get visa first.

Went to counter on left and waited (in unknown if correct line)...filled out another form - I had photo, my kid did not. paid US $60 for 2 visas and one photo(which they did not take). They issued old style full page visa in passports.(about 1 hour)

And then back to regular immigration line - (about 40 minutes this time).

Get real visa in advance from consulate if you can...

So much crying from people about connections, no US dollars, etc, etc.. was very bad experience...

 

 

 

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golf9

I arrived January 9th got my e Visa online for 30 days $25.70 did not have to pay anything when I got to immigration. Immigration lines were only how about 5 minutes one person in front of me 1 at counter at 10am had to wait for my luggage a few minutes and took the bus downtown then grab Taxi to my hotel. Super easy way faster than anything I've done through Thailand in 20 plus years of traveling there except for the fact you do get the 30-day visa on entry in Thailand for free, but doing it online through the Vietnamese website for my 30 days here was super easy. can't believe how many girls I've come across so far at the mall and on Tinder easy and fun. Food great have not had 1 issue at all. ATM no extra fees and only $1 less than cash per $100.

$10 for phone and unlimited 4G all month staying at the Rivergate residence better constructed than Centara or the Base at $27 a night easy walk everywhere. Will be traveling around south a bit then back here for 2 weeks more.

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