While Vietnam is one of the safest countries in the world for UK travelers, it’s essential to be prepared. Read on for some travel, safety, and health tips to make your trip enjoyable.
Apply for a visa
As a UK national, whether or not you have a Vietnamese visa depends on the length of your trip. British citizens do not need a visa to enter Vietnam for trips of less than 15 days. However, if your trip lasts 30 days and you are traveling by plane, you can get your visa on arrival. If you need to apply for Vietnam visa online you will need to follow the steps below.
Submit an online visa application form. Once your application is accepted, you will receive an approval letter.
Take your passport and approval letter with you on your trip. An immigration officer will give you your entry visa and stamp once you arrive at any international airport in Vietnam.
British citizens can also obtain a Vietnamese visa from the Vietnamese Embassy. To use this method, present your passport and the following data to a consulate near you.
- Your full name as it appears on your passport
- Passport number
- The date you plan to arrive in Vietnam. Remember that you can enter the country after the date you specify, but not before.
- Nationality, as indicated on your passport
After submitting your application, you will need to return to the Embassy after a few days to collect your stamped visa.
Avoid thin or single strap bags
Many UK citizens love bags with thin straps, but if you are traveling to Vietnam you should avoid them. Bag thieves in Vietnam are an endless threat and you may come across them when visiting tourist areas.
Often times, they will work in pairs and target bags that are easy to tear off. If you need to carry a handbag or a single shoulder bag, you should hold it securely. Pick a backpack to be on the safe side.
Go to an international hospital if you get sick
Medical insurance for UK travelers is compulsory. If you get sick in Vietnam, go for an international hospital. This allows you to avoid long queues, poor communication and the cramped nature of local facilities.
You may want to research the best international hospital before your trip. Remember that there are not a lot of ambulances in Vietnam. In an emergency, victims are transported to hospital by taxi.
Should I try street food?
Sampling local cuisine is one of the reasons many UK residents travel to Vietnam. If you must sample street food, make sure the vendors have a physical store. Do not buy food directly from the street where hygiene standards can be compromised. Remember, tasting healthy, healthy street food is one of the best ways to meet and interact with locals.
And the heat ?
The weather in Vietnam is very different from that in the UK. Vietnam is generally humid and hot all year round, and the heat can leave you sunburned. Always wear sunscreen, especially when you are outdoors.
Watch out for dehydration and heat exhaustion, the symptoms of which can be irritability and headaches. Drink enough water and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience nausea, dizziness, weakness, and high body temperature.
To take with
Although Vietnam is a safe country, visitors to the UK and other countries should avoid being left alone on the streets at night. Always take a taxi to your hotel if you are going out late. Ask a friend or a travel agent to recommend a reliable taxi operator.