Getting a Vietnamese Visa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The best advice I have about getting your Vietnam visa in Kuala Lumpur is: don’t do it if you don’t have to. Vietnam now permits visas on arrival if you are flying into Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, or Danang via an international flight. You simply find an agent to get you a letter of approval (Google ‘Vietnam visa on arrival’ and you’ll find a bunch of companies to choose from), print out the letter, and bring it (along with the visa fee in USD cash, your passport, a completed copy of the Entry and Exit form, and one passport size photo) to the “Landing Visa” counter when you arrive in Vietnam.
The cost depends on what type of visa you get – $45 for a one month or 3 month single entry visa, $65 for a less than 30 day multi-entry, $95 for a 30 day or more multi-entry. On top of that you’ll have to pay the visa agent… usually about $10. The only downside is, there may be a long wait at the airport. Some people get through in 15 minutes, for others it takes an hour. It all depends on how many people are doing it, and what airport you go to (HCMC is busier and will take longer).
So far, this article has been a little off-topic. If you need to get your Vietnamese visa in Kuala Lumpur it costs more, and requires a couple trips to the Vietnamese embassy, but here’s how to do it:
The embassy is located at 4 Persiaran Stonor, about a 20 minute walk from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre Park, the Petronas Towers, or Suria KLCC (a giant mall). If you are staying in Chinatown, it’s not a very convenient location, but it won’t cost you much to get there. From Pasar Seni bus station take the free(!) Purple Line bus to StarHill. From there, it’s about a 15 minute walk. If you decide to walk the entire way, it’ll take about the same amount of time (about 50 minutes), but you’ll sweat a lot more. Currently, sweatiness isn’t a factor when determining whether someone is granted a visa to Vietnam.
The embassy is open Monday to Friday from 9AM to 5PM, but is closed for an hour for lunch at 1PM. From the street there is a ticket booth that has a sign that says, “Please take a number”. It was unmanned when I was there, so I walked right in to the very unimpressive building.
In order for them to grant you a visa, you’ll need to bring your passport (and it must be valid for at least 6 months), a photocopy of your passport, and a passport-sized photo of yourself. Conveniently, there is a restaurant across from the embassy that can take care of all these things for you (it would most likely be cheaper to get them done elsewhere though).
Bring everything to the middle window where you’ll get a form to fill in. When that’s completed, you take it back to the middle window, you’ll be told when your visa will be ready, then you line up at the third window to pay the fee.
Vietnam Visa Fees in Kuala Lumpur
- 1 month single entry – 320RM (1 working day processing), 300RM (2 working day processing), 260RM (3 working day processing)
- 1 month multiple entry – 400RM
- 3 months single entry – 400RM
- 3 months multiple entry – 650RM
*The 1 month multiple, and both 3 month visas take 2 working days.
When picking up your visa, go to the 2nd window and give them your receipt. Assuming it’s ready, they’ll hand it over and you’ll be out of there in no time.
In the end, it wasn’t a difficult process, but getting a visa on arrival will be half the price and will take less time when you factor in the multiple trips to the embassy in Kuala Lumpur. If your trip through Southeast Asia includes a trip to Cambodia, you can head to the Vietnamese embassy in Sihanoukville for the quickest (15 minute) Vietnamese visa. Of course, make sure you check your country to see if you even need a visa for Vietnam. Also, lucky citizens of Australia, France, Germany, India and the UK may soon be allowed to enter Vietnam without a visa. Laws in Vietnam change quickly and without much warning, so be sure to check before heading to the embassy.
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