Coming to Vietnam


Overseas participants entering Vietnam should possess a passport with valid visa which can
be obtained at the Vietnamese Embassies or Consulates in the corresponding countries. Visas
are exempted for the citizens of the countries, which have signed a bilateral visa exemption
agreement with Vietnam, including Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and
Laos. Vietnam also made a unilateral decision on visa exemption for the Japanese and Korean
citizens for short visits within 15 days. Please click here for information in detail.

For participants who need entry visa to Vietnam, please provide us information in the attached
form by email:

To: Nguyen Trong Dung ( or, Registration Chair

We will send you an invitation letter and prepare the necessary procedure on Vietnam side (If
you urgently need an invitation letter in the form of an attached file, please indicate it in your
email). If you do not receive any replies three days after your sending of the request,
please send your e-mail again (it may happen due to the internet problem).

Required Information for Visa Preparation (on Vietnam side):

Date of Birth:
Gender (F/M):
Passport Number:
Former Nationality:
Present Nationality:
Where you will submit your visa application:

International flights

There are international flights operated by Vietnam Airlines and other airline agencies to Hanoi
from many countries such as Australia, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Korea,
Russia, Taiwan, U.A.E/Emirates, and Southeast Asian countries. To date, Vietnam Airlines is
reaching 24 international destinations worldwide with its fleet of 36 modern airplanes.

Please see the flight schedule of Vietnam Airlines. Useful information on flights to Hanoi can be
seen at many websites, such as Yahoo Travel, or the websites of other airline agencies
including Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, Singapore Airlines,
Thai Airways, Air France, and so forth.

Getting to downtown

Airport Taxis charge a flat rate of US$ 8 (one-way) for cars from Noi Bai Airport to central Hanoi.
The drive takes about 45 minutes. A minibus makes the trip for US$ 4 per person.
The Conference Secretariats plan to pick up the conference attendants if necessary. Detailed
information will be announced later.

Official invitation letters

The Conference Secretariats will be pleased to send an invitation letter to any scientist upon
written request. It must be understood that these letters are only intended to help participants
to obtain a visa or to raise travel funds and do not commit the Conference Secretariats to any
financial obligation.

Currency and banks

The official unit of currency in Vietnam is the VND.
Most banks are opened from 8am to 11:30am. Some are open from 1pm to 5pm.

ATMs&Credit Card
Major credit cards are now accepted in most tourist destinations and many banks can organise
cash advances for Visa and MasterCard, usually at a rate of 3% commission. Some travellers
cafes provide this service at higher rates, but they operate daily -banks usually close weekends.
24-hr ATM's, dispensing Dong only, are available at: ANZ Bank, Vietcombank - Most branches


Electrical power in Vietnam is supplied at 220 volts, 50 Hz.
It may be useful to bring along a plug converter and a 220/110 volts transformer.


Weather in Hanoi in the middle of May is usually pleasant with average day temperatures
generally ranging from 25°C to 30°C. The following table shows the day temperatures during
May 18-20 in recent years.

Year May 18 May 19 May 20
2004 20-26°C 20-23°C 18-25°C
2003 24-30°C 22-28°C 25-31°C
2002 24-32°C 25-33°C 27-36°C
2001 24-32°C 22-30°C 24-30°C
2000 21-24°C 22-26°C 21-27°C
1999 26-33°C 24-33°C 25-29°C
1998 26-31°C 27-28°C 26-31°C