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
agreement with Vietnam, including Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia,
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.
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
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
Cathay Pacific Airways,
Air France, and so forth.
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.
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