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Monday, December 9, 2013

Traveling to Vietnam on Business


Vietnam is fast becoming one of the most vibrant business centers in Asia. With many multi-national companies doing business there and many more considering setting up shop, it is no wonder so many businessmen and women visit Vietnam every year.

To the uninitiated, traveling to Vietnam can be somewhat frightening – not in terms of personal safety but in terms of perceived hassle and inconvenience. If you have never traveled outside your home country, or just traveled to Europe, you might not understand some of the entry requirements needed for travel to Vietnam.

For instance, business travelers to Vietnam must have a valid passport, and the expiration date of that passport must not be more than six months from the date of travel. Business travelers whose passports expire before then will need to make arrangements to have the document renewed well in advance of their trip. It is far easier – and less expensive – to renew your passport when you have plenty of time to spare.

In addition to the valid passport, those traveling to Vietnam on business will need to have some additional documentation to prove the legitimacy of their trip. That documentation consists of either a Vietnam visa, a visa exemption document from a Vietnamese embassy or consulate, or a written approval letter for a visa. Travelers must have this documentation upon arrival at the airport, so it is important to make arrangements with a quality travel agency before you leave home.

Many business travelers find the best route is to arrange for an approval letter which can be picked up at the airport upon arrival in Vietnam. Having that approval letter arranged ahead of time can make the entire trip easier, faster, and ultimately more productive. Once the approval letter has been arranged, all the business traveler needs to do is pick it up at the airport. With that document, and the passport, in hand, the businessman or woman can simply head over to customs, present their documents and be on their way.

While having an approval letter waiting for you at the airport will make your business trip easier, it is important to choose your travel agency with care. Not all travel agencies understand the somewhat unique entry requirements of Vietnam, and those inexperienced agents could make a mistake that could force you to delay – or even cancel – your important business meetings.

When obtaining travel documents for a business trip to Vietnam, it is important to work with a travel agency that fully understands the entry requirements of the country, and one that has plenty of experience helping visitors to Vietnam get into the country with a minimum of hassle. Working with an experienced travel agency is one of the most important tips for business travelers to keep in mind. Doing business in Vietnam can be very profitable for you and your company. The last thing you want is to have a problem with your paperwork delay your business dealings.