Hanoi to Laos Mountain Bike Epic

Vietnam & Laos, Bike - Semi Slick, 14 days - from $3,125 (land only)

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Visa Information

A valid passport (with at least 6 months remaining validity) is required for this trip.

Nationals of EU countries, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Switzerland require visas. Visas must be obtained from the embassy of Vietnam in your home country prior to travel.

Important note: The Vietnamese government advises that a ‘Visa On Arrival’ service is offered at 4 Vietnamese international airports, including Hanoi and Saigon. We suggest that you DO NOTchoose to obtain your visa in this way. Many international airlines don’t recognise the Visa On Arrival system for Vietnam, and we have experienced situations where clients have been denied boarding because they do not have a visa stamped in their passport.

UK Passport Holders

An entry visa to Vietnam can be applied for in person at the Embassy of Vietnam or by post up to six months prior to the date of travel.

Applying for your Vietnamese Visa by post

You will need the following:
Your passport (which must have longer validity than the visa by at least one month)
The completed application form, together with one passport photograph taken no more than one year ago.
The visa fee in the form of a POSTAL ORDER or CERTIFIED CHEQUE payable to "THE EMBASSY OF VIETNAM".
Unless you are collecting your passport in person you must add £6 to the visa fee and supply a self-addressed envelope.

Send (BY SPECIAL DELIVERY) to: Embassy of Vietnam, 12/14 Victoria Road, London W8 5RD

Visa Fees

Tourist Visa: single entry = £54, multiple entry = £85
An express service is available for a higher charge.
Please check the visa fee when you make your application, as this can change without warning.

Processing Schedule

Five working days are required to process normal visa applications or two working days for express service after the Embassy receives the applications. You should not make telephone inquiries prior to these time limits.

Alternatively you can apply for your visa in person at the above address. The opening hours of the visa section are 9am to 12.30pm Monday-Friday. Phone: 020 7937 1912, Fax: 020 7937 6108,

US Passport Holders

You will require:

Your passport, a completed Vietnam Visa Application Form, Passport Size photo (2x2), $65.00 in Visa Fees, to be paid as explained below, a self-addressed and postage paid US Express Mail return envelope. The Embassy does not permit UPS, FedEx or DHL.

Payment must be made by TWO separate money orders payable to the Embassy of Vietnam. The first money order should be for $25.00 and should say VISA FEE on the memo line. The second money order should be for $40.00 and should say Regular Processing Fee on the memo line.

The application form is self explanatory. Do not use a post office box for your address. Staple or glue your photo in the space provided. You do not have to fill in Question10 – Name and address of contact in Vietnam.

Your passport, application form, two money orders and a prepaid return envelope should be sent by US Express Mail or Certified Mail ONLY to:

Consular Section
1233 20TH Street, NW
Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20036


Consulate General of Vietnam

1700 California Street, Suite 430

San Francisco, CA94109

Phone: (415)922-1707 ext 100,101, 102, 108

Hot line: 415-317-7932, 415-317-7051

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.


Most nationals require a visa for Laos. Visas can be obtained on arrival at the border for this trip. You must have the correct US$ (approx $35) and 2 x passport photos. For non-UK passport holders we recommend checking Laos entry requirements.


Visas are not required for Thailand for stays up to 15 days by British, Australian, Canadian, USA or EU citizens travelling as tourists with a return air ticket.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised that visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in case of recent alterations.

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