Visa first or plane ticket?

Moving to Nha Trang city Vietnam in July and wondering if I need to buy plane ticket before applying for a visa.iam from Canada

I think you would want to be very confident about getting a visa before you buy your plane ticket, therefore I would always arrange the visa first.
You don't need to show your plane ticket when applying for your visa, if that helps.

Remember that holding a visa is one thing but being allowed entry is another.  I wouldn't buy the ticket unless there is a new government declaration on entry or even after a few days of implementation.  I know that 1 July has been mentioned but it is subject to reversal.  See my last post here https://www.expat.com/forum/viewtopic.p … =4#4889534
on how policies can turn on a dime.

JohnfromCanaf01 :

Moving to Nha Trang city Vietnam in July and wondering if I need to buy plane ticket before applying for a visa.iam from Canada

WTF, sorry but just cant resist comment.
Why on earth would anyone in their right mind ask that question. What would be the logic in buying a flight ticket & then applying for a visa. Applying for a visa does not guarantee anything & having a paid for flight ticket would have no influence whats so ever with the immigration visa issuing authorities here!
 
As for Nha Trang July from Canada........good luck with that one then. :top:

In case everyone has forgotten, early in 2020 a purchased flight itinerary (ticket plus flight route) became mandatory to get a visa when the government of Vietnam began restricting any flights originating from OR connecting through China.

Since no one seems to truly know all new rules regarding visas, it seems "at least possible" that the government is going to want to know from whence your flight originates.

I think the OP has asked an important and timely question, and it will be interesting and useful to monitor this thread as official news unfolds on this subject.

OceanBeach92107 :

In case everyone has forgotten, early in 2020 a purchased flight itinerary (ticket plus flight route) became mandatory to get a visa when the government of Vietnam began restricting any flights originating from OR connecting through China.

Since no one seems to truly know all new rules regarding visas, it seems "at least possible" that the government is going to want to know from whence your flight originates.

I think the OP has asked an important and timely question, and it will be interesting and useful to monitor this thread as official news unfolds on this subject.

Well, sort of good info  :/ but you are skirting around his question without giving an answer. He is talking about coming to Da Nang July (1 month away), so are you saying go fork out the cash for possibly a non refundable ticket on the off chance he needs it to get/possibly get a visa when & its a big when the border opens to flights from Canada or where ever?

If you obtain the visa at the Vietnamese consulate in Vancouver,Canada, I suppose that the consulate would assume that you will be flying out of Canada., particularly if you pick it up in person.  They could also give you first hand information about whether or not entry to Vietnam from Canada will be allowed after 1 July.  Why not hear it straight from the horse's mouth, especially as you seem to be situated where you can walk in the door to the barn. 

https://www.consulate-info.com/consulat … -Vancouver

goodolboy :

Well, sort of good info  :/ but you are skirting around his question without giving an answer.

I did give an answer when I wrote:

OceanBeach92107 :

Since no one seems to truly know all new rules regarding visas...

The OP may never get here.

Since one condition of possible entry is Zero new cases for 30 days in country of origin......that could be Never😳

Canada is getting about  400 new cases every day....and world wide new cases are well over 100,000 a day.

I don't know if this will help, but my great-niece left Saigon 8 days ago to fly back to Vancouver after 7 months in VN (she's a foreign student with visa to live, study, and work in Canada).  She flew Korean Airlines with passengers who destined to various cities in the US.  She chose that airlines because Seoul is an approval transit airport by Vietnam, Canada, and the US governments.

Before leaving Vietnam, she had a complete check-up -- Covid test, blood test, chest X-ray, eye exam, ENT, and dental work.  It's probably overkilled but her father is the kind of person who prepares for all contingencies. 

When the plane landed in Seoul, she was immediately driven to the test area for another Covid test.  While waiting for the result, she's put in a closed room with a single bed, fed, and advised to rest.  Four hours later, they woke her up, gave her a clean report, then drove her to airport terminals.

Arriving in Vancouver, as she didn't have a private transportation that picked her up, she was required to take a Health Department shuttle to her apartment.  At home, she was requested to self quarantine for 14 days.

I may be wrong, but if that's how people who were pre-screened healthwise had to endure coming to Canada, I would assume it's the same thing for Canadians coming to Vietnam. 

As whether visa first or ticket first, there's no question in my mind.   It's not a chicken or egg dilemma to ponder.  Visa first, whether or not Covid is a factor.

Ontheroad57 :

Since one condition of possible entry is Zero new cases for 30 days in country of origin......that could be Never😳
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I gave the answer to this question in another thread.  There are 8 countries without an active case (not just no new case, but not one Covid patient under treatment in hospital --  IOW, 100% Covid-free); some of them have been that way for more than 30 days.  New Zealand declared to be Covid free more than 3 weeks ago.

Ciambella :
Ontheroad57 :

The OP may never get here.
Since one condition of possible entry is Zero new cases for 30 days in country of origin......that could be Never😳

I gave the answer to this question in another thread.  There are 8 countries without an active case (not just no new case, but not one Covid patient under treatment in hospital --  IOW, 100% Covid-free); some of them have been that way for more than 30 days.  New Zealand declared to be Covid free more than 3 weeks ago.

I did see that post.    I’m an Aussie and Australia & New Zealand wanted to form a “travel bubble” without the quarantine , but still testing and a few other procedures.

They called for expressions of interest so as to get flight schedules organised.
Not enough people responded to make it worthwhile😳

Unless it’s essential to travel, nobody is interested in going anywhere.   I doubt you’d find enough people in NZ to schedule regular flights to Vietnam .   Maybe the occasional charter flight .

Plus getting a Visa into New Zealand isn’t easy for VIetnamese.    The reciprocal trade would be slim.

We’re going into a whole new travel game , & it ain’t lookin good.

A guy whose worked for multi nationals on JV projects here is currently back in Europe on a family visit.
He’s not currently on a contract , so ineligible for “specialist worker” entry .   

He’s married to a local lady here & was told September would likely be the first opportunity to enter  Vietnam.   That was advised to him by a leading Law firm here who deals with those projects he worked on.

A lot of the “talk” we hear is mainly from Tourism operators,  Hotels & airlines.   The government’s throw in “teasers”  purely to keep people on the hook.    They all have vested interests in keeping the PAYING clientele interested .     It doesn’t do them a lot of good if the travelling public all of a sudden lose interest in the idea & spend their money on hobbies , home renovations & big boys toys.....which is already happening.

The PM here has already said previously that quarantine will be in place for 12 months.

I flew back into Vietnam from Australia in March , just before the shutdown & no onerous travel restrictions.    But.....just 23 passengers on an A320.   
Airlines won’t be going anywhere with those numbers.

So scheduling of regular flights won’t happen until the travelling public gain confidence & most of the BS, SD & insurance issues are gone . 

After all, your selling a product for people’s hard earned cash....at the moment that product stinks.

The head of IATA states this week that he can’t see travel return to “normal” until 2023.

Hate to see what our Canadian Friends *** looks like by then.😆

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I very much hope to return to Vietnam in October or November.

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