Visa and other formalities

Since 1st July 2018, French nationals are exempt from visa requirements for stays of up to 15 days (entry and exit days inclusive). Unfortunately, this measure does not apply to our French-speaking friends from Belgium, Switzerland, and Canada.

VISA OBLIGATOIRE – For stays exceeding 15 days, you must apply for a visa. Two options are available to you to obtain your visa for Vietnam:

  • Apply for a visa at the Vietnamese Embassy in Paris.
  • Apply for an e-visa online on the official Vietnamese government website (website in English). If you choose this option, you will receive your visa directly upon arrival in Vietnam.

VALIDITE DU VISA – In both cases your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of your trip to Vietnam.

PRECAUTION A PRENDRE – Before departure, it is preferable to ensure that the existing rules for entry into Vietnam have not changed. We advise you to scan or photocopy all your important documents (passport, credit card, insurance, airline tickets, etc.) and keep them separate from the originals.


What is the time difference between France and Vietnam? The time difference between Vietnam and France is 5 hours in the summertime and 6 hours in the wintertime.
Send mail from Vietnam to Europe Allow at least one to two weeks for your postcards to arrive at their destination. We strongly recommend that you use the central stations of the main cities rather than small mailboxes in small cities.
Using your phone in Vietnam If you wish to use your phone during your trip to Vietnam, we strongly advise you to buy a local SIM card (Viettel being the main operator).
WiFi and internet in Vietnam Wifi is very widespread and generally of good quality in Vietnam. Unless you are on a trek or staying with a local in a remote village, you can easily connect to Wifi from your hotel.
Power sockets and adapter in Vietnam There are two types of wall sockets in Vietnam, one rectangular in shape requiring an adapter to connect your French devices and the other round in shape that can be used without an adapter. Depending on the hotels, an international adapter will be required. We recommend that you bring one with you so that you can connect your devices to the wall outlets. The voltage and frequency are the same as in France (220-240 V / 50 Hz alternating current).

Currency and exchange rates in Vietnam

The local currency is the Vietnamese Dong (VND). You can find the current exchange rate in euros (EUR) on this site.

You can change at the airport or at a bank or withdraw cash from one of the country’s many ATMs.

Be careful: the exchange rate of the Vietnamese Dong is such that you will easily find yourself with bundles of banknotes on you! Be careful when paying as it is easy to confuse banknotes from VDN 1000 to VDN 500,000.

Vaccines in Vietnam

There is no vaccination requirement for Vietnam but it is recommended you be up to date with your DTP (diphtheria – tetanus – poliomyelitis) and MMR (rubella – mumps – measles) for children.

Vaccination against hepatitis A is also recommended during your stay in Vietnam.

In special cases, the following vaccines may be recommended:

  • Typhoid – in case of prolonged stay in poor hygienic conditions
  • Rabies – in the event of a prolonged stay in isolation
  • Japanese encephalitis – in case of prolonged stay in rural areas during the transmission period

However, we do not recommend these vaccines because if you travel with Atypique Vietnam, you will be in sufficiently safe conditions.

Malaria is still rampant in Vietnam but we advise you to take an antimalarial treatment only if you are trekking in the mountains and are staying overnight with a local resident. However, it is important to protect yourself against mosquitoes locally.

Warning: local legislation is very strict regarding the transport of psychotropic drugs. If you are taking such  treatments, bring your detailed prescription (name of the product and molecule, duration of treatment and dosage).