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How to Apply Tourist Visa in Ho Chi Minh City

We went to Taipei last month and as Indonesian we need a visa to get there. We didn’t want to use the visa service from tour, so I had to go to Taiwanese Consulate by myself. We tried to look for requirement needed to apply for visa on internet, but it was not really helpful. So I just went there with whatever documents we could find and it was not complete. We were lacking some documents. The good thing was the visa officer lady was really helpful and kind! I was really happy to get her help.

These are the complete requirements (these are for Indonesian, for other countries please check with them again) :

– passport original and copy
– residence card original and copy
– photo 2 x 2 inch 2 pcs
– visa application form (you can learn how to download and fill in here )
– hotel booking
– flight details
– bank statement
– marriage certificate original and copy
– work permit original and copy
– leave application from company
– confirmation letter from company original (stating you are the employee of that company)

Their service hours for Consular service:Monday~Friday 08:00~11:30 (Receiving time), 13:30~16:00 (Dispatching and Receiving time).

On the entrance inside, there will be a guy who will ask you for what business you have there. For Visa, you need to queue on the left-hand counter. If the capacity for that day is full, they will give a new date and time to come again. They will give stamp on the document, mentioning the date and time we need to go back.

If we come at the destined date and time, guarantee to get ticket with number. Go to inner area and look for the counter, and sit while waiting until our number showed on screen.

They were really good and helpful. If you’re missing some documents, they will inform you and give you time to submit it. When that happened, you don’t have to queue anymore, but can go right away to the counter and hand in the missing documents to the person when the counter is empty. Remember which person served you on first day.

There are 2 types of visa processing. The normal one, which is taking 5 working days to finish, and the express service one, which is only 2 days. I picked express service to make sure we already received our passport back before our trip to Indonesia which is 1 week after I submitted the document. The normal service cost is USD $50, and the express one is USD $75.

After you mentioned which type of visa you want, they will give you a small paper then you will need to go to another counter to pay for the visa. After finished, you keep the small paper (now stamped with paid) and bring it to get you passport back on the date stated on paper.

It’s actually very simple, if only I’ve known it from the first visit. I ended up visited that place 4 times! Maybe 1 more and I can be good friend with the officer lol.

You can visit their website for Saigon here.

Taipei Office Contact Information :

336 Nguyen Tri Phuong St., District 10, HO CHI MINH City, Vietnam
TEL:(84-8)38349160-65
FAX:(84-8)38349166、(84-8)38349189
Mail:suggest@tecohcm.org.vn

Hope this helps! Ciao 😉
Indonesia · Travel · Vietnam

How to extend Indonesian passport in Ho Chi Minh City

My passport is expiring on October, which mean I can’t go there anywhere within this month until I renew it. I contacted Indonesian Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City at number +84838251888 and chose consular department. He was really nice and mentioning all the requirement to extend / renew my passport.These are the requirements :

  • 2 pcs 3 x 4 cm photos with red background (on file and printed)
  • old passport
  • residence card
  • filling the provided form (I got it when I went there).

Their opening hours is 9 AM – 12 PM and 2 PM – 4 PM, close on Saturday and Sunday. I went there and gave them everything but I forgot my photos (printed one)! I was already thinking they would send me back because of that, but they didn’t! They gave me the form and I need to fill it there and return to them. After that they gave me a receipt and a note that I need to bring my photos when the new passport is done.

I went there on Friday around 3.00 pm. Got a call from someone in consulate on Monday saying that he will process my passport. I asked him how long will it take to process it, but they didn’t give a clear answer. He only said that he will call me when the passport done. Okay then I just need to wait..

The next day, I got another call from him and he told me the passport is done! Whaaaatt? So fast! He told me to bring money to pay. It was USD $22. I asked him if I can pay in Vietnamese Dong, but he said I can’t 😦 So prepare money in USD for this.

And.. that’s it! It was very quick. They did a great job as Indonesian Consulate. Very helpful and no unofficial charge.

Hope this helps!

UPDATE :

9 Nov 2016 : They only have stock of 24-pages passport now. And they only charged my husband for USD $7!! Why so much different than me?!