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No fireworks in Vietnam during Tet (Lunar New Year)

Tet falls on January 28 but celebrations often start one week before that and continue for another week after the date.

The Secretariat of the Communist Party of Vietnam has released a directive that requires all provinces and cities not to hold fireworks displays to celebrate Tet, or the Lunar New Year. The directive also requests that the funds earmarked for fireworks shows be used to support the poor during Tet.

Vietnam Visas for U.S. Citizens

Beginning 22 Dec 2016, the Vietnam Immigration Dept. will resume issuing invitation letters for US citizens to receive a visa on arrival.

Prices and procedures will be the same as before.  1-month single-entry is US$25/pax. 1-month multiple-entry is US$50/pax.

Visa on arrival one year multiple entries for US citizens is still issued case by case.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum re-opens

Please be informed that from 8:00am on 6 December 2016 the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum will be re-opened for visitors as normal.

ICS offices in Vietnam closed for Tet

Vietnam will celebrate the Vietnamese Tet (New Year) Festival from 27 – 31 January 2017. This is the largest, most important and popular holiday and festival in Vietnam. As a result many offices, shops, restaurants and tourist sites will close and several services will be affected.

Vietnam prepares for e-visas

Vietnam has recently approved a resolution on a pilot project that will offer electronic visas for foreigners starting from 1 February next year.

Vientiane, Laos upgrades airport

A terminal expansion project at Wattaya International Airport which includes constructions of new hangers, a new taxiway, renovation of the runway and aircraft parking areas should be completed by 2018.

Myitkyina Airport, Myanmar to close for maintenance

Myitkyina Airport (MYT) in Myitkyina, Myanmar will be closed for airport runway maintenance. The airport will close every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 2 December 2016 to 5 February 2017.

Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry to begin on New Year’s Day

A privately-run ferry service from Pattaya to Hua Hin is expected to start operations on Jan 1, the Marine Department says, but the ride will be initially limited to a daily round-trip and cater only to passengers, not vehicles.

Thailand waives visa fee for tourists from 19 countries

From December 1, 2016 until February 28, 2017, tourists from Andora, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Romania, San Mario, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan do not have to pay the 1,000 baht visa fee when they apply for a visa at Thai embassies or consular offices.

Temporary, floating bridge at Angkor Wat

The Apsara Authority in Cambodia has announced the use of a temporary, floating bridge at Angkor Wat as the ancient sandstone bridge is closed for repairs. The temporary, floating bridge will be in use from end of November 2016 until end of May 2017. The ancient sandstone bridge will re-open to the public in June 2017.

AirAsia creates new Luang Prabang to Kuala Lumpur route

The first direct flight between Luang Prabang and Kuala Lumpur, the new route will complement AirAsia’s existing Bangkok-Luang Prabang flights, and the direct services connecting KL and Bangkok with Vientiane.

VietJet launches Bangkok to Haiphong flight

Vietjet launched its first flight from Bangkok to Haiphong, Vietnam last week. Haiphong is a northern port city and is Vietnam’s third biggest. . . known for national heritage sites, charming landscapes and colonial buildings. Haiphong is next to Ha Long Bay, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

The airline flies from Bangkok to Haiphong every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The flight departs from Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The return trip from Haiphong is at 5.40pm. The travel time is one hour and 50 minutes.

Vietnam Visa Update

Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam ninhbinh Vietnam has extended the visa exemption to residents of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Travelers from these countries will not be required to obtain a visa for traveling up to 15 days in Vietnam.

The change will be effective from 01 July 2016 until 30 June 2017.

Citizens of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Japan, South Korea and Russia are also exempt from visa requirements until December 31st, 2019.

Travelers must have a passport with at least 6 month validity. Only single entries will be granted; guests entering multiple times will need to apply for a visa each time.