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Having never done the Southasia Cruise can someone tell me if its better that we get our visa's for Cambodia and Viet Nam before leaving the US or just let the ship issue them.  If the ship issues them do they issue the night before docking or morning of?  Do ship tours get priority in terms of visa distribution, followed by non-ship tours.  Thank you in advance.

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On 9/20/2019 at 5:10 PM, mizazu said:

Having never done the Southasia Cruise can someone tell me if its better that we get our visa's for Cambodia and Viet Nam before leaving the US or just let the ship issue them.  If the ship issues them do they issue the night before docking or morning of?  Do ship tours get priority in terms of visa distribution, followed by non-ship tours.  Thank you in advance.

 

The same subject is just answered in different threads...
A Vietnam group visa is issued for all passengers. Regardless of ship tour or indipendent tour. Charge varies by cruise line. It usually happens before you get there.

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The ship will issue visas on-board

Other than some asking that you take with you two passport photos,  you need do nothing in advance.

The visa charges will be added to your on-board account.

 

One exception to this - whereas most cruise lines charge a small sum (variable but under $20) to cover the visa cost plus minor admin charge), Princess charge a whopping $50+ (a big part of a long recent thread), so you might want to check if it's better value to get your own Vietnam visas in advance. If you go down this route, advise Guest Relations when you're aboard that you have visas so that they don't charge you. 

 

The visas issued aboard aren't full "tourist visas", hence the low charges by other cruise lines.

They're good for arriving & leaving with the ship, but if you are planning to join or leave the ship at a Vietnam port (or if you plan to overnite in a hotel ashore) you will need to obtain your own tourist visa in advance.

 

JB :classic_smile:

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Thank you.  I've done so much research on this, Princess travel counselor was not very helpful at all because they don't have any idea how the visa's are done on the ship.  They just keep sending me to their Visa agency which wants a boat load of money for a one day visa.  In the end with the help of fellow cruises we decided to bring 2 photos on board for Cambodia but will be getting our visa for Viet Nam in San Francisco.  Thank you for your time and information.

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16 hours ago, mizazu said:

Thank you.  I've done so much research on this, Princess travel counselor was not very helpful at all because they don't have any idea how the visa's are done on the ship.  They just keep sending me to their Visa agency which wants a boat load of money for a one day visa.  In the end with the help of fellow cruises we decided to bring 2 photos on board for Cambodia but will be getting our visa for Viet Nam in San Francisco.  Thank you for your time and information.

 

Getting your Vietnam visa from a Vietnam consulate or embassy overseas will probably cost you considerably more than getting one issued while on the cruise, even if you are sailing Princess.  As well you will need to submit your passports and pay for registered mail costs if you do not live near the consulate/embassy.  

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21 hours ago, mizazu said:

but will be getting our visa for Viet Nam in San Francisco.  Thank you for your time and information.

 

You really don´t need one before. This is how Celebrity handle it. Princess do the same - just more expensive.

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You can get an E-visa for Vietnam at a cost of US $25.   Much cheaper than Princess.   If you look a few threads down under Vietnam Visa for Independent Excursions all the details are there.

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evisa is a great price. But it's single entry (for 30 days) with limited ports/airports/land crossings. Make sure it fits your needs if you use it (we needed multiple entry, but we did it via email after downloading the application, no need to send passport off to consulate, visa came on looseleaf that goes in the passport, worked no problem - but cost $135 per person plus fedex return shipping fees) If I could have had the $6 ship's visa or $25 evisa, would have done so, but not for most recent trip 😉 

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