Information on booking your flights can be found here: http://www.gyaprogram.com/vietnam-flights
You will need to obtain your visa prior to arrival in Vietnam. You can do so safely and securely at this website: https://vietnamvisa.govt.vn/apply-online/
Please use the following information relevant to your time staying in Hanoi:
- Type of Visa: 1-month single entry
- Port of Arrival: Hanoi (if you fly into Ho Chi Minh before Hanoi, then select that option)
Ambassadors are required to apply for a Tourist visa. A tourist visa allows you to visit for up to 3 months, depending on the nationality on your passport.
Prior to Arrival Visa: To obtain a visa prior to arrival you can either go to a travel agency or a Vietnamese embassy (different than above).
Please note that your passport needs to be valid for at least six months past the date when you arrive in Vietnam.
It is important to know that you can't always be helped by your embassy in Vietnam. They won't be able to help you if you've got yourself into trouble by breaking the law. Remember what may be considered legal in your own country may not be in Vietnam. The embassy may be able to help out with lost or stolen passports but it will not provide flights home. They would expect you to have insurance for personal emergencies.
Always consult a doctor before going ahead with any vaccinations.
It is important to get vaccinations as soon as possible, as some injections need to be done with a certain amount of time prior to leaving home. Other vaccinations cannot always be given together.
Please note: Malaria and Japanese Encephalitis are not present in the areas we travel.
Please follow this link to see what vaccinations are recommended for travel in Vietnam: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/
WHAT TO PACK
- Insect repellent and sunscreen!! Must bring!
- Towel for showering!
- ·A copy of your important documents (passport, visa, spare passport photos, flight itinerary, emergency contact details, travel insurance documents) – GYAP staff will have a copy, but you should have a copy with you in your carry-on during travel
- A money belt that can be worn under clothing to hold money and other important documents.
- Wet wipes and hand sanitizer
- Any personal toiletries (shampoo, body wash, etc.)
- Shops in Vietnam have most basic toiletries you will require. (Tampons aren't easy to find and staff will only have around 10-15).
- Loose cotton clothing is recommended. (short and t-shirts/tank tops can be worn, but make sure you are not showing too much skin)
- Two pair of shoes (sandals and walking shoes)
- Journal/pens to keep a travel diary.
- You can bring electronics, cameras or laptops with you, but you are responsible for any valuable goods.
- If thinking about taking any equipment that will need power, the current is 220V. Plugs can vary from 2 prongs to 3 but with different shapes so a converter is the best option.
- Between USD$150-200 for shopping money (what you don’t use can be exchanged back into your local currency so it is best to have more than you think you’ll need)
- Tampons and Pads if you think you might be on your period during the time we travel as these are not the easiest to find
- Some washing powder if you would like to hand wash some of your clothes during our stay (we can give a quick lesson on how it’s done)
While we are at the Centre you will be advised to leave everything but water at the hotel (there is a place to store small bags at the Centre).
If someone has a nice camera, then we will use that to take pictures and document the experience. There will be times during the end of the day where you can use phones to take pictures with some of the residents if you wish, but please be careful as cameras and phone can be easily dropped or wander off.