Pre-arrival Information

Entrance Visa to Vietnam

To enter Vietnam, foreigners may need an entry visa. Vietnam Visa exemption is granted to citizens of some countries for a short visit (Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos for visits of less than 30 days; Phillippines for visits of less than 21 days; Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Russia and Finland for visits of less than 15 days (please check it again at your local Vietnamese consulates).

In case you need an entrance visa for a short visit, you may use the Vietnam visa online service: or to obtain Vietnam "Visa on arrival". It is convenient and without any help of Local organizers.

If you need a help from Local organizers, please complete the VISA FORM and return it to the secretariat at least 2 weeks before the departure day. The Local organizers should send your visa data to the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam and apply for a visa approval for you. Then the Ministry of Public Security will inform the relevant Vietnamese embassy or consulate of the approval by fax, and we will notify you of the date of this fax as well as an approval number.

After receiving our information, you should contact with the relevant Vietnamese embassy or consulate to do the next step. In general, you have to fill some visa application form with an indication to your approval number along with the date of the corresponding fax, to submit your passport with enclosed photos, to pay some visa fee, etc.


We have arranged the following hotel for lecturers and participants of the Schools:

Government Guest House (8-13/12/2013)
Address: 2 Le Thach Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Tel: (+84 4) 38255801

Tien Sa Hotel at Ba Vi National Park (14-20/12/2013)
Tan Linh commune, Ba Vi district, Hanoi

Government Guest House is located in Hanoi center, near the old quarter of Hanoi. The distance from the Gov. Guest House to the School’s venue is about 5 km.
All lecturers and directors will be staying at the Gov. Guest House. To book a room, please send a Acommodation reservation form to the secretary.
During the School, there is a car picking up the lecturers from the hotel to the school’s venue and vice versa.


From the airport to the city center

To go from Noi Bai International airport to hotels in Hanoi center and vice versa, the best way is to take a taxi from the taxi companies specializing in transportation service between Noi Bai and Hanoi center:

  • Noi Bai Taxi company (phone: 38868888)
  • Airport Taxi company (phone: 38866666)

These taxis stand just at the terminal exit and are indicated by the corresponding company name and you need just to show the address of your hotel to the taxi driver.

To avoid troubles, we recommend you to take only taxis of these two companies and do not follow invitation of strange people to other taxis!

A taxi to the city-center takes about 40 minutes, and the price for a taxi with up to 4 passengers from Noi Bai to any places in Hanoi center is 330,000 VND (~17 USD) so please prepare in advance some cash in VND or USD.

During the School, there is a car picking up the lecturers from the Governmental Guest House to the school’s venue and vice versa.


Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology
18 Hoang Quoc Viet, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel./Fax: +84 4-37662107


On days of the end of December, Hanoi climate normally change from autumn to winter with an average temperature about 20 degree celsius. The weather then is gentle, sometimes cold and nice. This time is quite appropriate for starting tours in the autumn in the north and middle regions of vietnam. More information on vietnam weather can find in 10 Day Weather Forecast for Hanoi.

Vietnam currency

Vietnam currency is the dong (abbreviated VND). At present, bank notes and coins in circulation are: Bank notes: 1000 VND, 2000 VND, 5000 VND, 10,000 VND, 20,000 VND, 50,000 VND, 100,000 VND, 200,000 VND and 500,000 VND. Coins: 200VND, 500VND, 1000 VND, 2000 VND, 5000 VND.

Exchange rate: 1USD ~ 20,910.00 VND (on 17/5/2013). Click to inquire today exchange rates

Traveller cheques can be exchanged for VND only at authorised exchange banks. Credit cards (American Express, Visa, Mastercard) can be used in banks, travel agencies, hotels, major restaurants and ATM of large banks. US currency is exchanged for Vietnamese dong and treasury notes in banks, exchange bureaus, hotels, and jewellery shops with the daily changed rate.

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