I am writing about my experiences on this Vietnam trip. Everything is perfect except for losing the passport. But I think I had precious lessons for the next trips. And I feel I need to share it with you right now.
Losing the passport is one of the most common troubles with travelers. It can make you feel unhappy or nervous. I was so worried when I realized my passport was lost. I don’t even remember the last time I saw it. Because this Vietnam trip has gone to many places from North to South. I visited Hanoi, Sapa, Halong, Ninh Binh, Hue, Hoian, and Ho Chi Minh as well. I was confused when and where I lost my passport. But, it was not an important problem. A receptionist- she carefully instructed me on the way to take a new passport and Vietnam visa. It’s extremely quick and efficient.
Step 1: Declare to the local police office as soon as possible
First and foremost, you need to report about losing your passport at the Vietnamese police office. I had my receptionist in the hotel support for searching for the nearest police office. This is compulsory and needs to be quickly solved. At the police office, you declare the related information such as name, nationality, passport number, etc. Then, you will receive a confirmed paper about your passport losing.
Step 2: Apply for a new passport at your country’s embassy
After the first step, you continue to come to your country’s embassy in Vietnam to apply for a new passport. You can contact the embassy to prepare essential documents before coming. The procedure depends on your nationality. At least 2 working days, you will have a new passport. And you will pay a fee. In addition, in case you want to quickly receive a passport, it may require an additional fee. It’s quite expensive.
Step 3: Apply for Vietnam Visa on a new passport
After renewing your passport, you need to apply for a new Vietnam visa. Initially, I extremely squirmed under selecting a trustworthy visa service but luckily, my receptionist, she has solved the same problem with many guests before. So she gave me details of applying for a Vietnam visa. She also recommended some companies offering Vietnam visa services. Then I contacted directly with Getvisavietnam. I am not sure she had the commission from that company but in fact, their service is really quick, professional, efficient and caring. One word: Impressive. The staff asked me a lot about my troubles and even gave me some tips.
I don’t exactly remember all the tips. You can visit their website to reference at getvisavietnam.com
- You can completely find your passport if you often check it when you go from place to place. For example, every time you check-in and check out at the hotel.
- You should keep some copies of your passport or save the passport image on your phone. It’s efficient in case you lose the passport.
- Remember or save the contact of your country’s embassy in Vietnam
- And don’t be nervous, everything will be solved if you are calm.
Hope my experiences are helpful!