Any other tips before travelling to Vietnam?
Visa: if you have a British passport, you can visit Vietnam for up to 15 days without a visa (up until 30 June 2021). If you want to stay for up to 30 days, then you’ll have to get an e-visa before entering Vietnam. If you’re planning on staying longer than 30 days, you’ll need to get a visa from the Vietnamese embassy.
Passport: this needs to be valid for at least six months on the date you enter Vietnam. You’ll also need two blank visa pages in your passport. Some airlines may prevent you from boarding if you don’t meet these requirements.
Clothing: Vietnam isn’t typically a conservative country - you’ll be able to wear shorts and flip-flops if you want. However, if you’re visiting temples or religious sites, it’s important you cover up as a sign of respect. This can include covering your shoulders and wearing clothing to the knee. If in doubt, do as the locals do.
Vaccinations: for information on what vaccinations you need, book an appointment with your doctor at least six weeks before you travel. Routine vaccinations include hepatitis A and B, typhoid or tetanus.
Some vaccinations will be free on the NHS and others you might have to pay for. Check with your doctor or nurse whether you also need to get antimalarial tablets.