With the recent news about a 63-year old Filipina who was deported back to the Philippines from Seattle after serious scrutiny by the US Immigration Officers, more news has been coming out of the power tripping Immigration Officers including my homecountry’s. Someone posted her experience of being denied to leave for Vietnam for a friend’s wedding.
In the recent couple of years, the Philippine Immigration has become real strict in allowing Filipinos to visit Vietnam especially those who are without previous travel experience. After the drug issues and those who travel abroad on a tourist visa then mysteriously disappear, you can understand why.
So anyway, for Filipinos travelling to Vietnam, you need:
- Roundtrip tickets
- Hotel accommodations or Letter of Invitation if staying with family or friend
Every time we have family and friends over, we make sure that we send a Letter of Invitation which they can show to the Immigration Officers with a copy of my husband’s passport and Temporary Resident Card.
What is in the Letter of Invitation? Here’s a sample:
Dear Immigration Officers,
This serves as our invitation to my, <insert relationship>, <insert guest name> for a visit to our home where I, together with my family, are residing at <insert address>.
We shall serve as their host for their entire visit.
Attached herewith is a copy of my resident card and passport for your reference.
Kindly provide them the assistance they need in order to arrive conveniently and safely to Vietnam.
Thank you very much.
Very truly yours,
Filipinos can get a visa upon arrival to Vietnam for a period of 21 days.