Vietnam going visa-free for British travellers

24th Jun 2015
Written by: Dave Owen

No visa will be required for Brits if they’re staying less than 15 days

Vietnam has long been a favourite gap year destination, and although getting a visa for entry has rarely proved too difficult, the cost and effort has acted as a deterrent to more discerning backpackers. Now, in an effort to reverse a recent decline in visitor numbers, the Vietnamese government has announced that British travellers won’t need a visa to enter the country between July 1 and June 30, 2016.

The change means backpackers heading for Vietnam will shave at least £54 off their budget, the former cost of a single-entry visa. The policy change will also apply to French, Spanish, Italian, and German visitors.

Despite its popularity on the gap year trail, Vietnam has suffered a drop in tourism recently, in no small part down to a territory dispute with China that has dented the number of Chinese tourists making the trip.

The change of policy is beneficial all around, as we would certainly consider Vietnam a must-see destination on any gap year itinerary. Now there’s no excuse to miss out.

Go, go, go!

Our Vietnam on a Shoestring tour offers up all the delights of this Southeast Asian jewel without breaking the bank: explore the bustling Ho Chi Minh City, sun yourself on stunning beaches, drift across magical Halong Bay, discover the vibrant streets of Hanoi, and more. It’s a brilliant, affordable, and efficient way to visit Vietnam.

Find Out More

Or call us on 0333 333 9971 and speak to one of our travel experts.


City Slickers Plus 2 Week Hostel Package

from £1125

14 days

Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlan...

This Interrailing Roundtrip from London takes in lots of European highlights including Amsterdam, Rome, Budapest & Lake Bled whilst staying...

Unearthed Expedition And Social Entrepreneurship Course

from £2600

30 days

South Africa

Track Rhino on foot. Live in a Zulu village. Snorkel with Sharks in the warm Indian Ocean. Build confidence, leadership...

Language Assistant in Italy

from £700

28 - 84 days


Breathe in the Italian culture whilst you learn the language, embark on new adventures, meet new friends, and help your...

New Zealand Mountain Bike Tour

from £2365

16 days

New Zealand

The best of the North. The best of the South. They both come together over an epic 16 days to...

Become an Accredited Safari Guide

from £3580

90 days

South Africa

Join our three month, fully accredited guide training program. This is a lot more than a safari guide training program,...

Rhino Conservation in Africa

from £1695

14 days


Join a rhino conservation project in Uganda, before heading off on a 3 day safari to see other African wildlife

Volunteer at an Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand

from £779

7 days


Care for elephants in an amazing sanctuary just 3 hours from Bangkok

Elephant Conservation Volunteering in Thailand

from £965

7 days


Help to give elephants a chance to live in the wild on this inspirational project in Thailand

Conservation Volunteering in Thailand

from £1125

14 days


Join a marine conservation project on a remote Thai island. Far from the crowds of backpackers and tourists, experience real...

Africa Overland Coast to Coast

from £1695

56 days

Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa...

Travelling overland from Kenya to the Cape, this trip is for adventurous travelers who are willing to be part of...

[contact-form-7 id="4" title="Contact form 1"]