Dreaming of a wedding in Vietnam? Here’s 6 things to consider when planning
02 Mar 2022
How to plan a wedding in Vietnam
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Vietnam proves to be a popular destination for wedding ceremonies and it’s clear why – with tropical beaches, crystal waters and warm temperatures, this dreamy hotspot is the perfect retreat to tie the knot.
Helena Capdevila, from the Online Travel E-visa Society, answers six of your commonly asked questions for planning a Vietnam wedding during Covid-19.
Q: Can I legally get married in Vietnam?
A: Legally, you cannot marry in Vietnam unless you’ve been living there for at least 21 days before the wedding. So, the best option would be to marry legally in your own country, and plan a ‘destination’ wedding ceremony in Vietnam to celebrate the union.
If you live in Vietnam, the requirements for marriage are as follows: neither party must have a spouse under Vietnamese law, share blood relatives in the last three generations, and the woman must be over 18 and the man over 20.
Q: What other things should I consider before getting married in Vietnam?
A: Aside from the legalities of getting married abroad, you might want to consider whether you’d prefer an all-inclusive wedding package or to arrange your big day separately through a wedding planner. Many hotels will provide set menus and package deals to remove the hassle, so it’s something worth researching to find out what would suit you best.
Making sure you pick the right time of year for the location is important too – the southwest monsoon season runs from May through to October, with the northeast’s wetter months ranging from October through to April. So, if you’re hoping for dry, sunny weather, it’s advisable to avoid these months in these locations.
Q: Will I need a vaccination passport for my wedding in Vietnam?
A: Yes, a full Covid-19 vaccination passport is essential and will be required for all parts of the country. Vaccine passport holders will need to present a QR code or certificate upon arrival in Vietnam. This will only be valid when the individual has been vaccinated no less than 14 days and no more than 12 months before arrival.
Q: Are there any travel restrictions I need to be aware of before travelling to Vietnam?
A: While Vietnam is currently not allowing any international tourists into the country, these restrictions should be lifted over the coming months. It’s advisable to start planning now so you are prepared to begin organising your trip when the borders do open.
Q: Will I need to apply for a visa to travel to Vietnam for my wedding or honeymoon?
A: Yes, and this is only valid when accompanied by a vaccination certificate. The tourist visa lasts up to 30 days, leaving you plenty of time to hold your wedding ceremony or enjoy a honeymoon trip. There are very few countries on the list whose residents are eligible to travel to Vietnam visa-free, so it’s advisable to check what’s required for your country.
You are eligible for a visa as long as your passport is valid for at least six months upon arrival, you have a valid debit or credit card and have an updated email address to receive a copy of your E-visa when it’s approved. For weddings, it’s advisable to ensure everyone is eligible before making any concrete plans to avoid disappointment.
Q: How can I apply for a visa for Vietnam?
A: It’s easy to apply online through the E-visa platform on our website, and should only take a few minutes. You'll be asked a series of basic questions regarding personal details, passport information, medical issues and some security-related queries.
The processing time for visa applications is usually seven business days, but in some cases, it can take up to 15 days. With this in mind, make sure you and your guests allow enough time for your visa to be approved and sent over before travelling.
You will receive a PDF format of your visa and will need to ensure you have a physical printed copy on you at all times when travelling to and from Vietnam. A printed E-visa will be required upon arrival to the country.
For more information on applying for an E-visa or travel queries, visit vietnamonlinevisas.com.