Getting to Phu Quoc (visa requirements)
With Vietnam Airlines you can fly directly to Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi from Europe, Australia or the US. Thai Air, China Airlines, Singapur Airlines, Malaysian Airlines und Cathay Pacific fly via Bangkok, Beijing, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Hongkong to Ho Chi Minh City (former Saigon). Also with some regional low cost airlines you can get there from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hongkong or Singapore. We recommend the low cost carrier AirAsia.com for the short distance trip in south east asia.
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Vietnam Airlines flies several times a day from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Phu Quoc. The one way flight is about 90-120$ per person. Cheaper but less flexible is Mekongair. The one way flight starts at about 50$.
Since December 2012 the new international airport of Phu Quoc opened its gates, but till now, there are now international flights. However in the near future direct flights from Bangkok, Hongkong or Singapore to the tropical holiday island will be possible. Maybe also from Europe, US or Russia.
Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Air offer flights from Singapore via Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc. Vietnam Airlines sell tickets from Moscow, Hongkong, Frankfurt, London and Paris to Phu Quoc with transit in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.
From November 2014 Vietnam Airlines will offer also a direct flight from Siem Reap (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday) and Singapore (Sunday, Thursday) to Phu Quoc. No visa for Vietnam needed for this flight !
It is possible to reach the island by boat from the small town of Ha Tien or Rach Gia in southern Vietnam. The passage will be one hour resp. 2,5 hours for 5-15$ one way. The planned ferry boat from Kep in Cambodia is still not operating.
A very romantic alternative is been offered by L´Amant Cruises using a histroical hotel boat, starting from Ho Chi Minh City.
Coming from Cambodia, it is possible to enter into Vietnam from Kampot without Visa. Taking the boat to Phu Quoc from the pier in Ha Tien. (please double check this information due to possible changes).
News: from July 1st 2015 Germans, French, British, Italian and Spanish travellers do not need a tourist visa for Vietnam for up to 15 days any more (for at least one year).
The island of Phu Quoc is visa free for up to 30 days (since March 2014). This is relevant, if you fly in from abroad via Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) not leaving the transit area of the airports or directly to Phu Quoc. A visa for Vietnam is required (except ASEAN and scandinavian countries, Russia, Japan and Korea up to 15 days visit), if passengers leave the transit area.
If you like to enter Vietnam, it is most easy to ask for visa-on-arrival for up to 30 days. And to make the procedure quicker, a visa-on-arrival request formular can be prepared in advance online at www.vietnamvisasite.com. It needs max three days to get the pre-visa and costs about 15€ / 18 US$.
At the visa-on-arrival counter at the airport in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City another 45 US$ is needed to get the stamp for a 30 days visa (single entry). Other kinds of visa are possible and must be prepared in advance.
Depending on how many people are waiting for the visa-on-arrival stamp, you should calculate 20-40 minutes waiting time.
Make sure, that you have some vietnamese Dong with you, when you arrive at Phu Quoc. Since now there is no money exchange at the airport. Exchanging money in Hanoi or HCMC airports is quite expensive. The Taxi from Phu Quoc airport to your hotel will cost minimum 140.000 Dong and you have to pay the islands entry fee of 20.000 Dong after having left the airport area.
Also some agancies on Phu Quoc do only accept US$, if you want to buy their services.
Phu Quoc people are friendly and relaxed, but only few speak some words english. So maybe you want to learn some vietnamese words to make some basic communication:
hello = seen jao
bye = tam bjet
thank you = gam an
the bill please = lam an tin tien
Some useful informations
- Time zone: GMT +7 Stdn
- Currency and actual exchange rate:
- Visa: flying directly to Phu Quoc via Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi without entering Vietnam, no Visa is required for a 30 days visit (BUT: read above !!). Who wants to stay longer or enter into Vietnam, can ask for a visa on the island (pass photos needed). Otherwise a 30 days visa is required for european and US tourists before entering Vietnam. (VietnamVisaSite.com)
- AC plugs: US- und Euro plug; in bigger hotels also british Commonwealth plug (adapter normally not necessary)
- Vaccinations: not mendatory, but be aware of malaria risk, if you do jungle trecking
- Inhabitants of Vietnam: 85 mio.; inhabitants of Phu Quoc: app. 70.000
- Religion: 80% without confession (officially), 9% buddhists, 8% christians
- Capitol city of Phu Quoc: Duong Dong
- Area / island size: 568 qkm (314 qkm by national park)
- Highest peak on the island: Nui Chua (603m)