The Vietnamese Embassy Needs to Get Call Waiting
My Cambodian visa arrived safe and sound on Saturday, nestled inside my only slightly abused passport. So today I've been trying to get everything together for my Vietnamese visa application. The one missing item: the application fee. Why? Because it isn't listed anywhere on their website.
I googled "Vietnamese visa application fee" and came up with a bunch of visa services that for at least $100 can get you a visa in a week. Um, no thanks. So then I went back to the website and tried calling both of the numbers listed there. For your information, they are (202)861-2293 and (202)861-0694. Try them. Busy, busy, busy. And while I think that most embassies are generally busy places, I can't believe there is only one single line per phone number, and that neither number can direct you to voicemail where you can leave a message or to an automated system that answers simple questions.
What kills me is how precise the web site is about the visa application process; but it leaves out the most important step: money.
So I sent an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll see if I hear back anytime soon. In the meantime, if you know the visa fee, feel free to share that information.