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    Hi all,
    We have a tour booked in June to go to Vietnam and China for 2 weeks and there are a couple of things I need to organise that are not included in the package.

    Firstly, we need Visas for both countries. I have done a bit of research online and it seems we can apply in person with our passports at the Chinese Consulate in Brisbane for our Visas however there is no Vietnamese consulate in Brisbane. Only ACT and from what I can gather, you are meant to post your passport. That worries me a bit. Has anyone done this or know of another way?

    Also, I will be around 24 weeks pregnant when we travel (unexpected timing) and was wondering if anyone can suggest a good travel insurance that covers pregnancy?

    Thanks

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    Hi,

    We traveled to Vietnam for Christmas and had a great time. We applied online for pre-approval a "Visa on Arrival" there are a number of companies who will process this for you. Check out tripadvisor Vietnam forum for more info, there is a sticky post on the "Visa on Arrival" process. We didn't have to send our passports away. When we arrived in Vietnam we lined up at the visa counter with our passports, pre-approval letter and US$25pp.

    I was 16 weeks pregnant and was careful to drink only bottled water and eat in cleaner places. I needed some medical attention whilst there and it would have been less stressful if I had researched the names of international clinics / hospitals and written down the name and address for the city we were in. It was stressful trying to locate the clinic in a taxi when few people speak English.

    Sorry I can't help with travel insurance as we aren't based in Aus.

    Hope you have a great time. I'd love to go to China.

    Regards

    Wish78

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    Great advice on researching the medical clinics before you go.

    I travelled to Vietnam last October and we had pre-approved visas which we had done online and the processed when we got off the plane.

    You will have to be super careful with food but also get your OB or GP to write a prescription for Maxalon to take with you and take some Gastro Stop.

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    Thanks for your replied. Very helpful info.


 

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