Currency: Vietnam Dong
Capital City: Hanoi
Time Zone: GMT +7
Electricity: 220 Volts, 50 Hz
Population: 92 million
Calling Code: +84
Principle Religion: Buddhism
International Airport: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN), Hue (HUI), Hanoi (HAN), Danang (DAD) – When joining the Coupe de Hue we suggest that Hue and Danang are convenient entry points.
- Visitors from the following countries are eligible for a 14-day stay without a visa: Brunei, Myanmar.
- Visitors from the following countries are eligible for a 15-day stay without a visa: Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom. To re-enter Vietnam, these visitors will have to wait 30 days in between visits.
- Visitors from the following countries are eligible for a 21-day stay without a visa: Philippines.
- Visitors from the following countries are eligible for a 30-day stay without a visa: Cambodia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand. Citizens of Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei and Myanmar can enter and exit Vietnam multiple times without a visa.
- Visitors from the following countries are eligible for a 90-day stay without a visa: Chile.
- Visitors travelling to Phu Quoc Island are eligible for a 30-day visa exemption if they only plan on visiting Phu Quoc and no other destination in Vietnam. This is available for single entry and if entering via flight or cruise ship.
For more information, please visit here.
E-visa is granted by Vietnamese Immigration Department to enable some countries to apply for a visa online. You can find the list of countries that are eligible for e-visa on the National Web Portal on Immigration here.
Please click here to start applying.
To apply for e-visa, applicants will need to prepare:
- Passport with a validity no less than six months
- One recent colour passport size photo in digital format
- E-visa fee of USD 25 (non-refundable)
After submitted the form online, you can check the status via this link. The processing time will take around three business days.
Length of stay is 30 days from the date of arrival in Vietnam. E-visa is only valid for a single entry.
However, not all borders of Vietnam accept e-visa, please check the list of the port entries and exits which accept Vietnam e-visa before applying here.
After receiving your e-visa through email, please print and bring it along while travelling to Vietnam. For more information, please visit their FAQ section here.
VISA ON ARRIVAL
Tourist visas can also be obtained upon arrival only by air at the following Vietnam International Airports in Ho Chi Minh City, Danang and Hanoi. If tourists arrive by land or cruise, they will need to apply for a visa in advance at the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in their home country.
You must obtain the Visa Authorisation Letter prior to travelling to Vietnam. Indotrek can assist with the process to obtain the letter for you. Please provide the following information for the letter:
- Arrival date and airport of entry
- Full passport details (including names, nationality, date of birth, passport numbers and expiry date), passport must have a validity of no less than 6 months
The processing time will take around five working days. Indotrek will send you a scanned copy of the letter. You will need print it out and present the hard copy when boarding your flight to Vietnam. Please note that the effective date will be mentioned in the approval letter and you are not allowed to enter Vietnam before the authorised date or at an airport other than the one stated in the letter.
However, please note that not all foreign passport holders can apply for visa on arrival. Please check with the Vietnam Embassy or Vietnam Consulate in your home country for specific visa requirements.
To apply for visa on arrival, applicants will need to prepare:
- Passport with a validity no less than six months
- Two recent colour passport size photos
- Visa fee of USD 25 for single entry within 30 days and USD 50 for multiple entries within one to three months must be paid in cash and in US Dollars to the immigration official
Please be advised that there may be a long queues at the visa on arrival counter while waiting for the stamp. In order to save time, kindly print the Visa on Arrival Application Form and fill it out prior to arriving.
VISA IN PERSON
Visitors who are not eligible for e-visa or visa on arrival will have to apply the visa in advance at the Vietnam Embassy or Vietnam Consulate in their home country.
To apply for visa in person, applicants will need to prepare:
- Passport with a validity no less than six months
- One recent colour passport size photo in digital format
- Visa fee
- A completed online visa application here
- Applicants may be requested to provide other necessary documents depending on their nationality
Please check with the Vietnam Embassy or Vietnam Consulate in your home country for full list of requirements and detailed process.
A Yellow Fever Vaccination certificate is only required for travellers coming from – or in transit through an airport of – a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. The vaccination requirement is imposed by this country for protection against yellow fever since the principal mosquito vector Aedes aegypti is present in its territory.
If you are visiting Vietnam and you live in or have travelled through a yellow fever zone, then you need to have a yellow fever certificate to show that you have been vaccinated against the illness.
When you arrive in Vietnam, you will be asked for your yellow fever certificate. You need to show this at the medical counter before queuing for immigration.
Check to see if you have been in any of these places during the last six months. Please consult your doctor to discuss your particular health or immunisation requirements. If you would like to have a source of further information, please refer to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) website
Risk of yellow fever transmission exists in these countries:
Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mauritania, Niger, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda.
Risk of yellow fever transmission exists in these countries:
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela.
Validity of Certificate
A yellow fever certificate is valid for ten years after vaccination.
A vaccination certificate is required for children over one year of age.
- Complete yellow fever form
- Wait in queue for an assigned health counter
- Submit required documents to immigration officer and proceed to arrival immigration
COUPE DE HUE ARRIVALS
- If you are arriving in Hue, there will be a booth at the airport arrival hall to assist you with your transfers into Hue city. We aim to make your arrival as smooth as possible. For riders who have booked with out preferred hotel partners we will be able to drop you at your hotel as part of your package if you are arriving on the Friday or Saturday. Please let our team know ahead of time which flight you will ba arriving on so we can plan accordingly.
ARRIVAL TRANSFER TIPS
- In most gateway cities you will be met by an Indotrek representative wearing Indotrek uniform and carrying the Indotrek signboard with your name on it.
- In smaller cities or towns, you may be met by our regional partner who may not be wearing an Indotrek uniform or have an Indotrek signboard. However, the representative will still have your name printed on a sheet of paper.
- If you are unable to find the Indotrek transfer staff, please call our Customer Care at (+84-28) 3811 3388 or the local emergency number at (+84) 918 713 456.
- Please keep a copy of your completed Immigration and Customs form as you will need to present it at Immigration upon departure from Vietnam.
VIP ARRIVAL SERVICE
If you have booked our VIP arrival service, our immigration officer will meet you as you depart the plane and take you to the VIP area for immigration formalities. In the meantime, staff will collect your luggage and after that, escort you to meet your tour guide.
- After walking through the exit gate, take your time to look for a guide or driver holding a welcome sign with the Indotrek logo and your name.
- In Hanoi, there are 2 arrival gates next to each other. Your transfer should be waiting for you at the correct gate, however, if you cannot find the person, please check the other gate.
Travellers are highly recommended to purchase trip and travel insurance. Trip insurance covers the cost of your trip should you be forced to cancel your trip before you start the trip. Travel insurance covers such costs as emergency and medical evacuation, hospital fees, property loss, etc which could possibly happen during the trip. If you would like Indotrek to have a copy of your travel insurance information in case of emergency, please forward these details to your agent who will in turn forward to our office.
Please consult your doctor to discuss your particular health or immunization requirements.
If you would like to have a source of further information, please refer to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov
The State-run Vietnam Airlines (VNA) is the most established domestic airline. For domestic flights, VNA use a mixture of Boeing (338 seats) and Airbus (320 seats). With some short flights to small airports such as Dalat or Phu Quoc or Hai Phong or Dien Bien ATR (72 seats) and Fokker (79 seats) are operated.
Seat assignment is not always possible in advance. The best way to secure a seat of your choice is to arrive at the airport early and request this at check in.
Please be aware that our courtesy check in service is now limited due to the current world security climate. You must have an airline ticket to enter the check-in terminal. Some airports will stipulate that you must check in your own bags. We thank you for your understanding on this matter.
Each airline has its own luggage allowance policy especially with regards to bicycles). You are advised to check your airline prior to travel since the below price is subject to change. All airlines now stipulate that liquids, gels and/or aerosols in hand luggage must be in completely closed containers of 3 oz/100ml or less (even if the container is partially filled). If you are travelling with Bike boxes and cases, please be sure to inform the airline ahead of time in order to avoid any confusion or unexpected costs upon check in.
Vietnam Airlines Luggage Allowance
Economy: 20kg (44 lbs) checked baggage, 7kg (15.4 lbs) cabin baggage
Business: 30kg (66 lbs) checked baggage, 7kg (15.4 lbs) cabin baggage
Excess baggage charge:
Domestic: US$2.5 /kg for domestic flights
Zone A: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong
Zone B: China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan & TC3 (except Zone A & Australia/ New Zealand)
Zone C: Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, England, Russia & TC2
|From/To||Zone A||Zone B||Zone C|
Vietnam’s currency is the Vietnam Dong (VND). It is the only accepted currency in the country and your local currency should be exchanged when entering the country.
Exchanging Money The best place to change your money is in your hotel or at a local bank. Many banks, open Monday to Friday, may issue cash advances for Visa and MasterCard, usually for a specified commission. Foreign notes that are old, torn or faded can be difficult to exchange, so make sure you bring clean bills in small denominations. Traveller’s cheques can often be difficult to change. (check www.xe.com for the latest exchange rate).
Credit Cards Credit cards are accepted in major hotels, but not many other places. Some establishments will accept US currency (USD).
ATMs ATMs are widely available throughout Vietnam. This is the easiest and safest way of accessing money. ATMs also offer the best exchange rate. Be careful to cover the pin pad when entering your personal identification number. To withdraw larger amounts of money, ATMs for international banks offer higher limits than those of local Vietnamese banks.
While not compulsory, tipping is greatly appreciated throughout Southeast Asia, especially in the service industry, when you are pleased with the services provided.
For reference, we have provided a general guideline below:
- Guides (>4 travellers): $5-$10 per day per traveller
- Drivers (>4 travellers): $3-$5 per day per traveller
- Guides (<5 travellers): $5-$10 per day per traveller
- Drivers (<5 travellers): $3-$5 per day per traveller
- Restaurants: 10-15% of the total bill
- Hotel Maid Service: $2 – $3 per day
- Porters: $2 – $3 at time of service
- Local Boat Transport: $5 – $10 per boat
- Overnight Cruise: $5 – $10 per person per night (to cover all crew)
Please note all prices are quoted in USD.
If you have any questions or encounter any problems on the ground, please contact us immediately for assistance.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Riders must bring photo ID and sign their own event waiver in person at KBPU point at Phu Van Lau Park (in front of Citadel, Le Duan Street, Phu Thuan, Hue), during Friday 20th (12pm – 6pm) and Saturday 21st (7am – 6pm). KBPU will not be available on the day of the event (click map below to enlarge).
We will also have a registration and KBPU point (12pm – 6pm) at the golf club at Laguna Lang Co for those riders who will stay there prior to the Bach Ma KOM Challege.
There are no refunds for the Coupe de Hue Grand Fondo Event. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions. However, we recognize that injuries and unforeseen events can happen. As a result, we have two policies in place to help registered participants should they be unable to ride in the 2019 Coupe de Hue.
In the event of an injury or unforeseen circumstance, the Roll-Over Policy allows riders to defer their registration (minus a $10 fee) to the next year. The roll-over system for participants registered in the 2019 Coupe de Hue will be in effect from now through Friday, July 23, 2019 at 5 p.m. ICT time.
For those who apply to roll-over your registration by the deadline, you will be sent a roll-over confirmation e-mail following the 2019 event, along with instructions on registration procedures for the 2019 event.
In addition, a registered rider can also transfer an event entry to another individual using the reference number created when you first registered. Please note there is a transfer fee of $25 (processing fee included). A registered rider can transfer an event entry to another rider by Saturday, August 23, 2019 at 2 p.m. ICT.
I have read the above as well as the rules and regulations of the event and shall obey. I declare that I am of 18 years of age the day before the Coupe De Hue Gran Fondo. I voluntarily sign declaring that I am physically fit and adequately prepared. I authorize the Organizing Committee to use photographs, tapes, videos and anything related to my participation for any legitimate use, without any remuneration. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to not accept any unwanted entries.
Rules and Regulations
- The Coupe de Huế is a Race with individual categories based on age and ability as well as team prizes.
- Our Routes are tough. We have chosen them, for the most part, to avoid busy roads and while our routes are very scenic, they take us on roads which require your full attention – to put it simply, they may be narrower and have tighter turns than what you are used to, may have unfilled pot holes along the way as well as local obstructions and will require you to stay alert at all times. There are over 3,000 m of climbs along this challenging course.
- Helmets are mandatory. Cyclists must wear a cycling helmet with the chinstrap buckled at all times while riding on the course.
- Weather. The Coupe de Huế will take place in rain or shine unless the event is cancelled by the authorities. Please prepare your gear accordingly.
- A Team must consist of a minimum of 7 riders. Points will only be counted from the cumulative times of the top 5 riders in each team.
- The Entry fee allows you entry to both the Coupe de Hue Gran Fondo (or Half Fondo) and the Bach Ma KOM Challenge. The individual cumulative times of both of these events will count towards the winning time. If riders decide not to ride the Bach Ma KOM Challenge they will receive the slowest finishing time to put towards their overall time as taken from the timing chip.
- The Bach Ma KOM Challenge will be in a time trial style with riders setting off individually in short intervals from the start line. Event timing will be by timing chip with referees present as adjudicators. Once complete riders will gather at the top and await the organizers instructions for a slow and controlled decent of the mountain behind official race vehicles, no rider is to pass the vehicle at any time. Water will be available along the way.
- Ride within the designated route. Ride safely and in control. Any cyclist who is deemed to be riding unsafely, discourteously or recklessly will be removed from the Coupe de Huế. Any riders found cycling outside the designated Coupe de Huế cycling route will be automatically disqualified and pulled from the course on the spot. Cameras may have been installed along the route to catch offenders. In dangerous locations the organizer may put out cones, marshals and ropes to prevent accidents and slow riders. The decision of the race referees and the organizer is final.
- Ride as far to the right of the road as is safely possible, except to pass. When passing, pass on the left side only. Much of the route is two way, therefore it is very important to follow this rule. Riders must ride in the appropriate lane at all times
- No outside support vehicles allowed along the course. Support vehicles are allowed in designated areas only. Only support vehicles provided by the organizer are allowed on the course. No team motorbikes will be allowed on the course, mechanics will be provided by the organizer.
- Emergency Vehicles ALWAYS have the right of way. If a rider encounters an emergency vehicle, the rider is to give way to the emergency vehicle by pulling over, stopping and dismounting.
- Display your event number at all times. All registered cyclists must wear their event number. 1 number on the back, 1 number on the right side, and 1 on the bike frame under the seat saddle, back (both sides). Riders who fail to do so will not receive an official finish time.
- No unregistered individuals. Unregistered riders will not be allowed on course during the event.
- Start Zones. At 5am there will be a mass non-timed neutralized ride from Phu van Lau Park to the start line. Upon arrival riders will be assigned to a start zone based on their age group provided at registration. Age groups will be valid as long as there are 6 riders and above registered in that age range. If not enough riders, you’ll be moved to another age group at organizers discretion. The Gran Fondo and Half Fondo will start at 6am.
- Participants are permitted to use standard road bicycles, hybrids, commuters or mountain bikes. If you are interested in participating using any vehicle other than the standard road bicycle, we require that you contact us no later than one month in advance of the event.
- No aero bars. Bikes with fixed or clip-on aero bars will not be permitted on the course.
- No usage of headphones, personal stereos or cell phones while riding.
- Only riders of 15 and over are permitted to join the event. Riders under 18 need the consent of their legal parent or guardian.
- Participating Riders, must bring their ID card (or Passport for foreign athletes) for The Organizing Committee to check-in before riding. Athletes who do not have the above papers will not be able to attend. Invalid registrations will not be allowed to participate.
- Insurance Waiver must be signed by each rider prior to joining the event. All riders must have their own insurance and show a proof of it when collection bib number. Vietnamese Riders who register for the tournament must have a health certificate issued by a district or higher health authority and commit to take full responsibility for their personal health or any accidents that may occur during the race
- The Race Briefing must be attended by all riders names will be checked off the list to ensure attendance due to course safety reasons.
- Course closures: The finish line of the Coupe de Huế Gran Fondo will close at 1:30pm. Riders who are travelling slower than 18 km/h will still be permitted to continue, but they must follow the rules of the road. (NOTE: Consideration will be given for the length of time it takes for all riders to pass over the start line.) Some stoppages may occur along the course, to facilitate vehicular traffic flow at intersections. A ‘sweep van’ will be on hand to pick up riders who feel they cannot continue.
- Pit Stops and water points are at various locations along the course, at approximately every 45km. Pit Stop 1 will be closed at 9 am. Pit Stop two will close at 11 am and Pit Stop three will close at 12pm. Pit Stops are NOT compulsory and riders can bypass them if they wish. Please see the map for details of locations.
- No littering on course. Riders are to dispose of garbage in designated garbage areas near Pit Stops only.
- No public urination. Facilities are provided on the course (Pit Stops and other marked toilets) and at the Start/Finish.
- All riders are to obey traffic officers and course marshals. To disobey instructions from these individuals will result in disqualification from the ride.
- Right to refuse entry. The event organizers reserve the right to refuse entry into the event if any of the above rules are violated by a participant.
- Be respectful to other riders and have fun!