I'm planning to travel to Vietnam next month. Do UK citizens require a visa for Vietnam?
If a visa is required, what are the different ways of acquiring one?
Not if you are staying for less than 15 days and your travel takes place between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2018 (and the scheme may be extended beyond this date, it has already been extended twice) as you can easily find out from both the UK Foreign Office Advice page or the website of the Vietnamese embassy.
If you are staying for longer than this (or trying to enter twice within 30 days), then there are two options for getting a Vietnamese visa:
Do UK citizens require a Vietnam visa? Yes and No. :)
Yes when you stay longer 15 days; and No when you stay less than 15 days. The regulation just come into effect from this July. You can find more details about it here. There're 2 ways to get visa for British. You can pre-arrange a visa approval online through travel agent and use it to get actual visa later on arrival; or submit paper application in person/by post/by email at embassy and collect visa after 5 working days. I myself like the second option as it's more secure. This is official website of Vietnam Embassy in UK. Go in there to read more about procedures.
As of 1 July 2015, British passport holders travelling for tourism or business will be able to enter Vietnam for up to 15 days without a visa. If you’re travelling for business reasons you should contact the relevant Vietnam government department before travel to check whether any licenses are required to carry out your duties.