Myself and a few others have been given a full time job teaching in Hanoi that starts early July.
We want to get our visas sorted, though the company said it is fine to get them when we arrive at the airport.
Is this the case?
Or shall we get them before we leave the UK? If so do we need a business visa or a holiday one to start out with before we get our work permits etc?
Thank you in advance, I've never done anything like this before so am very confused so any help would be amazing!!
Not really that much more info needed Skarper, people do it all the time.
OP, you can't literally get a visa when you arrive at the airport but you can organise it from the UK by applying for a visa-on-arrival through all kinds of websites, or find a trusted travel agent here (I use email@example.com, well-trusted by me anyway) to help you through the (fairly simple) process.
Start with a tourist visa, get acclimatised, and then if you like it here worry about other kinds of visas and work permits later. That's how I started out here seven years ago and so did many others.
You can not change a non-business visa (tourist) to a business visa while in the country. But you would for example need a business visa to apply for a work permit. You cannot apply for a work permit when holding only a tourist visa.
Just to be clear again: You cannot enter Vietnam on a tourist visa and then change it to a business visa later while in the country. You can naturally always cross the border of a neighboring country and re-enter with the right visa.
Visa on arrival visas are now commonly used. If the companies says they will organize, I suspect, that they will request it at the immigration office in Vietnam. They will then get a stamped confirmation that this request was accepted. They will normally then forward you the acceptance letter with your passport number and name and the arrival date. When you check in to the flight to Vietnam you will have to show this confirmation letter at the checkin normally, because the airlines wants to know if you have the right to enter into Vietnam (because otherwise they will have to take you back).
For all the visa related stuff, you can find a good write up here: http://www.mondaq.com/x/337212/work+visas/Visas+and+work+permits+for+expatriates+in+Vietnam