Things to Prepare Before an Internship in Vietnam P.1
Let’s imagine, you’ve found a great internship in Vietnam, been accepted, and are now getting excited to start your adventure of a lifetime. Congratulations! Now it’s just a matter of preparing yourself for the big trip. What should you pack for such a long time away from home? Do you need a visa? How to book the best flight tickets? Do you need travel insurance? How about tools of communication and transportation while abroad?
Not to worry, SE Vietnam has the answer to these questions. Read on for our best tips on how to prepare for studying abroad.
1. Apply for a Passport and Visa
Getting a passport and visa is one of the required first step to your internship in Vietnam. Photo source
You must have a valid passport to travel and study abroad. If you already have one, be sure to double check that it’s not expired and that it won’t expire within 6 months of your intended return. Also, make sure that you have blank pages in your passport if you’ve traveled abroad before.
Coming to Vietnam for an internship for more than one month usually requires a visa. You can either apply for a Vietnam visa at an embassy in your country or you can opt for a visa on arrival. Recently, Vietnam has launched a new E-Visa Program making it easier for nationals of many countries to visit the country. You can take a look at the list of countries eligible to the E-Visa Program here. At Student Exchange Vietnam, we provide full internship service that includes taking care of visa for your internship in Vietnam. But if you want to have more experience and take care of the process yourself, you can look at more information about Vietnam visa here.
You can also contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the country you plan on going to in order to receive information about visa requirements and any special travel restrictions. One important thing to remember is that Visa applications can take several months to process so get started on this as soon as you can.
2. Visit a Travel Doctor
Visiting a doctor before you go prepare you better for maintaing a good health during your internship in Vietnam. Photo source
Set aside time to plan for a doctor visit and physical check before you leave for the big trip. Remember to put your medical records in the packing list in case of emergency overseas.
Furthermore, it’s important to know the host country’s immunization requirements and become immunized before your departure. You can find out about the recommended vaccines to take before coming to Vietnam here.
If you have a critical medical condition that requires prescription drugs you may want to bring enough with you to last your entire time abroad (if possible). Prescriptions drugs must be carried in correctly labeled containers to prevent being mistaken for illegal drugs.
One more important thing to do is to prepare yourself with medication to help with regular sickness and possible initial food sickness. For more information about how to take care of your health during an internship in Vietnam, check this out.
3. Get Travel Insurance
Finding a good travel insurance plan enables you to worry less when you’re in Vietnam. Photo source
Having a reliable health and accident insurance policy while you are doing an internship in Vietnam is a critical aspect to enjoy your time abroad with less worries. A good travel insurance offers coverage for various types accidents, emergency evacuation and repatriation abroad (but let’s hope it never comes to that!).
Your current health insurance provider (although not all) might cover you abroad but even if it does, there are caes where travel insurance will cover what health insurance won’t. For example:
Coverage if your flight is delayed / canceled
Stolen personal belongings
Evacuation in the case of a health emergency or natural disaster
And a few other things
Some Airlines do offer travel insurance when you buy the tickets but you can also buy travel insurance separately from the insurance companies or on sites such as World Nomads or Lonely Planet.
4. Buy a Plane Ticket
Choosing an affordable airline helps you reduce your budget. Photo source
These days, finding cheap airplane tickets has turned into an art of timing and luck. Fares can vary greatly depending on when you want to fly and where you are buying your ticket from. A good place to start is Kayak, which will quickly show you a comparison of the flights available for your preferred dates. After researching with Kayak to see which airline offers the best rate going from where you are to Vietnam, you can directly book your ticket on the airline’s website.
Before buying a bargain fare though, find out just how flexible flight date changes are. After all, you don’t want to be forced to buy a whole new ticket if you decide to stay overseas a little longer! Fortunately, most airlines will let you change your ticket for $100 + the difference in price.
We also recommend not arriving more than a few days prior to your intended program start date. While the few extra days may allow for a jump-start in adjusting to the new environment or jet-lag recovery, arriving early may create problems in immigration.
We are not done yet with our list of the things you must do to prepare for your internship in Vietnam. So stay tuned for our next article on this series.
To Be Continued…
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