Lack of permission is an obstacle to discover Ha Giang

Ha Giang – the mysterious landscape along the Chinese border – a mythical combination of conical limestone peaks and deep, craterous valleys – is probably the most striking in the country. Considered by many as the last frontier for adventurous travel in Vietnam, Ha Giang already has an almost legendary status among independent travelers. However before you’re able to see these majesties, you really need to be permitted by Ha Giang Immigration Office.

Wandering around online to read for an inexperienced visitor like me, a writer Nomad Asaurus has his experience is shared is really helpful. Now i am gonna summarize what your need to do if you don’t have much time to read them all.


It’s not kind of difficulty to travel past Ha Giang when you lack of a “Permit To be the frontier area” even though it sounds authoritative and difficult to obtain. To save a lot of time, hassle and money, it’s not necessary to ask for help of most hotels and guest houses in Ha Giang. They will help you but they will charge a premium for this. Therefore, just go straight to the immigration office and register. Just in case that you don’t have much time to do paper work. If you want ro save time, you can get permit Meo Vac or Yen Minh or Dong Van, just give money and passport to receptionist, they will do it for you. However, some place close border bell, Military will stop to check permit, if you don’t have one, they will force you turn back.


The Ha Giang Immigration Office is located at 415A, Tran Phu street. Heading north, it is just before Nguyen Thai Hoc merges with Tran Phu, across the road from the cinema. The opening hours are reportedly everyday (Vietnamese holidays excluded) 8AM until 8PM, and closed for lunch from 1PM to 1:30PM. It’s now open 7:30 AM to 5 PM (not 8 PM) and closed over lunch. It’s advised to arrive in the morning or early afternoon and not leave anything too late. Some loops arrive at 4:45 but the office is shut because the officers often go home early. 

So what all you need is first you walk into the immigration office and approach the window.
If you are a foreigner, the officers will know straight away that you are there to purchase a permit for the North. You need to hand over your original passport.
If you don’t have this with you, give them a photocopy of your picture page and visa of your passport, along with a letter stating that your passport is in Hanoi receiving a visa extension (or any other legitimate excuse as to why you don’t have it with you).
If you have a motorcycle with you, they will need your registration plate number to put on your permit.

Vietnam-China north frontier area
They then fill out the permit card for you. The cost for the permit is 210’000 VND, or about US$10. Hand the money over, and they will give you back your passport and your new shiny permit.

That’s not all the thing you need to know before you grab your bag but Vietnam Typical Tours hope you will have a safe and wonderful trip. In case you need more information, don’t hesitate to see our Travel Guides or Contact Us.