This article will tell you everything you need to know about how to extend your stay in Vietnam without having to leave the country. There are a lot of things:
Vietnam will start flying to other countries again on January 1, 2022, but it will be a slow process. Please be aware that the Vietnam Immigration Department will no longer automatically extend the stay of foreign nationals from January 15, 2022.
(Updated by the Vietnam Immigration on January 8, 2022 here)
► Those who are staying in Vietnam under the automatic stay extension policy must do one of two things:
1. You must leave Vietnam by January 15, 2022, or you will not be able to return.
2. Change your current visa to one that allows you to legally stay in Vietnam for a certain amount of time.
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Visa extension and renewal are two different things in Vietnam. This section will tell you what they are and how they are different from each other.
Visa extension is an action that is applied for foreigners who wish to prolong their current stay in Vietnam without leaving the country. By this action, you will get an extension stamp on your passport indicating your new stay duration.
Note: Visa extension is good for single entry only.
Visa renewal is almost the same as visa extension as it also allows foreigners to extend their stay in Vietnam without leaving the country.
However, if you renew your visa, you will be granted a new visa sticker and stay duration stamp on your passport with the new duration permission. For this reason, the visa renewal fee is more expensive than the visa extension fee. You’ll have to pay for a stamp and a sticker for your visa.
Note: This service is now not offered by the Vietnam Immigration Office. We will keep you updated immediately upon new developments.
Visa Extension/Renewal Requirements
To extend/review Vietnam visa, your original passport must:
- be valid for at least 06 months from the time of extension/renewal.
- have at least 02 blank pages.
Why should you choose a visa extension?
- During COVID 19, the only way to stay in Vietnam legally after your visa expires without leaving the country to do a visa run is to stay in the country.
- Save your cost as the extension fee is much cheaper than the renewal fee.
- Avoid getting placed on the Vietnam Immigration Department’s blacklist due to overstaying.
- Have more time to settle your business in Vietnam, which may be disrupted if you leave and then return with a new visa, or if you are unable to return under COVID 19.
Where to Extend Visa in Vietnam
The following Immigration offices are those in charge of extending visa in Vietnam.
- Hanoi immigration office: 44-46 Tran Phu, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
- Immigration office in Da Nang: 78 Le Loi, Thach Thang, Hai Chau, Da Nang
- Immigration office in Ho Chi Minh City: 196 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city
- Working hours: Monday-Friday (Morning: 7am – 11h30am; Afternoon: 1h30pm – 5pm) and Saturday (Morning time only)
How to extend Vietnam visa
You can apply for a visa extension on your own at the Vietnam Immigration Department, or you can apply through our Vietnam visa extension service.
In case you use our visa extension service, you only need to go through the following 3 steps to get your visa successfully extended.
- Step 1: Send us a soft copy of your passport and the page where your current Vietnam visa is. We will let you know if your visa can be extended or not.
- Step 2: Send your original passport to our address and pay the extension fee
- Step 3: Get your passport with extended stay within 8 working days normally or 3 working days in urgent case upon your request
Vietnam Visa Extension Cost and Duration
Vietnam visa extensions are available for the following types of visas:
- extend original visa exemption for up to 1 months;
- extend original 1 month tourist visa for 1 month;
- extend original 1 month business visa for up to 3 months;
- extend original 3 months tourist visa for 1 month;
- extend original 3 months business visa for up to 3 months;
- extend original 5 years visa exemption certificate for up to 6 months;
- extend original e-visa for up to 3 months;
- extend 1 year tourist visa for US passport holder (tourist/business) for 1 month;
- extend 1 year business visa for US passport holder for up to 3 months;
- extend temporary stay of APEC Business Travel Card holders for up to 3 months.