November 15, 2019
How to extend your Vietnam e-Visa
Are you planning a trip to Vietnam soon? Then the first thing you need to do is to check if you must apply for a visa in order to enter the country. There are only few countries whose citizens are allowed to travel to Vietnam visa-free (Please check Vietnam visa requirement here). However, the majority are required to obtain a visa.
The Vietnam e-Visa is one of the most popular ways to obtain a visa amongst travelers. This is because the visa process is easy, quick and you can apply for it from wherever you are in the world. You do not have to go to the embassy or consulate and apply in person. Everything can be done online. The Vietnam e-Visa allows travelers to stay in the country for a maximum 30 days. It is also a single-entry visa, meaning you cannot enter and re-enter the country. If you want to do that, you must apply for a new e-visa.
Travelers who wish to stay longer in Vietnam must obtain a Vietnam visa extension. This means you must leave the country and then submit a new e-visa application before being able to return. Those who wants to renew their Vietnam visa may travel to a neighboring country such as Laos or Cambodia via one of the Vietnam border crossings for visa holders and submit a new e-Visa application. In order to avoid penalty for overstaying, it is necessary to extend the visa. If you do overstay, you will have to pay a fine for each day you overstayed.
How to extend the e-Visa
Before, travelers were able to extend their visa in Vietnam at any of the main Immigration Departments in Da Nang, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. However, this option is no longer available. Those who wishes to extend their visa must leave the country in order to renew their Vietnam visa before they can return. The cost is the same as the e-Visa application fee.
In order to apply for the visa, it is necessary to be outside of Vietnam. However, you do not have to travel far. Since Vietnam shares a long inland border with 3 other Asian countries, Laos, Cambodia and China, travelers can use one of the numerous land border checkpoints to cross over and renew their Vietnam visa from there.
There are 5 different land border checkpoints where travelers can cross from Cambodia, 6 lander border crossings from Vietnam to Laos and 3 main border crossings from Vietnam to China. The closest cities are Lao Cai, Mong Cai and Dong Dang. There are several major bus routes that can be used to cross into each of the countries.
The renewal of the e-Visa takes about 3 days once the application has been submitted. However, it can take up to 7 days for an application to be approved. Therefore, it is wise to plan your trip well before you head off. Plan to be away for at least 7 business day so you will be sure to have your visa before returning to Vietnam. The approved e-Visa will be sent as a PDF to the applicants email once it has been approved of. Travelers must print out a copy of the new e-Visa so they can present it to the border control when re-entering Vietnam.
What happens if I overstay?
If you overstay, you will have to pay a fee for every day you have overstayed. If an e-Visa holder overstays for less than 3 days, they can go directly to the airport and pay the fine to an Immigration officer. You will have to pay around 22 USD per day, or 500,000 VND. Once the fine is paid for, travelers will then be granted an exit visa in order to leave Vietnam.
However, for those who has overstayed in Vietnam for longer than 3 days must present their passport and pay the fine at a local Immigration Office in either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. This is just to avoid any potential delays while paying fines at the airport. The price of overstaying a visa is as follows:
- Up to 10 days: 1,250,000 VND (US $55)
- Up to 1 month: 4,000,000 VND (US $175)
- Between 1 and 3 months: 10,000,000 VND (US $440)
Those who overstay past the expiration of their visa for up to one year are liable to pay a fine of over 16,000,000 VND, which is approximately 700 USD. They will be forced to exit the country and will face travel restrictions. This penalty also applies to those who have intentionally committed multiple overstay offenses over a period of time..