How to extend tourist, business visa and visa exemption Vietnam

Nguyen Anh Thu31/08/2020

Are foreigners stuck here in Vietnam due to COVID 19 at the moment with tourist, business visa or visa exemption? Are they worried about how to legally stay here longer? So applicants are going to the right place as this will guide them on how to extend visa in Vietnam. Let’s find out!

What is Vietnam visa extension?

Simply understood, Vietnam visa extension or renewal is both the way foreigners can extend their length of stay in Vietnam without leaving the country. However, with visa extension, the applicants will get a new stay duration stamp on their passport while applicants for the latter will have a new visa stamp on their passport. Both types of stamps clearly indicate clearly their new duration of stay in Vietnam. 

By getting this extension stamp, the applicants will have to only pay a lower fee than renewal, foreigners, therefore, tend to choose this method.

But before extending tourist, business visa or visa exemption, please make sure that the original passport is at least 6 months in validity from the time of extension, and at least 2 blank visa pages. However, please be noted that Vietnam visa extension is suitable for single entry only, so consider it seriously!

Why Vietnam visa extension?

Foreigners might be doubtful what the strength of Vietnam visa extension against Vietnam visa renewal is although they are all ways to help foreigners stay longer in the country? But trust us! Finish reading these reasons and surely find your own way!

  • Visa run is not available during COVID 19, so extend legitimate length of stay without leaving the country is a great choice;
  • Cost saving as Vietnam visa extension fee is cheaper than renewal;
  • Still able to carry out normal activities, smooth business during COVID 19 instead of moving to another destination and then coming back (or even can’t come back due to quarantine);
  • Avoiding being blacklisted by the Vietnam Immigration Department because of overstaying.

New regulations on Vietnam visa extension during COVID 19

Nothing can be expected but the outbreak of COVID 19 is so tremendous that numerous international flights have been canceled, and thousands of foreigners have no choice but to stay here in Vietnam. But don’t worry as the Vietnamese government also releases the new regulation on Vietnam visa extension during COVID 19 as below:

For those who entered Vietnam with Vietnam Visa Exemption, Vietnam E-visa, or Vietnam Tourist visa from March 1, 2020, foreigners are eligible for “automatic stay permit extension” until August 31, 2020. So it means that if you enter Vietnam via those mentioned visas before March 1, 2020, your Vietnam visa will expire before August 31, 2020. Please remember that you can leave the country after your Vietnam visa expiry date without penalty for overstaying, but this is applicable for those who leave by August 31, 2020, only. Or else, you shall be definitely fined or subjected to the current laws of Vietnam.

Can I extend my visa in Vietnam now?

The answer is yes!

Foreigners now can extend their Vietnam visa as long as they legitimately entered the country and haven’t been in the blacklist of the Vietnam Immigration Department due to overstaying. There are 2 common ways for Vietnam visa extension including directly apply with Vietnam Immigration Department or apply through vietnam-visa.com for your most convenience.

For those who have enough time, clearly know required documents and administrative procedures for visa extension in Vietnam, stay close to the Department, please submit your documents to one of these offices:

  • 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)

For those who are quite busy and sick of documents/ procedures, please refer to vietnam-visa.com so they can handle all this stuff for you. Just call this visa agent +84. 946.583.583 (24/7) and everything will be solved more smoothly than ever, give it a try!

How to extend Vietnam visa

Those who choose to apply for Vietnam visa extension directly with the Vietnam Immigration Department can need to prepare the following documents and submit to the office of Immigration of Vietnam:

  • Renewal/extension application form NA5
  • Original passport with current valid visa that has to expire and needs to be extended;
  • For business visa:
    • Notarized business registration certificate of the company where the visa extension applicants are working;
    • Form NA16 Registered form of seal and signature of the legal representative of the enterprise operating in Vietnam.
    • Letter of introduction

You will need 02 travels to the Immigration Office, one to submit your documents and one to get your visa extension results.

Those who are not familiar with this procedure may make good use of a visa extension service such as Vietnam-visa.com. You can also follow these simple steps so this agent can give you a hand:

  • Send a soft copy of your passport to [email protected]. The copy should contain your current Vietnam visa so we can tell you if you can extend your Vietnam visa;
  • Send your original passport to our office, pay the Vietnam visa extension cost;
  • Receive your passport back with an extended visa stamp normally within 8 working days or 3 working days upon your request.

Vietnam visa extension cost

As it is mentioned before, Vietnam visa extension might be cheaper than Vietnam visa renewal as you will get an extension stamp without exiting the country instead of applying for a new visa, leaving and then re-entering the country.

The cost of Vietnam visa extension will depend much on your original Vietnam visa and the visa types you want to extend. Here is the list of Vietnam visa extension you can apply for:

  • extend original Vietnam visa exemption for up to 3 months;
  • extend original 1 month Vietnam visa (tourist/business) for up to 3 months;
  • extend original 3 months Vietnam visa (tourist/business) for up to 3 months;
  • extend original 5 years Vietnam visa exemption certificate for up to 6 months;
  • extend original Vietnam E-visa for up to 3 months;
  • extend 1 year Vietnam visa for US passport holder (tourist/business) for up to 3 months;

You can contact the visa agent you are working with for the Vietnam visa extension cost.

Hope you find this informative for you and your friends. For any assistance of the Vietnam visa extension, just make a call to +84. 946.583.583 or drop a message at [email protected]!