Citizens of only a few countries (24) can visit Vietnam without a visa. However, their duration of stay in Vietnam depends on their nationality. Most of the international tourists must have a visa to enter Vietnam. Also, residents of 80 countries are allowed to apply for Vietnam visa online. By following simple procedures, they can even extend Vietnam e-visa.
This way, they can stay away from the embassy or consulate and save themselves from applying in person, which is a time-consuming process. Applying online for Vietnam e-visa is an easy process. This only requires a few minutes and the applicants are needed to give their passport and personal details.
Once they have filled and submitted the online application form, all they have to do is wait to get an email regarding the approval of their e-visa. After they receive the email, they should get its print out. This is because you will need to present the print out upon arrival in the country and be able to enter Vietnam.
An approved Vietnam e-visa allows a single entry into Vietnam for a stay up to 30 days. If you wish to stay for more than 30 days, you will need to extend Vietnam e-visa. The process might be intimidating for some. This is because it involves exiting Vietnam and presenting a new visa application prior to entering the country.
Those who want to renew their Vietnam visa can travel to any neighboring country like Cambodia or Laos through the visa. Travelers can extend Vietnam e-visa by reapplying for the visa.
How to Extend Vietnam E-Visa?
Previously, visitors were allowed to extend their Vietnam visa at any of the primary Immigration Departments in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Da Nang. However, this is no longer allowed. So, those who want to extend the validity of their visa have to leave Vietnam in order to renew their Vietnamese visa. The cost to extend the visa is same as the application fee for the e-visa.
The rules to extend Vietnam e-visa demand the tourist to be outside Vietnamese borders. However, they do not have to go back to their home countries. Vietnam shares borders with three other Asian countries, which are Cambodia, Laos, and China. The travelers can use multiple land border checkpoints to go the other country and renew their visas.
There are 6 land border checkpoints for travelers to go from Vietnam to Laos, 3 main border crossings to China from Vietnam nearby cities of Dong Dang, Mong Cai and Lao Cai, and five land border crossings to Cambodia from Vietnam. One can also use several bus routes for crossing into each country.
It usually takes up to 24 hours for the renewal of the visa after the submission of a new application, although, it can take nearly 72 hours for approval of the application. Therefore, those who wish to extend Vietnam e-visa by crossing into the neighboring countries should wait for at least three days until the completion of the process.
The traveler will receive the e-visa approval in their email. They will then have to present a print out of their renewed e-visa to show at the border control while re-entering Vietnam.
What Happens If You Overstay As Tourist In Vietnam?
Those who do not get their renewed Vietnam tourist visa before it expires need to pay penalty for each day they overstay in the country pose the validity. In case an e-visa holder overstays up to three days, they can directly go to the airport to pay the fine for overstaying to the Immigration Officer.
The traveler needs to pay USD 22 or 500,000 VND per day of their overstay as fine. After paying the fine, they will provide the traveler with an exit visa for leaving the country. However, if the traveler overstays for more than 3 days in Vietnam needs to present their passport as well as pay the fine penalty at any local Immigration Office located in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
This is to prevent any possible delays while paying penalties at the airport. The fines for overstaying after the visa expires depend on the total time the visitor has stayed post the expiry. They are:
- Up to 10 days – UN $55 or 1,250,000 VND
- Up to 1 month – UN $175 or 4,000,000 VND
- Between one and three months – UN $440 or 10,000,000 VND
The country can ask them to pay a fine who remain in the country up to 1-year post the expiry of their visa. They shall have to pay USD 700 as penalty. They also face a forced exit out of Vietnam along with travel restrictions to re-enter the country in the future. This fine is also applicable for those who have committed several overstay offences intentionally over a span of time.