How to Extend an Overstayed Vietnam Visa

Published: 14th June 2011
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There are different ways that you can take to obtain a Vietnam visa. If you are planning to travel around Vietnam then you can try applying for a visa on the Vietnam embassy in your country. However, if your country does not have a Vietnam embassy, then you can look for travel agents online to avail a visa on arrival.

The fastest and most convenient way to avail a visa on Vietnam is to apply a visa on arrival. In contrast with the processing time at embassies, applying a visa on arrival is much faster. You can easily avail this with your travel agents or the authorities in the airport. The visa costs about $25 per person and is valid for 30 days. Moreover, once you are in the country, you can easily extend your visa.

Before you avail a Vietnam visa on arrival, you will need to have an approval letter from the Vietnam Department of Immigration. This will take about 3 working days before the travel agents can send you the copy. It can be sent to you either by fax or by email. You should have the approval letter as you board your flight to Vietnam. The stamping procedure of visa will be done once you arrive at Vietnam. In addition, if you have already boarded a flight to Vietnam, you can apply for an urgent visa on arrival. The processing will take at least half working day to one working day. The urgent processing requires additional fee but ensures you that you can travel safely at Vietnam.

You will not need a Vietnam visa for the maximum of 15 days if you are from European countries that include Denmark, Finland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden. In addition, you are exempted for the maximum of 30 days if you are a citizen of Asian countries that include Indonesia, Kingdom of Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. Japan and South Korea are exempted for 15 days while Cambodia does not need a visa for 14 days.

Visa that is going to expire in a few days can easily be extended at different offices at Vietnam. The visa extension processing time will take about 5-7 working days if you are a tourist. If you are planning to order an urgent Vietnam visa extension, it will take about 2 working days plus the additional fee for the urgent processing. Business visa extension normally takes 5-7 working days of processing time. Urgent processing will take 2 working days.

You are safe to go out of the country in case that you overstay your Vietnam visa for 2 days. There is a 48-hour limit once the visa expires. If you have overstayed for 1 day and planning to extend your stay, you may ask for an urgent visa with your travel agents. It will take about 12 hours or 1 hour to process a super urgent visa. In addition, the cost of the urgent visa processing will depend on the case of urgency. If you have overstayed for a day, then you may be charged an extra fee.

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