Due to the Covid-19 Outbreak, Vietnam government is suspending visa issuance for all countries and closing borders. Can foreigners extend their Vietnam visa in this situation?
Overstaying Vietnam visa will not only expose foreign visitors to administrative penalties but also leave a bad impression on the Immigration Department’s documents and make their return to Vietnam next time become more difficult. We do not want foreign tourists coming to Vietnam to fall into this situation. So, in case foreigners want to stay in Vietnam longer than the visa term, we recommend extending the stay in Vietnam by getting your Vietnam visa extended.
In the time of Covid-19 outbreak, extending Vietnam visa without leaving Vietnam is a safe option for foreign visitors, because they can avoid the risk of virus infection due to coming to the crowd as well as avoiding the risk of being banned from re-entering Vietnam if tourists depart or transit through one of the areas infected with the virus.
Because of Covid-19, foreigners can not renewal their Vietnam visa (which means that Foreigners will be issued with a new visa stamp and a new stamp of stay), so you can only extend your visa (it allows you to continue staying in Vietnam for a certain period of time without leaving Vietnam and re-entering Vietnam).
An overview of Vietnam Visa Extension during the Covid-19 Outbreak
When Covid-19 becomes more and more serious, Vietnam Government closes borders and stops issuing Vietnam visa for foreigners. This event has raised great concern among ex-pats who staying in Vietnam cannot return their home countries during this time and face some visa extension related problems. The most frequently asked question is: Can foreigners still apply for Vietnam visa extension and continue stay in Vietnam?
To answer this question, spokeswoman of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang affirmed that, “Foreigners in Vietnam can make visa extension procedures at the Immigration Department under the Ministry of Public Security in line with regulations”. In conclusion, it is possible to get your visa extended at the Covid-19 time.
What are procedures for Vietnam Visa Extension?
You have 2 ways to get your visa extended: through Vietnam Immigration Departments directly or through a travel agency. Generally, extending the visa through a travel agency is easier and hassle-free. Required documents for this process are also simple: your original passport with 2 blank pages at maximum. The processing time takes from 5 to 10 days, depending on your type of Vietnam visa so we suggest you should extend your Vietnam visa at least 1 week before your visa expires.
The process of applying for visa extension in Vietnam via visaonlinevietnam.com is extremely easy. You only need to perform 2 steps below:
Step 1: Scan your passport and the page containing your current Vietnam visa to firstname.lastname@example.org. Then we will send it to Vietnam Immigration Department to check your information before extending/renewing your visa.
Step 2: We will inform you about Vietnam visa extension fee and whether you can be extended/renewed your visa. Because of extending Vietnam visa varies for each case.
For more details about Vietnam visa extension, please contact us through:
Hotline: +84 968 18 77 18
WhatsApp: +84 – 982 879718
Where to get Vietnam visa extension for foreigners?
Besides getting a visa agency extend Vietnam visa, you can pay a visit to the Vietnam Immigration Office in Vietnam. Their addresses are:
Immigration office in Hanoi: 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.
Why the extension fee in Vietnam is higher than the visa fee?
Some foreigners will be more confused when they know that the fees when applying for Vietnam visa is higher than the fees when extending visa. We are pleased to explain that, getting your visa extended is much more convenient and time-saving, the extension prices are always higher than the visa on arrival cost. Because of this benefit, there are much foreigners choose to extend their visa instead of returning hometown. Vietnam Immigration Apartment wants to prevent every foreign case staying in the country for illegal working purposes.
Let’s imagine, in case the extension fee is low, all tourists can extend their stay in Vietnam easily without wasting time, travel expenses, and much effort. This condition may raise number of foreigners who work illegally in Vietnam, making it hard to control them and creating negative impacts on the economy. Therefore, Vietnam Government welcome tourists coming to visit the beautiful country but they do not encourage foreigners to enter Vietnam and prolong the stay for illegal employment.