Sunday, May 26, 2013

Vietnam visa extension / renewal - what to know

What is Vietnam visa extension?

Vietnam visa extension helps travelers to stay in Vietnam for an extra period of time legally after their visa is expiring. Without using this service, people must exit Vietnam once their visa is expired and apply for a new Vietnam visa if they want to enter Vietnam again.

When do I need to extend my Vietnam visa?

You'd better extend/renew your visa at least 1 week (for 3 months visa, preferably 2 weeks) before your visa is expired because the normal processing time for a visa to be extended is from 4-7 working days.

Which documents will I need?

You don't need to prepare anything except for an original passport with 2 blank pages available. Please make sure that your passport is still valid for 6 months at least.

Which type of visa can be extended?

Tourist and business Vietnam visa can be extended for 1 month or 3 month (single entry or multiple entry visa).

Diplomatic, official or other types of visa, it should be applied through the official agencies or government or business sponsor or contact the Vietnam Immigration Department in person.

How to extend my Vietnam visa?

It is very simple, just refer to the 3 following simple steps:

Step 1. Scan or take picture of your passport and send to our email (make sure you send the page containing your current or latest Vietnam visa). We will base on what you send to check and inform you about service fee because extension costs may vary for each case. 

Step 2: If you are in Hochiminh city, please bring your passport to our office. In case you are outside Hochiminh city or it is inconvenient for you to come, please send your passport to our office using express service.

Step 3: After requested time (normally 4-7 days), you can get your passport back with your Vietnam visa extended.

How long does it take?

The processing time takes from 5 to 10 days, depends on your type of Vietnam visa. In case you want to use urgent service (2-3 days), the additional fee must be included.

How much does it cost?

The Vietnam visa extension fee varies for each case and the type of Vietnam visa. Please contact us via for further information.

How to extend or renew your Vietnam visa?

To extend or renew your Vietnam visa, please look at the simple steps as below:

Step 1: Scan your passport (or simple take pictures) especially the page containing your current Vietnam visa to our email After that, 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 your visa can be extended/renewed because extending Vietnam visa varies for each case.

Step 3: Once you have enough conditions to extend visa, please bring your original passport to our office. In case you are Vietnamese overseas or your current visa is a loose-leaf visa, please prepare 2 passport sized photos and bring it with you to our office.

In case you are in Ho Chi Minh city, please come directly to our office. Otherwise, you can send your passport by post using express service.

Please note that tourist and business visa is renewable to 1 month or 3 month single/multiple visa. Diplomatic, Official or other visas are to be applied at your organization, business sponsor or you must contact the nearest Vietnam Immigration Department.

Why Vietnam visa extension?

In case you would like to stay in Vietnam longer than the visa validity on your passport, visa extension is really a helpful service. As long as your Vietnam visa is extended, you can continue staying in Vietnam without exiting the country and returning to apply for a new visa. It is said that the procedure of extending a Vietnam visa is very complicated and time consuming. However, it is not true at all. At the present, travelers can extend their visa for an extra 1 month or 3 month period with normal processing time is no more than 1 week.

You can easily get your visa extended or renewed by 2 main ways: visiting a Vietnam Immigration Department or contacting a travel agency. Normally, extending or renewing your Vietnam visa at a travel agency is faster and easier for you because of hassle-free and no red tape. What you need to prepare is just your original passport with 2 blank pages. It normally takes 4-7 days for your visa to be extended or renewed. That is the reason why you need to extend your Vietnam visa at least 1 week before the printed expiry date on your visa. Urgent service is also available and it saves you much time but you must pay additional charge for sure.

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