Vietnam Visa Extension And Renewal

Last update: 02/09/2022

1. Who Has To Get A Visa Extension And Renewal For Vietnam?

Anyone who wishes to remain in Vietnam longer than their visa is granted for has to get their visa extended. However, depending on the type of visa you have, you will could get a short term or long term visa. For example:

– A short term visa extension, which is usually 30 or 90 day extension issued for tourist or business purpose

– A long term visa extension, which is usually 1 year or 2 year extension issued for working purpose or 5 year visa extension for those whose spouse is Vietnamese citizen.

With those entering Vietnam with e-visa, the visa extension is non applicable.

2. What Is Vietnam Visa Extension?

Visa extension means issuing a new duration of stay in Vietnam for those who wish to prolong their current stay in the country without leaving. By doing this, you will get an extension stamp clearly indicating your new period of stay in Vietnam.

It does not matter whether your current visa is a single or multiple entry. When it comes to visa extension, there is only single entry is issued.

3. What Is Vietnam Visa Renewal?

Similar to Vietnam visa extension, the visa renewal allows you to stay longer without exiting Vietnam. With this way, a visa sticker is stamped on your passport. Regarding to the cost of visa renewal, it’s likely to be higher than visa extension as visa sticker is required to be attached on your passport.

4. Visa Extension And Renewal Requirements

The requirements for extension and renewal will be different depending on the type of visa. Here are the requirements in details for tourist and business visa:

4.1 Tourist visa

– Your passport has to be valid at least 6 months since the time of renewal or extension

– There is at least 1 blank page on your passport for visa extension and 2 blank pages for visa renewal.

4.2 Business visa

– Passport validity and a number of blank pages are exactly same as the tourist visa.

– Applicants required to have a sponsor company who guarantee their stay in Vietnam.

– Applicants do not violate the Vietnamese law during staying Vietnam

5. Documents Required For Visa Extension And Renewal

The documentation for visa extension and renewal has no difference. However, each type of visa will require the applicants to submit a different dossier.

5.1 Tourist visa

– Your physical passport and Vietnam vis are still valid.

5.2 Business visa

– Your physical passport and Vietnam vis are still valid.

– A notarized copy of sponsor’s business license

– A company’s introduction letter

– A completed NA5 form

– An explanation about the reason of visa extension or renewal

– Temporary residence paper issued by local police where it is registered.

6. How To Apply For Visa Extension And Renewal

You can apply for a visa extension or renewal on your own by preparing all documents as required and visit the Immigration Department. This option is normally time-consuming. If you want to save your time and avoid any hassles, you can use our visa extension service by following some simple steps to get your visa extended quickly.

Send us your passport copy and visa page to check and confirm about the cost of visa extension/renewal

Once all is confirmed, please send us your original passport to our office’s address and make a payment

Get your passport returned with your visa extension stamp or renewal sticker on it after 7-8 working days. We can send your passport to you by post or other delivery method you prefer.

7. Where Are Visa Extension And Renewal Submitted?

There are three immigration offices located in Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh and Da Nang. If you decided to extend or renew your visa on your own, you can visit the Immigration Office where you are staying as listed as follows:

– 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

Their working time is from 8.00am – 11.30am in the morning and from 1.30pm – 5pm from Monday to Friday.

8. How Much Does A Vietnam Visa Extension Or Renewal Cost?

The fee of visa extension and renewal depends on the type of visa, your nationality and how fast you would like to get it extended or renewed.

9. Vietnam Visa Extension Or Renewal, Which One Is The Best?

Technically, there are not many differences between visa extension and renewal in terms of the procedures and requirements. However, if you wish to get a visa sticker on your passport without leaving Vietnam in the meanwhile, you can obtain a multiple entry, visa extension is the better option. As mentioned in the above section, the charges of visa renewal is always higher than visa extension, therefore, this factor should be considered when you decide which one is the best for you.

10. Temporary Residence Card Extension (TRC)

The validity of TRC is issued according to the duration of work permit. Then, before your TRC expires, make sure that you have to renew your work permit before applying for TRC extension. Along with a completed dossier for business visa extension as indicated above, you will also need to supply the following documents:

– A copy of valid work permit

– 02 photos (3x4cm)

– An employment termination letter is required if you shift into a new company

11. 5 Year Visa Exemption Extension