The tightening of visa-free entry to Vietnam from 01.01.2015

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Attention! 01.01.2015 tightened conditions for visa-free entry to Vietnam for citizens of those countries which had visa-free stay of up to 15 days. From the CIS countries have such a right only citizens of the Russian Federation.

Now to get the stamp on the visa-free stay, the validity of passport must be not less than 6 months from the date of entry (previously three months).

But worst of all the second constraint: since the last exit from Vietnam should not be less than 30 days. Please note that we are talking about 30 days exactly since the last EXIT from Vietnam, not entry.

With such conditions is widely practiced earlier trips to Laos or Cambodia for a short time in order to extend the stay and to watch the neighboring countries and return to Vietnam have become impossible without a visa. More importantly, it does not matter how you drove for the first time in Vietnam on a visa or visa-free, important is only the fact of departure from the country, from the date which is the reference.

It should be borne in mind that to move back to Vietnam can get visa on arrival if you have visa support (Approval Letter), but such visas are issued only at international airports. If you plan to travel back by land through land border crossings, you must have already issued the visa. Even no Approval Letter you back to Vietnam will not be allowed until either expire 30 days after checkout or you will not get a visa at the Consulate of Vietnam in any country.

Options out of this situation for those who want a short-term leave Vietnam to visit a neighboring country, until we see the following:

  1. A multiple entry visa (Multiply) in advance or on arrival to Vietnam. We will remind that citizens of the Russian Federation fees for visa on arrival are not charged, have to spend money just for the visa support Letter Approval.
  2. The design of the house in advance of a single entry visa. After that you should enter Vietnam visa-free, stay there no more than 15 days to travel to neighboring country and back to enter on a pre-issued visa. Reverse option, to enter on a visa, leave and re-enter visa-free, will not work.
  3. To enter Vietnam visa-free, stay there no more than 15 days to travel to a neighbouring country and obtain a visa at the Consulate there and then to come back was already on a pre-issued visa.
  4. To enter Vietnam visa-free, stay there no more than 15 days to travel to a neighboring country and come back on the plane and get visa on< arrival, of course in the presence of the Approval Letter.

Original excerpts from the law of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam dated 16.06.2014 No. 47/2014/QH13

Any foreigner that enters Vietnam and is unilaterally granted visa-free entry must have a passport that is still valid for at least 06 months, and the entry date must be at least 30 days from the previous exit;

Read more about visa to Vietnam and visa-free entry, what is the invitation letter (Approval Letter) and so on here. The topic visa to Vietnam and visa-free entry is discussed on the forum.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 7 December, 2019

Honestly never heard, to put such a stamp, but to say unequivocally that you will not put also can not. Try to Google or write the question to the consular section by email, there may give accurate information. ...
admin December 8, 2019

Yes, and as it flew it. Under the new rules it is now possible to fly to Phu Quoc island through one of the international airports if you have a return ticket to another country, and the transplant occurs within one day without an overnight stay in the city. It is a special procedure at the airport where you is a representative of airlines between the two terminals, international and domestic, or Vice versa. Theoretically, this rule should work for the departure, if you have a short dock without going into the city. It is best to check with the airline that has a ticket with a stopover in Ho Chi Minh city before buying them. ...
Hope 1301 22 December, 2019
Good day! Happened force majeure and we will not get a visa to Vietnam and fly for 30 days, the departure is already tomorrow, as it may prolong a visa-free entry when you are there? ...
admin 22 December, 2019

After tightening re-entry without a visa as far as I know it's impossible. But usually visa to Vietnam in advance nobody draws, just makes no sense. It is much easier to obtain them on arrival, and for the Russians it's free, you only need specific support issue. You have enough time, to issue specific support in the urgent order it takes just a couple of hours. In an extreme case, if prior to departure it will not get you will receive on arrival at the airport, and there already find a way to print. ...
Shtender 5 January, 2020
Good day!
Did a single-entry visa Vietnam (not the citizens of the Russian Federation) , flew on 18 December in Bali and now again want to go back to Ho Chi Minh city. (never thought I will want to come again, or they'd have multivisa)
To fly from Bali will be on 30ый day on 16 January, and that means that we are coming to Vietnam on 30ый day. How to be? Is it possible again to apply for a visa? ...
admin 5 January, 2020

As far as I know, no limits for a repeat visa, there is only to re-visit without a visa. Letter apply for and receive on arrival a new visa. ...
Uriii 24 January, 2020
Good day!
Fly to Bali with a stopover in Vietnam. 3 Feb fly from Ho Chi Minh city to Indonesia and back to Ho Chi Minh city arriving on 1 March. In this case, we will need a visa for the trip? ...
admin 24 January, 2020

Hello! If you will be leaving from the international area of the airport both times, before need. Can first time without a visa to leave and on the way back you will need to obtain a visa on arrival. Well, or look at the situation, and immediately on the way there to get a multiple entry visa on arrival, and back to back. For Russians it's free, you only need the visa support in advance. ...
the beautiful Helen 27 January, 2020
Good day! Going on package tour to Vietnam . On 11 nights. Arrival in Cam Ranh. The problem is That the passport is valid less than 6 months. Assured that with the invitation and visa on arrival will not have problems with passport control. Is it really so? They say it is normal practice. Thank you. ...
admin 27 January, 2020

Hello Elena! Says who, a consultant in the travel Agency? They can get written confirmation given to the obligation to return the cost of the tour, if you will not be allowed? I sure didn't.
The problem is that this practice can happen by oversight or ignorance of the guards, but in theory valid for 6 months. This means that you have a chance, that you will not be put aboard at the airport of departure, or plucked on the principle of border guard. If you have a Charter flight, chances are rising, there is probably not much looking at, but if regular flights a/to purchase a tour operator of block places, then the odds not to fly.
Personally, my advice is to apply for a new passport, still do need to be. And if will change, and already bought a tour, don't forget to transfer the new document to the operator. ...