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 November 13, 2018

Hello Tatiana! Well, how can not find, clearly stated that the requirement of 30 days only applies to visa-free entry visa will drive without problems ...
mimozzza 17 December, 2018
Please tell me how to act. I have Ukrainian citizenship. Arrive on a direct flight to Phu Quoc from China. But going to fly from Ho Chi Minh city to Moscow. The right thing to do is to apply for a visa on arrival from Fukuoka or already on arrival in Ho Chi Minh city? ...
admin 18 December, 2018

Not quite sure how you could apply for a visa on arrival in Ho Chi Minh city, if you fly directly to Phu Quoc? So if you do not mistake in the question then the only option is to apply for a visa on arrival in Fukuoka. ...
Anastasiades 20 December, 2018
Hello! will be able to tell - what are the rules for import and export of animal that is in Fukuoka? the Embassy said only that "we need the usual help", but at the check out also need the permission of the veterinary service. how to know there is such on the island or no? and is it possible to fly with the dog and fly with her back directly over the airport Fuyuka? Thank you!! ...
mimozzza 26 December, 2018

The fact that on Phu Quoc visa-free entrance of the same, but under the condition of departure from thence on a direct flight to another country. Right? I'm from Fukuoka will fly first in Ho Chi Minh city, there to do the transplant and then in another country. Do I understand correctly that in this case I have to open the visa ? Even though Phu Quoc in Ho Chi Minh city but still need? And if the answer is Yes, then do I need now to prepare the invitation? ...
admin December 26, 2018

I wrote to you already that you will be able to apply for a visa only upon arrival at Phu Quoc island. In Ho Chi Minh city you will not be able to issue, because you arrive on Phu Quoc island. And Yes, visa will have to do in this case, otherwise you just for your domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh city with Phu Quoc jail. And of course you need an invitation, otherwise the visa not you. ...
January 3, 2019
"27 December 2018, 21:13
Hello. I get 15 days instead of 18. At the entrance tried to explain to the border guard, back after 17 days but in English he did not understand ((. And does the airport have somewhere Board with official size of the fines in days? If it's $ 10 a day, as they say, it is tolerated. Well, not to get a divorce. And how raisovna to do a domestic flight in Vietnam on the 16th day? ...
admin January 3, 2019

Well, just let the guard, then OK, everything else is solved.
Board with official size of fines has never seen, though I do have pictures to look at, maybe where they are simply forgotten. What about the internal flights, here's how always as lucky. Passport you will have to watch at check-in and boarding several times, and will climb up anyone in mind to check your dates, it's who knows. ...
Xue 9 January, 2019
Tell me, do I need a Visa for Colombians ? Or the same way as for Ukrainians, is just a stamp in passport on arrival?)) ...
admin January 9, 2019

You have the wrong information, citizens of Ukraine can not get the stamp on arrival, they must obtain a visa. You probably confused the Ukraine and Russia. As far as I know, citizens of Colombia must obtain a visa. ...

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