What Happens If You Overstay Your Visa in Vietnam

Thanks to the current pandemic and the recent visa policies, many foreigners in Vietnam are unable to renew their current visas so leaving the country becomes their only option. However, for those thinking in overstaying we advice you to think twice as this is certainly a bad idea. Penalties can range from fines & blacklisting to deportation. In some cases, you won’t even be able to return to Vietnam in the future.

As heartbreaking as it might be for some, to avoid any issues, we advice you to depart the country while you are still holding an active visa.

So what are the consequences of overstaying?

It will vary depending on the type of visa and the length of days you’ve overstayed. A fine between 500,000 – 5,000,000 VND is the most standard scenario, however much worst penalties can occur.

Fees:

Within 10 days from Visa Expiration Date: 1,250,000 VND

Within 30 days from Visa Expiration Date: 4,000,000 VND

Between 30 and 90 Days from Visa Expiration Date: 10,000,000 VND

More than 1 year from Visa Expiration Date: 16,000,000 VND + Deportation + Blacklisted + Forbidden to return to the country

Can you extend your latest visa after its expiration date?

If you have overstayed your visa for just a few days and have a “valid” excuse, then extending your latest visa is still a possibility. However, for those who have overstayed for a longer period this scenario is not possible. In order to leave the country once your visa is expired you must apply for an exit visa.

What is an exit Visa?

An exit visa is a travel document that every foreigner must get in order to leave the country in case they have overstayed their visa or lost/damage their passport. It usually has a validity of 10 days and it takes around 5 working days to receive it once all requiered documentations have been submitted.

The purpose of the article is purely informative. For more information please contact certified immigration agencies.

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