Replanning Travel – How Long Does a Vietnam Visa Last?

Vietnam Visa | May 17, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic affected the world faster than most people expected. Due to efforts to stop the spread of the virus, one of the most impacted sectors has been the travel sector. People have canceled their flights, hotels, excursions, and more to stay at home and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Many travelers to Vietnam have found themselves in difficult situations due to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak. For example, some travelers who were already in Vietnam when COVID-19 hit struggled to find a way back home. Other travelers who had not yet started their trip wondered what to do next. 

Common questions regarding the impact of COVID-19 include the status of travelers’ Vietnam visas. In this article, we answer common questions about how travelers to Vietnam can deal with COVID-19 related visa issues. 

Using this time to plan your upcoming trip to Vietnam

Many travelers are unsure when they will be able to visit Vietnam in the future. In addition to questions regarding their visa status, they also are unsure about future travel restrictions and their own time off. While the interruption with COVID-19 is unfortunate, now is a perfect time to plan a new itinerary or adjust a previous itinerary.

Travelers planning to visit Vietnam can check out our Vietnam travel guides and Vietnam travel tips for advice and inspiration. Popular sites in Vietnam include Vietnam’s beautiful beaches and locations with stunning scenery, such as Halong Bay and Mỹ Sơn. For additional information on traveling to Vietnam, check out our post on the best time to visit Vietnam and our guide on the cost of a Vietnam vacation. Remember, the COVID-19 crisis is only temporary, and soon, tourism in Vietnam will be back to normal.

Is my Vietnam visa valid?

People who have had to cancel their trip to Vietnam may be wondering how long their visa lasts. The answer depends on the traveler’s listed arrival and departure dates. A traveler can enter the country on or after their submitted arrival date and up until their provided departure date. For example, if a traveler listed May 15th, 2020, as their intended arrival date and June 5th, 2020, as their intended departure date, they could arrive in Vietnam anytime before June 5th, 2020.

Many travelers needed to delay their plans for more than a month, and since tourist visas to Vietnam are between 15-30 days, these travelers no longer have valid visas.

Can I apply for a visa to Vietnam during the COVID-19 crisis?

Vietnam has temporarily suspended new visas for foreign nationals due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This temporary suspension includes visas on arrival at international airports. Travelers who wish to apply for a new visa for a future trip to Vietnam should check with their consulate for updates on Vietnam’s travel restrictions for their respective country. As the situation with COVID-19  is quite fluid, rules and regulations concerning COVID-19 impacted travel are constantly changing.

Can I reapply for a Vietnam visa if I had to cancel travel plans and my visa expired?

You can reapply for a Vietnam visa, just not at the moment. As mentioned, Vietnam has temporarily suspended new visas. However, this suspension is only temporary and will be lifted soon. Once Vietnam begins issuing visas for foreign nationals, you can reapply for a Vietnam visa for a rescheduled trip. While having to reapply is not ideal, know that you are not alone! Many travellers have had to cancel or reschedule travel plans due to COVID-19, and we are here to help travelers navigate the reapplication process. 

If I have a valid visa, can I still take my trip to Vietnam?

Travelers with valid visas can still take their trip to Vietnam. However, these travelers will have to undergo health screenings and a quarantine period of 14 days. For many travelers, Vietnam’s quarantine period is longer than the length of their intended stay in Vietnam, and traveling to Vietnam may not make sense until the government lifts quarantine restrictions.

Also, those who still intend to travel to Vietnam should be aware of the country’s current COVID-19 social distancing rules. At the time of writing this article, the government has prohibited gatherings of more than 30 people, and bars, clubs, and karaoke bars must remain closed. The opening status of popular tourism sites varies, and tourists should check the operating status of each site in their itinerary.

What should I do if I am currently in Vietnam and my visa expired?

Some travelers in Vietnam have overstayed their visa dates, as they have been subject to flight cancellations and changes associated with Vietnam’s coronavirus response. To help travelers in this situation, travelers can apply for penalty waivers for overstaying their visas. These waivers are only for travelers who have overstayed their visas for less than ten days and have a valid reason for their overstay.

Travelers who are currently in Vietnam on a non-expired tourist visa can apply for a visa extension. Typically, visa extensions for COVID-19 related circumstances are for 30-days, and the Vietnam government deals with visa extensions on a case-by-case basis. If the traveler is successful in extending their Vietnam visa, the traveler will need to pay a visa extension fee.

Whom can I contact to help with my Vietnam visa?

During this COVID-19 public health crisis, rules and regulations are continually changing, and many travelers receive conflicting advice. To get help with visa-related issues, including applying for a Vietnam visa, extending a visa, and dealing with expired visas, travelers can contact our team at Vietnam Visa directly at (+84) 832 320 320. We are open between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM (GMT +7). Travelers can also contact our team via our support email (support@vietnamvisa.govt.vn). 

We also encourage travelers to contact their country’s embassy or consulate in Vietnam. The traveler’s embassy or consulate can help with rules and regulations that are specific to the traveler’s home country.