Pursuant to Vietnam Immigration Regulation, foreigners who want to enter Vietnam legally are required to obtain a valid Vietnam Visa. However, not everyone pay well attention to the visa validity. Consequently, foreigners must pay for penalty amount applied for overstaying case if the visa holders do not exit Vietnam or extend the visa by its validity. Hereby, we would like to inform you about several points related to the overstaying case (expired visa).
How serious the expired Vietnam visa can be?
According to the Circular issued by Police Department in 2015 about promulgating visa processing, residence regulations for foreigners in Vietnam, penalty for expire visa can be different due to particular case. The penalty can be ranged from 500.000 VND to more than 5.000.000 VND.
Fines for overstaying and overstay fee in Vietnam?
For those who are overstaying for a few days, the fines will be charged by day;
Penalty will be definitely applied for those who stay in Vietnam more than as stipulated in their visa validity;
For those who intentionally commit repeated offenses for a long time, without respecting for the law, the level of punishment may include administrative penalties, limitation of Vietnamese immigration and enforced deportation.
The amount of fines referred from social networking and informal sources are below:
+ In case of overstaying up to 10 days fine: 1,250,000 VND (55 USD) is a common penalty;
+ In case of overstaying up to 1 month: 4,000,000 VND (175 USD) is a common penalty;
+ In case of overstaying from 1 to 3 months: fines of about 10,000,000 VND (440 USD)
+ In case of overstaying one year: the penalty is more than 16,000,000 VND (700 USD) and forced exit, restrictions on entry and exit and prohibited within the specified period
Overstaying visa can be extended or not?
The immigration authorities take a responsibility to assist the foreigners in Vietnam when they are overstaying. These organizations are extremely helpful and dedicate to assist the travelers. Though, with the strictness of the law, only those who provide honest declaration with a good reason can be considered to support the extension and it is permitted to extend if the violations are not serious.
How to extend the overstaying business visa?
When the visitors, who hold a business visa, are overstayed a sponsor agency is needed to extend the visa. Though, the extension is limited.
If you encounter any problem about overstaying visa, you should immediately contact the visa agency for support. Even, you are in Hanoi, you can send your passport with a visa scan file to our email firstname.lastname@example.org. Then we will try our best in attempt to help you out the overstaying situation.
If you overstay only 1 or two days, it is advisable for you to pay the fine fee yourself to Immigration Officer at Vietnam airport when you leave. The fine fee is around VND 500,000 (equivalent to USD 25). However, this way is not officially legal, and may result in immigration remark in your passport. You can also certainly get vietnam visa extension to avoid paying fine fee at Vietnam airport when leaving, yet the extension takes you a few days more.
In order to prevent from matters related to the overstaying situation, visa holders must pay strict attention on the visa validity. If you want to stay in the country longer your visa’s temporary period, you should contact Vietnam visa agency to arrange visa extension or visa renewal before expiration date. For cases of overstaying, we- visatovietnam – can help you on exiting procedure. However, the longer you overstay, it is more complicated to arrange visa for leaving Vietnam. Validity of the visa must be carefully noticed and the visa holder must comply with the regulation applied on the particular visa type & validity.