Understanding Vietnam visa entry / exit date and validity period

The visa exit date is the date by which you must leave Vietnam. For an e-visa, it is normally 30 days from the date of entry stated on the e-visa.

What is the visa validity period?

Visa validity period is a specified period of time in which visa holders are allowed to temporarily reside, travel, and enter or exit Vietnam. The validity period is clearly written on the visa document or on the immigration stamp affixed by the airport authorities.

A 3 month visa on arrival stamp at Vietnam airport which was valid from 24 July to 24 October.

How long is the validity period of Vietnam visa?

Depending on the type and purpose, a visa for Vietnam usually lasts for 30 days:

  1. Tourist visa - Granted to tourists visiting Vietnam with a maximum validity of 3 months (90 days) but can only stay temporarily for a maximum of 1 month (30 days) each time.

  2. Business visa - Usually valid for 3 months (90 days), granted to foreigners entering Vietnam for conferences or other business activities.

What is Vietnamese date format?

The format is usually dd/mm/yyyy, for example, May 11th, 2023 would be written as 11/05/2023.

Vietnam e-visa entry and exit date

On an e-visa, the entry and exit date is written in Vietnamese right under your passport number as follows:

  • THỊ THỰC CÓ GIÁ TRỊ MỘT LẦN, TỪ NGÀY 12/05/2023 (Good for single entry valid from)
  • ĐẾN NGÀY 11/06/2023 (until)

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Anna Anousaya
United States

Hi, I’m entering Vietnam on June 20th but my Visa is granted June 19th. Is it okay to enter 1 day after?

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@Anna Anousaya, yes, that is fine. You can arrive on June 20th without any problems.

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Karen Banks
Australia

We applied and received our e visas for Vietnam. I put on the application the dates of our arrival ..May 31st and departure..July 6th .... But the visa says good for entry valid from 31st May until 29 th June single entry. Does this mean we can arrive between the 31st May and 29 th June or do we have to exit by the 29 th June? I also was under the impression the visa was good for 90 days...Can you please clarify.thank you.We are coming from Australia.

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@Karen Banks, the e-Visa will be valid from the entry and exit dates you choose on the application form. In this case, you may have chosen May 31 to June 29, which is why it was issued for that period. If you want to stay longer, you can reapply with new dates or exit on or before June 29 as indicated.

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Deegan Lambert
United States

I'm won't be in Vietnam until September. How far out can you apply for a visa? Say I get it in June, Does it start when I get in the country or when I get the visa?

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@Deegan Lambert, you can apply for an e-visa anytime you wish. The validity of the e-visa will begin from the date you select on the application form, not from the date of application or the date you enter Vietnam.

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Ravi Shah
India

We were supposed to arrive vietnam on the 22nd of March, hence we applied for a visa which was starting from 22nd March, however our flight was preponed to 20th March as the airline cancelled the flight, and now we are slated to arrive on March 21, but our visa starts from 22nd March. There is not enough time to reapply for a visa. Can we still travel ?

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@Ravi Shah, it is advised that you contact the airline to see if they allow you to use the e-visa for entry on 21 March, as there may not be a problem at the Vietnam airport for arriving one day earlier.

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Kritika Gumber
India

Hi, I got my visa valid from 5th April 2024. Although I'm travelling on 4th April 2024 from Delhi, India through VietJet Airline. But, I will arrive in Hanoi on 5th April, 2024. Is my visa still valid?

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@Kritika Gumber, Yes, as long as you arrive on the 5th of April, it will be fine, even though you depart on the 4th of April. Please note that the visa's validity starts from the date of arrival, not the flight date.

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Pedro Miranda
Brazil

Me and my husband's e-visa to Vietnam was issued today, but we've noted that the document is not showing the entry/exit point. There is no information/field for that. We are sure that we've fulfilled the form correctly, so, we're wondering if (i) the e-visa is not showing such information anymore; or (ii) the e-visa was incorrectly issued. We're worried because most of the websites are indicating that we can only entry and exit thorough the entry/exit port indicated in the visa - but, in our case, there is no such information Do you know what may have happened? is it normal, or the e-visa is incorrect?

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@Pedro Miranda, The new e-visa format, effective August 2023, will not indicate the port of entry or exit. You are eligible to use it for entry and exit at the following ports:

https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/documents/20181/117155/List-of-evisa-port.pdf/c774e24b-1ab8-4fb6-9ac1-dcdfaccecf8e

 

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Chau Nguyen
Australia

I apply e visa from 16/3/24- 3/4/24 Somehow I got the visa put the wrong date of the exit is 2/4/24 What can I do now ?

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@Chau Nguyen, it is not possible to amend the current e-visa. Therefore, it is advised that you exit the country before the expiry date or apply for a new visa with a date reflecting your updated travel plan.

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Paul Moore
Australia

we are UK passport holders. we are stying in vietnam for two nights when travelling Sydney London. We are doing the same thing when returning London Sydney. that will be 29 days later. Is that allowed?

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Hello Paul Moore,

Yes, that is correct. You can stay for up to 45 days without a visa using your UK passport, and you may enter and exit as many times as you wish.

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JOSE VELASQUEZ
Venezuela

Hello, I got a multiple entry e-visa for a cruise trip, with the entry seaport correct but the exit seaport is not correct. Do I have to re-apply for a visa?, or because is a multiple-entry visa shouldn't be a problem?. Thanks in advanced for your answer

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@Jose, Yes, that would not be a problem with the multiple entry visa as you can enter/exit Vietnam for multiple times within a given period.

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Tobias
Argentina

after my 90 days , how long do i need to be away to be able to come back for another 90 days?

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@Tobias, once you exit Vietnam, you can immediately apply for a new 3-month visa to re-enter the country; no wait time is required.

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Elric Rodrigues
Australia

We are from Australia. We applied Evisa from 26 Jan to 16 Feb 2024. But our flight was rescheduled till 17 Feb 2024. Our E visa is good for single entry from 26 Jan to 16 Feb 2024. It is okay to leave one day later? Thank you!

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In most cases, it is acceptable to leave Vietnam one day after your visa's expiry date. However, please be aware that this could result in a fine for overstaying and potentially cause complications with future visa applications. Therefore, we strongly recommend exiting on or before the visa expiry date, if possible.

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David Kouwenberg
Netherlands

Does until the 17th of January mean I have to leave Vietnam on the 16th or is the 17th my exit date?

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@David Kouwenberg, the expiry date is the last day you are allowed to stay in Vietnam. Therefore, you are advised to leave on or before that date.

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Al z
United States

I entered the incorrect exit date on my eVisa application. My flight out of Vietnam is 1 day after the exit date on my eVisa. Will I be allowed to exit the country one day after my visa expires?

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From what our guests have experienced, exiting Vietnam a day after their visa's expiry date has generally not posed any issues. However, please be aware that in a worst-case scenario, overstaying could result in a fine of 500,000 VND per day.

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Thaddeus Bara
United States

I am entering Vietnam on 1/28 with an eVisa then joining a tour that leaves Vietnam 3 days later. 20 days later I return to Vietnam but entering in Hanoi. Is there a minimum length of time between two single entry eVisas? I looked at a Multiple Entry eVisa but that seems to limit me to just one port of entry (the regular Multiple Entry eVisa does not).

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@Thaddeus Bara, there is no mandatory waiting period between two single-entry visas for Vietnam. Once you exit the country, you can immediately apply for a new visa.

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Greg A
Australia

When you submit a visa appliaction, does a Vietnamese tourist visa expire after 30 days from your stated entry date, or does it expire after your stated exit date (which could be less than 30 days)?

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Hello, it will be valid from the entry date you stated and will expire on the exit date you declared on the application form.

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Vincent Delatri
Canada

My exit day is one day before my exit on the e visa (23 days) should I make another one ? Or is there something I can do to fix it?

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Hello, yes, we recommend that you apply for a new visa reflecting your updated exit date to avoid any issues during your entry/exit in Vietnam.

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Mirela
Romania

if my visa is shorter 1 day than my stay, can i extend the visa online?

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Hello, if you leave Vietnam just one day after your visa expiry date, you can proceed directly to the airport. However, please note that in some cases, there may be a fine for the overstay, approximately 500,000 VND/day.

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Robert
Canada

My visa expires on Feb 29. Can I stay until 2100 hrs on the 29th?

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Yes, that is fine; the 29th of February is the last day you can stay in Vietnam. Therefore, there is no problem if your flight is at 21:00.

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dian tong
United States

the visa starting date is the date of applying? or your traveling date?

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@dian tong, It is valid from the date that you fill in the application form when applying for an e-visa.

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Neve Atkins
Australia

hi i’m entering vietnam on the 6th for a day layover and will be returning later that day. my visa expires on the 6th can i still enter the country/ leave the airport?

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@Neve Atkins, the expiry date is the last day you can enter Vietnam. However, we are not sure if you will be able to use that visa, as immigration officers will require proof of outward travel, etc.

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Hassan Iyaaz
Maldives

Hello, I have missed the flight from KL to Ho Chi Minh City. I will be able to travel 1/2 days. My visa is grom 13th nov to 13cot. I will be available to travel on 14th bov or 15th nov but not in the exact date (wich is 13th nov) do I have to get a new visa?

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You can travel anytime before your visa expiry date; there is no problem with entering Vietnam 1-2 days later than the entry date stated on the visa.

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Niamh
New Zealand

I've just received my e-visa and have realised I leave Vietnam the day after the exit date on my visa. Do I need to reapply for a visa or can I somehow change it or will it be ok since I'll be in Vietnam for less than 30 days?

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@Niamh, The exit date on the visa is the last day you are permitted to stay in Vietnam; therefore, if you wish to stay longer or beyond the expiry date, we advise that you apply for a new visa reflecting your new dates of arrival and departure.

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Kyle
Canada

My girlfriend and I planned to go to Vietnam from oct 23 to nov 4th, so I got a single entry visa (valid from oct 25 to nov 25) Unfortunately we had to postpone our trip due to some delays in my girlfriend travel documents. We might have to change our arrival in Vietnam until the end of November. Is there any way I can ask for an extension? Or I need to apply for another visa.

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@Kyle, Unfortunately, it is not possible to extend or amend the date on the issued visa. It is advised that you apply for a new one reflecting your new travel dates.

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Tjasa
Slovenia

Hi. Is there a way to find out which entry point was given in the application form? As it seems, this information is not written on the e-visa itself - or maybe i am missing something?

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@Tjasa, The port of entry and exit will not be written on the new e-visa format. Therefore, you can use it at any of the eligible ports of entry and exit.

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Gary rolls
Australia

My wife applied for our evisa at different times (couple of days different) she is a bank manager and pretty good with numbers, and on both visas we received the departure date is one day earlier than requested, cannot get any answer from evisa do you think this will be a problem, thanks for any advice you can give

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@Gary rolls, There is no issue with the visa being issued one day earlier than requested; you can still arrive on your planned date.

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Brittny Castillo
United States

I applied and was granted visa's for both my parents and myself, however, they got approved for longer times? Our trip is from Nov 23 to Dec 3rd and their expiry dates are January 7th but mine is December 1st - making me need a 2 day extension. Does anyone have any tips/advice or insight on how I should handle this? All applications stated January 7th as the desired expiration because I knew we were going to leave before mid-December and I created a buffer just in case - not sure what happened with my application but I am concerned. I've emailed visa support but have been unsuccessful at getting an answer.

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@Brittny Castillo, The e-visa is issued based on the information provided in your application form. Therefore, we believe you may have entered the incorrect exit date on your visa application. We advise you to wait for a response from our support team or to apply for a new visa with the correct arrival and exit dates.

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Rick
United States

I am granted an evisa until november 16th. My flight was supposed to leave earlier that day, but is rescheduled until just before midnight. Is it good enough if i make sure that i check in well in advance, or is the visa exit check just before boarding (so i'm sort of illegal if the flight is delayed into the new day)?

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@Rick, You can enter Vietnam one day earlier than the visa's date, but please confirm with the airline if they accept this arrangement. If not, you may need to reapply for a new visa with an adjusted arrival date.

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Bonnie Kwong
Canada

I applied my entry date on October 8, 2023 and valid for 30 days. Can I entry Vietnam on Oct 12 instead Oct 8?

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@Bonnie Kwong, Yes, you can arrive later than the date specified on the visa, however, you still need to exit Vietnam before the expiry date.

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Billy
Canada

I incorrectly entered my exit date as Oct 16, but my flight out of Vietnam is on the 17. How do I fix the evisa or do I have to apply for a new one? My flight to Vietnam is on the 27.

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@Billy, There may not be sufficient time to apply for a new visa if your arrival date is tomorrow. In general, exiting one day later than the visa's specified date is acceptable, but please be aware that there could be a fine of 500,000 VND for overstaying if it is enforced.

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Faizur
India

Hello, I wish to come Vietnam, and wish to have my entry point at Ho Chi Minh City and Exit from Da Nang Airport. I hope no problem of entry and exit airport is different. Also it is mandatory to mention Entry and Exit Airport in the Visa?

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@Faizur, That's perfectly fine; you can enter Vietnam through HCMC and exit through Da Nang airport without any problems.

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Chinmay
India

Hello, i would like to know the ĐẾN NGÀY 11/06/2023 (until) Is the last date to enter Vietnam or is it last date to exit Vietnam. Also if I would like to exit Vietnam after date of expiry, what options do I have to renew the visa or extend it?

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@Chinmay, Leaving the country after the visa expiry date will be considered as 'overstaying a visa,' resulting in potential fines and impacting future visits. It is advised that you extend your visa 1-2 weeks before it expires if you wish to prolong your stay.

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National Park Lover
United States

I entered my intended entry and exit dates for a 9 day trip, and expected the standard 30 day visa duration for tourism. However, they ended up giving me just 15 days. Is that normal? How could I extend the visa if I decide to stay longer? Should I have set the end date to 30 days from the start date to get the full 30 day duration?

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@National Park Lover, The visa is issued based on the entry and exit date you provide in the form. If you intend to stay in Vietnam for a full 30 days, you can select entry and exit dates spanning the entire 30-day period, even if you exit before the visa's expiry date.

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Gail Lockey
United Kingdom

If I enter Vietnam then go to Hong Kong, can I re-enter Vietnam a few days later on the same visa?

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@Gail Lockey, If your visa is a single-entry, you can only use it for one-time entry only and cannot use it again for entry from Hong Kong to Vietnam.

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Patrick Egan
Australia

Does the 30 day visa expire 30 days from purchase or 30 days from arrival in Vietnam?

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@Patrick Egan, The e-visa will be valid from the date that you choose on the form, not from the date that you submit your application or the date that you actually arrive in Vietnam.

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Alice Jones
United Kingdom

Hello, I have two questions. 1) Can I leave before the stated end date of my visa? 2) I've listed my exit point as Noi Bai airport - can I still exit out of any of the approved checkpoints or does it have to be Noi Bai on the end date of my visa? Thanks!

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@Alice Jones, That is fine. You can exit at any of the listed ports of entry/exit; it is not required to exit from the exact port of entry that you registered on the visa.

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Alison kay
Australia

Can I buy exit flight once in Vietnam?

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@Alison kay, Yes, that is fine. You can book your flight or outward travel when you are in Vietnam!

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Kylee Oldroyd-Rangi
New Zealand

Hi there If I’m organising my visa today for a trip on the 1st July entering Vietnam then does my visa start from day of purchase or 30days starting 1st July

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@Kylee Oldroyd-Rangi, Your visa will be valid from the date you choose on the application form, for example 01 July 2023 to 01 August 2023.

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thomas murray
Australia

Do you have to leave the day before the expiry date or on the expiry date of your Vietnamese visa!

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@thomas murray, You can exit Vietnam on the exact date stated on the visa. For example, if the visa indicates an expiry date of 15 June, you can leave on 15 June without any issues.

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Donna Hoffman
United States

If I enter Vietnam on 3/27/2024 what is the last date I have to be on a plane out of the country? Not clear for a one month or 30 days Visa. Thank you.

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@Donna Hoffman, For a 30 day e-visa, the last date you can stay in Vietnam would be 4/26/2024.

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Carmen Soo
United States

I will be visiting Vietnam next month, flying into Hanoi on June 15, 2023. For now, I plan on flying out of Phu Quoc on July 1, 2023. However, I may end up extending my stay and leaving as late as July 4, 2023. The evisa webiste asks for my intended departure date and exit checkpoint. However, at this point I'm not 100% sure when I'll leave and out of which checkpoint. If I just apply for the visa now entering Phu Quoc on Jul 1, 2023 as my exit date, will I have to apply for another visa if I choose to stay longer until July 4, 2023 and maybe exit from another checkpoint?

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@Carmen Soo, In this case, we advise you to choose June 15, 2023 as your entry date into Hanoi and July 14, 2023 as your exit date from Phu Quoc. This will cover your whole stay in Vietnam, even if you want to extend your travel beyond July 4th.

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