Friday, October 12, 2012

Visa Extensions Anytime Anywhere

The Vietnamese government allows visitors on a visitor's visa to stay up to 90 days. Before time is up you must renew your visa, which you can do a total of 3 times, giving you basically a whole year in Vietnam. Many people, especially those with 5 year exemption visas prefer to travel over the border to Cambodia to obtain a brand new visa. The cost of this would be a minimum of $200 including the round trip and accommodations. For those who have no business in Cambodia or are in a town quite far from the border such as Nha Trang, another option is to use a visa renewal service, usually through a travel agent. There are two that I recommend. The first is Jungle Travel on the corner of Trần Quang Khải (trung wang kai) and Nguyễn Thiện Thuật (ween teen twuck). Cost is $45 for renewing a brand new visa up to 3 times. After that, it costs $100 for a month long renewal on a visa that has already been renewed 3 times. The other option is Viet Dragon Travel on Hoàng Hoa Thám (hawong wah tam). This service costs $55 per renewal. If you have renewed your visa 3 times, the cost for a 3 month renewal is $85. The better option is a new 3 month visa for $105. This new visa has more restrictions than a brand spanking new Cambodia one, as you should only do the next 3 renewals at Viet Dragon since Jungle Travel will not be able to handle it without digging deep into their connections. Of course you can also do the 3 renewals at the local police and office of Foreign Affairs on Lý Tự Trọng (lee too trom) which only costs $10. This is only available to those who have a local home-owning sponsor. Hotels and Guest Houses will not be able to help you with this. With these methods I have managed to stay in Vietnam for 3.5 years straight without going to Cambodia. Jungle Travel Nha Trang

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