Updating about Phu Quoc Visa Exemption, Requirements & Extensions

Having been a beautiful paradise for leisure travelers, Phu Quoc Island is welcomed by locals as well as foreigners thanks to its beauty fringed with white-sand beaches and large tracts cloaked in dense, tropical jungle. Vietnam Government has passed convenient rule for foreigners coming to Phu Quoc island.

Planning to any other countries always requires foreigners to research about visa, immigration rule and culture and so does Vietnam. If you intend to visit this “Pearl Island”, let’s spend 5 minutes to read through this article, as we tell you all about Vietnam visa for Phu Quoc island, including exemption, requirements and extension.

Do foreigners need Vietnam visa to visit Phu Quoc Island?

According to Vietnam visa rule, foreigners need to hold Vietnam visa if their country is not in Vietnam visa exemption.

In case you have another destination before going to Phu Quoc, you should apply for visa as usual. In case your first destination in Vietnam is this island, we are happy to confirm that, all nationalities are eligible for a 30-day Vietnam visa exemption. That means no matter you are a foreigner or a Vietnamese holding foreign passport, you don’t need Vietnam visa if your stay in Phu Quoc no more than 30 days.

What are requirements for foreigners to get Phu Quoc visa Exemption?

Process to enter Phu Quoc without Vietnam visa, tourists have to meet the following requirements:

  • Your current passport must have 6 months of validity since your arrival date. If not, we advise you to renew passport prior taking the trip to Phu Quoc.

  • You need travel by plane to Phu Quoc from an international country to Phu Quoc international Airport. This applies to direct, indirect and layover flights, where your final destination along the route is Phu Quoc. The onward destination could be any country, except Vietnam.

  • You can just stay in Phu Quoc less than 30 days and the proof that you will be leaving Phu Quoc Island within 30 days (return airplane ticket, cruise ship departure date, etc.) must be shown so as to be granted Vietnam visa exemption stamp.

  • You have not been extradited from Vietnam in the past.

  • You are not on the wanted person list of Interpol.

  • You travel to Phu Quoc by sea (ship or cruise) or by air (airplane), not by land border.

How to get Vietnam visa from Phu Quoc Island?

After visiting Phu Quoc Island, in case you want to travel other destination in Vietnam or you want to stay in this island for a period of more than 30 days, you must apply for Vietnam visa.

Applying for Vietnam visa in Vietnam Embassy

 

Before departure, foreigners need to get Vietnam visa at a Vietnam embassy/ Vietnam consulate in their country for the whole trip, this is the traditional way and also known as pre-arranged visa.

To obtain visa via this way, visitors must contact Vietnam Embassy for detailed guideline about what documents to prepare, what the procedure is and how long it takes to get visa. Foreigners need to come personally to embassy twice: once to apply required documents and once to pick up the visa.

Applying Vietnam visa on arrival in Phu Quoc

Instead of coming directly to Vietnam Embassy to apply Vietnam visa, there is another way which takes you less time than the traditional one. It requires foreigners neither documents nor go anywhere for visa application, just staying at home and submit via internet-access device.

By using visa on arrival Vietnam, the Tuvalu travelers do not need to wait too long to get the approval letter, an official document issued by Vietnam Immigration Department giving permission to get the visa upon arrival.

Vietnam visa on Arrival allows applicants to apply anytime no matter where they are and what their nationalities are.

How to apply for Vietnam visa on arrival?

Vietnam visa approval letter

  • Step 1: Fill out the apply Vietnam visa on arrival form online with your personal information and kind of visa you want to apply.

  • Step 2: Make online payment by Credit card via PayPal. After finishing to make payment, you immediately receive an email informing about your order with detailed information. Your job is to wait for the result. It takes about 2 working days for basic services or faster if you choose urgent services.

  • Step 3: Receive Approval letter which helps you when you get in airplane and it’s required to show at “Landing Visa” or “Visa Upon Arrival” office for picking up your visa.

  • Step 4: On arrival at your destination airport, you are required to submit your visa approval letter + passport + Vietnamese visa application form, then waiting to be called for paying the visa stamping fee to get your visa.

Vietnam visa extension in Phu Quoc

In case you are in Phu Quoc and your visa is expired, what can you do? Luckily, you can extend your Vietnam visa via the majority of travel agency. We suggest that you should let the visa agent that make visa on arrival for you. It takes you for about 12 working days as your passport need to be taken back to Ho Chi Minh city for this processing.

When your Vietnam visa has been extended, you can choose: get the passport in Ho Chi Minh city by traveling there or get it at the travel agent, they will ship it back to Phu Quoc to return you.

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