We want to renew our visas for a 4th month (I know we should have got the 6 month visa, but at the time china was our plan and that is virtually impossible now).
A guy in Hoi An quoted us $100, this seems excessive to me - any thoughts or recommendations on a good agent in Hoi An or Danang would be appreciated.
#1 mabrock71 has been a member since 23/4/2008. Posts: 2
Seems high - most likely because you are in Hoi An. The nearest Immigration Office is in DA NANG **BUT** you cannot apply in person as they don't know how to ask you for 'tea money' (bribe) which is usually USD$20.
You have to apply through a Travel Agency - if you actually went to the Immigartion Office in Da Nang they would give you the addresses of *their* favoured Travel Agents.
Do NOT use a hotel - every set of hands our application passes through costs extra money!
Tourist visas, regardless of length, can only be extended TWICE. You might have to do a border run to Laos. The Laotian Consul is in Da Nang. You will have to get your new visa in Laos.
#3 CatBa2 has been a member since 6/11/2007. Posts: 53
There is an official office in Hoi An for visa renewals. Its locaated near the Japanese Bridge and is where all the agencies take your visas to extend them. The price of an extension is $20. Hoi An is a nightmare for extensions, remember the country is basically cut in three so for more complicated extensions - like the fourth its more complicated to get an extension especially if your original point of entry was Da Nang.
Travel agents here will charge anything from $120 for a three month visa (it actually costs $10++) and after 3 renewals you usually have to leave Vietnam which as far as I understand you don't need to do in Saigon or Ha Noi.
The best agent to go to for advice on whether it is possible to renew your visa at this stage is Mr Hung on Tran Hung Dao St - he has an office at the side of Kimmy's. He's a good egg and will let you know your options. Good luck and perhaps if you manage to get this done here you could post an update for other travellers as sadly the rules here change so frequently there is a real lack of online information.