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Urgent Vietnam visa question

Posted by sirknigget on 19/2/2014 at 04:34

A few days ago I gave my passport to an agency in Kampot, Cambodia, in order to get a 30-day Vietnam visa valid from 23/2/2014 (the date I wish to enter).
Today I came to get my passport back, and when I checked the visa stamp, I saw that the validity dates are 18/2-17/3 - which is clearly not what I asked for - it reduced my stay time by 5 days.

After some arguing and demanding a partial refund (because I'll need to do visa extension in order to stay 1 month as planned), the lady called another agent, who explained to me in very fluent English that my Vietnam visa will start ticking from the day of actual entry - not from the day of validity written on the stamp.
That raised my suspicion, because it clearly negated everything I've read on the internet - that you can only stay in Vietnam between the visa validity dates. According to what she said, I can freely enter Vietnam in the next month or so, and get full 30 days from the moment of entry.

So the question is, is she bullshitting me, or that's how it actually works?
If what she said is wrong, I'll need some solid documentation about visa validity, so I can show her and demand a refund.
(I have a receipt for their service stating my requested date of entry - 23/2 - so I have a very solid base for demanding a refund).

Thanks ahead,

#1 sirknigget has been a member since 19/2/2014. Posts: 1

Posted by somtam2000 on 19/2/2014 at 07:06 admin

I'm not 100% on this, but I thought the validity dates on a Vn visa related to the period within which you could enter -- not how long you have in country. So if it is a one month visa you should get 1 month entry as long as you enter within the specified period.

I'm not 100% on this though and I don't have my passport with me so can't check the stamps sorry!

Perhaps someone else can chime in.

Worst case you have to extend it in country.

#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 8,062

Posted by daawgon on 19/2/2014 at 13:23

If your visa has the dates 18/2-17/3 on it, you must leave by 17/3 or be in violation. You can get an extension while in country - it will not be free, however.

#3 daawgon has been a member since 17/4/2007. Location: Vietnam. Posts: 1,159

Posted by Grunberg on 5/3/2014 at 22:49

You are entitled to enter Vietnam on the date noted on Visa or after that date but not before and exit on the date 17 Mar. If you wanna stay longer, you should extend visa when you are in Vietnam.

#4 Grunberg has been a member since 3/3/2014. Posts: 20

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