January 27, 2021
Vietnam Immigration

How To Get Visa Extended and Renewed in Hoa Binh

If you’re heading to Vietnam to trek, you might want to check out the Province of Hoa Binh. This mountainous province is located in the Northwest region of the country and famous for its 18-km hiking trail that starts from Lac village in Mai Chau towards the mountain pass and into the White Thai tribal territory of Xa Linh village, where the Hmong people live. It’s the perfect destination for those who love both culture and adventure.

The best way to fully immerse in the local culture is to live in the province for a few days. If you’re worried about your visa expiring soon, then your best option is to get it extended or renewed. To do this, you just need to visit the Vietnam Immigration Office in Hoa Binh located in Phuong Lam Ward in Hoa Binh City.

Hoa Binh Immigration Office

How to Apply for a Visa Extension in Hoa Binh

For tourists who are holding a tourist visa that is about to expire soon, you can request a visa extension if you wanted to lengthen your stay in the country. Applying for the Vietnam visa extension is easy. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to the Vietnam Immigration Office in Hoa Binh and make sure you bring your passport as well as your visa. Fill out the NA5 form with your details. You can download the form online and print it so you can fill out the form in advance.
  2. After you have filled out the form, submit this to the staff at the Vietnam Immigration Office. You must also give them your passport. Sometimes, the office would require you to submit additional requirements. Make sure you accomplish these requirements so they can start processing your visa extension request.
  3. The Vietnam Immigration Office will call you after 3 to 5 business days. If your request is approved, they will ask you to claim your passport so you can go out of Vietnam before your visa expires. When you re-enter, you can show proof at the border that your visa has been extended. That way, they will stamp your passport for re-entry.

How To Get Visa Renewal in Hoa Binh

Girl with Vietnam Visa

The visa extension is ideal for foreigners who are holding tourist visas that are only valid for a certain period, such as 30 days or 60 days. But for foreigners who are exempted from the Vietnam visa but can only stay in the country for a limited time, the visa renewal is their best option. With this option, Vietnam Immigration will issue you a new visa that will allow you to stay in Vietnam for a longer time. Here’s how to do this.

  1. Visit the Vietnam Immigration Office in Hoa Binh and make sure you bring your passport with you. At the office, fill out the form to request a visa renewal. Make sure you fill out the form correctly.
  2. When you’re done, submit the form along with your passport. It should take about 3 to 5 days for them to process your visa renewal request. Once it is approved, they will call you to claim your passport from the Vietnam Immigration Office.
  3. Once you receive your passport, double-check to make sure that the passport has the new visa to it. Check the validity of the new visa and make sure you go out of Vietnam before the visa expires.

What’s great about the visa renewal is that you will no longer have to go through the hassles of exiting the country. You will also be given an option to choose between the single entry and multiple entries for your new visa. Since a new visa will be issued, the processing cost of the visa renewal is more expensive compared to the visa extension.

Hire a Local Agency to Assist you with your Visa Renewal or Extension

If you want an easier way of applying for a visa extension or renewal, consider using the services of an agency in Vietnam. You can find them online, and they aim to assist foreigners with all their immigration-related concerns including applying for visas. They can also help you if you want to extend your stay in the country by processing a visa extension or renewal. If you will hire them,  they will coordinate with the Vietnam Immigration Office in Hoa Binh for the processing of your visa extension or renewal.

Another great thing about using the services of the agency is that they can explain the difference between visa extension and renewal, and will recommend the best option depending on your situation. If there are any issues with your visa extension or renewal request, the agency can coordinate with the Vietnam Immigration Office to resolve these issues and ensure that your application will be approved.

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