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My visa in Vietnam expires May 1st, can I buy a plane ticket to fly out of Vietnam on May 1st or do I need to leave the day before expiration? I found one forum entry where a person said a visa is valid until midnight on the day of expiration, meaning it would be okay if I leave Vietnam before midnight on May 1st. Is that true? Or do I have to leave April 30th, before the expiration date?

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Facetious comment: if you wait until 2 May and then turn up at the airport, perhaps they will deport you and send you home for free. – toandfro Apr 24 '14 at 21:04

As it is said in the approval letter and your visa: It will be valid from 1 April 2014 through 1 May 2014. Thus you feel free to stay until the end of 1 May, no need to exit before. Even several hours excess, no problem!

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This then depends on a precise agreed definition of "through" in this sentence structure in English. – hippietrail Apr 23 '15 at 8:15
Several hours excess can be a problem if you do it deliberately. – downhand Apr 23 '15 at 8:38

I had the same question, and according to you can leave on the same day as your visa expires. I am also going to do this.

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While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. – Aditya Somani Aug 5 '14 at 9:58

Sure. You are allowed to leave Vietnam before or ON visa expiry date.The penalty applies only when you overstay the visa.

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Yes, that is ok. You can leave Vietnam on May 1 which is not problem. However if you leave Vietnam on May 2 you can pay fee 20-50 USD. I may catch this issue.

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