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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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!

  • This then depends on a precise agreed definition of "through" in this sentence structure in English. Apr 23, 2015 at 8:15
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    Several hours excess can be a problem if you do it deliberately.
    – downhand
    Apr 23, 2015 at 8:38

I had the same question, and according to http://visavietnam.pro/vi/faq/ you can leave on the same day as your visa expires. I am also going to do this.


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


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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