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I am in a situation where I landed in Vietnam, and found out I only get 15 days of visa by default. I landed 730am Jan 24th and leaves 00:05am on Feb 9th, which by hours is within 15 days, but if you count days it's officially 16 days.

This leaves me with a couple of options as far as I understand.

  • Buy a new ticket home the day before. Price: 7-800 USD.
  • Doing a 1-day-trip to somewhere else while being here. Price: 100-150 USD but very inconvenient
  • Get a visa extension. I think it requires my passport and I will travel locally and not stay for many days in same place - not sure it's an option.
  • Pay some fine in airport - as I could read it's between 500k VND and 2 million VND.

Is there any thoughts? What is the desired option here? On paper the fine at airport seems best, but I am worried of some downside I don't see.

For any note, I am leaving from Ho Chi Minh to Copenhagen.

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    Seems like you'll be going through the outgoing immigration checks well before midnight-- so maybe it's not a problem. – Spehro Pefhany Jan 24 '16 at 17:49
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    I don't see how it is within 15 days by hours. In my book between 2016-01-24 07:30:00 and 2016-02-09 00:05:00 you have 376.58 = 15*24+16.58 hours. In days it would be 17 days: 8 in January and 9 in February, of which you can remove one because you will pass immigration before midnight. – Some wandering yeti Jan 24 '16 at 18:30
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  • @Lars how did you end up solving the issue? – JonathanReez Supports Monica Feb 22 '16 at 15:55
  • @JonathanReez Extended my visa in Da Nang. Costed me 70 USD and took 1 day :-) I am pretty sure you can just take the fine, but there is cases where you are sent back to the city to "fix it". So I didn't take the chance – Lars Holdgaard Feb 22 '16 at 18:22
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Extended my visa in Da Nang. Costed me 70 USD and took 1 day :-) I am pretty sure you can just take the fine, but there is cases where you are sent back to the city to "fix it". So I didn't take the chance.

And obviously @ptityeti was correct - it was actually 16 days and 5 minutes :-)

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