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Jan, 2024

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Phu Quoc visa waiver for foreigners

Phu Quoc visa waiver for foreigners

By Vietnamvisavoa

Foreigners enjoy 30 days free of Vietnam visa when travelling to Phu Quoc Island, paradise on Earth perfects for beach vacation


Foreigners enjoy 30 days free of Vietnam visa when travelling to Phu Quoc Island, paradise on Earth perfect for beach vacation
You are seeking an ideal place to relax? An amazing isolated island where there are white sand beaches with green water but not many tourists around. A place that you can enjoy fresh seafood, a small town for you to wander on motorbike freely and feel the cool of the sea runs through your body?
Welcome you to Phu Quoc Island, a peaceful tropical paradise on Earth. Phu Quoc Island is a truly ideal destination for couples to enjoy their sweet honeymoon, a right place for family holiday and yes, a perfect choice for individuals to discover the life in their own way. You not only will immerse yourself in natural beauty but also, you will be offered a free Vietnam Visa for up to 30 days which is more than enough to discover the Pearl Island. Let gets more detail about Vietnam visa exemption regulation in Phu Quoc Island as below:
Aim at promoting economy and tourism in special economic zone, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam Government passed a special regulation on Phu Quoc Island entry, exit and residence which applied to Vietnamese oversea and foreigners who visit and reside in Phu Quoc Island.
 According to this regulation, all visitors from foreign countries with a valid passport do not need a Vietnam visa if they stay in Phu Quoc for less than 30 days. Sound simple but there is much confusion on this regulation when it comes to practice, let us break down into different categories depend upon which kind of transportation you use to enter Vietnam.

Different ways of travelling to Phu Quoc Island

Travelling to Phu Quoc by international flights
All foreign tourists who enter Phu Quoc Island by direct International flights are not required to get Vietnam visa within 30 days. This is also applied to those who enter Phu Quoc through other Vietnam International airports such as: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and they must not leave the transit area. In other words, if one flies to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh airport and stay in the transit lounge to take another flight to Phu Quoc Island, they are also exempted from Vietnam visa.
If they do leave transit area in order to change the flight to get to Phu Quoc Island. They are required to have a valid Vietnam visa. 
To get a visa for Vietnam, one can obtain in different ways:
1. Apply for Vietnam visa at Vietnam Embassy 
2. Vietnam evisa (available for every country) 
3. Vietnam visa on arrival (How Vietnam visa on arrival works)
Travelling by sea to Phu Quoc Island
There are tourists who travel on cruise ship to Phu Quoc island, in such case, the foreign cruise ship must have contract with Vietnamese tourist company to get allowance to arrive and to leave Duong Dong harbor.
Foreign tourist cruises, ships go to Duong Dong town & other areas (except restricted zone) must abide Vietnamese immigration laws and Phu Quoc Immigration regulations: stay less than 30 days in Phu Quoc without Vietnam visa.
Citizens of Vietnam visa exemption list are not required to get Vietnam visa if they spend their holiday in Phu Quoc within 30 days also. Incase  visitors want to travel to other places than Phu Quoc Island and/or stay more than 30 days , they  must apply for Vietnam visa prior to their trip and use that visa for entering Vietnam from the first landing point.

Phu Quoc visa waive is applied in which cases?

30 days Phu Quoc free visa is granted to all foreigners if they meet all the criteria as below:
  • You must hold an ordinary foreign passport that is valid for at least 6 months since your first entry date to Vietnam. Any other travel documents: Identity card, emergency passport are not accepted.
Again, make sure that your passport does not expire within that 6 month whenever you travel abroard. In case your passport is about to expire in 6 months before taking the trip to Phu Quoc Island, you must renew your passport.
  • You must present a return ticket to and from Phu Quoc or Vietnam. The next destination can be any other countries except Vietnam.
  • Your duration of stay in Phu Quoc must not longer than 30 days
  • You have not been arrested in Vietnam
  • You are not in the blacklist of Interpol
  • You travel to Phu Quoc by air or by cruise, ship, not by land border

You are travelling into Phu Quoc Island but you still need a Vietnam visa if:

You are travelling on your own, not in group tour organized by travel agency; you do pass other parts of Vietnam then to visit Phu Quoc. This usually happens to travelers who cross land border and river border from neighbor countries such as: Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. 
In these situations, you are required to show a proper Vietnam visa to Vietnam Immigration officer at the border to enter Vietnam legally. The reason for this is that 30 days Vietnam visa exemption in Phu Quoc is applied only when you go directly to Phu Quoc. You are at the land border means that you are in different parts of Vietnam and Vietnam visa is a must. Be aware of this and do not be surprised when you are refused at the border for not having a valid Vietnam visa.

Frequent asked questions about Vietnam visa waive for Phu Quoc Island


Phu Quoc Visa Waive

1. I enter Phu Quoc Island with a layover in Tan Son Nhat International Airport and I will stay in Phu Quoc for less than 30 days. Am I exempted from Vietnam visa? 
Yes. If you are taking a connecting flight in Tan Son Nhat airport and you do not leave the transit area. In that case, no Vietnam visa is required. 
No. If you have to leave transit area in Tan Son Nhat airport, taking another flight to Phu Quoc Island. In that case you must have a valid Vietnam visa and you must get your Vietnam entry stamp at Tan Son Nhat airport. 
It is highly recommended to check with your airline, to see if you have to leave the Immigration Area (also known as transit area) upon arriving in Tan Son Nhat International Airport or not to make sure that you can enjoy visa waiver for Phu Quoc Island.
2. My passport is expiring in 6 months, can I still get free visa for Phu Quoc Island?
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 month in order to get visa waive for Vietnam. You either must renew your passport or must apply for a regular Vietnam visa with your current passport in order to travel to Phu Quoc Island. 
3. I’m planning to cross the river border from Laos to Vietnam, and then head to Phu Quoc. Am I exempted from Vietnam visa for Phu Quoc Island?
No, not possible. 30-day visa exemption to Phu Quoc is applied in case you go directly to Phu Quoc Island. You are at the land/river border means that you are in different parts of Vietnam, so Vietnam visa is required. Please arrange your Vietnam visa in advance. 
4. I have a valid visa for Vietnam. Am I allowed to visit Phu Quoc Island during my Vietnam trip?
Yes of course. With a valid Vietnam visa, you are able to visit every part of Vietnam territory including Phu Quoc Island.
5. I am staying in Vietnam however my Vietnam visa is about to expire soon. May I travel to Phu Quoc Island and enjoy my 30 days Vietnam visa waive in Phu Quoc?
A 30 days Vietnam visa waive is granted for foreigners travelling directly to Phu Quoc Island from another country (outside of Vietnam) only. This means that you must leave Vietnam and come back if you want to prolong your stay in Vietnam. 
6. I am currently in Phu Quoc with 30 days Phu Quoc Visa waive, I would like to visit Ho Chi Minh city and other places. May I apply for a Vietnam visa and travel from Phu Quoc Island?
A new Vietnam visa takes affect if you travel from another country to Vietnam only. It is not for you to travel from Phu Quoc Island to Vietnam. 
7. I am currently in Phu Quoc with visa waive. How can I extend my stay here?
It is not possible to extend Vietnam visa if you are a tourist. You just must leave Vietnam by the time the current visa exemption finished. 
8. Where is Immigration Department in Phu Quoc Island?
Immigration Department in Phu Quoc is located on 30th April Street which is in the corner of Mai Thi Hong Hanh and 30 thang 4 street. 
Working hours: From 9 a.m to 11:30 am and from 13:30 to 16:00
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Read more: Where to visit in Phu Quoc Island? 
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