3-month visa WARNING
Replies: 41 - Last Post: Aug 16, 2012 6:55 PM Last Post By: Roadking95
Aug 7, 2012 8:04 AM
15Sorry old mate they arnt,they are two different departments
Just spoke to a mate of mine who does 1000's of visas a year and the law as it stands today is,you can get a 3 month VOA but you can only apply for it a week before arriving in Vietnam.Tomorrow it can change as the law has been changed so many times now its a joke.You can go to PP to the embassy and get a 6 -12 month visa but you cant get it in Vietnam, what a joke.
Aug 7, 2012 1:08 PM
Aug 7, 2012 1:21 PM
17Me too, I could say the same things. But the visa they issued to me has always been of category B3 witch, as it is put everywhere, "shall be granted to persons who enter Vietnam to work with Vietnamese enterprises." This is a business visa and is the kind of visa I suppose the OP is talking about.
What is the code of your tourist visas, the category written on the upper right of the visa. Is it something else than B3?
Aug 7, 2012 1:32 PM
18I have three months single entry B3 visa, got it from PP. Now it has been extended two times already in HCMC. No problems. My friend came to VN with B3 multiply entry e-visa and he extended it in HCMC without problems.
RK: Is there now in PP (or SV) available 12 months visa again? Last rumour told that only 6 months is available.
Aug 7, 2012 5:07 PM
19Who give you a escort for the deportation? A ward police who visited your hotel the last day?
As I know, they have no duty to escort somebody to the airport for the deportation, especially on the next day without discussing with the Vietnam Immigration Department and related authority organizations.
There is a man, there is a way! What they want is not expel somebody if they are not criminal or politic matters related. What they want from you is just some small money, I feel ashamed when saying that.
Edited by: AlexandraZhoumin
Aug 7, 2012 5:38 PM
20The immigration office and police building were on the same ground and police walked in and out of the room while I was there.
Most likely there is no problem whatsoever as long there's no overzealous police officer checking your passport while staying in the country. Immigration told me that deportations based on visa that are issued in the wrong category happen. I wasn't an exception.
Aug 7, 2012 6:15 PM
21After reading the replies I see that people are asking which type of visa I had. It was a B-3.
Immigration doesn't check the purposes for your stay in Vietnam and issue this visa to anyone that asks for it. But most don't know that a 3-month visa is a B-3 visa.
The police are the ones that control the law. In their eyes you have asked for the wrong visa if you have no business connections in Vietnam. For this reason alone you can be deported.
What angers me is that all these on-line visa agencies and tourist bureaus in SE Asia sell you the three month visa without giving information about the categories. Some even pretend to be an official government website. They just take take in the extra cash they get from the more expensive 3-month visa. Luckily in my case a representative of the office that sold me the visa, was summoned by the police (200 km away from the office) and fined.
Edited by: prometheus2001
Aug 7, 2012 6:48 PM
22You never mentioned the town you were in, as each provence can have their own way of doing things. I had a look on some other websites and the 3 month visa is stated as being a business visa only in name.the problem here is that the laws are changed so often even the people doing them get confused. The website I gave you must have some affiliation with the government as to get a website name with .gov in it, they would of been asked for business papers.Then again money can buy anything, but a website with .gov is only for government agencies.I am surprised that they deported you and not just pay a fine, as you said they summoned the agent so why didnt they just fine him.It seems strange that they deported you, usually they take you to the immigration goal and sort it out, did they take you there.
Aug 7, 2012 6:54 PM
23Bauxuage, yes they do, but as with anything done by VN government its hit and miss, 6 month much easier to get. So I always wonder why can you get a 6 month vidsa in PP but not here in Vietnam.. My friend also told me that there is a 1 year visa offered here in Vietnam as long as you have left Vietnam in the last 3 months. The whole visa sytem here is becoming a joke, its all about getting more money.
Aug 8, 2012 1:28 AM
24RK: I know you can buy 6 months visa like here in Vung Tau but "tea money" is quite high. I dont know excatly but last time they asked from my friend 120 usd for 3 months visa...
Interesting, end of this month I will go to Ba Ria. It is next to VT and all goverment offices has been moved there. Let´s see what they say. Last time I arrived to VN was 09-2011 so I have been here almost one year.
But it is Ok to visit in PP, I have some friends there and I like PP. It is like a miniature model of Saigon.
To Prometheys: Immigration does not check your purpose in VN. They just check if you have valid visa to entry to VN. You haven´t told whole story....
Aug 8, 2012 2:02 AM
25bauxuage, please read my reply nr. 21
You missed the whole point of my posting. Immigration won't make you any trouble but the police can and will if they want. They summoned me to immigration and there I was told I had the wrong type of visa. The result you know.
And because immigration won't make any trouble the agencies knowingly sell invalid B-3 visa to unsuspecting tourists.
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