Visit the paradise island of Phú Quốc visa free.
– Updated for 2018 –
The district of Phu Quoc is classified as a Special Economic Zone and visitors to the 28 island archipelago are eligible for a 30 day visa exemption if they only plan on visiting Phú Quốc and no other destination in Vietnam. Phu Quoc remains the only destination in Vietnam where a visa exemption is available for all nationalities. This visa exemption regulation was passed in 2005 and remains in place as of today. It's important to note that this is not a “Phu Quoc Visa On Arrival”, but rather an exemption.
There is also a Vietnam E-Visa service available that allows visitors from 40 nations (see list below) to apply for a 30 day single entry tourist visa online (Decree No. 07/2017 / ND-CP). More nations will be added in the near future as Vietnam visa policies and procedures are continuously evolving. To apply for a Vietnam E-Visa, applicants have to complete two forms on two different websites (see links below). This visa, unlike the Phu Quoc Visa Exemption, will allow you to travel anywhere within Vietnam.
In order for you to be eligible for the 30-day Phu Quoc visa exemption, you must meet the following requirements:
Vietnam Visa Updates:
Visa exemption considerations:
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Ministry of Transport have proposed that the central government waive tourist visa requirements for France, Germany, the UK, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, India and Canada in a bid to pull in more visitors from those markets. The proposal was made in 2014 and is still under review. We will update this page if progress has been made regarding this proposal.
Q: Do I need a Vietnam Visa to visit Phu Quoc Island?
A: If you are planning on visiting Phu Quoc directly, either by boat (ferry or cruise ship) or airplane, from a country other than Vietnam (e.g. Singapore, Cambodia, Russia, etc) then you DO NOT need a Vietnam Visa. You must provide proof (return airplane ticket, cruise ship departure date, etc) that you will be leaving Phu Quoc Island within 30 days in order to be granted a “Visa Exemption Stamp”.
You do not need a Vietnam Visa and will be granted a Phu Quoc 30 day visa exemption if:
You need a Vietnam Visa if:
Q: I already have my Visa for Vietnam, do I need an additional Visa for Phu Quoc?
A: No you do not, UNLESS your Vietnam Visa is about to expire. If your Visa is about to expire, you may experience difficulty at the port cities of Rach Gia & Ha Tien but this is very rare and sometime resolved with some “Thank you/Tip” money.
Q: What does a Phu Quoc Visa Exemption look like?
A: The 30 Phu Quoc visa exemption is a stamp that will appear on your passport:
Q: Can I leave Phu Quoc Island even if I don't have a Vietnam Visa?
A: Yes, technically (and unlawfully) you can leave the island by ferry and go to Ha Tien or Rach Gia City located on the mainland however most hotels will require that you have a valid Visa in order for you to stay with them. By law all hotels need to register their foreign guests/customers with the police. Failure to do so may result in the hotel being heavily fined and/or losing their business license. It is in the hotels best interest to only accept guests who have a valid Vietnam Visa.
Q: I have a Phu Quoc Visa Exemption, landed on Phu Quoc and want to visit other parts of Vietnam, what are my options?
Q: I am in Vietnam and have a 15 day Vietnam Visa Exemption. Can I visit Phu Quoc and get an additional 30 day exemption?
A: No you cannot since you are already in Vietnam. If your Vietnam Visa Exemption is approaching 15 days and you want to extend your visit, you need to visit a tour agency or visa office to extend your visa. You cannot simply enter Phu Quoc and get the additional 30 days as the 30 day exemption is applicable to those outside of Vietnam.
The following countries are allowed to visit Vietnam for up to 15 days without obtaining a Visa:
However once nationals from these countries have left Vietnam, they must wait 30 days in order to re-enter the country to be eligible again for the 15 day Visa exemption.
If you are on Phu Quoc Island and need to extend your Vietnam Visa, most of the travel agencies will do this for you for a fee and the process will take approximately 12 business days. The process takes a long time because your passport needs to be taken to Ho Chi Minh City in order for it to be processed accordingly. It has become more difficult to extend you Visa in Phu Quoc and Vietnam as a whole due to all the new changes in Vietnam's immigration and tourism policies that became effective as of January 1, 2017 but it is not impossible and can be done for a fee.
If you find the fees too high on Phu Quoc then you can also air ship your passport (2-3 day duration) to the following Travel Agent in Ho Chi Minh City and they can process your visa renewal within 5 business days:
70 Bui Vien Street, Pham Ngu Lao, District 1
Contact Name: Uyen
Tel: 0909398630 or 905801329
Once your visa has been processed you can then either a) pick up the passport in Ho Chi Minh City, but you must travel there via ferry & bus or b) get the travel agent to ship it back to you to Phu Quoc.
If you hold a valid non tourist Vietnam visa and need to renew it you can do so at the Department of Immigration Phu Quoc Office located in Duong Dong Town:
DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION PHU QUOC LOCATION:
Address: 30 Thang 4 Street ( at the corner of Mai Thi Hong Hanh & 30 Thang 4) next to the police station
Hours of operation: 9:00 am to 11:30 pm and 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
This most southern border crossing (Prek Chak – Cambodian side, Xa xia Vietnam Side) has been opened since May 2007. Once over the border and in Vietnam, Ha Tien is the nearest coastal town and from here you can get a ferry to Phu Quoc Island or connect to Saigon and beyond. To get to the border from Kep travel north and join Route 33. From here, travel east to Kampong Trach, and then south on Route 31. Road #31 is now widened and either paved or upgraded to very decent red dirt track. The border is 30 km from Kep, 42 km from Kampot. If you are planning on heading to Cambodia from Phu Quoc, just visit a travel agency who will organize your travel and this option is much more cheaper than trying to travel on your own to Vietnam.
Cambodia To Phu Quoc By Ferry
A new direct ferry route from Sihanoukville to Phu Quoc is currently being established and will be in operation by next year.
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