Phu Quoc Visa Exemption

Last update: Apr 12, 2023

Phu Quoc Island has been a popular destination among leisure travelers due to its stunning landscape adorned with white-sand beaches and vast areas of lush tropical jungle, resulting in an increasing number of visitors to the island. If you are considering a trip to this stunning location, taking approximately 5 minutes to read through this post about the Vietnam visa for Phu Quoc Island would be beneficial.

Do I need a visa to travel to Phu Quoc Island?

If your travel plans in Vietnam only include visiting Phu Quoc Island, you can enjoy a 30-day visa exemption regardless of your nationality. Whether you are a foreigner or a Vietnamese citizen with a foreign passport, you do not need a Vietnam visa if your stay on Phu Quoc Island is for 30 days or less.

Prerequisites for Exemption from Phu Quoc Visa

To enter Phu Quoc without a visa, visitors must meet the following requirements:

  • Ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your arrival date in Phu Quoc, or renew it before your trip.
  • Arrive in Phu Quoc via the Phu Quoc International Airport from an international country. This includes direct, indirect, and layover flights, with Phu Quoc being your final destination along the route. Note that your onward destination can be any country except Vietnam.
  • Your stay on the island should be for less than 30 days. You must provide proof of your departure from Phu Quoc within 30 days, such as a return airplane ticket or the departure date of a cruise ship, to receive a "Visa Exemption Stamp."
  • Enter Phu Quoc by sea (ship or cruise) or by air (airplane) rather than via a land border.

What is the Appearance of Phu Quoc Visa Exemption?

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I enjoy Phu Quoc visa exemption if I enter the island through Tan Son Nhat International Airport without leaving the transit area?

Yes, you can. The Phu Quoc visa exemption also applies to visitors who arrive at other Vietnam International Airports such as Noi Bai Airport (in Hanoi), Tan Son Nhat Airport (in Ho Chi Minh City), etc., and they do not leave the transit area. In other words, if a visitor flies to other international airports in Vietnam and stays in the transit lounge to take another flight to Phu Quoc Island, they are also exempted from obtaining a Vietnam visa. However, it is advisable to check with the airlines to confirm whether you have to leave the Immigration Area (also known as the transit area) upon arriving at Tan Son Nhat International Airport or not to ensure you can enjoy the visa waiver.

2. My passport is set to expire, so what to do to enjoy Phu Quoc visa-free?

You should renew it first prior to traveling to Phu Quoc so as to be eligible for Phu Quoc visa exemption.

3. I’m a backpacker and planning to cross the river border from Laos to Vietnam, and then head to Phu Quoc. Am I exempted from a Vietnam visa for Phu Quoc Island?

No, the 30-day visa exemption for Phu Quoc only applies if you travel directly to Phu Quoc by air or sea. If you enter Vietnam through a land/river border, you are considered to be in a different part of Vietnam, and a Vietnam visa is required in this case. Therefore, if you do not apply for a visa, you should not be surprised if you get refused at the border. It is important to ensure you have the appropriate visa before traveling to avoid any issues at the border.

4. Can I visit Phu Quoc within 15 days without visa?

Q: I am from a country where its citizens are eligible for a 15-day Vietnam Visa exemption. Can I visit Phu Quoc within 15 days without getting a visa?
A: Yes. Phu Quoc is part of Vietnam and your 15-day exemption is applicable to all parts of Vietnam.

5. How could I get the 30-day Vietnam Visa exemption for Phu Quoc?

If you plan to visit Phu Quoc only and no other place in Vietnam, you are eligible for a 30-day visa waiver specifically for Phu Quoc. Your final destination must be Phu Quoc, and you must depart from Phu Quoc to any foreign country by air within 30 days. Upon arrival in Vietnam, you must present your itinerary to the Immigration officers as proof of your travel plans. This exemption allows you to enjoy your stay in Phu Quoc without the need for a separate visa for this specific visit.

6. Vietnam visa for foreigners staying in Vietnam and going to Phu Quoc

Q: I am in Vietnam now and my Vietnam Visa is about to expire and/or my current Vietnam Visa Exemption is about to expire. Am I eligible for a 30-day Phu Quoc Visa Exemption while I am in Vietnam?
A:No, if you are already in Vietnam and your current Vietnam visa or visa exemption is about to expire, you are not eligible for the 30-day Phu Quoc Visa Exemption. This exemption is only applicable to visitors who arrive directly to Phu Quoc from a foreign country. It does not apply to those who are already in Vietnam and wish to extend their stay or change their visa status. If your visa is expiring, you will need to apply for a visa extension or a new visa to continue your stay in Vietnam legally.

7. How to extend a visa in Phu Quoc?

Q: I entered Phu Quoc using 1-month tourist visa, stayed in for 28 days and now I want to stay in for one more week. I. What should I do if I want to extend my Vietnam visa in Phu Quoc?

A: Please contact with the Immigration Department or call us at +84.904.879.729 for a visa extension.


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