Vietnam Visa Run To Moc Bai Border Checkpoint

Last update: Apr 12, 2023

Many expats in Vietnam are aware that visa extensions within the country can be both expensive and complicated, with the added restriction that visa extensions can only be done once per visa. As a result, those seeking an extended stay in Vietnam often choose to exit and re-enter the country with a new visa. For this purpose, many people opt for a visa run to the Moc Bai border checkpoint in Cambodia, which is considered to be the cheapest option, particularly for those residing in Ho Chi Minh City.

This guide is designed to answer all your questions about doing a Moc Bai visa run, including what you need to prepare before you go, how to do the visa run, how long it takes, and how much it costs. Whether you plan to travel by motorbike or shuttle bus, this guide is for you.

How to Prepare for Your Moc Bai Visa Run?

What documents are required for a successful Moc Bai border run? Take a look at the following list:

  • Your original passport (valid for at least 06 months following your entry date)
  • A Vietnam e-visa
  • A Cambodian e-visa (If required)

Guide for executing a Vietnam visa run through the Moc Bai border checkpoint in a correct and efficient manner

The whole process of getting a visa run done at the Moc Bai border covers the following steps:

  • Go to Moc Bai border
  • Exiting Vietnam
  • Entering & Exiting Cambodia
  • Reenter Vietnam with a new stay duration

Step 1: Go to the Moc Bai border from Ho Chi Minh City

  • By motorbike/private car:
    • For most people living in Ho Chi Minh city, the fastest way to reach the Moc Bai border gate by motorbike and private car is to go towards Cu Chi and pick up QL22, keep following the way until reaching the border. The distance is around 70km, depending on where you live in the city.
  • By city bus:
    • Take a blue public bus No.703 at Bus station in Park 23/9 (at the corner of Pham Ngu Lao and Cong Quynh street, opposite to Thai Binh Market). If you want to depart and come back to Saigon on the same day, you should start your border-run early in the day, preferably before 9am, as the last bus leaves Moc Bai around 4 or 5pm. The journey takes about 3 hours.
    • Frequency: Departs every 30 minutes. And just go to Moc Bai Border
    • Price: 40.000 VND/person (around 2 USD/person/1 way).
  • By private bus:
    • If you don’t want to take a city bus that stops at various spots, you can book a seat on a private bus in any office on Pham Ngu Lao Street. The price is around US $10 – 12.

Step 2: Exit Vietnam

You’ll get to the big Vietnamese building. Walk all the way to the right and keep walking until you see a big wooden booth with a Vietnamese official sitting in it. You’ll see a bunch of people waiting in line. You can wait in that line, it will probably take like 30 minutes.
Get the exit stamp onto your passport and then exit the border to Cambodia

Step 3: Enter & Exit Cambodia

Once you get stamped out of Vietnam, you make your way to the Cambodian border checkpoint, around 200m walk. Once here, you go to a small booth where you will show your visa (if you obtained it at the Cambodian embassy/consulate in Vietnam) or pay US$30 for a Cambodian evisa, and fill out the form. After getting stamped, go into the adjacent building to “enter Cambodia”. Then go across to the exit building, and get your stamp out of Cambodia.

Step 4: Re-enter Vietnam

You walk back and into the building again from the other side. At the Vietnam Immigration building, you then show your passport, and Vietnam evisa.


  • Take some USD with you, occasionally as an extra tip for the officials at the border, around US $10 (no more), so make sure you have this on you just in case. Plus there are lots of drinks and food stalls where the bus waits so you can grab some food here.
  • Prepare the exact amount for visa fees so that you don’t get caught out needing change.
  • Take some extra clothes because the air-con on the bus can be pretty chilly when you’re on it for 3 hours.
  • Make sure you won’t change your port of doing the visa run, as once you change, you need to get a new visa letter.

Moc Bai Visa Run  with our service

It’s great that we can help you in case you want to do your visa run at ease and in comfort. We have a full package for a Moc Bai visa run, covering:

  • Transportation (private car with an English-speaking driver)
  • E-visa if required,
  • Vietnam & Cambodia immigration support.

By using this package, you will be:

  • Picked up by our driver at your address and taken directly to the Moc Bai Checkpoint on a modern private car,
  • Welcomed by our agent at the Moc Bai Checkpoint,
  • Escorted to get an exit stamp at Moc Bai checkpoint (Vietnam), a Cambodia visa, and an entry stamp at Ba Vet checkpoint (Cambodia).
  • Escorted back to complete the Cambodia exit and Vietnam re-entry procedure.

With our professional team and arrangement, you are guaranteed to have the most comfortable and fastest experience for a Vietnam visa run even

Contact us at Hotline/Zalo/WhatsApp/Viber +84.904.879.729, email [email protected]


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