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Vietnam Visa Extension And Visa Renewal For Panama Passport Holders 2021 – Procedures, Fees And Documents To Extend Business Visa & Tourist Visa

Foreign visitors, including Panamanian nationality, are required to extend visa when their visa is about to expire in order to be able to legally stay in Vietnam in accordance with immigration law. In this article, we will share details about the procedures for extending and renewing Vietnam visa for Panamanian, and answer questions related to: the documents needed to be prepared for Vietnam visa extension for Panamanian? Cost of Vietnam visa extension for Panamanian? Processing time for Vietnam visa extension for Panamanian? etc.

1/ Vietnam visa extension and Vietnam visa renewal for Panama passport holders

Currently, to extend the period of stay in Vietnam, Panamanian people have two ways: visa extension or visa renewal. Let’s clarify the differences between Vietnam visa extension and Vietnam visa renewal for Panamanian citizens.

a/ Vietnam visa extension for Panama passport holders

Visa extension means that you will be allowed to continue to stay in Vietnam for a certain period of time without having to exit and re-enter Vietnam. If you extend your visa, you will be given a extended stamp on your passport showing the new period of stay. However, visa extension is valid for single entry only, consequently, if you leave Vietnam, this visa extension will automatically expire immediately.

Vietnam visa extension for Panamanian citizens is done within the territory of Vietnam, so you can extend your stay without leaving the country.

b/ Vietnam visa renewal for Panama passport holders

Visa renewal means you will be issued a new visa sticker and a new stamp. Visa renewal will be a multiple entry visa, so you can exit and re-enter Vietnam many times if the visa is still valid.

Vietnam visa renewal for Panamanian people can be done within the territory of Vietnam, OR exit, apply for a new visa and re-enter Vietnam.

2/ Requirements to be able to extend and renew Vietnam visa for Panama passport holders

Visa must be extended / renewed before the expiry date. The documents must be fully prepared according to regulations. Besides:

  • Vietnam business visa which is still valid
  • Passport to perform Vietnam visa extension procedures must be valid and validation of the new visa is at least 01 month shorter than validity of the passport
  • You must have a temporary residence certificate at the police station of the ward, commune or town where you are staying.
  • Having a company in Vietnam to sponsor Vietnam visa extension procedure in required cases
  • You did not commit any crime during your stay in Vietnam

Vietnam visa extension stamp

3/ Vietnam business visa extension for Panamanian

Panamanian citizens holding a Vietnam business visa can apply for an extension to prolong their stay in Vietnam for commercial purposes. When applying for visa extension or renewal, Panamanian citizens need to have sponsorship documents from a local company in Vietnam.

Required documents to apply Vietnam business visa extension for Panamanian citizens include:

  • Original passport valid as prescribed
  • Temporary residence certificate issued by the local police where you are temporarily residing in Vietnam
  • Legal documents of sponsor company (Notarized copy of business registration; or investment certificate, or license to establish a representative office; Notarized copy of seal registration; Registration certificate sign tax code (if any)).
  • Application form for visa extension, temporary residence extension in Vietnam (Form NA5) – signed and sealed by the legal representative of the sponsor company

In case of entry with a business visa but currently do not work for any company and do not have any sponsor company, Panamanian people can contact a visa agent in Vietnam to sponsor them and apply for extension as usual. This visa agent will prepare the documents on your behalf.

Currently, Panamanian citizens can extend up to 3 months for business visa. Depending on the needs of stay, Panamanian citizens can also request in application form to extend 15 days, 1 month or 2 months.

For cases wanting to stay in Vietnam for a long time (from 1 year to 5 years), Panamanian people may consider switching to a temporary resident card. The temporary residence card can allow Panamanian to stay in Vietnam for a long time continuously without needing to renew or exit Vietnam.

4/ Vietnam tourist visa extension for Panama passport holders

Panamanian people entering Vietnam for tourism purposes and holding a tourist visa can apply for a visa extension for the same tourism purpose. Panamanian citizens can go directly to the immigration offices to apply or through a visa agent to sponsor for applying a tourist visa extension.

Required documents for Vietnam tourist visa extension for Panamanian citizens include:

  • Vietnam tourist visa which is still valid
  • Application form for visa extension, temporary residence extension in Vietnam (Form NA5)
  • Original passport valid as prescribed
  • Temporary residence certificate issued by the local police where you are temporarily residing in Vietnam

For tourist visa, Panamanian nationals can also apply for an extension of 15 days, 1 month, 2 months or 3 months. Normally, if you apply by yourself at immigration office, you can only apply for maximum 1-month extension. If you have a visa agent, you can extend from 2 to 3 months.

5/ Addresses to apply Vietnam visa extension for Panama passport holders

Currently, Vietnam has all immigration offices in 63 cities. Panamanian citizens can go to the immigration office in their locality to apply for visa extension. However, some cases can only be extended in offices in the big cities, while other small offices cannot handle.

3 addresses of Vietnam Immigration Department you can come to extend or renew your visa:

  • Hanoi: 44-46 Tran Phu, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
  • Da Nang: 7 Tran Quy Cap, Da Nang city
  • Ho Chi Minh: 254 Nguyen Trai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

In addition, if you go through a visa agent’s sponsor, you do not need to go directly to the immigration office. These agents will prepare your documents and will help you to extend at the Immigration Department.

Vietnam Immigration office in Ho Chi Minh city

6/ Procedures for extending Vietnam visa for Panama passport holders

In case of not required sponsoring organization/company, Panamanian citizens can directly go to one of Immigration offices addresses to apply for a Vietnam visa extension. The working time of Vietnam Immigration Department is from 8am to 5pm, from Monday to Friday, no appointment required. You should come in the morning and prepare complete documents that corresponds to your situation.

After submitting your visa extension request, the immigration officer will give you a receipt and schedule a date to receive the results. Note: During the visa extension processing period, you will not be able to get back your passport for any reason.

If you go through a travel agency or visa agent to apply for visa extension, you do not need to go to the immigration office. You just need to provide your original passport, other documents they will normally prepare for you.

7/ Cost of Vietnam visa extension for Panama passport holders

The fee of Vietnam visa extension is one of the most concerned issues for Panamanian people. Currently, the price of visa extension for Panamanian people depends on many factors: the type of visa you currently have, date of entry, place of entry, visa duration you want to extend, etc. To check the specific cost of visa extension for your case, you can contact us via email info@vietnamimmigration.com

Usually, the cost of business visa extension will be lower than the cost of tourist visa extension.

8/ Processing time of Vietnam visa extension and renewal for Panama passport holders

Processing time of Vietnam visa extension for Panamanian citizens can take from 5 to 7 working days. The processing time may vary depending on the type of visa you have, the length of stay you want to extend, the type of extension, etc. If during the time you apply, there are many other extension applications, processing time can also be longer.

You can also use the expedited visa extension service to get results in 2 working days. This service is for those who need to renew and get back passport urgently.

9/ Can Panamanian citizens renew or convert a tourist visa to a business visa and vice versa?

When being in Vietnam, some cases need to change visa type from tourist visa to business visa or vice versa, from business visa to tourist visa. This conversion is intended for changing to meet some requirements in Vietnam’s labor law or immigration law.

In fact, Panamanian citizens can only change the type of visa (change the purpose of entry) if they leave Vietnam, then apply for a new visa and re-enter Vietnam. If you are still in the territory of Vietnam, you cannot switch from a tourist visa to a business visa or vice versa regardless of whether you extend or renew your visa.

At the same time, changing the purpose of entry is not recommended, as it may make your entry history into Vietnam appear unreasonable, and the immigration officer may reject your visa in the next application.

Above is summary information about extension and renewal procedures of Vietnam visa for Panama passport holders, updated by Vietnam Immigration. Hopefully the above article has provided you with useful information. If you need more information, just contact us via email info@vietnamimmigration.com

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