Extend stay in Vietnam for foreigners with APEC Business Travel Card

Vietnam has joined the Asia –Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) since 2008, the country has become attractive for various business travelers with an APEC Business Travel Card

Vietnam has joined the Asia –Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) since 2008, the country has become attractive for various business travelers with an APEC Business Travel Card. So,

  • What is exactly APEC Business Travel Card?
  • Benefits of entering Vietnam with APEC Business Travel Card
  • Is it possible to extend stay in Vietnam on APEC business travel card?

This article makes all these matter clear.

What is APEC Business Travel Card?

According to the official website of APEC, APEC Business Travel Card (commonly referred to as an ABTC) is a card issued to eligible business travelers and senior government officials within the APEC region.

This card is aimed to make it easier for its holders to travel in and out of other APEC card countries.


What are Benefits of Entering Vietnam with ABTC?

If you hold an ABTC, you are exempted from a visa to Vietnam for up to 60 days. It means that, if you hold this type of card, you can visit Vietnam and stay in the country for up to 60 days without a visa.

In addition, you, as a holder of APEC Business Travel Card, are also eligible for a fast-track entry into Vietnam.

Is it Possible to Extend Stay in Vietnam on APEC Business Travel Card?

In case your stay duration with 60-day free visa under your ABTC is about to expire and you wish to remain in the country afterwards, you should extend your stay permit right in the country as long as total time of your stay is less than 9 months. Each extension can be valid for up to 3 months.

It’s so simple to do the extension with us. You only need to:

Step 1Send the following documents to our address and pay the extension fee:

  • Your original passport
  • Photo your both ABTC sides

Step 2Get your passport with extended stay within 8 – 10 working days.

Your original passport with new stay permit stamp will be delivered to your address or you can visit our office to pick it up, depending on your choice.


  • Visa on arrival is available for Air travelers. Those arriving by land or cruise are required to contact the local Vietnam embassy to get a full Vietnam visa before departure.
  • Visa on arrival must be picked up at Vietnam airports after landing. See detailed visa on arrival procedures at Vietnam airports.
  • To fasten and smooth out your process of getting visa stamped at Vietnam airports; consider using our Airport services here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long in advance can I apply for an approval letter?

You can apply for the visa approval letter at any time convenient for you, but it should be at least 3 working days (for tourist visa) or 7 working days (business visa) to avoid emergency fees. For example, if you are planning a trip to Vietnam in February 2020, you can apply for the letter right now. Your visa approval letter becomes valid from your granted arrival date, not from your date of application or the date of issuing your letter.

Can I apply for a business visa online?

Sure, business visa is available through our service. Please see the Business Visa page for more information.

What documents do you need in order to process my application?

Please find the below for required information to process your visa on arrival and what are required at Vietnam airport.

1- To obtain an approval letter for the visa on arrival, you are required to submit the following information:

  • Your Full name – The same as in passport
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Passport number
  • Travel dates
  • Purpose of visit
  • Type of visa

2 – When you arrive at Vietnam airport, please present:

  • Approval letter (hard copy)
  • Two (02) passport size photos
  • Entry/exit form
  • Original passport
  • Stamping fee (by cash)
Can I apply for my whole family in one application?

Yes. You can apply for Vietnam visa on arrival for your whole family in one application. In case your group have more than 10 people, just let me know at visa@vietgreentravel.com or info@vietgreentravel.com or vietgreenvisa@gmail.com  - Hotline English Speaking: +84989313339. We will get back to you to make your application process simple.




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