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On 6/5/2020 at 3:47 PM, Kaoboi Bebobp said:

 

Visa changes in Vietnam are coming July 1. And it's not looking good. In fact, my plan to return to living in VN is fading.

 

So far, no new guidance or clarifications since the first announcement. But, if VN Immigration goes with the current plan, there will be no long-term visas (for retirees, for example) unless you become an investor (big money!). Yes, agents will hook you up with a 6-month or 12-month Business (DN) visa but it's a big risk. Dozens, if not hundreds of people on fake Business visas (agents' dodgy companies set up to become sponsors) have had their visas revoked and holder given a few days to get out or been deported, after big fines!

 

VN wants to get rid of all the teachers living there on 90-day Tourist visas and working in fly-by-night language schools. Hence, the changes to the 90-day DL (tourist) visa, forcing you to either leave or get a new residency stamp every 30 days directly from VN Immigration. It takes 5 days to process, so you have to traipse to the Im Office twice a month. If you're prepared to leave VN often, then this is OK, I suppose. But it's still not very palatable. 

 

 

Do you have a link or other reference for this?

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4 hours ago, Kelsall said:

Do you have a link or other reference for this?

 

An American living in Da Nang posts really good video livestreams and his info has been rock solid. Don't know if I can put a link to one video in particular. He's done several urging people to reconsider buying a Business visa if you don't have a business. The one below is from Dec. 2019. His short vids on visas have helpful titles. 

 

Eli the Bike Guy in Da Nang

 

This is better. It's his latest short livestream is on several topics, including business visas.

 

Business visas crackdowns

 

Also the Admin of the FB expat pages for Da Nang and Hoi An, Craig Anderson, has posted many times about cases of people having their business visa revoked. I think you might have to become a member though. But plug in Business Visa Revoked in the Search bar, you will get Craig's many threads. 

 

Here's a link to a summary of the Visa changes.

 

Link to VN legal firm

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On 6/9/2020 at 3:52 PM, Kaoboi Bebobp said:

 

Incorrect.  There's never been a 2-month cooling off period. The former 30-day cooling off period between the last departure and next re-entry into VN for visa-free nationals will be eliminated July 1 under the new immigration law revisions approved in Nov 2019. You will be able to go out and re-enter the next day. 

 

Of course,  not until VN re-opens the borders to the Europeans and others. 

 

And the revisions bring an expanded selection of investor business visas with residence cards.

I am pretty sure there was. But since it never applied to me I didn't care.

 

Anyway, the new regulations are bound to be strict. Just you watch it. 1 month tourist visas and that's all. Vietnam is definitely cleaning out the riff raff as the British say.

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On 6/9/2020 at 4:52 PM, simon43 said:

You're having a hard time understanding my point.  It is illegal and your risk of being extorted, fined or imprisoned is high.  Snowflakes and millennials are not exempt from the law of the country, but many  do seem to be bereft of simple common sense.

 

Have you ever seen the inside of a Burmese or Lao prison?  I have, and they are far worst than the Bangkok Hilton  (I worked as a volunteer police officer/Thai translator in Thailand for many years and saw a fair few prisons).

Good post. Shows you know what you're talking about.


I heard of a case of a Thai national running a motorcycle tour. He was driving the support vehicle. He accidentally drove on the wrong side of the road, killing the governor of Luang Prabang in the process. He was thrown in jail, where he has already lingered for well over 5 years now and no idea if he's still in there. He was careless, but the accident certainly wasn't intentional. Not sure if he has been put on trial yet.

 

In another case, a Thai engineer was accused of causing some kind of "substantial" damage to the property of a Lao company. He was thrown in jail and no one knows what's going on. It's been several years already and nobody has seen or heard from him. Totally weird. What happened would have been considered a minor incident in most other countries.

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VN is way safer especially Danang My friend  got mugged in PP and gangs of pickpockets are in riverside Not safe to walk at night in Pp areas  

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43 minutes ago, davemos said:

VN is way safer especially Danang My friend  got mugged in PP and gangs of pickpockets are in riverside Not safe to walk at night in Pp areas  

Been to both last year, had someone on a m/c try to snatch my phone in PP (afternoon).

Walked all around the bar areas of both places while a bit drunk.

Can't see a bigger risk in one place more than the other.

 

I tend to hold my phone and wallet whenever I'm in a busy place anywhere these days.

 

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I tend to hold my phone and wallet whenever I'm in a busy place anywhere these days.

 

... whereas in ladyboy land (Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok), you have to hang onto your meat and 2 veg..... 🙂

 

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5 hours ago, BritManToo said:

Been to both last year, had someone on a m/c try to snatch my phone in PP (afternoon).

Walked all around the bar areas of both places while a bit drunk.

Can't see a bigger risk in one place more than the other.

 

I tend to hold my phone and wallet whenever I'm in a busy place anywhere these days.

 

 

it happens daily in PP but usually only idiot tourists get caught, not experienced old men 🙂

 

 

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