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Reekay’s LifeBeyondTheSea how far in advance can you get the Visa letter or does it expire
What is the latest info regarding Vietnam visa.July onwards. Due to virus.?Thanks.
I was in Vietnam last summer (2019). I used that exact Visa company. I got my email invitation within 2 days. At the airport in Danang I filled out a short form. Easy peasy
Would it be possible to go to the Philippines, Vietnam, malaysia, and Thailand…and rotate 6 months in each…staying on tourist visas and just enjoying doing that circuit for years ?…not having to get a retirement visa somewhere. Thx !
Hey Reekay! Been enjoying your channel and thanks for introducing us to Vinh! Are these conditions current given the new VN visa changes?
The $20 visa letter online for 30 days and a black & white copy is fine.
Solid information. Thanks Reekay.
Almost all airports have visa on arrival offices
According to the various websites through which you can organize the invitation letter, Australian citizens can also get a 1 year visa….which probably means many other nationalities can too.
After 1 st July 2020 it’s all over for Vietnam same as Thailand Europeans are not welcome. .
How much does the second part cost after I got my visa letter it’s for 3 months
Hey does having multiple names on the visa approval letter, an issue ?? I just got mine and it has 18 names on it including mine. Thanks in Advance.
For your information in ho chi Minh there are agencies that can extend your visa for 3 months., just a simple red stamp not the big sticker that takes the whole page without having to exit the county. I got a 3 month tourist visa in Cambodia, entered by bus and after extended 2 times without having to exit.No invitation letter needed they charged me 100$ for 3 month extension, look around many over charge. If you get your 3 month tourist visa from Phnom Penh its only 58$ for 3 months no invitation letter needed. Its only a 5 hour bus ride to ho chi Minh!
which agency website or phone number
If I have a throw-away ticket from the Philippines to Shanghai as my proof of onward flight, would I need to show visa documents for Shanghai to leave the U.S.?
I sure hope you’re still on YouTube when it’s time for me to retire. Great information.
Do you want to apply for a Vietnam visa? I am Vietnam I can help you
I haven’t found an official site saying a 1 yr business vis does NOT require you to exit every 90 days.
6 month extension in Dumaguete costs 7300p. 3x 2 months extensions run 1930p a piece, total 5790p. I dont pay express lane fees on the 2 months ext.
Invaluable information! I’m landing in DaNang in 10 days, I swear I’ve done so much research my head is swimming lol! Your delivery is very straight forward and concise! Thank you!🙏🇨🇦
Thanks for this information, but what about retirement visa ? Do they have this !
i’ve not yet looked into it. currently i am on an annual visa.
On the Vietnam Visa Application Form that you turn in at destination Airport: on line 7, it asks “RELIGION”? a weird question … can you answer by NONE?
Hey. It’s getting harder to go and stay in the Philippines. Thinking of returning to Vietnam. It sounds as if extensions are much easier to acquire in Vietnam. I believe the cost of living is better also?
if i get the e visa do i still need the letter
I have asked a question about the apartment building name you stay at least 6 times now. You have not responded back to me. Does your building have 1BR apartment available?
Is it true that only United States nationals are able to arrange one-year visas? I have both UK and Canadian passports
Thanks for explaining everything so clearly. Can the one-year business visa be reapplied for within VN?
You don’t mention the stamping fee
I have a 5 YEARS Visa (blue book)….unlimited entries and exits!! It has the same photo as my Passport. I am on my 2nd book as I travel to Vietnam every year and live there for 4-7 months at a time. Been doing it for 6 years now. The cost for a 5 years Visa Book is $120….
Nice how to get that way ?
What if we don’t have PayPal or credit card how do we pay for the visa
Get a prepaid credit card
Absolutely brilliant, this is yet another example of why I am a subscriber. I have been using your insights and observations for the past 5 years on my travels to Thailand and the Philippines. I will be returning to Cebu in September and am thinking about visiting Vietnam which is only a short flight away. As far as I am concerned your information has always been dead on,well researched, and worked out extremely well for me. Thank you very much for sharing your experiences with us.
could you please give me some information regarding PR based on marriage to a Vietnamese spouse??
you can check our this article for further details: https://vietnamvisavoa.com/long-term-vietnam-visa-for-foreigners-with-vietnamese-spouse-a887. Or contact Vietnamvisavoa.com
Great information Henry. Thanks.
How much money in TRC create in vietnam
Sir Reekay, does Cambodia have visa requirements for entering and exit? Thanks ahead
Please say how cost trc in vietnam?
@Reekay’s LifeBeyondTheSea Temporary resident card
not sure what ‘trc’ is.
Liked! Fantastic Explanation! Very clear and concise. Thank you
I just used Vietnam-visa-online through your link in this video and it worked great. $35 and 48 hours later I now have an invitation letter. I will be in Da Nang within the next couple of weeks.
Hi, heading to Da Nang in November till March for a extended vacation . I’m curious if you know if a Philippine citizen would be able to get the 6 month visa or if he would need a 3 month and then to reapply . I’d like for my friend to join me on the trip but having a hard time finding information on that .. thanks
as i understand it currently, a filipina can get a 21-day visa, for tourism. she can then get a 6-month visa but i am not sure of the process or requirement for that. your best bet would be to ask in a VN Expat group on facebook and get info from someone who has done it already.
CORRECTION – I see that the ‘STAMPING FEE’ is $135 !! oops.. Sorry – it’s listed on the far right of the Visa cost box !
Reekay, somewhere on Youtube are videos saying that there is NON-FEE for a visa application to Vietnam according to the government law# 82 passed in 2005. is that true?
After getting the Visa Letter, would it matter if I arrived from a different country (say U.S. to Philippines, then to HCMC, Vietnam ?). My country of origin would be U.S. but I might want to stop somewhere else first. Just curious.
rob_ppc_2012 yes it’s ok to depart any country
I am moving to Vietnam on April 13, as an English teacher. It is a direct employment… My question is what will the immigration in the Philippines ask to you if you’re not coming as a tourist? What are they gonna look for you?
Hello Brother my wife and I are coming to Vietnam on the 10th of May we are doing a Balikbayan Visa run I noticed in the Video you are promoting a site called Vietnam Visa.org but in the link below what is coming up is Vietnam Visa.com.
I believe that the Vietnam visa letter can also be requested and paid for on – applyvietnamvisa.org
Nice to visit Vietnam.
Thanks for the info once again you’re on point about traveling
I envy you Reekay and would like to follow you in a few years . My intentions are similar and I will I hope be retiring and begin my travels to Asia . Many thanks for your videos you are thorough and comprehensive in your very complete instructions. I wonder were you a teacher in California?
Thanks for your Video’s
Processing Time……Processing time during these days is increased to 4 working days by Vietnam Immigration Department
Processing time during these days is increased to 4 working days by Vietnam Immigration Department
Hi Reekay you didn’t mention passport size photo to go with visa.
Looks like VIETNAM VISA SERVICE is a FULL service company.
I am American and my Fiancé is Vietnamese. I want to move over there but I need a job. Is it possible to go on a tourist visa to find a job and then have that company help me with my work visa? We are trying to get married too but that is a whole other ballpark that is stressful. Something about us being together for 2 years or more.
Awakened Ventures My suggestion personally is just get a business visa as you don’t need to have work prior to coming, and won’t need visa letter if visa on arrival. Also, when you get there and find work, you can then try and get a work permit to stay longer periods of time without leaving the country. Such as staying 1-2 years consecutively.
Cambodia visa extension is easy. You get 3months when you enter, then go to any travel agent & they send your application & passport to Phnom Penh Immigration. Allow a couple of weeks for processing. You can get up to a 1 year extension. Alternatively, you can do it yourself at the Immigration offices in Phnom Penh, which is directly across the road from the airport. As my experiences are a few years old, I’d check the government website for fees & any changes. Nice officers at immigration, btw.
I think it has changed.
This information is greatly appreciated! Greetings from Austin Texas
I’m interested in seeing how the people and especially the ladies are to foreigners. I don’t mean the bar girls but the normal people that you can meet through local friends. I have several Filipino friends but I heard that vietnamese people still dislike Americans
Very friendly people. Most were born after the war.
Vietnamese people like Americans but do not like Chinese people
Can you twll me if i can make it there for a few months with a 4,000 dollars monthly income.
Great video like always
There are no additional requirements or sponsorships required for the Business visa-on-arrival, its same as Tourist except you don’t have to leave. I have been on this visa for two years. Do not mistake a Business visa for a work visa. I interview companies in Vietnam for USA companies seeking to do manufacturing or outsourcing to Vietnam. It allows you to investigate business opportunities or do work for your employer or client in USA but not have earnings in Vietnam. Teachers here, for instance, do have to have work visas. Cost for agency service for a 1 year was 199.00 USD + stamping fee at the airport …
if you got from vn embassy in usa and no 90 day exit required? thx
@billytheweasel maybe you can email us embassy
* The Vietnam Border Authority at the port of entry determines the period of each authorized stay for travelers with one-year visas.
if tourist 1yr get 3months stay or 30day stay at border anyone
Great! I can’t find an official link saying US citizens don’t have to leave.
What service did you use? Stamping fee should be $135.
thanks, good info to know.
Why did it have names of random people and their details on that letter of invitation document? WTF!?
What happens after a year on a tourist visa. Can i get another one. Also is it better to marry a VN lady does that help.
yes, can get another visa. as for marriage, i’d never marry solely for a visa. much more to consider in marriage than just that.
Regarding the “ongoing ticket”. It is interesting that Vietnam doesn’t require that. When you go to Cambodia, do they require a departure ongoing plane/bus ticket before they stamp your passport? What about the other countries?
not sure yet, but i’ll find out when i go to cambodia in a few months.
my experience/recommendations. 1) ALWAYS pay in USD. Last time I went the folks next to us from Australia could not pay with either AUD nor Euros. 2) Always bring an extra passport photo. 3) Pay the extra “fast track” fees/service – the lines, especially at SGN,can get long depending upon day time. Note: upon arrival in Da Nang at about 2am we were close to first in line at VOA window and the immigration line had only about 4 people in front of us. I emailed saying there was no one to meet us nor a need for Fast Track. They refunded my money *VietnamVisaFastTrack.com** : Mr. Nikko * For US citizens the *only* Visa option used to be just 1 year Visa. I think it has been ~2 years since they added the 6 month option.
__Reekay__ i noticed that I had emailed you my info from http://www.visas.com.vn – the service i used, and they got me my letter(s) in 4 hours… If they are now lousy and took over 2 weeks, please advise!
**** if any of you (US citizens) travel frequently to SE Asia and are aware of Global Entry i *HIGHLY* recommend you get the APEC Business Travel Card (a.k.a. APEC Card) – this allows for near immediate entry (and Exit) to all of the APEC nations – Eyyyuuuuuuge Time Saver. I’ve never waited more than 5 minutes to get into/out of the major airports of: Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia.
Live the Dream! 🙂
Live My Ass Off hi bro
I m europeen citizen
How and where to get the Apec visa plz?
I don’t know, that visa run every 90 days is expensive, easy to hit $1000 for the one year.
I guess it might be a wash if the apartment is only $400 a month.
Do you pay elecric, internet, etc or is it all included.
Reekay, thank you so much for sharing this! Someday we are going to visit there.
I enter PH with one way many times
I just got my visa letter last week. I’m told that Cam Ranh international airport in Nha Trang also accepts visa-on-entry.
The visa company I used confirmed this for me before i purchased.
Geez, does this sound like a pain in the rear…Not much if any English being spoken and a visa run (12 hr R/T by bus) every 90 days at whatever cost…4 times per year is going to get old really quick imho…Its not like running cross town in the Phil to the immigration office every 2 months to get an extension…I’m in the Phil and only deal with immigration 2 times per year as I get 6 months at a time…Roughly costs me $350 USD per year to stay here and I have to exit the country before my 36 months is up…They make it pretty user friendly for the people on tourist visas…
it comes down to which is a person’s greater priority… to see new countries, or not. for a person who wants to travel, there will be expenses and red-tape. no way around it.
You need to consider the cost to exit every 3 months in comparison with the Philippines.
in my case, i had planned on taking those trips anyway. but for someone who doesn’t want to do travel outside of vietnam, they should see about getting the business-visa by paying a bit more, which is still less than the $425/year in the PH.
So if on a sailboat , it’s totally different . Bummer
What if you want to stay another year?
get another 1-year visa.
If you applied for a 3 months visa letter, can you change that to a 1 year visa at the airport?
Ok 165 USD for 1 year multi enter VISA then you have to add the costs for 3 visa run at the end I don’t think it will be cheaper than the one year visa in the Philippines……
As usual awesome video very informative much appreciated Reekay for sharing,
Along with making a second copy of important paperwork, I also have a copy on my flash drive and I will even take a picture of the document with my phone.
Besides Thailand and Cambodia, from Hanoi you can also take a 4 hour bus ride to Lang Son border into China for a visa run or a visit to China. Buses back from China are usually full as there are lots of Chinese factories on the Vnam side near the border, so seats should be reserved. Nothing much to see in Nanning China, but they have flights to lots of cities in China.
The Chinese Immigration site describes it as an entry for those crossing into China by foot. So I did.
yeah but it’s china…
I just sent my passport. To the Vietnamese Embassy in DC.. Got it back within a week. Very easy to do. The visa was placed in my passport so I didn’t need to mess around when I arrived in Vietnam.
@Formica there’s an embassy in Chicago I can get a one-year Visa there I suppose what was the price for the business type?
it’s a better option, ‘if’ there is a vietnam embassy nearby to go to. not everyone can do avail of that option.
Shiz Lick – that seems like a better option to me as well – no messing around with questionable third parties… what kind of visa and how much did it cost?
Shiz Lick Reekay didn’t mention Vietnam embassies and consulates. Cheaper and often faster. When you arrive, no hassles with VOA counter after your long flight, go straight to immigration line. I went to SF consulate, got visa in one hour couple years ago.
Great info. I did the E Visa, but I think thats only for 30 days. What about a drivers license since yoi bought a bike? I’ve read that you don’t want to be caught without one, harsh penalties. Could you address that in a future video. Thanks
Back in 2015 when I went to Vietnam the visa letters companies were popular. So popular that the U.S. government filed a complaint with the Vietnamese government that its citizens were being ripped off. Americans would pay for a visa letter that when they produced at the airport only to find out it’s bogus. The other alternative is to go to a Vietnamese consulate or their embassy. I went to the one by the United Nations in New York. Also another complaint was the cost of the visa was arbitrary. In New York it was $100. Then I went back in 2017 that same year they instituted an online visa in March that year. For $25 you could get a 30-day visa. $50 for multiple entry visa. With this visa you can enter at international land borders and the international airports in Vietnam. If you’re going to Cambodia you need to be sure you cross at an international border that accept the e-visa. If you go online it’s very confusing. A lot of companies use the term “official” but that is untrue.Usually the .com in the web address gives them away. This e-visa is much better because you cut out the middle man and not risk dealing with a bogus company. As Henry mentioned the company he first dealt with was taking long to send him his authorization letter so he tried another company. I think Vietnam made the change because they realize that tourism brings in big bucks and Thailand was getting a lot of tourism dollars while they have been missing out. Now they want piece of the pie so they make life easier to get a visa unlike in the past they made it difficult.
Thanks for the important information. Thinking about traveling to Vietnam and learned a few tips.
Interesting. Not going to ever to ever visit Vietnam due to it being a communist country. Don’t go there especially if your a vet. Could be arrested for war crimes.
Charles…where do you guys get your info? Trump? (5 deferments). Vets have been touring vietnam for years. I met a Viet Cong vet there in 2008. But you guys stay home anyway. The Viet people are too nice.
BS. I toured in 2008. Met a birt Cong vet. Keep your hate local. Please.
@Inte Dinensak You’re talking about theory. It’s meaningless. Has nothing to do with reality. “Pure communism” was always a fanatics dream, and never achievable. But it’s irrelevant. The reality of communism was so incredibly horrible to the many many millions of human beings who suffered and died under it that no one needs to be lectured to about something you read, about what communism was supposed to be.
@Wayne Samuel McCain was a senator. Too high up to risk arresting. But common Vet will not have a chance.
@Tim G There is. Check out the Korean war vet who was arrested in North Korea.
Thanks for the info. I’m not a US citizen tho… Where can I find information about long term visas for non-american citizens? Thank you
there is an online chat or email contact for getting info here… http://bit.ly/vietnam-visa-online
You also have the option of an E visa. The advantage here is you can go straight through immigration as per normal. You don’t have to front up to a separate counter as you do with visa on arrival. Trouble is E visa seems to only be available for up to a month. I’m going for 6 weeks this time so will need VOA. Travel tip. Get off your plane asap so you get to the VOA counter first. It can get busy there. If you have checked luggage you’ll have to wait to collect it which isn’t ideal. But never lost a bag so far. You can also book a seat at the front of the plane to get off quickly. I fly Jetstar which uses air bridges but some airlines like Vietjet don’t and transfer to the terminal by bus. No point booking a front seat with them.
Agree, I just got my eVisa online ; 50 USD but you can only get 30 days like you mention. Very practical for me and I save the big Visa sticker that use 1 full page. Good for short stay vivitors but not for an expats that want to live there for a while.
Good job man!
Very educational and informative video about Vietnam tourist visa program. It will surely come handy for me when I retire in three years. Much appreciated. Tony Montoya, Phoenix, AZ
Good info, When I went to Vietnam in 2016 I did not have an invitation letter. I went to a travel agency while in Bangkok and received the visa through the travel agency. Along the way, I met a guy from the UK he had no visa and he received a 15-day visa on arrival.
1 year tourist Visa is for US citizens only
IntotheFire for Australian can yet a “business” 1 year visa cost about $350
What about for Australian citizens??
Thank you for sharing the info with us!
A few suggestions to your viewers/subbers who are interested in VN, when filling out the forms, pay particular attention to the date format (I believe it is DD/MM/YYYY). Everytime I visit the Consulate someone makes this mistake on their paperwork. Also, I found it more convenient for me to pull up VN consulate government website and complete the application and print it out, go to the Consulate since I’m several hours drive time from there, and get the stamp in my visa (or you can mail it to them for the stamp). You will avoid any lines and wait time at the airport getting a visa in your passport. I disembarked the aircraft, went through customs and immigration in a matter of minutes. This is my experience using the visa. Though, using the letter will save you some pages in your passport if you are getting close to the last page or two before it expires.
I got the loose leaf page mailed from their embassy.
Vietnam now is like China of the 1980s and 90s. As soon as this communist country become economically and militarily strong like China of the 2000s, it will become pushy with its weaker neighbors and would impose more and more restrictions with its population. That’s a given in every communist country. I hope Reekay doesn’t plant his roots there because like some western vloggers in China today, they have nothing much to say but regrets. I know they try to be as “balanced” with their opinion but, I can tell they do so because they’re under political duress.
@John Doe Seems you’ve never heard of human rights, and don’t care if human beings are put in prison and tortured for reading the wrong books.
I have lived in Vienam for a total of 13 years. I don’t see the future you describe. My experience in Vietnam has been nothing but good. In the old days there were some visa hassles, and few girlfriend-friendly hotels, but that is mostly behind us now.
@Charles T Why would anyone outside of China care what they do with their government?
Vietnam is very relaxed, does not feel like you in a communist country it is more relaxed than North Korea
The new generation does not see Communism as a threat. lol If Trump were to declare that he would be president for life the trendy ignorant masses would cry “Hitler, Trump is Hitler”. But if Chinese president does it “Eh, no big deal.”
Thanks Reekay, clear and concise info on Vietnams visa requirements.
40 years ago, a lot of people were willing to do about Anything to avoid a Vietnam ‘Visa’.
VT. Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi are republican states. How they doing?
VT…Trump didn’t have to run to Canada. He got 5 deferments. From his daddy’s Dr. He is still not sure which leg or foot was the problem. I am a Viet vet. And not angry with those who evaded the war. It is the chicken hawks like Trump, and other weasel pols that are bums. Also, tell me how many rich men’s sons had to fight.
That’s why Vermont went full libatard. Was a Republican state till the hippies came so they could run to Canada
The good part in 1967 was that my Vietnam Visa was free.
@Charles T Don’t miss visiting beautiful countries and beautiful people because of the politics of their rulers
Great info, Reekay.! Looking forward to more of these videos! Good stuff!
seems it is the same for the UK, just checked the Vietnam visa for UK on youtube
A UK citizen can get a one year visa? Who says?
Back in 2017 Vietnam had waived the visa requirement for UK citizens for a period of time.
Got it Rick ! 👍
There are locals offering somewhat dodgy but real one year business visas on the Da Nang expats’ Facebook group that are much easier to get than through official channels. If you’re looking for something “on the up” contact Henry at http://danangexpats.com/danang-expats-visa-services/ . He’s a good guy to business with. You could always marry a local and get a two year visa with no in-and-outs. =)
As for visa runs make friends with the expat or two and share a car to Lao Bao to the North. Personally I took most of my runs to Thailand where I’d crash at Buddhist monastery for a week. Cheap and quiet.
If you need some camera gear while in Da Nang check out Anh Đức Digital in Hải Châu. Some of their prices are amazing. I picked up a new Fujinon lens for about $180 where the same lens cost twice as much as in the States. Most of their prices are not that good so Lazada makes for a decent second choice. Importing something can be a real hassle resulting in said package stalled in customs for many weeks.
My favorite place for Mi Quảng cá lóc was Mỳ Quảng Dung, 99 Nguyễn Thị Định, An Hải Bắc and for Bún bò Huế Quán Thảo, 135, Dương Trí Trạch, An Hải Bắc (a place I’ve eaten at well over 500 times). While there check out the banh canh shop (unnamed) around the corner at Nguyễn Công Sáu and An Cu 4. The last two are breakfast only and cost 20.000d.
I lived in Da Nang for two years having just returned last year and was the inspiration for my recently published novel “The Beauty of Aqua.”
when will you go to DA Lat?
Very nice and cool weather in Da lat
it is really amazing, need any info when you go let me know@Reekay’s LifeBeyondTheSea
at some point, but not planned for this month.
Thank you for the information.
the visa link posted in the description is: http://www.vietnam-visa.com however what is shown in your video is : http://www.vietnamvisa.org , so which one you refer as more professional?
this is the link to use.. http://bit.ly/vietnam-visa-online this leads to the site i showed in the video, so that they know the link came from my channel.
Visa Information For British Citizens…
Here I am trying to study and got distracted by your videos haha. Thanks for the info, to me it’s better than web pages since you experienced it. Well going to the Philippines next week btw hopefully someday to Vietnam. Anyways thanks
@Reekay’s LifeBeyondTheSea I enjoyed my last two weeks in PH. It is alluring in many ways.
Just got back to the Philippines tonight. 80 degree difference from here in the Midwest from when I left PH this morning! I also hope to get to ‘Nam someday.
awesome! i enjoyed my 6 years in the PH. i’m sure i’ll be back again at some point.
Other info on fees…
As of February 2017, Vietnam introduced an online e-visa system for citizens of 40 countries, including America. You apply online and in three days, you’ll receive notice of your status. To apply, go to the dual-language Vietnam E-Visa Web Portal.
For Asian travelers from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Laos, Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea, you can stay fewer than 15-30 days without needing to get a visa in advance. Europeans from Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom can enjoy a free visa exemption for visits less than 15 days.
If either of your parents are Vietnamese, you can apply for a 5-year visa, in the case you were born outside of Vietnam or can prove you are of Vietnamese descent.
For those from anywhere else, including America, this section is most important to you.
Stamping or online visa fee:
Single entry: US $25
Multiple entries (1-3 months): US $50
Multiple entries (3-6 months): US $95
Multiple entries (6-12 months): US $135
Multiple entries (1-2 years): US $145
Multiple entries (2-5 years): US $155
You should pin this comment. Your info is like gold.
Because my wife was born in Vietnam, I was able to get a five year visa, and the great thing was the low cost- $100. The longest continuous stay it allows is 180 days, and the documentation that I used to obtain it was our marriage certificate which showed her place of birth as Vietnam. This worked even though she is now an American citizen.
Yep..very easy and reasonable price
cool good to know 🙂 a lot cheaper in that way 🙂 Wow. what a diferance
I just got my passport renewed last year and I had roughly 7 months left on it.I don’t know if this is usual but when I got my new passport they had tagged the spare 7 months I had left on to my new documents.Very happy with that outcome.
That’s a good deal Australia doesn’t do it.
I think many countries do that and you do not lose the remaining month of validity. Unfortunately Canada does not do that yet. May last passport was 6 years ago and almost full, so I will lose 4 years validity. I will pay for a 5 years passport next time.
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