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September 27, 2021

Vietnam is considering mutual recognition of vaccine passports with countries in Southeast Asia, China, Japan, South Korea, the EU and the U.S., the Government Office announced Sunday.

Such mutual recognition is “very important and especially necessary in the current context,” the announcement said.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has assigned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to coordinate with the Ministry of Health and work with authorities in other countries on this issue.

Many countries in the world have applied the vaccine passport to reopen and return socioeconomic activities to normal.

On September 4, the Van Don International Airport in the northern Quang Ninh Province received the very first flight operated under a trial vaccine passport program that requires foreign arrivals to be quarantined for just seven days.

That flight carried 297 Vietnamese passengers returning from Japan. All passengers had already received two doses of Covid-19 vaccines, with the second dose administered at least 14 days but no more than 12 months prior to the date of entry.

The airport received two more flights under the policy, bringing 345 Vietnamese back from the U.S. on September 9, and another bringing 301 Vietnamese passengers from France on September 23.

Vietnam is making plans to switch from the target of achieving “zero Covid-19” to responding safely to the pandemic so that it can resume socio-economic activities after months of lockdowns.

(Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/)

July 13, 2020

If you want to prolong your trip in Vietnam without leaving the country, you can get an extension stamp on your passport to indicate the updated visa duration. Visa extension is available for single entry only. Still, it is a convenient way not to overstay your visa in Vietnam.

Impor fff tance Notice For Automatic Visa Extension At The Time Of COVID-19 Outbreak

Department of Immigration Management has loosen visa procedures, extension of temporary residence for foreign citizens to stay in Vietnam due to the impact of COVID-19 epidemic.

Foreign nationals who satisfy all the 3 conditions:

  • have entered Vietnam on visa waiver or tourist visas (including e-visas) since March 1st, 2020
  • have expired visas
  • have neither sponsoring entity or ability to exit Vietnam due to objective reasons (quarantine or flights suspension, closing borders in transiting countries or destinations)

will automatically get visa extension until July 31st, 2020.

If a foreigner has entered the country before March 1, 2020, he or she must proves that he / she is stuck in Vietnam due to COVID-19 outbreak. Evidence can be in form of the diplomatic mission certified by a diplomatic note (with a Vietnamese translation) or a writing confirmation of the Vietnamese authorities on quarantine, treatment of COVID-19 or other force majeure reasons. In such cases, they will also eligible for automatic visa extension until the end of July, 2020. The documents must be presented on exit.

Vietnam Visa Extension During Normal Period

To apply for Vietnam visa extension, you will need:

  • Valid original passport for at least 06 months from the time of extension
  • There are at least 02 blank pages in the passport

Visa extension application will be processed in on of the following offices

  • Hanoi immigration office: 44-46 Tran Phu, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
  • Danang Immigration office: 78 Le Loi, Thach Thang, Hai Chau, Da Nang
  • Ho Chi Minh Immigration office: 196 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city

Remember that they operate from Monday to Friday and Saturday morning. The lunch break is from 11.30 AM to 1.30 PM.

The term for the extended visa depends on the original term of your current visa:

  • Visa exemption can be extended up to 3 months
  • Original 1-month visa can be extended up to 3 months
  • Original 3-month visa can be extended up to 3 months
  • Original 5-year visa exemption certificate can be extended up to 6 months
  • Original e-visa can be extended up to 3 months

If you wish to extend your visa for a period of one month, your current visa must be one for a month or longer. The fee will be approximately US$60 – US$155, depending on your nationality.

If you wish to extend your visa for a period of three months, then your current visa must be one for a three-month long stay. The fee will be approximately US$180 – US$310, depending on your nationality.

To know exactly the extended duration of your visa, contact us or leave your information so that we can reach out to you. Vietnam visa extension procedures seem to be easy, but foreigners usually get confused while working with Vietnamese officers. So, let us help you with that!

July 10, 2020

At this beginning of July, Vietnam will retrieve the e-visa issue for citizens from 80 countries after more than 3-month closing border due to COVID-19 outbreak. Together with this, significant changes in Immigration Policy also come into effect from July 1st, 2020. Let’s see what updates this country is putting into the policy for foreigners.

Visa Exemption for Coastal Economic Zones

Besides Phu Quoc Island, some other coastal economic zones will also allow visa exemption for international tourists. Vietnam has many coastal economic zones but not all of them are exempt from visas. Coastal economic zones that don’t require visas for foreigners on entry must meet the following conditions:

  • Having an international airport;
  • Having defined geographical boundaries, separated from the mainland;
  • Consistent with the socio-economic development policy and without prejudice to national defence, national security, social order and safety of Vietnam.

The old policy only allowed passport sharing for children under 14 and their parents or guardians. The revised Immigration Law has added 2 instances where General Visas can be issued

  • All tourists who enter Vietnam by sea. The purpose of the visit should be for tourism and included in a program produced by the International Tourism Enterprises of Vietnam
  • Members of foreign military ships who will join plan a formal tour program outside of the arrived port

Residence Term For Tourist Visa

Under the revised Immigration Law, the maximum residence term for a tourist visa is 30 days instead of 90 days as it used to be. However, foreign visitors now have the option to request an extension for the residence term. The immigration authority will then re-assess the purpose to decide to accept the request or not.

Visa Status Update

With new amendments, foreigners can change their visa status without leaving the country if they meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be an e-visa holder
  • Be able to prove their career background as an investor of a specific organisation in Vietnam, an official representative of foreign businesses based in Vietnam
  • Be able to show a work permit or work permit exemption, whatever applies, to indicate that they are invited or sponsored by a local organization or agency in Vietnam
  • Be able to provide evidence of family relationship with Vietnamese citizens (husband or wife, mother or father…)

Visa-Free Re-entry

In the past, foreigners who are granted visa-free entry must wait for at least 30 days from the last exit date in Vietnam to be able to re-enter Vietnam. However, the current law, which takes effect from July 1st, 2020 has removed this limit. That means citizens of countries where Vietnam share a unilateral agreement and grants visa-free entry are free to come in and go out of Vietnam.

Work Permit Applications

Work permit exemption

Foreigners who are in one of the below cases will not have to apply for a work permit under the new immigration system:

  • A non-Vietnamese citizen who is married to a Vietnamese citizen.
  • A non-Vietnamese citizen who are members of the board of management of a joint-stock company, owners or shareholders of a Limited Liability Company (LLC).

A Vietnam organization which is sponsoring a foreign individual can also transfer the sponsorship to the spouse of that individual involved.

Work permit renewal

Vietnam work permits are now valid for up to two years and can be renewed only once.  After reviewed, the permit will hold validity for another two years.

Changes on Immigration Procedures

Aside from the amendment on Labor Laws, there will also be changes to the Immigration Laws of Vietnam.

First is the changing of visa. Currently, in order for a change of visa to be possible, the foreign visitor must first leave Vietnam. Then they can re-enter using the new visa. Thankfully, the new policy has relaxed the rules concerning the changing of visa. In fact, foreigners who intend to change visas no longer need to get out of the country under the following situations:

An investor of a Vietnam company or a representative of a foreign organization with investments in Vietnam.

Family or relative of a Vietnamese national, a parent, child, or spouse.

Invited or sponsored to enter in Vietnam for employment, provided that there’s a work permit or work permit exemption, whatever applies.

Entering Vietnam using an electronic visa or e-visa and was granted a work permit or work permit exemption.

Visa-Free Entry and Exit

For foreigners who came from countries where Vietnam has a unilateral agreement and grants them visa-free entry, it’s no longer necessary that their re-entry date is at least 30 days prior to the last exit date in Vietnam.

Residence Term

The Amended Law on Immigration has recommended a maximum residence term of up to 30 days for foreign visitors. This used to be 90 days under their tourist visa. But foreign visitors will now be given an option to extend the term of their residency when necessary. In line with this, the immigration authority must first re-assess the immigration purpose to decide whether the extension request will be granted or not.