Recent changes for Vietnam Visa On Arrival

Visitors to Vietnam must obtain a visa from one of the Vietnamese embassies, consulate, or via travel agency to apply approval letter in advance. The Approval Letter is the legal document approved by the Vietnam Immigration Department to allow foreigners to enter Vietnam and pick up visas at the international border gates or at Vietnam’s international airports such as Tan Son Nhat, Noi Bai, and Da Nang airport. Unless the visitors come from one of the visa-exempt countries, citizens of South East Asia are granted bilateral visa-free entry from 21 to 30 days, the citizens of Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Russia, Finland, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Belarus are granted unilateral visa-free entry no more than 15 days and all visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.

CITIZENS OF THE FOLLOWING 24 COUNTRIES DO NOT REQUIRE VISAS FOR VIETNAM

Visitors to Vietnam must obtain a visa from one of the Vietnamese embassies, consulate, or via agency on arrival unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.

1. Citizens of Brunei and Myanmar are granted bilateral visa-free entry for no more than 14 days;

2. Citizens of the Philippines are granted bilateral visa-free entry for no more than 21 days;

3. Citizens of Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan are granted bilateral visa-free entry for no more than 30 days;

4. Citizens of Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Russia, Finland, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Belarus are granted unilateral visa-free entry no more than 15 days

5. Citizens with APEC business cards from member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are granted visa-free entry with no more than 60 days of residence;

6. For tourists to Phu Quoc, Vietnam: Foreigners and abroad residing Vietnam citizens entering Vietnam through an international border and traveling to Phu Quoc island, then residing under 15 days are granted Vietnam visa-free entry. Passports required at least 45 days of validity. After entering Phu Quoc, if case travelers want to visit other destinations or reside on the island for more than 15 days, they will be offered Vietnam visa by the Immigration department right on the island;

Note: Kindly note that the citizens of Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Russia, Finland, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Belarus are granted unilateral visa-free entry no more than 15 days, after 15 days visa exemption they must leave Vietnam for their home or another country and it takes at least 30 days of waiting since the latest date of Vietnam exit to enter again without Vietnam visa.

THE USAGE VALUE AND FORMATS OF VIETNAM VISA

1. Visa is valid once or multiple times and not for conversion purposes.

2. Visa shall be issued for each person; except for children under 14 years old, they shall share passports with their parent or guardian.

3. Visa shall be issued in a passport or issued separately.

SYMBOLS OF VIETNAM VISA

1. NG1 – issued to delegation members of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the President, the Chairman of the National Assembly, and the Prime Minister.

2. NG2 – issued to delegation members of the Permanent Secretariat of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the Vice President, the Vice President of the National Assembly, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Chairman of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, Supreme People Court’s Tribunal President, Supreme People’s Procuracy, the state General Auditor; Members of delegations in the minister level or equivalent, Secretary of the Provincial and Party Committee, Chairman of the People’s Council, People’s Committee presidents of provinces and cities under a central authority.

3. NG3 – issued to members of diplomatic representative agencies, consular offices, representative offices of international organizations under the United Nations, and intergovernmental representative organizations and to spouses, children under 18 ages, and maids to accompany them in tenure.

4. NG 4 – issued to persons working with diplomatic missions, consular offices, representative offices of international organizations under the United Nations, missions of intergovernmental organizations; people to visit members of diplomatic missions, consular offices, representative offices of international organizations under the United Nations, missions of intergovernmental organizations.

5. LV1 – issued to persons working with the departments, agencies, and units under the central Communist Party of Vietnam; The National Assembly, the Government, the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, the Supreme People’s Court; Supreme People’s Procuracy, State, ministries, ministerial-level, and governmental agency’s Audit. Provincial Party Committees, People’s Councils, and Provincial and City People’s Committees under a central authority.

6. LV2 – issued to persons working with political and social organizations, social organizations, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Industry of Vietnam.

7. ĐT – issued to foreign investors in Vietnam and foreign lawyers practicing in Vietnam.

8. DN – issued to persons working with businesses in Vietnam.

9. NN1 – issued to the head of the representative office, a project of international organizations, and international non-governmental organizations in Vietnam.

10. NN2 – issued to the head of the representative office, branch of a foreign business, and representative offices of economic, cultural, and other professional organizations of foreign countries in Vietnam.

11. NN3 – issued to persons working with non-governmental organizations abroad, representative offices and branches of foreign traders, and representative offices of economic, cultural, and other professional organizations of foreign countries in Vietnam.

12. DH – issued to persons in practice, and learning.

13. HN – issued to persons to attend conferences and seminars.

14. PV1 – issued to journalists, permanent residence journalism in Vietnam.

15. PV2 – Issued to reporters, and the media in the short-term operation in Vietnam.

16. LD – issued to a person for work.

17. DL – issued to persons for travel.

18. TT – issued to foreigners who are the foreigners’ spouses, children under 18 years who got visa marked LV1, LV2, DT, NN1, NN2, DH, PV1, LD, or to foreigners who are the father, mother, spouse, children of Vietnamese citizens.

19. VR – issued to whom visit their relatives or do for other purposes.

20. SQ – issued to the cases prescribed in Clause 3 of Article 17 of this Law.

VISA DURATION

1. The duration of an SQ visa is not longer than 30 days.

2. The duration of an HN or DL visa is not longer than 03 months.

3. The duration of a VR visa is not longer than 06 months.

4. The duration of a NG1, NG2, NG3, NG4, LV1, LV2, DN, NN1, NN2, NN3, DH, PV1, PV2 or TT visa is not longer than 12 months.

5. The duration of an LĐ visa is not longer than 02 years.

6. The duration of a ĐT visa is not longer than 05 years.

7. When a visa is expired, its issuance shall be considered.

8. The duration of a visa shall be at least 30 days shorter than that of a passport or international laissez-passer.

CONDITIONS FOR VISA ISSUANCE

1. Has a passport or laissez-passer.

2. Is invited or sponsored by an organization or individual in Vietnam, except for the cases mentioned in Clause 3 Article 17 of this Law.

3. Not suspended from entry in the below-mentioned cases:

– Children under 14 years of age without parents, guardians, or authorized custodians;

– Forging papers or providing false information to obtain entry/exit/residence permit;

– Any person suffering from a mental disease or infectious disease that threatens public health;

– Any person that was deported from Vietnam within the last 03 years;

– Any person that was compelled to leave Vietnam within the last 06 months;

– For reasons of epidemic prevention;

– For reasons of natural disasters;

– For reasons of national defense, national security, social order, and social safety.

4. Proof of entry purposes must be provided when applying for a visa in the following cases:

a) Any foreigner who comes to make an investment must have papers proving the investment in Vietnam in accordance with the Law on Investment;

b) Any foreigner who works as a lawyer in Vietnam must have a practice license in accordance with the Law of Lawyers;

c) Any foreigner who comes to work in Vietnam must have work permits in accordance with the Labor Code;

d) Any foreigner who comes to study in Vietnam must have written acceptance of a school or an educational institution in Vietnam.

5. The cases are permitted to grant visas separately

a. Passports are running out of visa pages;

b. Passport of the country which does not have diplomatic relations with Vietnam;

c. Valid documents for international travel;

d. For reasons of diplomacy, defense, and security;

THE CASES OF VISA EXEMPTION

1. The cases prescribed in international agreements to which Vietnam is a signatory;

2. Permanent resident cards and temporary resident cards are used in accordance with this Law;

3. Entry to checkpoint economic zones, special administrative-economic units.

4. Vietnamese people residing overseas who have passports or laissez-passers issued by foreign authorities, foreigners being their spouses or children; foreigners being spouses and children of Vietnamese citizens shall be granted visa-free entry as prescribed by the government.

ENTITIES THAT INVITE OR SPONSOR FOREIGNERS

1. Entities that invite or sponsor foreigners to enter Vietnam (hereinafter referred to as inviting entities) according to Clause 2 Article 10 of this Law include:

a) Secretary General of Vietnam’s Communist Party, the President of Vietnam, the President of the National Assembly, the Prime Minister;

b) Standing members of the Secretariat of Vietnam’s Communist Party, Deputy President of Vietnam, Deputy President of the National Assembly, Deputy Prime Minister, President of Central Committee of Vietnamese Fatherland Front, Executive Judge of The People’s Supreme Court, the Chief Procurator of the Supreme People’s Procuracy, State Auditor General; Ministers and the equivalent, Secretary Generals of provincial Communist authorities, Presidents of the People’s Councils, Presidents of the People’s Committees of provinces;

c) The agencies and units affiliated with the Central Communist Party Agency of Vietnam, agencies of the National Assembly, agencies affiliated to the Standing Committee of the National Assembly, Central Committee of Vietnamese Fatherland Front, The People’s Supreme Court, the People’s Supreme Procuracy, State Audit Agency, ministerial agencies, Governmental agencies;

d) Provincial communist parties, the People’s Councils, the People’s Committees of provinces;

e) Central agencies of socio-political organizations, social organizations, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry;

f) Companies established within Vietnam’s Law;

g) Diplomatic missions, consular offices, representative offices of international organizations affiliated with the UN, and intergovernmental organizations in Vietnam;

h) Representative offices, branches of foreign traders; representative offices of other foreign economic, cultural, and professional organizations in Vietnam;

i) Other organizations with legal status as prescribed by Vietnam’s law;

k) Vietnamese citizens residing in Vietnam, foreigners having temporary residence cards or permanent residence cards.

2. The aforementioned entities must invite or sponsor foreigners within the functions, tasks, and entitlements prescribed by law or by the operating licenses issued. Vietnamese citizens residing in Vietnam, and foreigners having temporary residence cards or permanent residence cards may invite or sponsor foreigners to visit Vietnam and must present papers proving their relationship with the persons invited or sponsored.

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