U.S. Embassy Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (September 1, 2020)
Important Information for U.S. Citizens:
Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS) announced an automatic extension of temporary stay for foreigners in certain qualifying groups with plans to depart Vietnam:
- U.S. citizens and other foreign nationals who entered Vietnam with a visa exemption certificate, e-visa, or tourist visa on or after March 1, 2020, will be granted an automatic extension of stay through September 30, 2020, and may exit Vietnam during this period without having to apply for an extension of stay.
- U.S. citizens and other foreign nationals who entered Vietnam before March 1, 2020, may be considered for an automatic extension through September 30, 2020, provided that they can provide proof that they have been stranded in Vietnam due to COVID-19 mandatory quarantine, treatment, or other reasons beyond their control by presenting an exit letter from their Embassy or Consulate about their situation. They must present these documents upon exiting Vietnam. The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City may issue exit letters in support of U.S. citizens who entered Vietnam before March 1, 2020, who can present concrete plans (flight reservations, etc.) to exit Vietnam by September 30. U.S. citizens may request an exit letter here. The U.S. Embassy and Consulate can in no way sponsor U.S. citizens during their stay in Vietnam.
- Da Nang intends to gradually resume public transportation beginning September 5. Taxis, contract cars, and ride-hailing services will be allowed to operate within the city. The websites of Vietnam Airlines, Bamboo Airways, and VietJetAir currently show flights departing Da Nang for other localities as early as September 7. Intercity passenger bus routes and waterway passenger transportation, however, remain suspended. For further information, please see the government’s website here .
U.S. citizens are reminded that they must declare their temporary stay with Vietnamese local authorities and complete a health declaration form during the extension period in accordance with local regulations. The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City cannot ask local authorities to give individual U.S. citizens special treatment or exemptions from local laws. U.S. citizens are responsible for directly addressing immigration-related problems with Vietnamese immigration authorities, such as overstaying a visa, visa extensions, visa renewals, and new visa applications. Questions should be referred to the Vietnamese Immigration Department at (024) 39387320 (for Northern areas) or (028) 39200365 (for Southern areas) for further guidance.