Vietnamese Visas and Entry/Exit

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Government of Vietnam has issued a number of visa and entry restrictions, which are subject to change at any time.  U.S. citizens should be aware of the following measures taken by the Government of Vietnam:

  • The Government of Vietnam has suspended the issuance of visas for foreigners entering Vietnam effective March 18 until further notice.
  • As of March 22, the Government of Vietnam has suspended the entry of all foreigners into Vietnam, including people with a Vietnamese visa exemption certificate.
  • The Government of Vietnam currently provides an automatic extension of temporary stay through September 30 for foreigners who entered Vietnam with a visa exemption certificate, e-visa, or tourist visa on or after March 1, and intend to depart Vietnam during the period of extension. Individuals in this qualifying group may exit Vietnam during this period without having to apply for an extension of stay. 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, and can present concrete plans to exit Vietnam by September 30.  However, the Embassy and Consulate can in no way sponsor U.S. citizens during their stay in Vietnam.  U.S. citizens may request an Exit Letter by following the instructions below.

U.S. citizens are advised to follow visa and heath regulations imposed by Vietnamese authorities during their time in Vietnam, and are reminded of the U.S. Department of State’s recent Level 4 Global Health Alert.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Our offices are only able to issue an Exit Letter for U.S. citizens who entered Vietnam before March 1, 2020 and can present concrete plans to exit Vietnam by September 30, 2020.  If this is your situation, please attach a scanned copy of your U.S. passport biometric page at the inquiry form here and also provide:

  1. your flight itinerary indicating that you will exit Vietnam before September 30, 2020;
  2. your phone number and current mailing address in Vietnam;
  3. the date you entered Vietnam; and
  4. the expiration date of your Vietnamese visa.

Our office will provide further instructions after we have received a scanned copy of your U.S. passport and all the information listed above.  Please note that the U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City can in no way sponsor U.S. citizens during their stay in Vietnam.  This is a temporary measure that will only be in effect in response to COVID-19.

The Vietnamese government has told the U.S. Embassy and Consulate General that foreigners who have work visas or other sponsored, non-tourist visas must work with their sponsors to extend their work permit and request visa extensions.

U.S. citizens on tourist visas who have overstayed and/or need extensions should work with Vietnamese immigration authorities and follow the proper procedures to resolve immigration-related issues.  U.S. citizens may also contact a tourist agency that can sponsor foreigners seeking to extend their visas for Vietnam without having to depart and re-enter Vietnam.

U.S. citizens on tourist visas with plans to exit Vietnam should take advantage of the Government of Vietnam policy of automatic extension of temporary stay in certain qualifying groups with plans to depart Vietnam through September 30, 2020.  This policy includes 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.  Individuals under this qualifying group 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, if they can provide proof that they have been stranded in Vietnam due to COVID-19 mandatory quarantine, treatment, or other reasons beyond their control, or by presenting a letter from their Embassy or Consulate about their situation.  U.S. citizens must present these documents upon exiting Vietnam.  Additional questions regarding this Government of Vietnam policy should be directed to the Vietnamese Immigration Department at (024) 39387320 for further guidance.

U.S. citizens who arrived in Vietnam prior to March 1, 2020 and can present concrete plans to exit Vietnam by September 30, 2020, may request an exit letter using our America Citizen Services inquiry form here. Please provide detailed information about your situation, including your full name, date of birth, U.S. passport number, and the date of expiration of your Vietnamese visa.  The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City can in no way sponsor U.S. citizens during their stay in Vietnam.  This is a temporary measure that will only be in effect in response to COVID-19.

The Vietnamese Immigration Department announced the re-opening of all immigration offices effective April 23.  Immigration offices were previously closed from April 1-22.

U.S. citizens who remain in Vietnam and require a visa extension should work with their sponsors and/or proceed to the nearest immigration office starting April 23 to request extension services.  Vietnamese immigration authorities have informed us that U.S. citizens with visas that expire during the closure will not be considered overstays for the period of April 1-22.

The Government of Vietnam announced an extension to their policy of automatic extension of temporary stay for foreigners in certain qualifying groups with plans to depart Vietnam through September 30, 2020.  This policy includes 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.  Individuals under this qualifying group 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 also be considered for an automatic extension through September 30, 2020, if upon exiting Vietnam they can provide proof that they have been stranded in Vietnam due to COVID-19 mandatory quarantine, treatment, or other reasons beyond their control, or present a letter from their Embassy or Consulate about their situation.  Additional questions regarding this Government of Vietnam policy should be directed to the Vietnamese Immigration Department at (024) 39387320 for further guidance.

U.S. citizens who arrived in Vietnam prior to March 1, 2020 and can present concrete plans to exit Vietnam by September 30, 2020, may request an exit letter using our American Citizen Services inquiry form here.  Please provide detailed information about your situation, including your full name, date of birth, U.S. passport number, and the date of expiration of your Vietnamese visa.  The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City can in no way sponsor U.S. citizens during their stay in Vietnam.  This is a temporary measure that will only be in effect in response to COVID-19.

The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City cannot sponsor U.S. citizens in visa matters.  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.  The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General cannot ask local authorities to give individual U.S. citizens special treatment or exempt them from local laws.

At this time, the Government of Vietnam has not lifted its suspension on the issuance of visas for foreigners, or its suspension of entry for foreigners, including people with a Vietnamese visa exemption certificate.  The Government of Vietnam has not announced a potential date to allow foreigners to enter Vietnam again.  The exemption for entry only refers to the entry of special categories of travelers with current Vietnamese visas, such as diplomatic, official duty, and special cases, including experts, business managers, and high-tech workers of businesses involved in important projects as determined by the Government of Vietnam.  Private businesses with employees with valid visas in the exempted categories mentioned previously must work with Vietnamese authorities on sponsoring their workers and requesting travel entry exceptions.  The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General are not involved in this process and cannot carry out medical surveillance of U.S. citizens during their stay in Vietnam.  U.S. companies and citizens with questions about the status of new visa processing for Vietnam should consult the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security’s national web portal on immigration for information.  The English version of the website can be accessed here.  The website of the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in the United States also offers information on visa applications for Vietnam (available in Vietnamese and English).

Members of exempted categories with valid visas for Vietnam should work directly with their company to receive permission from local authorities to enter Vietnam.  The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General are not involved in this process.  However, companies that want to sponsor their employees need to send a request letter to the provincial people’s committee (PPC) where the employee will be located after entry into Vietnam, cc-ing relevant agencies such as the Ministry of Public Security (MPS), the Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MOLISA), and the Ministry of Health (MOH).  The letter should specifically request that the authorities approve that the worker/expert be permitted to enter Vietnam and provide quarantine measures to be taken by the company (at a hotel, or at the company’s facility).  The company must also work out the details regarding quarantine, medical surveillance, transportation options, etc., with the authorities on a case-by-case basis.  After reviewing the request, the PPC will make a decision and, if approved, will instruct Immigration to process the foreigner’s entry.  If approved, all individuals entering Vietnam must be quarantined for 14 days at a government designated facility or the company’s facility (if applicable).  The PPC also requires a non-COVID-19 medical certificate. The certificate is presented upon entry and may be required in advance.  There may be a possibility for the GVN to waive this requirement if such a testing laboratory is not available in the sending country.  Instead, the test would be conducted by GVN authorities upon arrival.  However,  this is on a case-by-case basis and the company must work this out with the authorities.  The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General cannot intervene in the entry restrictions and quarantine rules established by the Vietnamese government.

The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City no longer provide letters in support of visa extensions.  However, we are able to issue exit letters in support of U.S. citizens that entered Vietnam before March 1, 2020, and can present concrete plans to exit Vietnam by September 30.

On June 30, the Government of Vietnam announced an extension to their policy of automatic extension of temporary stay for foreigners in certain qualifying groups with plans to depart Vietnam through September 30, 2020.  This policy includes 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.  Individuals under this qualifying group 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, if upon exiting Vietnam they can provide proof that they have been stranded in Vietnam due to COVID-19 mandatory quarantine, treatment, or other reasons beyond their control, or present a letter from their Embassy or Consulate about their situation.  Additional questions regarding this Government of Vietnam policy should be directed to the Vietnamese Immigration Department at (024) 39387320 for further guidance.

U.S. citizens who arrived in Vietnam prior to March 1, 2020 and can present concrete plans to exit Vietnam by September 30, 2020, may request an exit letter using our American Citizen Services inquiry form here.  Please provide detailed information about your situation, including your full name, date of birth, U.S. passport number, and the date of expiration of your Vietnamese visa.  The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City can in no way sponsor U.S. citizens during their stay in Vietnam.  This is a temporary measure that will only be in effect in response to COVID-19.

The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General cannot recommend specific travel and visa agents.  We recommend U.S. citizens refer to the list of accredited agents provided by the Vietnam Tourism Administration website for more information.

U.S. citizens may consult the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security’s national web portal on immigration for information.  The English version of the website can be accessed here.  The website of the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in the United States also offers information on visa applications for Vietnam (available in Vietnamese and English).

For Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Hanoi
From outside Vietnam: +84-24-3850-5000
From the U.S.: 011-84-24-3850-5000
From landline within Hanoi: 3850-5000
From mobile or landline within Vietnam: 024-3850-5000
Submit an Inquiry Form

U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City
From outside Vietnam: +84-28-3520-4200
From the U.S.: 011-84-28-3520-4200
From mobile or landline within Vietnam: 028-3520-4200
Submit an Inquiry Form

Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs: +1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444