Vietnamese Visas and Entry/Exit

Note: The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City no longer issue exit letters.  U.S. citizens who entered Vietnam before March 1, 2020 with a visa exemption certificate, e-visa, or tourist visa will need to resolve visa extensions directly with Vietnamese Immigration and may be subject to overstay penalties.

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.  This policy has very limited exemptions for diplomatic, official duty, and special cases, including experts, business managers, foreign investors, and high-tech workers of businesses involved in important projects as determined by the Government of Vietnam.  Family reunification is not one of the exemptions.  For further information, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here.
  • Detailed instructions for foreigners in exempted categories applying for entry into Vietnam are available on the Vietnamese government’s website here (in Vietnamese only).  If you have any questions about this process, please contact your employer or sponsoring organization directly.
  • Please also check the Vietnamese Immigration Department’s FAQ page about Vietnamese entry and exit requirements here.  If you have further questions, please contact the nearest Vietnamese Immigration Office directly.
  • The Government of Vietnam currently provides an automatic extension of temporary stay through November 30, 2021 for foreigners who entered Vietnam with a visa exemption certificate, e-visa, or tourist visa on or after March 1, 2020 and intend to depart Vietnam by November 30, 2021. Individuals in this qualifying group may exit Vietnam during this period without having to apply for an extension of stay.  For further details, please see the Vietnamese Immigration Department’s website here.
  • U.S. citizens are advised to follow visa and heath regulations imposed by Vietnamese authorities during their time in Vietnam.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Yes, the information is correct.  Our offices no longer issue visa extension letters and exit letters.  Please contact the nearest Vietnamese immigration visa office to resolve any issues related to your Vietnamese visa extensions.

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 November 30, 2021.  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.  For further information, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here.

U.S. citizens who arrived in Vietnam prior to March 1, 2020 with a visa exemption certificate, e-visa, or tourist visa will need to resolve visa extensions directly with Vietnamese Immigration and may be subject to overstay penalties.

At this time, Vietnamese immigration authorities have not announced any current closures. Immigration offices were previously closed from April 1-22, and re-opened on April 23. Danang’s immigration office was more recently closed from July 28 to September 4, and re-opened on September 5.  Vietnamese immigration authorities have informed us that U.S. citizens with visas that expired during the closure of immigration offices will not be considered overstays for the duration of the closure period.

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.  The U.S. Embassy or Consulate cannot issue letters in support of visa extensions. Contact ‎information for Vietnamese immigration offices is available on the side-bar of this page.

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 November 30, 2021.  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.  For further details, please see the Vietnamese Immigration Department’s website here.

U.S. citizens who arrived in Vietnam prior to March 1, 2020 with a visa exemption certificate, e-visa, or tourist visa will need to resolve visa extensions directly with Vietnamese Immigration and may be subject to overstay penalties.

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.  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 arrange 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 from five to fourteen or twenty-one days, depending on the duration of their trip and the specific circumstances of their cases, at a government-designated facility or the company’s facility, or a hotel (if applicable). Please note that the quarantine period may be prolonged indefinitely if deemed necessary by the Vietnamese government.

In addition, the Government of Vietnam has informed us that foreign nationals in the aforementioned exempted categories who apply for entry to Vietnam must also meet the following requirements:

  • The visitor in an exempted category must have tested for SARS-CoV-2 using the real-time PCR method within three to seven days prior to entry into Vietnam. The test must have been conducted at a government or World Health Organization-certified facility.
  • The visitor in an exempted category must have international health insurance, or the sponsoring entity must guarantee its willingness to cover any potential costs related to COVID-19 treatment.
  • The sponsoring entity must ensure all necessary COVID-19 prevention safety measures are followed when assisting the visitor in an exempted category to enter Vietnam.

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 any letters or certificates in support of visa extensions.

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 November 30, 2021.  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. U.S. citizens under this qualifying group may exit Vietnam during this period without having to apply for an extension of stay and do not need to request any documentation from the U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City.  For further details, please see the Vietnamese Immigration Department’s website here.

U.S. citizens who arrived in Vietnam prior to March 1, 2020 with a visa exemption certificate, e-visa, or tourist visa will need to resolve visa extensions directly with Vietnamese Immigration and may be subject to overstay penalties.

The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General cannot recommend specific travel and visa agents; we are also not in the position to vouch for any information about the integrity or the quality of services of any travel and visa agency in Vietnam.  We recommend U.S. citizens contact the Vietnam Tourism Administration (VTA) directly for more information.  The VTA also has a website here where you can look for an agency’s name and check if they are accredited to operate in Vietnam.  Please note that the information on this website is available in Vietnamese language only.

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 landline within Ho Chi Minh City: 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