5-years Vietnam Visa Exemption

Who is eligible for the 5-year visa exemption for Vietnam?

A 5-year Vietnam visa exemption is granted to Vietnamese overseas and foreigners who are husband, wife, children of Vietnamese citizens or overseas Vietnamese.

This visa exemption is a type of long-term visa. They can enter Vietnam at any time within 5 years.

Sample of Vietnam 5 years visa exemption certificate
Sample of Vietnam 5 years visa exemption certificate

Notes:

  • This certificate of visa exemption is valid for a maximum of 5 years and is shorter than your passport duration or your resident permit 06 months. Therefore, if your passport or green card is valid for less than 5 years old, the certificate of visa exemption will be valid for less than 5 years.
  • If the certificate of visa exemption has not expired, you do not need to apply for a Vietnam visa.
  • If you enter Vietnam with this certificate of visa exemption, you will be allowed to stay 180 days at most for a one-time entry.
  • If you want to stay longer than 180 days, in case of guaranteed and suitable reasons, you will be considered for extension of temporary residence, each time not exceeding 180 days.

How to apply for 5-year Vietnam visa exemption

To get a 5-year Vietnam visa exemption, you need to perform 2 steps:

Step 1: Prepare required documents

The documents needed for applying a 5-year Vietnam visa exemption differ between:

  • Vietnamese overseas who do not have Vietnamese passports;
  • Foreigners who are husband, wife, children of Vietnamese or overseas Vietnamese.

Case: Vietnamese overseas

To get a 5-year Vietnam visa exemption, you need to prepare all documents below:

  1. 01 application form: You will need to declare your information in the online application and print the copy.
  2. Foreign passport: Show (or send) the original passport along with a copy of your passport for document records. Your passport must be valid for at least 12 months, but a valid period of 5 years and 6 months can help you apply for the 5-year Vietnam visa exemption.
  3. 02 digital portrait, size 4cm x 6cm (or 2 inches x 2 inches), white background, straight look, no colored glasses or hats, 01 photo pasted into the declaration, 01 photo pinned or attached with the sheet declaration.
  4. Proof that you are a Vietnamese residing abroad (show or send the original document and 01 copy for document records). It can be one in the below list:
    + Birth certificate;
    + Certificate proving Vietnamese nationality;
    + Decision to return / relinquish Vietnamese nationality;
    + Certificate proving loss Vietnamese nationality;
    + Vietnam Passport that has expired (Vietnam passports which are still valid is not the subject of visa exemption);
    + Identity document (valid and expired);
    + Latest voter card;
    + Family register book;
    + Document issued by a foreign competent agency that shows the person granted the document has Vietnamese nationality or Vietnamese origin.
  5. In the absence of the documents in paragraph (4), the applicant may submit one of the following papers:
    + Letter of guarantee from Vietnamese association overseas.
    + Letter of guarantee from Vietnamese citizens. The Vietnamese who guarantee you need to have Vietnamese nationality and have a valid Vietnamese identity card or passport. Submit their Vietnamese passport or Vietnamese identity card and a copy of the document.

These two types of guarantee documents do not have to be authenticated.

Case: Foreigners who are husband, wife, children of Vietnamese or overseas Vietnamese:

You will have to prepare all documents below to apply 5 years Vietnam visa:

  1. 01 application form: You will need to declare your information in the online application and print the copy.
  2. Foreign passport: Show (or send) the original passport along with a copy of your passport for document records. Your passport must be valid for at least 12 months, but a valid period of 5 years and 6 months can help you apply for the 5-year Vietnam visa exemption.
  3. 02 digital portrait, size 4cm x 6cm (or 2 inches x 2 inches), white background, straight look, no colored glasses or hats, 01 photo pasted into the declaration, 01 photo pinned or attached with the sheet declaration.
  4. Show or send the original, submit 01 copy for records one of the documents below. It is used to prove your relationship as spouse, parent, child of a Vietnamese
    + Marriage certificate;
    + Birth certificate;
    + Certificate of parent-child relationship;
    + Other valid papers according to Vietnamese law;
    + Adoption certificate.

Step2: Submit these documents to the visa issuing authority, which is:

  • Vietnamese diplomatic missions in your country ( embassies and consulates- see further information here)
  • The Vietnam Immigration Department of the Ministry of Public Security (if you are in Vietnam).

In case you are in Vietnam and do not have time to contact the Vietnam Immigration Department directly to apply for a 5-year visa waiver, contact us at +84 9 8852 2908 or email [email protected] for assistance.

The fee of 5 years Vietnam visa

This fee may vary depending on the issuing unit.

Processing time of applications for visa exemption for Vietnam entry 5 years

Normally, the processing time is 7 days.

Frequently asked question

My 5-year visa waiver is about to expire. Can I apply again or get a new visa exemption?

Yes. You can apply for a new visa or 5 years Vietnam visa exemption with the process above.

How can I extend my stay in Vietnam on a 5-year visa waiver?

We can assist you to extend your stay if you want to stay in Vietnam for no more than 180 days. Please send us a copy of your passport (personal information page and visa waiver page), and we will advise in detail.

I want to apply for a 5-year visa exemption, but what if my foreign passport is valid for less than 5 years old?

In this case, you should apply for a passport before you can apply for a visa exemption. If you still use this passport to apply for a visa, you may still be granted a visa exemption but the validity of this will be shorter than the duration of the passport 6 months.

Address of Vietnam Immigration Department?

Question: My wife is Vietnamese and now I am in Vietnam with my wife. I want to apply for a 5-year Vietnamese visa exemption at the Immigration Department. Please tell me the address of the Department so I can contact them.

Answer: Here are the addresses of the Vietnam Immigration Department in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City:

  • In Hanoi: 44-46 Tran Phu Street, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • In Danang: 7 Tran Quy Cap Street, Danang, Vietnam
  • In Ho Chi Minh City: 254 Nguyen Trai Street, District 1, HCMC, Vietnam

The working time of the Department of Immigration is from 8 am to 11 am and from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm from Monday to Friday (except holidays).
In case you do not have the time or do not want to encounter trouble when working directly with The Immigration Department, you can contact us at +84 9 8852 2908 for assistance.


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