Vietnam’s immigration policy – Update on March 2021

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1. Continue to postpone immigration approval:

Vietnam will continue to postpone entry for foreigners from 22 March 2020 to limit the spread of COVID-19. However, the Government of Vietnam still allows certain subjects to enter Vietnam when the following conditions are satisfied:

1.1. Subjects that are allowed to enter

  • Foreigners carrying passports for diplomatic and official duty purposes and their family members;
  • Experts, investors, business managers, highly skilled workers and their family members;
  • Foreign students studying in Vietnam;
  • Foreign relatives of Vietnamese citizens;
  • Vietnamese citizens

1.2. Conditions for entry

  • Entry approvals issued by the Provincial People’s Committee and the Immigration Department of Vietnam;
  • Register the quarantine period at designated locations by competent authorities or hotels, accommodation facilities with self-pay expense;
  • A negative certificate of RT-PCR for SARS-CoV-2 issued by a competent medical authority within 03 days prior to boarding;
  • Get an RT-PCR test immediately upon entry at the quarantine site.

2. Centralized quarantine period for at least 14 days

  • Centralized quarantine from 14 days – 21 days after entry;
  • Quarantine at an authorized accommodation establishment;
  • The health authority has the power to make other decisions from time to time.

3. Automatic visa extension

The Immigration Department of Vietnam announces an automatic visa extension until March 31, 2021 for foreigners entering under the visa exemption program, e-visa or tourist visa since the 1st March.

This measure applies to persons who enter Vietnam from March 1, leaving the country without any penalty or paperwork until March 31, 2021.