- From 1st September 2007
Vietnamese and their families will be able to obtain five-year visa
- Not more than 30
days: for citizens of Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore,
Indonesia and Laos.
- Not more than 15
days: for citizens of Japan and South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Denmark,
Finland, Russian Federation (from 1 Jan 2009).
- French citizens holding valid diplomatic passports are exempt from
visa requirements when visiting Vietnam and are allowed to stay for up
3 months at one time or on several visits within six months since
their first immigration dates. Vietnamese citizens holding valid
diplomatic passports also enjoy similar privileges.
- Citizens of
Chile and Vietnam holding valid diplomatic or official passports from
one of the two countries are exempt from needing entry, exit and
transit visas in the other's territory and are allowed to stay for up
60 days on each visit.
- An agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic and official passport
holders signed between Vietnam and the Republic of Paraguay’s
governments will take effect as from October 26, 2008 announced the
Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Under the agreement which was signed on March 8, 2007 in Asuncion, the
two countries’ diplomatic and official passport holders whose
residence does not exceed 90 days will be exempted from visa.
The agreement will also allow visa exemption throughout the term of
office for those who are members of diplomatic missions, consular
offices or representatives of international organizations as well as
members of their families.
Vietnam to waive visa for Russian visitors
Russian nationals will be exempted from visa when entering Vietnam
within 15 days from January 1, 2009, according to a decision of the
Vietnamese Prime Minister.
The fresh decision will apply to Russian ordinary passport holders
regardless of the purpose of their visit.
Phu Quoc Island lures tourists with visa exemptions
Prime Minister has issued a decision on entry and exit procedures for
foreign visitor to
Phu Quoc Island in southern Kien Giang Province on
Accordingly, foreigners and
Vietnamese nationals bearing foreign passports who want to enter and
stay in Phu Quoc Island for less than 15 days will be exempt from visa
application. Those who enter Vietnam through an international border
gate and then travel to Phu Quoc Island will also be exempt from visa
application. Passports must be valid for at least 45 days.
After arriving in Phu Quoc Island, if visitors want to travel other
localities or stay in the island for more than 15 days, the
immigration department will be responsible for issuing visas right on
Visa no longer needed to enter Phu Quoc by sea
is not only a beautiful island but also one of the most interesting
places to visit in Vietnam. With a new regulation granted by the Prime
Minister exempting visa requirements for international tourists,
Phu Quoc is opening up to welcome international cruise ships to the
onwards, international tourists visiting Phu
no longer need to pass through Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat
International Airport. The Saigon-Phu Quoc
Resort could receive international travellers by sea and the
Coco-Explore cruise ship with some 150 international visitors from
Thailand and Cambodia now anchors at Phu
Island every Tuesday.
This is because of the new regulation simplifying the entry/exit
procedures. Under them, visitors coming to Phu
Quoc by sea only go through entry procedures at the border gate.
Visitors have to present passports that are valid for at least 45
days. By air, they have to complete the procedure at the international
airport and take another plane to Phu Quoc.
To get a place on the cruise ship, travellers have to make
reservations a month or two in advance through C&C Travel Co. in
Denmark, owner of Coco-Explore.
Phung Xuan Mai, the Saigon-Phu Quoc Resort’s
Director, said the resort has signed a long-term agreement with cruise
ship owners on accommodation and other services such as one-day tours
to explore the island and activities such as fishing, scuba diving and
The most popular activities so far have been exploring the desert
island, scuba diving to see euphorbia, sea sports and cooking classes
by Vietnamese chefs.
For the cooking classes, the chefs will take visitors to the market,
showing how to choose foods and spices. The cooking will start later
and afterwards, the visitors can enjoy the meal they just cooked.
In the coming days, the Saigon-Phu Quoc
Resort will make tours to Phu Quoc available
for international tourists who come to Vietnam through the
international airports in Hanoi, Saigon and Da Nang.
Vietnam officially joins APEC Business Travel Card
Businesspeople from a number of
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies will be
granted easier access to enter Vietnam as the country has officially
joined the APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) programme.
to this effect was signed by Bui Dinh Dinh, Head of the Consular
Department under the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry in Gyeongju, the
Republic of Korea, on September 9, 2005.
Under the programme, ABTC holders will be able to be exempted from
visa and resident registration procedures. They can use express
immigration lanes at airports, come in and out of ABTC members and
stay for at least 60 days each visit.
Using ATBC, Vietnamese businesses can make business journeys to other
ABTC participating economies and vice versa, businesses from ABTC
members will be provided with favorable conditions when entering and
staying in Vietnam.
The Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam is to grant ABTC to
business people in 2006 as the country will play the host of the 2006
The ABTC was initiated by Australia in 1996 and has been applied in
three founding member countries - namely Australia, the RoK and the
Philippines - since 1997. So far, 17 APEC member economies have joined
the ABTC programme, including Australia, Brunei, Chile, China, Hong
Kong, Indonesia, Japan, the RoK, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New
Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and
Citizens from four European countries given visa exemption
Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, and Finnish citizens will be exempted from
requiring visas as of May 1 when they enter, exit or stay in Viet Nam
for less than 15 days.
No. 808/2005/QD-BNG issued by the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry on April
13 stipulates that these countries' citizens must have valid passports
for at least three months since they enter Viet Nam, return tickets or
tickets for a third country. This does not apply to those who have
been banned from entering or have not been allowed to enter Viet Nam
under Vietnamese laws.
After entering Viet Nam, if they want to stay more than 15 days, and
have a valid reason as laid out by Vietnamese agencies, organizations
and individuals for the Ministry of Public Security and the Foreign
Ministry, they will be required to have a visa.
Vietnam-Japan visa exemption to take effect
Vietnamese Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy
Nien and his Japanese counterpart Nobutaka Machimura exchanged
diplomatic notes to this effect in Tokyo, on March 8th.Vietnamese and
Japanese diplomatic and official passport holders will be exempted
from visa requirements as of May 1st.
Vietnamese and Japanese citizens who hold valid diplomatic or official
passports entering Japan and Vietnam to implement diplomatic, consular
missions or the Government’s official tasks and their family members
living with them in the same household and also holding diplomatic or
official passports are exempted from entry visa with no concern about
their period of stay.
2. Vietnamese and Japanese citizens who hold valid diplomatic or
official passports entering Japan and Vietnam for the purposes
different from that mentioned in Article 1 are exempted from entry
visa and permitted to stay within 90 days.
3. The entry visa exemption mentioned in Article 2 does not apply for
those who enter the country to look for a job, ask for permanent
residence, do professional work or other jobs, and participate in
money-making public entertainment activities (including sports).
4. The exemption will take effect on May 1, 2005.
Visa exemption agreements between Vietnam, France, Chile to come into
Agreements on visa
exemptions for diplomatic passport holders Vietnam has signed with
France will come into effect on July 1st.
A similar agreement, which will begin on June 25th,
also includes official passport holders in the beneficiary list. The
Foreign Ministry announced the information on June 1st.
Under the agreement
signed by Vietnam and France on October 6th,
2004, Vietnamese citizens holding valid diplomatic passports are
exempt from visa requirements when visiting France and are allowed to
stay for up 3 months at one time or on several visits within six
months since their first immigration dates.
French citizens holding valid diplomatic passports also enjoy similar
privileges. Under the agreement signed by Vietnam and Chile on
2003, citizens holding
valid diplomatic or official passports from one of the two countries
are exempt from needing entry, exit and transit visas in the other's
territory and are allowed to stay for up 60 days on each visit.
5-year Vietnam visa exemption for Overseas Vietnamese
Under a decision issued by
from 1st September 2007 overseas Vietnamese will be granted 5-year visa
exemption certificate. To get it, they must fulfill some formalities to be granted a visa
exemption verification document, which is valid for many times of traveling
and valid within five years.
The maximal residency time in
Vietnam is 90 days each time. If they want to stay longer, they must ask for
visas and fulfill extension formalities in Vietnam.
They have defined three subjects of overseas
Vietnamese who will enjoy visa exemption: The people who have Vietnamese
nationality; Vietnamese people who hold foreign nationalities; Foreigners who are wives, husbands, children of Vietnamese or Vietnamese
who hold foreign nationalities.
A certificate must be obtained by the passport holders for the exemption to be
In order to be granted visa exemption certificates at Vietnamese representative
offices abroad, overseas Vietnamese need to submit one of three following
A document that proves they are ethnically Vietnamese;
A guarantee by overseas Vietnamese associations based in the country where
they are residents of or by a Vietnamese citizen and a document by
authorized foreign agencies
certifying that they are ethnically Vietnamese.
Husbands, wives and children of Vietnamese people living abroad will also need
to submit documents that prove their relationship to the Vietnamese member of
their immediate family.
The Committee for overseas
Vietnamese has sent 200,000 visa exemption certificates to Vietnamese embassies
Click here to get more instruction,
formalities to get the Certificate of Visa Exemption
Chính sách miễn thị thực cho người Việt Nam ở
nước ngoài (Việt Kiều)
Người có quốc tịch hoặc có nguồn gốc Việt Nam
mang hộ chiếu nước ngoài còn giá trị và người nước ngoài là vợ, chồng, con của
họ sẽ được miễn thị thực vào Việt Nam kể từ ngày 1/9/2007.
Quy chế về miễn thị thực cho người Việt Nam định
cư ở nước ngoài đã được Thủ tướng Chính phủ Nguyễn Tấn Dũng ký ban hành hôm
17/8/2007. Theo đó, giấy miễn thị thực có giá trị trong thời hạn 5 năm, được sử dụng
để xuất nhập cảnh nhiều lần, mỗi lần không quá 90 ngày. Những Việt kiều đã về
nước có nguyện vọng ở lại Việt Nam lâu hơn thời gian quy định có thể xin gia hạn
thêm thời gian lưu trú.
Khi về nước, Việt kiều chỉ cần mang hộ chiếu
nước ngoài cùng với giấy miễn thị thực là có thể ra vào các cửa khẩu Việt Nam.
Để được cấp giấy miễn thị thực tại cơ quan đại
diện Việt Nam ở nước ngoài, Việt kiều cần phải có một trong ba loại giấy tờ bao
gồm giấy tờ chứng minh là người Việt Nam định cư ở nước ngoài; giấy bảo lãnh của
hội đoàn người Việt Nam ở nước sở tại hoặc được công dân Việt Nam bảo đảm đương
sự là người Việt Nam định cư tại nước ngoài; giấy tờ do cơ quan có thẩm quyền
của nước ngoài cấp, xác nhận là người có quốc tịch Việt Nam hoặc gốc Việt Nam.
Đối với người nước ngoài là vợ, chồng, con của
người Việt Nam định cư ở nước ngoài cần có giấy tờ chứng minh quan hệ đó.
Để có thể triển khai ngay sau khi quy chế có hiệu lực,
Uỷ ban về người Việt Nam ở nước ngoài cho biết trước mắt đã chuyển tới
các cơ quan đại diện Việt Nam ở nước ngoài 200.000 giấy miễn thị thực.
Bấm vào đây để xem chi tiết thủ tục,
quy định, mẫu biểu, địa chỉ các cơ quan có chức năng cấp giấy miễn thị
thực cho Việt Kiều ở các nước trên thế giới.