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Are Vietnamese people residing overseas exempt from visas

Date Added: September 11, 2020 04:04:34 AM
Author: Vietnam visa agency
Category: Lawyers: Immigration

Who are eligible for Vietnam entry visa exemption?

According  to Article 1 of the Regulation on visa exemption for overseas Vietnamese promulgated together with the Prime Minister’s Decision No.  135/2007/QD-TTg of August 17, 2007, overseas Vietnamese, foreign  spouses and children of Vietnamese citizens or overseas Vietnamese are  eligible for entry visa exemption if possessing all the following  papers:

1. Foreign passports or substitute foreign passports with a term of at least 6 months from the date of entry. Overseas Vietnamese without a passport must have a residence permit issued by a foreign country that remains valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry.

2. Visa exemption certificates granted by a competent Vietnamese agency.

Visa exemption papers are issued for each person. For children under 14 years of age sharing passport with their parents, a visa exemption certificate will be issued together with the parent's passport.

3. What are dossiers of application for a visa exemption certificate? What   agencies are competent to grant the certificates?

The Regulation stipulates:

Foreigner spouses and children of Vietnamese citizens and overseas Vietnamese who are exempt from entry visas, each application includes:

  • 01 Declaration for issuance of certificate of visa exemption;
  • 02 color photos 4 cm x 6 cm recently taken with white background, looking straight, bare, without wearing black glasses;
  • Foreign passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry;

One of the following documents proving the marriage, husband and wife relationship with overseas Vietnamese and Vietnamese citizen:

  • Marriage certificate,
  • Birth certificate,
  • Paper certifying parent-child relationship,
  • Decision on child adoption,
  • Other valid papers as prescribed by Vietnamese law.

For overseas Vietnamese, a dossier consists of:

  • 01 Declaration for issuance of Certificate of visa exemption,
  • 02 color photos 4 cm x 6 cm recently taken with white background, looking straight, bare and without black glasses;
  • Foreign passports or residence permits issued by foreign countries for those who do not have foreign passports are valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry ;

One of the following  papers proving that the applicant is an overseas Vietnamese (enclosed  with its copy for archive by a competent agency):

  • A certificate of Vietnamese nationality;
  • A copy or duplicate of the decision on Vietnamese nationality restoration;
  • A copy or duplicate of the decision on Vietnamese nationality relinquishment;
  • A certificate of loss of Vietnamese nationality;
  • A Vietnamese passport ;
  • A Vietnamese identity card;
  • A birth certificate;
  • A lastest polling card;
  • The household registering book;
  • A laissez-passer granted before 1975;
  • An identity card granted before 1975;
  • A duplicate of the birth certificate granted before 1975;
  • Papers granted by a foreign competent agency which state that the  applicant has Vietnamese nationality or is a Vietnamese native.

If having none of the above papers, the applicant may submit one of the  following which needs not to be certified or authenticated):

  • A paper of guarantee issued by an overseas Vietnamese association based in   the country where he/she resides;
  • A written affirmation by a Vietnamese citizen.

Agencies competent to grant visa exemption certificates include:

  • Overseas Vietnamese diplomatic missions and consulates;
  • The Immigration Control Department under the Ministry of Public Security.

Please visit the official website: http://mienthithucvk.mofa.gov.vn/ for detailed instructions for the 5-year visa exemption certificates.