In response to the current COVID-19 circumstance, the Vietnamese government has imposed several drastic measures and restrictions in regard to work permits, entry and residence of foreigners as follow
- Temporary suspension of entry of all foreigners
From 22 March 2020, the Government of Vietnam has determined to temporarily suspend the entry of all foreigners into the country, including those holding a Vietnamese visa exemption certificate. This policy has very limited exceptions for official duty, diplomatic, and special cases, involving business managers, experts, foreign investors and high-tech employees of organizations engaged in major projects as decided by the Vietnamese government. They must, however, make an obligatory medical declaration in appointed locations and be properly quarantined at a designated hotel in Vietnam as per regulation.
- Temporary suspension of new visa and work permit issuance
As of 18 March 2020, the Government of Vietnam has decided to suspend the issuance of visas for foreigners entering Vietnam. Likewise, the issuance of new work permits to overseas workers from nations and territories infected by COVID-19 has also been postponed, effective 10 March until further notice.
- Automatic extension of temporary stay
Foreigners who entered Vietnam with a tourist visa, e-visa and visa exemption certificate on or after 1 March 2020 and intend to exit the country by 30 September 2021 will be automatically granted an extension of temporary stay until 30 September 2021. Individuals in this qualifying category might depart Vietnam without having to apply for an extension of stay during this period.
With the condition of the COVID-19 pandemic evolving on a daily basis, the restrictions are subject to change at any time depending on instructions of the Government of Vietnam. Hence, we urge individuals and businesses to stay up-to-date with the latest update. If you have any more concerns or need an exemption to enter Vietnam, you can make an appointment to discuss your situations. We can advise on the possibility of an exemption being granted and go through the process with you if required.