Procedure for a five-year visa exemption for Vietnam-born foreign passport holder

Vietnam-born passport holders (or overseas Vietnamese) are subject of visa exemption laws. Here are the specific conditions that are applied:

Vietnam-born passport holders are the particular subject of visa exemption law.

Procedures for visa exemption certificate

Eleven things to know in obtaining a 5-year visa exemption certificate

The five-year visa exemption allows Vietnam-born passport holders to enter Vietnam multiple times for a five-year duration without re-applying for entry visa. For each entry, the subject is allowed to stay no more than 180 days. After 180 days the subject must leave the country, and then re-enter again without renewing the visa.

  1. The subject must have pertinent documents to prove that he was a Vietnamese before becoming a citizen of another country. Acceptable documents are birth certificate; citizen certificate (issued pre-1975 and after); Vietnamese passport; voter registration.
  2. Visa must be valid for at least one year.
  3. Not be included into category that prohibits entry and exit Vietnam laws.

5 year vietnam visa exemption for overseas vietnamese

Documents needed to apply for five-year visa exemption

  1. Application for visa exemption Form NA9/ Circular 04/2015/TT-BCA
  2. Two 4×6 photos, with one attached to the application.
  3. Valid passport with at least one year remains before expiration date.
  4. Document proving formerly a Vietnam-born person.

Where to file for visa exemption

Outside of Vietnam: Visit Vietnam consular office.

In Vietnam:

  • Vietnam Immigration Office in Hanoi: No. 44 – 46 Tran Phu, Ba Dinh, Hanoi. Phone: 84 4 38257941. Fax: 04 38243287, 04. 38243288.
  • Vietnam Immigration Office in HCM City: số 333-335-337 Nguyễn Trãi, Phường Nguyễn Cư Trinh, Distric 1, TP.HCM. Điện thoại: 84 236 3822 381.

Time and Fees:

Five days for normal application; up to ten days with application with issues.

Ten us dollars per application.

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