Temporary residence registration for foreigners in Vietnam

Regulations on temporary residence registration declaration for foreigners in Vietnam.

According to Article 33 of the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit, and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam, regulations on temporary residence registration and declaration for foreigners in Vietnam are as follows:

Article 33. Declaration of temporary residence registration for foreigners

  1. Foreigners who temporarily reside in Vietnam must go through the direct manager or operator of the accommodation establishment to declare their temporary residence to the communal police, ward, town or station where the accommodation establishment is located.
  2. The direct manager or operator of the accommodation establishment is responsible for fully recording the content of the temporary residence declaration form for foreigners and submitting it to the communal police, ward, town or station where the accommodation establishment is located within 12 hours. For remote or mountainous areas, the deadline is 24 hours from the time the foreigner arrives at the accommodation establishment.
  3. Tourist accommodation establishments such as hotels must be connected to the Internet or computer network of the provincial or centrally-managed immigration management agency to transmit information on the temporary residence declaration of foreigners. Other accommodation establishments with internet access may send information on the temporary residence declaration of foreigners directly to the public email of the provincial or centrally-managed immigration management agency. For more information on registering temporary residences for foreigners, please refer to the electronic network guidelines.
  4. Foreigners who change their temporary residence or temporarily reside outside the address stated in their permanent residence card must declare their temporary residence in accordance with the provisions of this Article 1.

The foreigners who temporarily reside in Vietnam must declare their temporary residence through the direct management and operation of the accommodation facility. At the same time, the direct manager and operator of the accommodation facility are responsible for declaring the temporary residence for foreigners. In cases where foreigners stay in Vietnam without declaring their temporary residence, both the foreigner and the owner of the accommodation facility will be fined according to Point e, g Clause 2 Article 17 of Decree 167/2013/NĐ-CP:

Regulations On Temporary Residence Registration Declaration For Foreigners In Vietnam.“A fine from 500,000 VND to 2,000,000 VND for one of the following acts:

  1. Foreigners do not declare their temporary residence according to regulations or use temporary residence certificates, temporary residence cards, or permanent residence cards in Vietnam beyond 15 days without permission from competent authorities;
  2. Allowing foreigners to stay overnight without declaring their temporary residence, not guiding foreigners to declare their temporary residence according to regulations, or not complying with other regulations of competent authorities.”
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