The 5 year Vietnam visa exemption (Eligibility and Procedures)

The 5 year Vietnam visa exemption is one of the longest-term entry and exit documents in Vietnam. However, not everyone is “fortunate” enough to receive this type of document. In this article, Quan Lieu Service will share with you the eligibility criteria and procedures for obtaining the Vietnam 5-year visa exemption.

1. What is a 5 year Vietnam visa exemption certificate? Who is eligible for it?

Giay Mien Thi Thuc VietnamThe Vietnam visa exemption certificate is a document that allows entry and exit into Vietnam and is issued to the following individuals:

  • Vietnamese citizens who are residing abroad and hold a passport or other valid international travel documents issued by a foreign authority (Vietnamese overseas).
  • Foreigners who are spouses, children, or parents of Vietnamese citizens or Vietnamese citizens who are residing abroad.

This certificate can be used in place of a Vietnam visa for the purpose of visiting family or for personal reasons.

2. The validity period of the 5-year Vietnam visa exemption certificate

  • Individuals who enter Vietnam with the visa exemption certificate may stay in the country for up to 6 months per entry (if the validity period of the certificate is less than 6 months, then the stay can be extended until the expiration date).
  •  The certificate can be valid for up to 5 years, but cannot exceed the validity period of the passport or international travel document of the individual, which must be valid for at least 6 months.
  • There are two types of Vietnam visa exemption certificates:
    • Sticker type: the exemption certificate is affixed to the foreign passport of Vietnamese citizens residing abroad and foreigners for the purpose of entering Vietnam.

(Vietnam visa exemption certificate type)

  • Type of book: Visa exemption certificates for overseas Vietnamese only have permanent residence certificates issued by foreign countries and passport holders of countries and territories with which Vietnam has no diplomatic relations.

(Vietnam visa exemption certificate type book)

3. Conditions for obtaining a 5 year Vietnamese visa exemption certificate:

  •  For Vietnamese citizens residing abroad:
    • Have a foreign passport or a substitute document that is valid for at least 01 year;
    • If there is no passport/substitute document, then a foreign residence card (green card) that is valid for at least 01 year from the intended date of entry is required.
  • For foreign spouses, children, or spouses of Vietnamese citizens or Vietnamese citizens residing abroad: Have a foreign passport or a substitute document that is valid for at least 01 years.

4. The agency that issues Vietnam visa exemption certificates for 5 years

5. Procedure for obtaining a 5 year Vietnam visa exemption certificate

  • Documents required for obtaining a 5-year Vietnam visa exemption certificate
    •  For Vietnamese citizens residing abroad:
      • 01 Application form for a visa exemption certificate (according to the provided template): Fill out the online form, print it out, sign it, and affix a photo to the completed form.
      • 02 Color photo, newly taken, size 4cm x 6cm (or 2 inches x 2 inches), with a white background, facing straight, without wearing colored glasses or hats: 01 photos to be affixed to the application form, and 01 photos to be attached to the application form.
      • A foreign passport or international travel document or residence permit issued by a competent foreign authority with a validity of at least 01 year (accompanied by a photocopy for the issuing agency to keep on file).
      • Document proving eligibility for a visa exemption certificate (submit a notarized copy of the original or provide the original for comparison). The document can be one of the following:
  • Vietnamese nationality certificate;
  • A notarized copy or excerpt of the Decision on the resumption of Vietnamese nationality;
  • A notarized copy or excerpt of the Decision on the renunciation of Vietnamese nationality;
  • Certificate of loss of Vietnamese nationality;
  • A Vietnamese passport (valid or expired);
  • National ID card (valid or expired);
  • Birth certificate;
  • Latest voter ID card;
  • Household registration book;
  • A travel document issued before 1975;
  • Identity card issued before 1975;
  • A notarized copy or excerpt of the Birth Certificate issued before 1975;
  • Documents issued by a competent foreign authority state that the person holding such documents has Vietnamese nationality.
  •  For foreigners who are spouses, children of Vietnamese citizens residing abroad, or children of Vietnamese citizens:
    • 1 Application form for a visa exemption certificate (according to the provided template): Fill out the online form, print it out, sign it, and affix a photo to the completed form.
    • 02 Color photo, newly taken, size 4cm x 6cm (or 2 inches x 2 inches), with a white background, facing straight, without wearing colored glasses or hats: 01 photos to be affixed to the application form, and 01 photos to be attached to the application form.
    • A foreign passport or international travel document with a validity of at least 01 years (accompanied by a photocopy for the issuing agency to keep on file).
    • One of the following documents proving the relationship with Vietnamese citizens residing abroad or Vietnamese citizens (submit a notarized copy of the original or provide the original for comparison):
      • Marriage certificate;
      • Birth certificate;
      • Adoption certificate;
      • Other documents prove the relationship.
      • Processing time for Vietnam visa exemption certificate 05 years: 05-07 working days from the date of receipt of complete and valid documents.

Above are the legal issues related to the 5-year Vietnam visa exemption certificate. If you are in need of more in-depth advice on this matter, please contact Quan Lieu Service immediately for a quick, effective consultation with the most economical cost! You can contact us via Hotline: 0966 222 840 or chat with a consultant at our website.

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