The new regulations will allow all foreign nationals who have entered the country on a visa-free basis or by using a tourist visa, including e-visas, and cannot leave the nation for reasons such as being isolated, their flight being cancelled, or the closure of borders, to temporarily extend their stay in the country. This can be done for a maximum of 30 days through a foreign national’s respective embassy or consulate who must submit the necessary documents to the Immigration Department.

The Immigration Department gives instructions on visa extensions for foreign citizens.(Photo:

Applications to extend a person’s stay in the country must include a passport, a declaration form, papers proving the person has the right to be in Vietnam, a medical declaration, and payment of fees according to regulations set out by the Ministry of Finance.

The process will take the Immigration Department five working days to return the results  from the date of receiving a complete and valid dossier, with the this policy set to be in place from March 30 to April 30.

It is the responsibility of embassies and consulates to manage citizens who have had their rights protected by the latest policy whilst coordinating alongside Vietnamese authorities to deal with citizen-related issues when necessary.

For cases regarding foreign nationals seeking to enter the country for the purpose of business, work, or for diplomatic reasons, embassies and consulates are required to guide citizens to contact the necessary agencies, organisations, and individuals in accordance with the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam.

Moreover, any individuals who overstays their visa for less than 10 days as a result of a force majeure may be considered for exemption from administrative fines providing they have the correct papers and supporting documents.

Source: VOV