Vietnamese and their relatives residing abroad can enter Vietnam without having to obtain an approval letter

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Vietnamese and their relatives residing abroad can enter Vietnam without having to obtain an approval letter.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs has recently issued a documentary on Jan 19th, agreeing to facilitate immigration procedures for foreign arrivals. Accordingly, arrivals are divided into 3 categories.

Category 1: Vietnamese and foreigners who are relatives of Vietnamese:

These people are allowed to enter Vietnam in case they hold one of these valid entry documents, including: Visa, Visa Exemption Certificate, Temporary Residence Card, Permanent Residence Card.

They will not have to go through the procedures of personnel inspection, nor need to apply for an Approval Letter of The Immigration Department.

Category 2: Foreigners visiting Vietnam for work/ study/ charitable purposes and not having a visa:

Foreign arrivals who enter Vietnam with the purposes of working, attending conferences/ seminars, studying, or doing charity work would be given favorable conditions by the People’s Committee to obtain a visa.

Category 3: Foreigners visiting Vietnam for tourism purposes:

Foreigners who want to visit Vietnam for tourism purposes will have to continue following all regulations applied to international tourists.

To be allowed to enter Vietnam, they must prepare a list of valid documents, including Approval Letters from the People’s Committee and the Department of Immigration, proof of vaccination, PCR test results and a health insurance certificate for quarantine. This may take weeks to prepare all the papers.

Regulations for arrivals entering Vietnam:

Vietnam has partially resumed regular commercial flights to 09 international routes to China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, and the U.S from Jan 1st.

Once arriving in Vietnam, arrivals who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 will have to self-quarantine, either at home, hotels or other facilities, for 03 days. They will be tested on the 3rd day.

Arrivals who are not fully vaccinated will self-quarantine for 07 days and be tested on the 3rd and 7th days. If the test results are negative, they will continue to monitor their own health for the next 11 days, free to move around, but required to avoid large gatherings or crowded places.