Vietnam Visa Exemption: List of countries and more

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Thanks to Vietnam’s recent visa policy changes, citizens from certain countries can now visit visa-free. Planning a trip to Vietnam? This guide unpacks Vietnam visa exemption policy. Our experts at Thao & Co. can help ensure a smooth process!

What is a Vietnam Visa Exemption Certificate?

The Vietnam visa exemption certificate acts as a visa waiver, allowing entry and exit to Vietnam for Vietnamese citizens living overseas and foreign spouses or children of Vietnamese citizens.

This certificate functions as a visa alternative for entering Vietnam, allowing holders to visit for work purposes or to see family. The duration of stay for each entry is not exceeding 180 days (06 months).

If the visa exemption expires within 06 months, the holder can stay up to no longer than the exemption period. However, if you have a valid reason and apply for an extension, you may be granted an additional stay of up to 6 months.

Remember, to qualify for the Vietnam visa exemption certificate, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended stay in Vietnam. While the certificate itself is valid for 5 years, it cannot exceed the validity of your passport.

Countries on the Vietnam Visa exemption agreements

Countries to enter Vietnam visa-free

As of 2024, citizens of 13 countries enjoying unilateral visa exemption can stay in Vietnam for a maximum of 45 days, regardless of passport type and entry purpose. The 13 countries include:

  1. 1. Japan
  2. 2. South Korea
  3. 3. Germany
  4. 4. France
  5. 5. Italy
  6. 6. Finland
  7. 7. Belarus
  8. 8. United Kingdom (not applicable for BNO passport)
  9. 9. Russia
  10. 10. Denmark
  11. 11. Sweden
  12. 12. Norway
  13. 13. Spain
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List of bilateral visa-exempt countries

Visas are exempted for the citizens of the following countries, which have signed a bilateral visa exemption agreement with Vietnam:

Countries Duration (days)

Other visa exemptions

In addition to the visa exemption offered to citizens of certain countries, Vietnam’s program extends to 5 other categories of individuals.

  1. ● Foreign nationals covered by international treaties that Vietnam has signed.
  2. ● Foreigners with valid temporary or permanent residence cards issued by Vietnam.
  3. ● Foreigners visiting specific economic zones designated by the Vietnamese government.
  4. ● Foreigners entering coastal economic zones under specific agreements established by Vietnam.
  5. ● Vietnamese citizens holding foreign passports.

Procedure for issuance of Visa Exemption Certificate

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Here are the 4 steps to apply for an issuance/re-issuance of Vietnam Visa Exemption certificate:

  1. Step 1: Gather your documents. You’ll need:
    • Passport (or a valid international travel document if you have one)
    • – An application form for the visa exemption certificate
    • – Documents proving your eligibility for visa exemption: birth certificate, marriage registration certificate to a Vietnamese citizen (if applicable), or other relevant documents.
  2. Step 2: Submit your application. You can submit your application in person or by mail to the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in your home country.
  3. Step 3: Pay the application fee and postage costs (if applicable)
  4. Step 4: Receive your visa exemption certificate (if approved). 

Once your application is processed and approved, you’ll typically receive your visa exemption certificate back within 3-7 working days.

Application form for Vietnam Visa Exemption

Below is a link to the NA9 form used to issue and extend visa exemption documents according to Vietnamese law:

Click here to download Form NA9

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Vietnam visa exemption application form NA9

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If your documents are not originally in Vietnamese, you’ll need to have them translated and get the translations notarized. These documents include:

  1. ●  Application form
  2. ● Declarations
  3. ● Official document to prove your eligibility for visa exemption as stipulated by the Vietnamese Law

For the most accurate and secure translations, consider using a professional translation service with expertise in Vietnamese legal documents.

Doing so ensures a meticulous rendering of your documents that adheres to Vietnamese legal requirements. This can significantly boost your chances of securing a visa exemption.

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Navigating the visa exemption process can involve some legwork, especially when it comes to translations. To ensure accuracy and peace of mind, consider partnering with a professional translation service. Thao & Co. is happy to help!

As a professional translation company, Thao & Co. can streamline your visa exemption application process with our Certified and Notarized Translation Services. We’ll handle the complexities, ensuring your Vietnamese adventure gets off to a stress-free start!

At Thao & Co., we understand the importance of a seamless visa exemption process. That’s why we’ve helped hundreds of satisfied clients navigate the application smoothly and secure their visa-free certification. Here’s how our experience can benefit you:

  1. ● We offer certified and notarized translation services in over 50 languages, including English, Vietnamese, Russian, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.
  2. Our team consists of highly experienced linguists who are not only expert linguists but also well-versed in the legal field. This ensures your documents are translated accurately and meet all Vietnamese regulations.
  3. We prioritize efficiency! Our streamlined process allows for the fastest turnaround times possible. For standard documents, you can expect your final translations within 24 hours.
  4. Your privacy is our top concern. All Thao & Co. linguists and experts adhere to strict Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) to safeguard your confidential information.
  5. ● We go the extra mile! At no additional cost, Thao & Co. provides Certification of Translation Accuracy upon request, adding an extra layer of assurance to your translations.
  6. Need help with notarization? We’ve got you covered! Thao & Co. can facilitate the notarization process on your behalf, ensuring your documents are ready for embassy or consulate authentication.
  7. For a hassle-free experience, leverage our proprietary platform. It creates a personalized profile to guide you through each application stage, delivers automatic updates on your translation progress, and enables convenient file transfers.

Thao & Co. offers a comprehensive suite of translation solutions, including certified and notarized translations specifically tailored for your visa exemption application. Get a free quote and consultation anytime! Our linguist support is available 24/7 to answer your questions.

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