What is Vietnam Exit Visa? Requirements and Procedures

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If you are a foreign citizen who is currently studying, working, or traveling in Vietnam and you wish to leave the country but cannot because your visa has expired, you need to apply for an exit visa. This begs the question: what is the procedure for a Vietnam exit visa application? Let’s explore this topic together with Thao & Co. in this article.

What is Vietnam exit visa?

An exit visa is an official document issued by the government that authorizes a citizen to depart from the country. While most countries around the world require exit visas under certain circumstances, a few exceptions exist. Russia, Belarus, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar do not mandate exit visas.

A Vietnam exit visa is an official travel document issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department that grants foreigners permission to depart from Vietnam. A Vietnam exit visa is typically valid for 15 days from its issuance date, with processing typically taking 5-7 business days.

When do you need to apply for an exit visa?

Do I need an exit visa to leave Vietnam?” is a question of interest for a lot of foreigners residing in Vietnam. A Vietnam exit visa is often required in the following scenarios:

  1. ● Business visa holders are required to obtain an exit visa to ensure that local authorities can verify the full payment of all tax obligations related to income earned in Vietnam. 
  2. ● Foreign babies that are born in Vietnam
  3. ● Foreign nationals whose Vietnam travel visa or Vietnam work visa have expired
  4. ● Foreign nationals whose passports are lost or damaged
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Exit visa requirements for foreign nationals

Foreign nationals will be granted an exit visa if they meet all of the following paperwork requirements:

  • A passport or other document that is valid for international travel
  • A certificate / temporary or permanent residence card that still holds legal validity
  • The foreign nationals must currently not be subjected to the suspension of exit according to the ordinance on entry, exit, transit, and residence of the country in which they reside.

Procedures for obtaining a Vietnam exit visa

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Documents for a Vietnam exit visa application include:

  1. ● Passport that is valid for another 6 months
  2. ● Birth certificate (if you are applying for a child visa)
  3. ● Temporary residence card
  4. ● Exit visa application form
  5. ● Explanation form for expired visa
  6. ● Documents proving your overstay reasons (e.g medical record)
  7. ● Reservation of airline tickets
  8. ● Other required documents

In specific cases, it’s necessary to obtain a reference letter from your country’s Consular office. After you have completed all of the necessary paperwork, you can apply for an exit visa via the following steps:

Step 1: Fill out the NA5 form for Vietnam exit visa issuance. Log in to download the NA5 form.

Step 2: Go to Vietnam Immigration Department to submit your application at the following addresses:

  1. Hanoi: 44-46 Tran Phu, Ba Dinh District
  2. Da Nang: 07 Tran Quy Cap, Hai Chau District
  3. Ho Chi Minh City: 333-335-337 Nguyen Trai, District 1 or 196 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 3

Step 3: Pay the exit visa application fee of $25. In addition, failing to obtain the necessary approval from the appropriate authorities for expired visas may result in additional penalties. The severity of the penalty is determined by the duration of the overstay, specifically:

  1. ● 1-15 days past the due date: Fines ranging from 500,000 to 2,000,000 VND
  2. ● 16-29 days past the due date: Fines ranging from 3,000,000 to 5,000,000 VND
  3. ● 30-59 days past the due date: Fines ranging from 5,000,000 to 10,000,000 VND
  4. ● 60-89 days past the due date: Fines ranging from 10,000,000 to 15,000,000 VND

Step 4: Wait for the approval’s result. Typically, the processing time is 5-7 working days On the appointment date specified on your fee receipt, please present your receipt, national ID card, or passport at the Vietnam Immigration Department to collect your visa.

Frequent asked questions about Vietnam exit visas:

Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Vietnam Exit Visa, as compiled and answered by Thao & Co.:

What should I do if my entry visa is expired?

When an entry visa expires, foreign nationals can either apply for a visa extension to continue their stay or request an exit visa to depart from the country. For guidance on the necessary procedures, you can visit the Vietnam Immigration Department with your passport.

Do children born in Vietnam need an exit visa?

Foreign children born in Vietnam fall into one of these two scenarios:

  1. ● Both parents are foreigners.
  2. ● One parent is a foreigner and the other is Vietnamese.

Under either of the scenarios mentioned, even though the child was born in Vietnam, they are still considered a foreign national. As a result, the child still needs an exit visa to leave the country.

Can people whose passports are lost or damaged still apply for an Exit Visa?

If you have lost or damaged your passport, you can still apply for an exit visa by following these steps:

  1. ● Step 1: Report the lost or damaged passport to the police and obtain a confirmation paper
  2. ● Step 2: Fill out the Report of a Loss Passport application form and send an email to The Consular Department – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam in your area, along with two 4×6 cm photos and the lost passport confirmation paper provided by the police.
  3. ● Step 3: Await the authorities’ decision on reissuing a new passport or travel document.
  4. ● Step 4: Proceed with the exit visa application through the usual process

Where can I find exit visa document translation services?

The application process for an exit visa is typically straightforward if all the necessary documents are provided and the visa application package is properly notarized or certified. The accuracy, authenticity, and legality of the documents you submit play a pivotal role in the approval of your exit visa application. That’s why engaging a reputable translation company is crucial for a successful exit visa application.

Thao & Co. Professional Visa Application Translation Services

As one of the leading translation agencies, Thao & Co. Translation Company is guided by the unwavering principle of prioritizing our clients’ needs and interests. We are committed to offering accurate and timely exit visa document translation services at a reasonable price. Thao & Co. stands out as the premier choice for your translation needs, offering a comprehensive range of benefits that will exceed your expectations:

  1. ● Our streamlined translation process ensures you receive your translated documents within 24 hours for standard projects.
  2. ● Our team of dedicated consultants is always available to address your queries and provide personalized support.
  3. ● Our team of skilled linguists is passionate about their craft and is committed to delivering the highest-quality translations Moreover, they have extensive experience in handling thousands of visa applications, including exit visas.
  4. ● Our streamlined workflow guarantees the highest standards of translation accuracy.
  5. ● We offer transparent and competitive pricing.
  6. ● We are committed to safeguarding your privacy and adhering to the strictest confidentiality standards regarding client and document information.
  7. ● Thao & Co.’s proprietary platform empowers you to track your project’s progress in real-time.

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