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[Updated September 2020] How To Apply Vietnam Visa For Experts, Investors, Workers And Businessmen During Covid19?

As we all know, Vietnam visa is suspended from March 2020 due to Covid19, and it is still closed now. All types of visa (visa at the embassy, evisa or visa on arrival) are impossible to apply in this period. However, Vietnam government allows some specific cases (official passport, experts, investors, business managers, high-tech workers) to enter Vietnam for developing the economics. How can they apply the visa and what are the required documents to process this kind of visa? Please see step by step guidance in this article.

1/ Which cases can apply Vietnam visa during pandemic period?

As Vietnam immigration law, these below cases can get visa to enter Vietnam:

  • Diplomatic and official passport holders
  • Experts
  • Investors
  • High-tech workers
  • Business managers
  • International students
  • Family members of Vietnamese citizens.

The experts, investors, business managers, high-tech workers must be sponsored by a Vietnam company. This company is located in Vietnam and they must sponsor the applicant to prepare all required documents, quarantine fee, entry process as the province/city request.

2/ Documents and procedures to get Vietnam visa for experts, investors, business managers, high-tech workers

In order to get visa to enter Vietnam, the experts, investors, business managers, high-tech workers need to process these below steps:

Step 1: Get “entry permit” from the local provincial people’s committee

The applicant asks the sponsored company or the visa agent to submit the entry request to the local provincial people’s committee (where the company is located) with specific details about the applicant’s job details as well as their travel plans;

Required documents: business license (scanned), passport photo (bio page), degree (if any), application form (signed and red sealed by the company).

Processing time: 3 – 4 weeks

Step 2: Apply visa approval letter from the immigration office

After getting the “entry permit” from the local provincial people’s committee, the sponsored company or visa agent will continue submit the documents to immigration department to get approval of entry.

Required documents: business license (notarized), passport photo, “entry permit”, form NA16, travel plan, air ticket confirmation.

Processing time: 4 working days.

3/ What should you do after getting approval letter?

After getting the approval letter from immigration department, it means you are allowed to enter and visa will be pasted onto your passport at the airport. You must print out “entry permit” and “visa approval letter”. You also are required to show the corona virus test within 3-7 days before departure date.

Quarantine is a must after entry. There is a list of hotels which provide quarantine service which are approved by Vietnam government in Ho Chi Minh city and Ha Noi. The sponsored company can contact the hotels to ask for quarantine service as well as airport pick up service. However, the hotels only accept after you get the “visa approval letter”.

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