In brief

On 18 January 2022, the Government Office issued Official Letter No. 450/VPCP-QHQT concerning foreigners, overseas Vietnamese living abroad and their relatives entering Vietnam ("Official Letter No. 450").

Among other things, Official Letter No. 450 states that foreigners, overseas Vietnamese and their relatives who have valid entry documents will be allowed to enter Vietnam without having to additionally apply for entry approval.

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Official Letter No. 450 presents the government's continued efforts and initiatives to ease COVID-19 restrictions through removing entry approval requirements in certain cases.

We expect that the relevant ministries and authorities will soon issue guiding documents on the implementation of Official Letter No. 450.

Please ensure to stay up to date on the situation, and we will keep you posted on any future developments.

In depth

According to Official Letter No. 450, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh delivered the following opinions:

  1. To agree on the general policy on facilitating Vietnam's entry procedures for foreigners, overseas Vietnamese living abroad and their relatives
  2. All foreigners sponsored by individuals/entities in Vietnam in accordance with Vietnam's immigration laws are eligible to enter Vietnam, except for foreign tourists, who must still follow Vietnam's current pilot programs on welcoming foreign tourists.
  3. Regarding Vietnam's entry procedures:
  • Foreigners, overseas Vietnamese and their relatives with valid entry documents (visas, visa exemption certificates or temporary/permanent residence cards) are allowed to enter Vietnam in accordance with Vietnam's immigration laws, without having to do the following:
    • Undergo procedures on personnel checks or re-issuance of visas
    • Apply for additional entry approval from the competent authorities or localities
  • For foreigners who have not obtained visas, provincial People's Committees will continue to review and facilitate approvals for entry purposes, such as working, meeting, studying and on a humanitarian basis within the province.