March 16, 2021
Business Visa

How To Get Vietnam Business Visa for Thai Citizens in the Covid-19 Season

Like most of the countries around the world, Vietnam was quick enough to close its borders when the Covid-19 pandemic started last year. Indeed, Vietnam’s efforts have been a success, since the country recorded very few cases compared to its neighboring countries. So in November of last year, Vietnam decided to open its borders. However, authorities have only allowed “essential” visitors to enter. These are visitors who have very important reasons to visit, such as foreign entrepreneurs, business managers, and skilled workers. If you are a Thai citizen and you need to enter Vietnam to conduct business, then you need to apply for a business visa.

Changes to Vietnam Visas Due to Covid-19

Thai citizens who wish to visit Vietnam these days should apply for a visa. That’s because the visa exemption program is currently suspended. Before the pandemic, Thais are eligible for visa-free entry to Vietnam. But this is no longer the case these days. The only way that Thai businessmen can enter is to apply for a business visa. Also, they need to have a sponsor company that will apply for the visa on their behalf.

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Who Can Enter Vietnam During the Covid-19 Pandemic?

Take note that not all foreign visitors are allowed to enter Vietnam at this time. The only visitors that can enter are those that have “essential reasons” to visit. Below are the foreign visitors that can enter Vietnam during this time of the pandemic:

  • Foreign entrepreneurs and investors
  • Diplomats
  • Skilled workers and experts working on projects that are considered important by the Vietnamese Government
  • Vietnamese citizens returning home
  • Foreigners on official duty and special caseworkers

Vietnam Business Visa Requirements for Thai Citizens

To apply for a business visa to Vietnam, you should prepare for the following requirements:

  • Vietnam-based sponsor company
  • Travel permit from the local health authorities
  • Business visa from the Vietnam Immigration Department
  • Confirmed booking of a hotel for the 14-day quarantine, including a pre-booked vehicle that will pick you up from the airport to the hotel

Process of Applying for a Vietnam Business Visa this Covid-19 Pandemic

Here are the steps on how to apply for a business visa to Vietnam during this Covid-19 season.

  1. Your Vietnamese sponsor company should send a letter to the Local People’s Committee to inform them that they are inviting you to visit the country. The sponsor company should explain clearly the reason why they need you to come to Vietnam.
  2. If the Local People’s Committee will approve your visit, they will issue the travel permit. The travel permit must be submitted to the Immigration Department of Vietnam for your business visa to be processed.
  3. When the visa is approved, your sponsor company will forward the visa to you so you can start booking your flight to Vietnam.

The process of applying for a business visa to Vietnam is somewhat different now. Before, you can apply for your visa directly from the Vietnam Immigration Department. But nowadays, you need to have a sponsor company that will be responsible for applying for the business visa.

Aside from the business visa, you also need to have insurance that comes with Covid-19 coverage. That way, if you get sick of Covid-19 while in Vietnam, the insurance will cover the cost of treatment. But if you don’t have insurance, your sponsor company should sign an agreement that they will shoulder the cost of your treatment if you will get infected with the Covid-19 virus during your stay in Vietnam.

Covid-19 Test and Quarantine Requirements

Since the Covid-19 virus is still fast spreading around the world, Vietnamese authorities would want to ensure that none of the foreign visitors are carrying the virus. Therefore, all visitors will be asked to submit a negative Covid-19 test aside from undergoing the 14-day quarantine.

The Covid-19 test should be performed at least 3 to 5 days before flying to Vietnam. It should be performed by a WHO-certified laboratory in Thailand. The certificate should indicate that the visitor is negative of the Covid-19 virus. This certificate should be presented when boarding a flight to Vietnam.

Aside from submitting a Covid-19 test result, all visitors will have to quarantine for 14 days upon their entry to Vietnam. They should book their hotel before their flight. The government of Vietnam has provided a list of hotels that are intended for quarantine, so you need to choose from any of these hotels for your quarantine. The cost already includes your meals for the entire 14 days stay.

Since all foreign visitors are prohibited from taking public transport before their quarantine, a pre-booked vehicle is also required. The vehicle must pick-up the foreign visitor from the airport going to the hotel for quarantine. While in quarantine, the visitor must not leave their hotel and must avoid contact with anyone outside of their hotel room.

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Citizens of Thailand won’t need a visa if staying for fewer than 30 days. Vietnam visa waiver program In case of intending to stay for more than 30 days, citizens of Thailand should apply for a visa.

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