April 8, 2020
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Official Guidelines from Vietnam Immigration Regarding the Visa Extension for Stranded Foreigners Due to the COVID-19

Thousands of foreign tourists are now stranded in Vietnam after the government imposed several travel restrictions. The country’s Prime Minister has declared Covid 19 as a nationwide epidemic and has put the country on lockdown. This is done in order to prevent the deadly virus from spreading further. In line with this, all flights in and out of the county were temporarily canceled. As a result, foreign visitors who are currently vacationing in Vietnam have to extend their stay in the country. However, these tourists are holders of tourist visas that are only valid for a certain number of days.

Thankfully, the Vietnam Immigration Department has given these stranded foreigners an option to extend their visa. In fact, the Immigration Department has released an official guideline to assist the affected foreign individuals in requesting an extension of their visas.

Foreigners on Visa Waiver or Tourist Visas

The visa extension applies to foreign tourists who were holders of all kinds of tourist visas, whether it’s the e-visa or visa on arrival. It also applies to those who are covered by the visa waiver program. Under this program, citizens of certain countries can enter Vietnam visa-free but for a limited number of days only. Usually, these foreign individuals can only stay in Vietnam for up to 15 days.

Meanwhile, holders of the electronic visa, also known as e-visa, are only allowed to stay in Vietnam for up to 30 days. On the other hand, those who have a visa on arrival can choose to stay in Vietnam for a maximum of 60 days only.

Guidelines on Extending Your Tourist Visa

If you are holding a tourist visa in Vietnam and it is about to expire, yet you can’t take a flight home due to the Covid 19 travel restrictions, then you are required to request for a visa extension. That way, you can still stay in the country even after your visa has already expired.

As per the guidelines set by the Immigration Department of Vietnam, you are required to contact your Embassy or Consulate-General. Your respective embassy will serve as your sponsor. As such, they will take all the responsibility for whatever will happen to you during the entire duration of your stay. The embassy or consulate-general will sponsor your stay for up to a maximum of 30 days or until such time that you can take your flight home.

When you contact your embassy, you will be asked to fill out a form known as the NA5. Take this form to your embassy so they can stamp and sign it. Once you have the form, take it to the Immigration Department of Vietnam to apply for a request for a visa extension.

Requirements Needed for your Visa Extension

Before you go to the Vietnam Immigration to request for a visa extension, make sure you prepare the necessary requirements in advance. As mentioned, you need to have the NA5 form. You can download this form online. After downloading the form, print it and take it to your embassy or consulate-general. When you take the form to the embassy, they will stamp it with their official seal. The form must also bear the signature of your embassy’s official representative.

Form NA5 for visa extension

Aside from the NA5 form, you must also have your passport. This is the most important requirement. If you got no passport for some reason, any travel document that is equivalent to the passport will have to be presented.

You are also required to submit proof of temporary residence declaration. This document can be obtained from your landlord if you are staying in an apartment. For those who are staying in hotels, get in touch with the hotel management. They will ask assistance from the local police in the area who will provide the document. A health declaration form will also be provided.

Foreigners on Business, Work, or Other Reasons

The guidelines above are only applicable to foreign visitors who are under the visa waiver program. It also applies to tourists holding an e-visa or visa on arrival. But for foreign individuals who visited Vietnam for work, business, or to visit relatives, and some other purposes, you should contact your respective embassy directly. You can also coordinate with your local sponsors, agencies, or other organizations that can sponsor the extension of your stay.

For those who are holding a temporary residence visa and have already overstayed, you can be exempted from paying the penalty. However, this only applies to those whose overstaying period is less than 10 days.

If you cannot process the visa extension yourself, there are local agencies that can help you with this. You can get in touch with them and they will assist you in applying for a visa extension.

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Frequently Asks About Vietnam Visa Extension


Getting a visa to Vietnam these days is so easy. Aside from offering free visa entry to certain nationalities under the visa waiver program, Vietnam also offers an electronic visa and visa on arrival to most foreign visitors.

It seems that the COVID-19 is not showing signs of slowing down. The pandemic still continues to unfold in a worrying manner leaving world leaders grappling with solutions to address this very complex catastrophe.

Last Monday 09 Mar 2020, the government of Vietnam has announced that they are temporarily suspending visa-free travel from eight European countries. This is amid the growing concerns over the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This summer, the New Immigration Laws of Vietnam (2020) are said to undergo major changes. In doing so, they hope to attract more foreign visitors while still making sure that illegal workers and criminals won’t be able to get into the country.

The 2019-nCoV coronavirus has become one of the biggest threats in the travel industry not only in Vietnam but around the world as well. It has so far affected various sectors in the industry, including aviation, hospitality, tourism, tours, etc.

Myanmar and Vietnam are two of the most popular countries to visit in Southeast Asia these days. Both countries are rich in historical and cultural attractions.

Here’s good news to foreign travelers visiting Vietnam. The country has now extended its visa exemption program for citizens of 13 more countries.