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Vietnam - Visa Extension / Exit Visa

Vietnam - Visa Extension / Exit Visa

Notice – Visa Waiver/ Exit Visas


 Updated, 3 August 2020




The purpose of this notice is to provide Irish citizens with updated information on visa extensions / exit visas for Vietnam following recent engagement with the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam.


The Immigration Department have issued a statement informing that citizens who entered Vietnam under visa waiver programmes, e-visa or tourist visa will receive an automatic waiver of their visa valid until 31 August. A brief outline is set out below as published on their website:


Those who have entered Vietnam after 1 March, your visa will automatically waived until 31 August.



      2. Those who have entered Vietnam before 1 March, your visa will automatically waived until 31 August, providing you can show supporting documents to facilitate your exit from Vietnam and your legal immigration status in the form of:




-          Your discharge papers from mandatory isolation




-          The Embassy supporting letter confirming that you have been a stranded tourist in Vietnam due to the cancellation of flights. Citizens will need to provide evidence of this to the Embassy when requesting such a letter. This will issue in either hard copy or PDF depending on the requirements of the local province.




     3. Citizens granted with an automatic visa wajiver must declare temporary residency with their local authority and provide a   medical declaration.




 Citizens should bring all relevant documentation with them to the Airport as the Vietnamese authorities will require evidence of the circumstances that resulted in your being unable to leave Vietnam before your visa expired (evidence of flight cancellations, evidence of quarantine etc.).


 Responsibility for ensuring compliance with visa requirements is a matter for the individual, and decisions in all cases of visa waiver / exit visas for Vietnam are a matter for the Vietnamese authorities.


If you have been de-facto residing in Vietnam on short stay visas and wish to remain in Vietnam, this is a matter for you and the authorities in Vietnam.  Please note also that in order to work in Vietnam you are required to have a valid work permit / temporary residence card, sponsored by an employer.


If you are residing in Vietnam on a work permit / temporary residence card and have been unable to extend your permission during the period of closure of immigration offices (1 April – 22 April), you should now proceed to renew your permission.  You will not be penalised if your permission expired during this closure period.  If you hold a work permit or temporary residence card, you should discuss your renewal with your employer / sponsor in Vietnam.




Further information on Vietnamese visa requirements and procedures, and contact details for the Department of Immigration, are available on the Ministry of Public Security website.  There are immigration offices located in all provinces in Vietnam.  A list of these offices is not published online.  The main immigration offices in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang are listed below.  You should seek support from your accommodation provider or contact the Department of Immigration directly for information on your nearest immigration office:








Immigration Office (tourists and residents)


Add: 44-46 Tran Phu, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi


Tel: 0243 8257 941/ 0243 8264 026




Ho Chi Minh City




Immigration Office (tourists)


Add: 254 Nguyen Trai, District 1, HCMC


Tel: 0283 9202 300




Immigration Office (residents)


Add: 196 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Phường 6, Quận 3, HCMC


Tel: 0283 8299 398




Da Nang




Immigration Office (tourists and residents)


Add: 78 Le Loi Street, Hai Chau district, Danang


Tel: 0236 3860 191





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