Covid19, visa extension and immigration issues
Foreigners in Vietnam can extend visas amid coronavirus outbreak
Foreigners in Vietnam can make visa extension procedures at the Immigration Department under the Ministry of Public Security in line with regulations amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
Vietnam frequently shares relevant information and stands ready to coordinate and create favorable conditions for foreign representative agencies in the country to conduct citizen protection and address visa-related issues on the basis of ensuring requirements on disease prevention and control in accordance with domestic and international laws./.
How to apply for visa extension
You can apply for a visa extension on your own or apply through a local agency in Vietnam. Steps to apply are as follows:
Prepare the renewal/extension application form NA5 (NA5-Form-Visa-Extensions) a long with your passport.
Hand in the documents above to the Immigration office below, with the fee if required
Immigration office in Hanoi: 44-46 Tran Phu, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Immigration office in Da Nang: 78 Lê Lợi, Thạch Thang, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000
Immigration office in Ho Chi Minh city: 196 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city
Working hours: Monday-Friday (Morning: 7am – 11h30am; Afternoon: 1h30pm – 5pm) and Saturday (Morning time only).
Wait for 5 working days for the result. Normally it takes 5-7 working days for a 1 month visa and 10 working days for a 3 month visa.
Visit the website of Vietnam Immigration Department for more information.
No penalty for overstay Vietnam visa during national social distancing
Vietnam’s Department of Immigration is shutting offices for the foreseeable future, but foreigners needing visa renewals should not be overly concerned.
As the nation ‘stays at home’ to avoid the spread of COVID-19, the department office will close from April 2 until further notice,
However, if a visa belonging to any foreigner staying in Vietnam right now expires while their offices are closed, the holder will not be penalised.
Instead, visas can be renewed when the office reopens.