Requirements and Procedures to Obtain the Vietnam 5-Year Visa Exemption

Last update: Aug 04, 2023

Vietnam, a beautiful country in Southeast Asia, has become a popular destination for tourists and expats in recent years. The country's government has made it easier for foreigners to visit and stay longer by introducing a 5-year visa exemption policy. In this article, we will discuss the requirements and how to get a Vietnam 5-year visa exemption.

What is Vietnam 5-year visa exemption?

The Vietnam 5-year visa exemption is a policy introduced by the Vietnamese government in 2015. It allows citizens from certain countries to enter Vietnam without a visa and stay for up to 180 days. The policy is aimed at promoting tourism and attracting more foreign investment into the country. It is also intended to simplify the process of entering Vietnam for foreigners.

Who is Eligible for the Vietnam 5-year Visa Exemption?

Vietnamese nationals residing overseas, foreign nationals who are spouses or children of Vietnamese nationals residing overseas, or Vietnamese citizens are eligible for a 5-year visa exemption for Vietnam.

Holders of the visa exemption certificate can use it as a substitute for a long-term visa to enter Vietnam at any point during the 5-year validity period.


  • No visa is required for travel to Vietnam within 05 years. Those people having a 5-year Vietnam visa exemption certificate are allowed to stay in Vietnam for 180 days at maximum for each visit.
  • If they want to stay longer than 180 days without leaving the country, they can extend visa in Vietnam. The extended duration is up to 6 months.
  • The Visa exemption certificate shall be valid for up to 05 years and expires at least 6 months before the expiration of the holder’s passport or equivalent paper.

How to get a Vietnam 5-year visa exemption?

You need to follow the two (02) steps below for Vietnam 5-year visa application:

Step 1: The documents required for applying for a Vietnam 5-year visa exemption depend on the subjects of applications, namely:

  • Vietnamese overseas; and
  • Spouses, children of Vietnamese overseas, or Vietnamese citizens

For Vietnamese overseas:

To apply for 5 years visa exemption for overseas Vietnamese, the applicant needs to prepare:

  1. 5-year Vietnam visa exemption application form (Fill out the form here and print it with a barcode on Letter-sized paper)
  2. Passport or equivalent paper or a residence permit granted by a competent agency in the country of residence valid for at least 6 months following the date of arrival in Vietnam
  3. Two photos were taken recently (white background, straight face, bare head, no colored glasses)
  4. One certified copy or copy attached to the originals of one of the following papers:
    • Birth certificate
    • Certificate of Vietnamese citizenship
    • The decision to renunciation of Vietnamese citizenship
    • Certificate of loss of Vietnamese citizenship
    • A Vietnamese passport (valid or invalid)
    • Identity Card (valid or invalid)
    • latest voter’s card
    • Family Register Book
    • Documents issued by competent foreign authorities if they can prove that the person in question has original Vietnamese citizenship or is of Vietnamese origin.
  5. In case of not having documents listed at (4), the following materials could be submitted:
  • A guarantee issued by an overseas Vietnamese association from the country of residence.

For foreign spouses & children of overseas Vietnamese or Vietnamese citizens:

To apply for a Vietnam 5-year visa exemption for foreign spouses and children of overseas Vietnamese or Vietnamese citizens, the applicant will need to prepare:

  1. 5-year Vietnam visa exemption application form
  2. Foreign passport valid for at least 6 months following entry date in Vietnam
  3. Two photos were taken recently (white background, straight face, bare head, no colored glasses
  4. One copy attached to the originals of one of the following papers which prove the relationship between wives/husbands/children and the Vietnamese overseas/Vietnamese citizens:
  • Certificate of Marriage
  • Certificate of Birth
  • Certificate of relationship with father, mother, children;
  • Other valid documents as regulated by Vietnamese Law.
  • Decision of Adoption

Step 2: Submit the documents prepared above to the granting authority:

Agencies competent to grant visa exemption certificates include:

  • Overseas Vietnamese diplomatic missions and consulates (Vietnam embassy here);
  • The Vietnam Immigration Department under the Ministry of Public Security (if you are in Vietnam).

Step 3: Receive your original passport and the 5 years visa exemption certificate.

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5 year Vietnam Visa Exemption Fee

  • The price of obtaining a 5-year visa exemption for Vietnam varies based on the authority that handles your application and the mailing address where you want to receive your certificate.

Processing Time of 5-Year Visa Exemption for Vietnam

  • Typically, it takes around 7 days to receive the issued and approved Vietnam 5-year visa exemption certificate.

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Disclaimers: Although we make every effort to provide accurate and up-to-date information about the Vietnam 5-year visa plan, it is possible that there may be changes that we are not aware of.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, sure. You can renew visa or obtain a new certificate by following the same procedures.

Please be kindly informed that we can assist you to renew/extend your stay under the Vietnam visa 5 years plan. Kindly send us a scan of your passport (consisting of your personal information page and current visa exemption), and we will get back to you with further details.

In this case, you should renew your passport before applying for this kind of visa.

Please check here for addresses of Vietnam Immigration Department in Hanoi, Da nang and Ho Chi Minh City:

  • In Hanoi: 40A, Hang Bai Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • In Da Nang: No. 7 Tran Quy Cap, Da Nang city
  • In Ho Chi Minh city: No 161 Nguyen Du, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Their working time is 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM in the morning and 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM in the afternoon from Monday to Friday (except for national holidays). In case you have no time or don’t want to face any hassle in working directly with them, we can assist you to get your 5 year visa exemption for Vietnam. Feel free to call us at +84.904.879.729

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