Entry Permit – Entry Guarantee Letter for Foreigners
Latest Information on Entry to Vietnam: Allowing foreign experts to enter Vietnam for the purposes of work, investment, employment, and family visits. This article provides information ranging from the basics, such as what an entry permit is, an entry permit in English, to the latest updates on entry procedures, fees, Form NA2, and sample entry approval request letters.
What is an Entry Permit?
An entry permit, also known as a visa entry permit, is a document issued by the Immigration Department approving and authorizing a foreign national’s entry into Vietnam.
The information on the entry permit typically includes: information about the sponsoring entity, information about the foreign national, the anticipated entry date, and the designated visa stamping location.
An entry permit is a necessary document for affixing a visa sticker to a foreign national’s passport, either before entering Vietnam at an embassy or consulate, or after arriving in Vietnam at an airport or border checkpoint.
Foreigners Eligible for Entry to Vietnam
Currently, there are 05 categories of individuals considered for visa entry permits to Vietnam:
- Foreign nationals who are experts, investors, business managers, high-skilled laborers (commonly referred to as experts), and their family members (father, mother, spouse, children).
- Foreign nationals entering for diplomatic, official purposes, and their family members (father, mother, spouse, children); foreign students studying in Vietnam.
- Vietnamese citizens: entrepreneurs, intellectuals, students, the elderly, family visitors, expired tourists, expired labor contract workers, expired students, those stranded abroad, individuals seeking medical treatment abroad, and individuals with expired visas.
- Humanitarian cases requesting entry.
- Other special cases.
Procedures for Foreigners Applying for Entry Permits
Currently, the process for foreigners applying for entry permits in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City consists of the following two steps:
Step 1: Prepare the entry permit application documents Prepare the entry permit application documents, including:
- Business registration of the sponsoring entity (notarized copy).
- Valid passport (copy).
- Commitment letter from the sponsoring entity regarding covering all expenses if the foreign laborer contracts COVID-19 or international health insurance for foreign experts.
Additional documents for specific cases:
For cases where foreign nationals already have a work permit or are exempt from a work permit, additional documents are required:
- Work permit or work permit exemption confirmation (notarized copy).
For family members (father, mother, spouse, children) of investors or experts, additional documents are required, such as:
- Marriage certificate (notarized copy).
- Birth certificate (notarized copy).
- Confirmation of parental relationship certified by the competent authority (notarized copy).
Step 2: Apply for the entry permit at the Immigration Department
Where to Submit Entry Permit Applications?
Entry permit applications can be submitted at one of the two working offices of the Immigration Department:
- 44-46 Tran Phu, Ba Dinh, Hanoi.
- 254 Nguyen Trai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
Submission Hours for Entry Permit Applications
Applications can be submitted from Monday to Saturday every week (except holidays and Sundays).
- If the application is complete and in compliance with the requirements, the Immigration Department will accept the application, print and provide a receipt, and schedule a date for result collection.
- If the application is incomplete, the receiving officer will guide the applicant on the required documents for completeness.
Result Collection for Entry Permit
- Applicants who come to collect the result should present the receipt to the officer for verification and comparison. The Immigration Department will return the approved entry permit and personnel approval letter, even in cases where the request is not approved.
- Collection hours: From Monday to Friday every week (except holidays, weekends, and public holidays).
Collection method: In-person at the Immigration Department, Ministry of Public Security.
Documents Required for Entry Permit Applications
+) Entry Guarantee Letter for Foreign Nationals (Form NA2)
+) Form NA16 – Introduction of the seal and signature of the sponsoring entity
+) A photocopy of the applicant’s passport page
+) Some commitment documents from the company
Processing Time: Not exceeding 05 working days from the date of receiving the complete documents for foreign nationals applying for a visa at the representative office of Vietnam abroad. Not exceeding 03 working days from the date of receiving the complete documents for foreign nationals applying for a visa at international border gates.
After obtaining the entry permit, foreign nationals entering Vietnam will be issued an entry visa with a specific duration. Upon completing the quarantine process, they can proceed with the Vietnam visa extension procedure to obtain a work permit or apply for a temporary residence card in Vietnam.
Entry Permit Application Fee: None
Before processing the entry of visitors into Vietnam, organizations and agencies must submit documents to prove their legal status to the Immigration Department, Ministry of Public Security.
Foreign nationals and Vietnamese citizens holding foreign passports will not be granted entry to Vietnam if they fall under the category of “not allowed to enter Vietnam” as per the regulations of Vietnamese law.