Article 17. Grant of visas at overseas Vietnamese agencies competent to grant visas

Article 17. Grant of visas at overseas Vietnamese agencies competent to grant visas

  1. Within 1 working day after receiving the direction from the competent agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the passport and the visa application stuck with a photo of the applicant, for the case prescribed in Clause 2, Article 15 of this Law, the overseas Vietnamese agency competent to grant visas shall grant a visa.
  2. For cases other than those prescribed in Clause 1 of this Article, after receiving the notice from the inviting or guaranteeing agency, organization or individual, the foreigner shall submit his/her passport, the application and his/her photo to an overseas Vietnamese agency competent to grant visas, if visas are required. Under-14 children who share passports with their parents or guardians are not required to make visa applications.

Within 3 working days after receiving a notice from the immigration management agency or the competent agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the overseas Vietnamese agency competent to grant visas shall grant a visa.

  1. Heads of overseas Vietnamese agencies competent to grant visas shall grant visas which are valid for at most 30 days to foreigners who wish to enter Vietnam to conduct market surveys, take tours, visit relatives or receive medical treatment and fall into any of the following cases:

a/ Those who have working relations with overseas Vietnamese agencies competent to grant visas and their spouses and children; those who have received written requests of competent agencies of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the host countries;

b/ Those who have a diplomatic note of guarantee issued by a foreign diplomatic mission or consular office at the host country.

  1. After granting visas to persons prescribed in Clause 3 of this Article, the heads of overseas Vietnamese agencies competent to grant visas shall notify such to the immigration management agency and bear responsibility for the grant of visas.