PV1 Visa

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PV1 Visa – Journalist Visa for Foreign Nationals Residing in Vietnam

Foreign journalists and media professionals intending to work long-term in Vietnam need to go through the process of applying for a PV1 visa (journalist visa). For requirements, guidelines on new applications, visa extensions, and more, please refer to the information below.

What is PV1 Visa? Visa PV1 (Vietnamese visa code PV1) is a long-term journalist visa issued to foreign journalists and media professionals residing in Vietnam. If you are a foreign journalist or media personnel entering Vietnam for short-term activities, you need to apply for a PV2 visa instead.

Validity of PV1 Visa for Foreign Nationals PV1 visas are granted to foreign nationals with a validity period of up to 1 year. However, possessing a PV1 journalist visa allows foreign nationals to apply for a temporary residence card with a validity of up to 2 years, indicated similarly to the visa (temporary residence card in Vietnam with PV1 code).

Requirements for Obtaining PV1 Visa

  1. Valid passport or internationally recognized travel document with a minimum of 6 months validity.
  2. Not falling under the categories of individuals prohibited from entry as per regulations.
  3. Invitation and guarantee from an organization, institution, or individual in Vietnam.

Documents Required for New PV1 Visa Application and Visa Extension

Below are the necessary documents for new PV1 visa applications and extensions for foreign individuals residing in Vietnam as journalists:

New PV1 Visa Application:

  1. Original passport of the foreign national with a minimum of 6 months validity.
  2. Specific type of visa and intended duration of stay.
  3. Documents verifying the individual’s status as a journalist or media professional residing in Vietnam.
  4. Visa application form following the prescribed format.
  5. Copy of the entry approval letter issued by the Vietnamese Immigration Department.
  6. Other required documents (if applicable).

PV1 Visa Extension:

  1. Original passport of the foreign national.
  2. Documents verifying the individual’s status as a journalist or media professional residing in Vietnam.
  3. Visa extension application form (Form NA5).
  4. Other required documents (if applicable).

Note: These are the document categories that foreign nationals applying for PV1 visa need to prepare. However, before applying for the visa stamp, foreign nationals typically require an Entry Approval Letter with the purpose stated as journalist or media professional residing in Vietnam. This procedure is carried out by the inviting and guaranteeing entity for the foreign national in Vietnam.

Where to Submit PV1 Visa Applications in Vietnam The inviting and guaranteeing organization or individual in Vietnam needs to initiate the entry invitation letter procedure at the Vietnamese Immigration Department under the Ministry of Public Security.

Currently, the Immigration Department has headquarters in Hanoi and branches in Ho Chi Minh City. You can submit the invitation letter at one of the following locations:

  • Northern Region: 44-46 Tran Phu Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi.
  • Southern Region: 254 Nguyen Trai Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

PV1 Visa Processing Time The processing time for PV1 visas in Vietnam is approximately 3-5 working days, starting from the date of receiving a complete and valid application, including all necessary documents as per regulations.

With the PV1 visa, which has a maximum validity of 12 months, foreign nationals can obtain a single-entry or multiple-entry visa depending on the number of entries allowed. The visa fees vary based on the permitted entries:

  • Single-entry visa: 25 USD per application
  • Multiple-entry visa under 3 months: 50 USD per application
  • Multiple-entry visa over 3 months to 6 months: 95 USD per application
  • Multiple-entry visa over 6 months to 12 months: 135 USD per application