Vietnam’s new requirements for foreigners when travelling on domestic flights

, Vietnam’s new requirements for foreigners when travelling on domestic flights
  • The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam has announced new requirements for documents when foreigners are travelling on domestic flights.
  • Foreigners with border travel documents are only allowed to travel within the border area.

All foreigners travelling on internal flights must have a valid passport that has been approved for entry and travel within the country.

Alternatively, United Nations laissez-passer; emergency travel documents issued by foreign representative offices in Vietnam; or foreign countries’ documents issued to Vietnamese residing abroad (US green card, long-term residence card) are also accepted.

For holders of temporary residence cards that include a photo and passport details, no further documentation is needed for domestic flights, according to Vietnam News Agency.

Holders of temporary residence cards or certificates of foreign passengers without a photo will require further documents to take domestic flights.

If they do not have a photo, relevant authorities only accept temporary residence cards or certificates of foreign nationals for domestic flights in the following cases: temporary residence cards or certificates issued in a passport or in passport form; temporary residence cards, certificates or temporary residence extensions issued on the back of the separate visa with the photo and passport number of the passenger.

In case a foreign national has lost their passport and is issued an emergency travel document by a foreign representative office in Vietnam, the Immigration Department under the Ministry of Public Security will grant an extension of temporary residence to the document or attach a separate visa.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam also noted that foreigners with border travel documents are only allowed to travel within the border area (for the Chinese border route); border province (for the border line of Laos and Cambodia); and border-gate economic zones (for border provinces).

If a foreign passenger is using a travel document with an entry stamp at the land border gate to take domestic flights, the ground service units will co-operate with the aviation security control force to notify and coordinate with the border gate police to check and determine the travel range of passengers, Vietnam News reported.

Regarding the automatic stay extension, according to the latest notice from Vietnam Immigration Department, foreigners who entered Vietnam on visa waivers, e-visas or tourist visas from March 1st, 2020 are entitled to automatic stay extension until June 30th, 2021 and can depart from Vietnam without having to apply for stay extension. For those who entered Vietnam before March 1st, 2020, the same automatic stay extension until June 30th, 2021 can be considered, subject to provision of proof that the person was stranded in Vietnam due to Covid-19, accompanied by a diplomatic Note (with Vietnamese translation) from relevant diplomatic missions, or a written document from relevant Vietnamese authorities confirming that the person was required to undergo mandatory quarantine or treatment for Covid-19, or advice of other force majeure. The person is required to present the diplomatic Note or written document on departure from Vietnam.

During “automatic stay extension” period, foreigners are required to complete temporary residence and health status declaration.

Foreigners who are not subject to the paragraph mentioned above or violate Vietnamese laws will be treated according to applicable laws of Vietnam.

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