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Legal Update

New Regulation On Grant And Management Of Entry And Exit Permits To Foreigners Who Reside In Vietnam But Have No Passport To Enter Or Exit Vietnam

22 October 2007
Mayer Brown Legal Update


On 20 June 2007, the Ministry of Public Security issued Decision No. 679/2007/QD-BCA ("Decision 679") promulgating regulations on the grant and management of entry and exit permits. This Decision became valid from 26 July 2007.  Below is a short summary of the Regulation.

Full Update

Decision 679 stipulates regulations on the granting and management of entry and exit permits including:

1.  The grant of entry and exit permits to foreign residents in Vietnam for the purpose of entering and exiting Vietnam;

2.  Foreigners who satisfy the following conditions are eligible to obtain an entry and exit permit:

(a)  Foreigners who have a residence card granted by Vietnam's entry and exit management agency;

(b)  Foreigners who have no passport granted by foreign competent authorities;

(c)  Foreigners who have not been banned from exiting according to Vietnam law.

3.  Validity of entry and exit permits;

4.  An application dossier for entry and exit permits; and

5.  Time limits for the grant of entry and exit permits:

(a)  Within two working days from the date of receiving valid dossiers, entry and exit management divisions of provincial/municipal police offices shall consider and transfer the dossiers to the Ministry of Public Security's Entry and Exit Management Department;

(b)  Within four working days from the date of receiving a valid dossier, the Ministry of Public Security's Entry and Exit Management Department shall consider and grant an entry and exit permit.

Decision 679 stipulates the re-granting of entry and exit permits in the case of expired, lost, torn or withdrawn permits.

Author: Dao Nguyen, Tra Nguyen

For further information, please contact:

Name: Dao Nguyen
Phone: +84 8 3822 8860
Fax: +84 8 3822 8864
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