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Vietnam to Extend Stay for Foreigners Stuck Due to Flight Ban Until June 30

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, foreign nationals who arrived before March 1 will have their residence permits extended until June 30 if they can prove they are unable to return to their home country.

The Immigration Department under the Ministry of Public Security announced on Monday that a certification from one's diplomatic mission translated into Vietnamese will be required upon exit.

Additionally, documents proving one has been quarantined will also extend the residency. The new policy also covers those that arrived in Vietnam using an e-visa, tourist visa or via visa-free entry qualification. 

Everyone taking advantage of the arrangement must declare their residency and health status to relevant local authorities. Those with questions or in need of assistance can call 02439387320. 

Vietnam stopped issuing visas for all foreign arrivals on March 22 and stopped all inbound international flights beginning March 25Last month companies in special economic zones began lobbying the government to offer special visas to specially qualified experts to work in industries including oil and gas and steel. 

As of May 19, Vietnam has 324 coronvirus patients, 61 of whom remain active. All recent infections have been from individuals being repatriated from other nations who are subsequently placed in mandatory quarantine.