For detailed information on how to obtain the exemption certificate go to: I’m not going to regurgitate all the information on that website, but I will give a brief summary of the steps I took to get my certificate.
If either you or your parents were born in Vietnam you only need to mail the following items to the Vietnam Embassy in San Francisco or Washington D. 5.) money order ( for the certificate, processing fee) – update February 2013!!
After you get all your required signatures…back to the immigration office and turn in your form.
You will need to also hand over your Passport with your application.
This is a major issue for retired expats that have chosen to settle in Vietnam and for foreign English teachers without a work permit.
I have heard that it may be possible to get a new tourist Visa once you are out of the country…it is a risky proposition since there is no guarantee that once you leave…you will be able to get back in.
If you are employed in Vietnam, it is the responsibility of your employer to obtain a work permit for you.
Many employers are not willing to go through the trouble and expense (about 0) of filing for a work permit, except for their most valued employees.
In my case, I just needed the signature of my Aunt because I live in her house, and the signature of the police in the ward where I live.
If you are staying in a rental property you will most likely need the signature of your landlord.
For the dates we are travelling, Sixt has the cheapest rates for car rental.
Will anyone speak on their experience renting from Sixt?
If you or your parents were born in Vietnam or if you are married to a current or former Vietnamese citizen, you do have another option if you wish to stay in Vietnam for an extended period of time…..it’s called the 5 Year Visa Exemption (Mien Thi Thuc).