Before visiting Saigon or anywhere in Vietnam, you should make sure that all your documents are complete and in order. There are different types of visas for expats, tourists and various purposes. 

NG1 and NG2: This Vietnam visa type is valid for 12 months and is only granted to members of official delegations invited to Vietnam, a governmental body, and guests of equivalent ranks like Presidents and vice presidents, ministers and vice ministers, and so on.

NG 3: Issued to members of diplomatic missions, consular offices, representative offices of international organisations affiliated with the UN, representative offices of intergovernmental organisations and their spouses, children under 18 years of age, and housemaids during their term of office.

LV1: Issued to people who come to work with units affiliated with Vietnam’s Communist Party; the National Assembly, the government, Central Committee of Vietnamese Fatherland Front, the People’s Supreme Court, the People’s Supreme Procuracy, State Audit Agency, ministries, ministerial agencies, governmental agencies, the People’s Councils, the People’s Committees of provinces.

LV2: Issued to people who come to work with socio-political organisations, social organisations, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

ĐT: Issued to foreign investors in Vietnam and foreign lawyers practising in Vietnam.

DH: Issued to people who come to study or serve internships.

PV1: Issued to journalists who have permanent residency in Vietnam.

LĐ: Issued to people who come to work.

TT: Issued to foreigners who are parents, spouses or children under 18 years of age of foreigners issued with LV1, LV2, ĐT, NN1, NN2, DH, PV1, LĐ visas, or foreigners who are parents, spouses or children of Vietnamese citizens.

For information on work permits go to Working Out Your Work Permit

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