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IS THE COVID VISA DELAY PUNISHABLE OR NOT?

From 0:00 am on August 23, Ho Chi Minh City will implement Directive 16 to strengthen with strict control of groups of subjects allowed to move along with strengthening the implementation of five groups of solutions to control the epidemic. Ask people not to leave their homes, "whoever is there is there".

Foreigners during the Covid 19 epidemic season who are temporarily residing in Vietnam if the visa expires without exit conditions, cannot go to the competent authority for extension because of the epidemic, the Immigration Agency shall create all favorable conditions for the extension of Vietnamese visas with a short-term or long term for the Case by case.

The People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City has issued an urgent Letter No. 2556/UBND – VX on the continued application of Directive No. 16/CT-TTg dated March 31, 2020 of the Prime Minister from 0:00 am on August 2, 2021, social isolation for another 14 days (the second time), the competent state agencies to handle inactive administrative procedures, people are not allowed to leave their homes… Previously, Directive 16/CT-TTg was also applied in Ho Chi Minh City. HCM. As such, this is a force majeure case. Therefore, the fact that foreigners do not renew their visas on time will not be sanctioned for administrative violations. Specifically, the current time is not punished due to delays from 09/07-15/09/2021.