What is the change? The Vietnamese Embassy in China has stopped issuing tourist, business and work visas to Chinese nationals and all other foreign nationals applying for visas in China.

What does the change mean? Chinese nationals and foreign nationals currently in China cannot apply for or obtain visas for travel to Vietnam. Foreign nationals applying for a visa-on-arrival pre-approval letter must prove they are not coming from mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau.

  • Implementation time frame: Ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: All visas.
  • Who is affected: Chinese nationals, all foreign nationals in China, and their employers.
  • Business impact: Employers of Chinese workers and foreign nationals currently in China may experience delays affecting employee mobility.
  • Next steps: Employers should anticipate further developments in the government’s policies regarding Chinese nationals and travel from China owing to the developing coronavirus situation.

Background: Many countries in the region have stepped up efforts over the last week to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Vietnam recently stopped issuing tourist, business and work visas to Chinese nationals and issued other directives aimed at discouraging visitors from China, anticipating further restrictions.

Analysis & Comments: The latest visa policy indicates that the government is implementing increasingly stricter measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The visa policy is still developing, and Deloitte will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as they become available.

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