How to Register Temporary Residence for Foreigners in Vietnam

Hanh Pham Last update: Feb 01, 2021

Vietnam temporary residence registration is a must-do item for all foreigners to stay legally in Vietnam.

As a foreigner, when you start your stay in Vietnam, the very first thing you should is to or cause to register your temporary residence in the country. So,

  • What are regulations covering temporary residence registration Vietnam?
  • Why is temporary residence registration in Vietnam so important?
  • How to register temporary residence in Vietnam?

Let’s figure out in this post.

Regulations on Vietnam temporary residence registration for foreigners

The temporary residence registration for foreigners in Vietnam is well defined in Article 33 of the Law No. 47/2014/QH13 dated June 16, 2014 of the National Assembly on entry, exit, transit, and residence of foreigners in Vietnam. This law has it that:

“1. Any foreigner that temporary resides in Vietnam must, via the manager of the lodging establishment, declare his/her temporary residence at the local public security authority.

2. The manager of the lodging establishment shall complete the declaration form and submit it to the local public security authority within 12 hours (or within 24 hours if the administrative division is in a remote area) since the foreigner arrives at the lodging establishment.”

It means that in case you are staying in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, for example, you need to have your temporary residence registered within 12 hours from your arrival at the lodging establishment.

Why is temporary residence registration in Vietnam so important?

Doing temporary residence registration is so important for the foreigners to prove their compliance with the applicable laws of Vietnam.

In addition, a temporary residence certificate is so important for the foreigners to apply for:

How to register temporary residence in Vietnam?

There are currently 02 ways to do temporary residence registration for foreigners in Vietnam, namely:

  • Online registration; and
  • Registration at the office of Ward

In this post, www.vietnam-visa.com will guide you through step by step of each procedure.

1. Online temporary residence registration in Vietnam

This way of registering temporary residence for foreigners in Vietnam can be carried out by either the foreigner himself/herself if he/she knows all required information about the accommodation and the landlord, or the landlord himself/herself.

Here is step-by-step guide for foreigners to register their temporary residence in Vietnam themselves.

Step 1: Collect information from the host

You will need to get the following details from the host:

  • Host’s full name
  • Host’s phone number
  • Host’s ID Card/passport No.

Step 2: Access to online registration portal

You, first of all, need to access to the online portal of the immigration office of the province where the accommodation is located. It is in format https://provincename.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/.

For example:

You then click the language icon to turn your forms to English.

Portal for online temporary residence registration for foreigners in Vietnam
Portal for online temporary residence registration for foreigners in Vietnam

Step 3. Create your account

You can ignore this step if you already have an account here. Otherwise, just click sign up here as shown in the photo above to register your account.

You then need to complete the sign-up form with full information of your accommodation and landlord, including:

  • Host’s full name
  • Host’s phone number
  • Host’s ID Card/passport No.
  • Accommodation address
  • Username and password.
Create account for online temporary residence registration for foreigners in Vietnam
Create account for online temporary residence registration for foreigners in Vietnam

After that, you will receive a notification of successful sign-up.

Step 4. Sign in your account and complete the registration

You use your username and passport to log in your account, and then select FUNCTIONS to complete your form.

The form will require you to provide the following details:

  • Room Number
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Full name
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Date of moving it
  • Intended date of moving out.

After completing the form, you click on Save button, and then you will see a notification of success.

It’s the end for your procedure to register your temporary residence in Vietnam online.

2. Register temporary residence at commune/district-level public security

This way of registration can be carried out by the foreigners with the guidance and assistance of the host through 3 steps below.

Step 1: The declarant receives information of the foreigner’s temporary residence.

Step 2: The declarant download this form (Form NA17 – Registration of temporary residence for foreigners).  After completing the form, the declarant will submit it in person to the public security agency of commune, ward or township where such accommodation establishment is located.

Form NA17 – Registration of temporary residence for foreigners

The officer on duty at the commune-level public security station receives dossiers to check the eligibility and declared information and then certify it if the declaration is sufficient. Otherwise, the declarant is required to amend and supplement the form.

Step 3: The temporary residence declarant shall immediately receive back the temporary residence declaration form certified by the officer on duty of the commune-level public security station, and it is referred to the temporary residence registration certificate.

Here comes a full guide on temporary residence registration in Vietnam for foreigners. Should you have any questions, feel free to let us know.

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