To work as a long middle-term volunteer in Vietnam, you must have a volunteering visa (Type: VR). SJ Vietnam’s project coordinator will help you to get a visa approval before you enter Vietnam. The volunteer should request the visa at the Vietnamese Embassy in the current country you are living. If you are living very far from the Vietnamese Embassy, please inform SJ Vietnam coordinator immediately to apply for you a visa being picked up on arrival day at the international airports in Vietnam (Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh city).
Each volunteering visa expires after three months. If you work as a volunteer more than three months, the volunteer will be able to renew the visa in the third country or extend the visa in Hanoi, Vietnam. With a volunteering visa, you can travel throughout Vietnam as a tourist. But with a touristic visa, you cannot work as a volunteer in a long period of time.
Due to Vietnam’s government system, the visa process included 2 approvals – first from the local authorities at the location of the project site and second from the immigration office. The immigration office does not process visas until the approval of the local government authorities. Therefore, this, unfortunately, results in a timely process. We thank you for your willingness to work with us through this. For the appropriate type of visa, approval from the local authorities from the project area is necessary. Therefore, a letter facilitated through SJ Vietnam is required.
For other pieces of information on Visa for short duration staying in Vietnam, please take a look through this link: https://vietnam.travel/plan-your-trip/visa-requirements