Living in Vietnam guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Vietnam with the expat guide

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General information
  • Stretching over an area of 331 041 km², Vietnam is a south-east Asian country. Its population is around 89 million inhabitants and the official language is

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  • This is a description of the beer market and all the microbreweries in Vietnam.

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • You must apply for a certificate of legal capacity to marry at the embassy or consulate of your country of origin to be able to celebrate your wedding in Vietnam, either with a Vietnamese or a foreigner. Once you obtain this certificate, you have to register your marriage.

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  • To settle in Vietnam, you must apply for a visa at the embassy or consulate of Vietnam in your country. The documents to be produced are your passport as well as passport-size identity photos.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Vietnam visa is required for most of nationalities, except for citizens from Southest Asia (Asean group). For other nationalities, it is very easy to apply Vietnam visa online

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  • If you are planning a short stay in Vietnam, you can apply for a tourist visa. You have to contact the Vietnamese embassy or consulate nearest to your place of residence, with your passport and two passport-size identity photos.

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  • To travel to Vietnam, you can opt for several types of visas. If you are a businessman or if you are going to work in Vietnam, you can apply for a professional or business visa. There are also press visas and family visit visas.

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Labour market, how to find a job
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  • The economy of Nha Trang in Vietnam is mainly based on tourism, farming, processing and exporting. As an expatriate, you can definitely find a job in this city which attracts over a million tourists each year.

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  • Hue, in Vietnam, is a province which consists of eight economic zones. Each one specializes in specific sectors such as construction, processing of minerals, logistics, etc. Some of these sectors require foreign expertise. You may therefore apply for a job there.

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  • Hai Phong, one of largest cities in Vietnam, offers many job opportunities in different sectors: the port, industry, export, trade, etc. You can apply for a job in the field of your choice if you have the required skills which, above all, are not available locally.

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  • The economy of Da Nang, located in Vietnam, is primarily based on the fields of industry, port, food processing, fisheries, etc. It is not difficult for an expatriate to find a job there. Various opportunities are also available in hotels and in the tourism sector.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Several types of accommodations are available in Nha Trang, Vietnam. Its real estate market has been growing during recent years. You can rent a small house as from 6 million dongs and an apartment as from 7 million dongs per month.

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  • Hai Phong local authorities plan to revitalize the real estate market by 2020. Many construction projects are currently underway and numerous measures have been taken in order to encourage more expatriates to invest or settle there.

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  • Over the past few years, investors as well as tourists have been benefiting from the expansion of the Da Nang's real estate market. Many construction projects, including hotels and luxury residences, are currently underway in this Vietnamese city.

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  • The province of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, offers a wide range of accommodation for all tastes. You will find not only traditional houses, but also modern and equipped apartments and villas at interesting prices.

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Student visa, University registration
  • If you wish to study in Vietnam, you must apply for a tourist visa at the Vietnam Embassy in your home country. Once in Vietnam, you must enroll in a university and then apply for a long-stay visa for studies.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • To date, no vaccine is mandatory to move to Vietnam. It is recommended to take preventive vaccination against tetanus, diphtheria and typhoid, etc. Consider subscribing to an international health insurance before traveling.

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Open and manage a bank account
  • To open a bank account in Vietnam, you must produce your passport and residence permit within six weeks following your arrival. Otherwise, you will also have to produce a residence permit to the bank.

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Tax system, income tax
  • You will be considered as a Vietnamese resident if you intend to stay in the country for more than 183 days over a period of 12 consecutive months. You will have to pay income tax in the range of 5 to 35%. Companies in Vietnam have to pay a corporate tax.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • You can choose among different means of transportation if you want to move around Vietnam. For long trips, you can opt for the plane, train, or bus. You can also hire a taxi and more traditional means of transport like motor taxi or rickshaw.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • You are not allowed to drive in Vietnam with your original or international driver's license. You must apply for a Vietnamese driver's license from the local authorities. However, tourists are not eligible.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • It is recommended to hire an international mover to move your belongings to Vietnam. The moving company will take care of all customs formalities for you. However, you are advised to subscribe to insurance for your property against damage.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • You can easily access to the Internet in Vietnam if you have a laptop, PC or a mobile phone. Several types of Internet packages are available at competitive rates. You can also find Internet cafes where you can surf the Internet as from 3000 dong per hour.

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  • If you wish to keep in touch with friends and family from Vietnam, you can choose between fixed and mobile telephony. Several types of packages are offered by the different service providers. Prepaid cards for mobile and public phones also are available in all supermarkets and shops.

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  • Almost every aspect of my life surrounds it: work & personal emails, Twitter, Facebook, getting from point A to B, and my daily news. In the past, I’ve always cringed at the fact of living in Vietnam knowing I’ll have to leave such amenities behind. My goal is to answer one question: will my smart s

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • A brief suggestion on a particularly nice, quiet riverside road not too far from D.1 that is a great place to ride your motorbike.

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  • The island of Phu Quoc is primarily defined through its rich, virgin and unexploited fauna and flora. Most of the archipelago is classified as a protected area. Some of the beaches are still wild while others offer many tourist facilities.

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  • Hoi An, at 30 kilometers from Da Nang, offers a great historical and cultural wealth. The traditional buildings and streets are inherited from French colonization, and also reveal the Japanese and Chinese cultures.

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  • Join for a new era of consumer rights. In Vietnam, you have to learn how to bargain. Do not accept the price they tell you as there is no fixed price by the government.

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  • If you want your pet to accompany you on your trip to Vietnam, you will need to get him a passport and a health record. Your pet must undergo a complete medical examination and be vaccinated against rabies to be allowed on the Vietnamese territory.

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  • On your arrival in Vietnam, you are required to report certain products such as gold, foreign currency in your possession according to existing regulations. Some products such as alcoholic beverages and tobacco in small amounts are exempt from tax.

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  • It is not difficult to find a daycare center, nursery or kindergarten in Vietnam. You will find not only Vietnamese schools but international schools also. These schools generally welcome five years old children while nurseries enroll younger children.

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