[NORDCHAM - WEBINAR ON NOV 02 2021]
ENTER VIETNAM DURING THE COVID PERIOD

[NORDCHAM - WEBINAR ON NOV 02 2021]
ENTER VIETNAM DURING THE COVID PERIOD

(Last Updated On: November 22, 2021)

Despite Covid pandemic, the Vietnamese government has been issuing many timely policies and regulations in creating priority and assisting entrepreneurs, managers and their relatives to entry Vietnam for business.

VIVA Business Consulting had joned hand with Norcham in a webminar on Nov 02nd, 2021 to present and counsel for investors, managers, experts and their relatives for the related regulations, required papers, procedures… when entering VietNam during covid period.

WHO CAN GRANT THE ENTRY VISA?

  1. Foreign experts:
    • Investors,
    • Experts,
    • Skilled-workers,
    • Business managers,
    • Families – relatives, and other persons under agreement with each specific country
    • People who enter Vietnam for diplomats or official purposes.
  1. People who have contact with the experts or diplomats during their entry and stay in Vietnam

WHO ARE THE SPONSORS

  • A Vietnam-based company
  • A foreign representative office or branch in VietNam
  • Other entities: NGOs, Project management office…

REQUIRED PAPERS FOR INVESTORS

From the applicant

  • Passport
  • Certificate of stake holding
  • Certificate of negative test of SARS COVID 2, Vaccination Certificates or Certificates of Recovery from COVID-19
  • And other information:
    • Date to enter Vietnam
    • Date to work in Vietnam
    • Airport to exit abroad
    • Airport to enter Vietnam
    • Quarantine location in Ho Chi Minh City
    • Residence after quarantine

From the sponsor

  • Enterprise Registration Certificate
  • Investment Registration Certificate

REQUIRED PAPERS FOR MANAGERS

From the applicant

  • Passport
  • Work Permit/ Certification of Exemption from Work Permit
  • Certificate of negative test of SARS COVID 2, Vaccination Certificates or Certificates of Recovery from COVID-19
  • Other information:
    • Date to enter Vietnam
    • Date to work in Vietnam
    • Airport to exit abroad
    • Airport to enter Vietnam
    • Quarantine location in Ho Chi Minh City
    • Residence after quarantine

From the sponsor

  • Enterprise Registration Certificate
  • Investment Registration Certificate
  • Company charter for verifying the head or deputy head of enterprise Just in case the information of the investor is not shown in the ERC

REQUIRED PAPERS FOR SKILLED WORKERS

From the applicant

  • Passport
  • Work Permit/ Certification of Exemption from work permit
  • Professional profiles In case of exemption from work permit
  • Certificate of negative test of SARS COVID 2, Vaccination Certificates or Certificates of Recovery from COVID-19
  • Other information:
    • Date to enter Vietnam
    • Date to work in Vietnam
    • Airport to exit abroad
    • Airport to enter Vietnam
    • Quarantine location in Ho Chi Minh City
    • Residence after quarantine

From the sponsor

  • Enterprise Registration Certificate

REQUIRED PAPERS FOR FAMILIES RELATIVES

From the applicant

  • Passport
  • Documents proving the relationship with the sponsor (Birth Certificate / Family Relationship Certificate …)
  • Certificate of negative test of SARS COVID 2, Vaccination Certificates or Certificates of Recovery from COVID-19
  • Other information:
    • Date to enter Vietnam
    • Date to work in Vietnam
    • Airport to exit abroad
    • Airport to enter Vietnam
    • Quarantine location in Ho Chi Minh City
    • Residence after quarantine

From the sponsor

  • Passport of the sponsor
  • Professional profiles of the sponsor
  • Valid Temporary Residence Card
  • Enterprise Registration Certificate of the sponsoring company

ENTRY PROCEDURES

Enterprises that invite foreigners to work in Vietnam, including diplomats, investors, business executives, experts, and highly skilled employees must conduct three procedures:

  • Quarantine options: Enterprises must first send documents inviting experts to Vietnam to the local competent agencies detailing their suggested quarantine options based on the city’s appraised list of paid quarantine hotels.
  • Application on grant entry into Vietnam: the department will join hands with the Health Department and relevant agencies to submit the list to the city government for approval.
  • Application on visa / entry approval letter: based on the approval letter to grant entry into Vietnam, the municipal government will then work with the Vietnam Immigration Department on processing immigration procedures.

PRACTICE NOTES

Things shall be kept in mind:

  • Vietnam accepts types of Vaccines licensed by WHO, US CDC, and European Medicines Agency. The last dose is vaccinated at least 14 days before and no later than 12 months from the expected date of entry into Vietnam.
  • Certificates of Full Vaccination; or Certificates of Recovery from COVID-19; “Vaccine Passport” should be issued in paper or electronic version by the application of authentication code (QR code or other form of E-Authentication) which have been officially introduced to Vietnam.
  • Test Certificate with Negative result is valid within 72 hours before the departure and certified by a competent authority of your country.
  • Install and use Bluezone – a mobile application at least throughout 14 days from the entry date

 

What if we have “Vaccine Passport”?

Centrialized quarantine for 07 days and medically supervised for the next 07 days at the resident place

Before applying for Entry approval letter, you can check the eligibility of your “vaccine passport” by the following steps:

  • Step 1: Access the link https://lanhsuvietnam.gov.vn
  • Step 2: At the Home Page, click to choose “Giới thiệu” (or “Introduction” in English) => “Hệ thống văn bản pháp quy” (or “Legal & Regulatory Document System”) => “Văn bản pháp luật Việt Nam” (or “Vietnam Legal Documents”).
  • Step 3: Choose “MẪU GIẤY CHỨNG NHẬN TIÊM CHỦNG, GIẤY XÁC NHẬN KHỎI BỆNH COVID-19 CỦA NƯỚC NGOÀI” (or “Sample of Foreign Certificate of Vaccination, Certificate of Recovery from COVID-19”)

 

Hotel

  • Apart from the State’s quarantine areas, Foreign experts also can book approved hotels for isolation period.
  • Many Vietnam hotels were registered to the State as a paid-isolation accommodation. Some mobile applications can support you to choose the qualified hotel.

 

Commercial Flight

The commercial flights to Vietnam have been limited and only open if allowed

As per proposal from CAAV, regular international flights can be gradually resumed by the Quarter 4th of 2021:

Phase Requirements
Vietnamese Citizens Foreign entrants/tourists
Phase 1: Q4, 2021
  • Entry approval letter
  • Certificates of full vaccination or recovery from COVID-19: quarantined for 7 days and medically supervised for 7 days
  • Unvaccinated or just insufficiently vaccinated: quarantined for 14 days and medically supervised for 14 days
  • Proof of RT-PCT Testing valid within 72 hours before departure;
  • Certificate of full vaccination or recovery from COVID-19

 

Phase 2: Q1, 2021
  • Fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19
  • 7-day quarantine applied
  •  Pay cost for quarantine, testing and transportation to quarantine area
Phase 3: Q2, 2022 Depending on pandemic status:
  • Can apply Vaccine passport
  • No quarantine required for entrants

 

Phase 4: Q3, 2022 Resume international flights as normal

 

Facilitation for issuance, extension, certification of work permits for foreigners who work in vietnam from september 2021

Work permit for Facilitation conditions Removed conditions
Experts The foreign worker shall have a bachelor’s degree or higher or an equivalent qualification and at least 3 years’ Experience in his/her training field
Technical workers The foreign worker has been trained in technical field or another major for at least 01 year and have at least 03 years’ experience corresponding to the job position to be held by him/her in Vietnam Experience in his/her training field
Proof as A manager, executive, expert, technical and certain jobs including diplomas, certificates, certification issued by the foreign agency, organization, enterprise in respect of the number of years’ experience of the expert or technical worker, or the issued work permit as proof of experience Expanded issued work permit in Viet Nam as a kind of proof
Required documents Of valid certified true copy of passport as per the law shall be implemented as follows: A valid copy of the passport as prescribed by law True copy of passport
Assigned in other provines Allow foreign workers who have unexpired work permits to be assigned, seconded to other provinces within a period of not exceeding 06 months; the employer of the foreign worker shall report to the labor authority of the area to which the foreign worker is assigned without having to apply for another work permit.

 

Speacial offers

  • [01 free] Granting Approval Letter to grant entry into Vietnam for Chief Representative Office or Legal Representative; or
  • [01 free]  Temporary Residence Card for Chief Representative Office or Legal Representative; or
  • [15% cash discount] For any other required services in November 2021; and
  • Free counsel via email, call center for any required compliance for expats in Vietnam: WP | TRC | PRC |PIT | SI&HI | PAYROLL…; and
  • Free counsel via email for employment relations: Experts profile | Labor contract | Bank accounts | Tax settlement and completion certificate

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