With the aim to develop the economics, Vietnam government is trying to attract the experts, investors, business managers, high-tech workers coming back the country. They just announced to open again visa for those who are coming for work, from September 2020.
Vietnam has suspended the entry of all foreigner visitors including those with visa exemption certificate, APEC card, and other types of visa due to Covid19 from March 2020. Subsequently, it suspended all international flights by March, effectively locking out visitors and business professionals. Only Vietnamese nationals can return on the special repatriation flights. However, Vietnam’s government has allowed diplomats, officials, business experts, managers, highly skilled workers, and students to come to Vietnam if they meet the necessary requirements from September 2020.
Vietnamese Government has recently approved the resumption of six commercial air routes to Guangzhou (China), Taiwan (China), Seoul (the Republic of Korea), and Tokyo (Japan) from September 15, and to Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and Vientiane (Laos) from September 22.
Foreign employees that want to enter Vietnam should ensure they have a sponsored company which can assist the employee in obtaining the necessary paperwork and communicate any changes to them.
In order to get visa to enter Vietnam, the employees must be invited by a sponsored company which they are working for. This company need to prepare the required documents for submitting “approval letter” for employee. It’s recommended to use a visa service to submit the documents because the sponsored company is not familiar with the immigration process, furthermore it’s complicated.
Foreign workers will have to test for COVID-19 three to seven days before entering Vietnam using the real-time PCR technique. The tests must be done at testing centers approved by their government or at test centers approved by the World Health Organization (WHO); and
Foreign workers should have international health insurance, or their sponsor will be required to pay for treatment in case they are infected with COVID-19.
On August 31, the Ministry of Health issued Official Dispatch No 4674/BYT-MT waiving the mandatory 14-day quarantine for foreign experts, investors, managers, and diplomats if they enter Vietnam for less than 14 days. If after 14 days they wish to stay in Vietnam, they can do so without quarantining if they test negative for the virus.
However, they must comply with all other health measures, which include:
It is important to note that anyone entering Vietnam is subject to a 14-day quarantine except for those entering on short term business trips of less than 14 days. The quarantine is typically at a centralized government facility or a designated hotel. Testing for COVID-19 is done at least twice during the quarantine period. After serving the mandatory quarantine, the individuals may be under medical surveillance for another 14 days.
The government is keen to allow foreigners for business purposes to enter the country. As Vietnam slowly begins to ease travel restrictions, officials in Ho Chi Minh City have approved eight hotels including Le Meridian Saigon, Holiday Inn, IBIS Saigon, and Norfolk to serve as paid quarantine zones.
We recommend that investors and businessmen use a professional agency to navigate the intricacies and administrative procedures to help secure an entry permit for their foreign employees.
Besides, with several countries easing travel restrictions, regulations are likely to change quickly. We, therefore, recommend that businessmen should contact and ask us for for any updates or changes to the current regulations.
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