This summary is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered an authoritative guide on how to obtain work authorization in Vietnam. The intent is to give the reader a general overview of the process only. Procedures and requirements may have changed since the writing of this article. For current and detailed information regarding the topics below, as well as documentary requirements, processing times, post-arrival and departure requirements, penalties for non-compliance, allowances for accompanying family members, and any other information pertaining to your specific needs, please contact your Pro-Link GLOBAL immigration professional.



Permitted Activities – Business visitors must generally limit their activities to the following:

  • Attending business meetings or discussions;
  • Making sales calls to potential clients provided that the visitor represents a commercial entity outside of Vietnam;
  • Attending seminars or “fact-finding” meetings.

Type of Business Visas
 – Certain nationals may enter Vietnam without need of a business visa (visa-exempt nationals). All other nationals will require a business visa.

Basic Requirements

1. Intention of a genuine visit for business and not for paid employment;
2. Business visa authorization form the Vietnam sponsor(issued by the Vietnamese Immigration Department, Ministry of Public Security);
3. Valid passport;
4. Evidence that there are no restrictions on his or her traveling to Vietnam;
5. No intention to permanently reside in Vietnam.

Estimated Processing Times – This varies by diplomatic post and country. The required authorization letter for a Business Visa to be obtained upon arrival or at the Vietnamese embassy overseas is generally issued within a couple of days.

Maximum Time On Visa – This visa allows business people to make a short business visit to Vietnam for up to three months during their visa validity period.

Typical Documents Required – All travelers need to present the following documents to officers in immigration clearance:

  • a valid passport or other acceptable travel document and in some cases;
  • a valid visa or authority to enter Vietnam without visa, or authorization letter to obtain a Business Visa on arrival.