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Vietnam visa for Indians – All facts you need to know

Throughout the years, the number of Indian travelers to Vietnam has increased significantly. It has impressively increased from 33,000 in 2010 to almost 100,000 in 2017.

One of the reasons that is confirmed to greatly contribute to this increase is ease of Vietnam visa policy for Indians. Here’s all information about Vietnam visa that you need to know if you’re an Indian national.

Requirements on Vietnam visa for Indian citizens

Does Indian need a visa for Vietnam entry?
Does Indian need a visa for Vietnam entry?

As an Indian national, you are not required to get Vietnam visa if:

  • You fly from an international country to Phu Quoc via the Phu Quoc International Airport;
  • Your stay on the island must be less than 30 days. You must provide proof (return airplane ticket, cruise ship departure date, etc.) that you will be leaving Phu Quoc Island within 30 days in order to be granted a “Visa Exemption Stamp”.

► Full details about this policy are available at: Conditions to get Vietnam visa exemption for Phu Quoc island.

In case you reach Vietnam via other gates, you need to obtain a visa for Vietnam.

How to get Vietnam visa for Indian passport holders

Before 2017, there were only 2 ways to get a visa for Vietnam for Indians, namely:

  1. Getting Vietnam visa at Vietnam embassy/consulate; and
  2. Getting a visa on arrival.

But since February 2017, a new ways of getting Vietnam visa for Indians has been added, that is called Vietnam e-visa, making total number of ways increase to 3.

These 3 ways are clearly detailed below.

How to get Vietnam visa for Indians
How to get Vietnam visa for Indians

1. Vietnam visa – Applying at Vietnam embassy

Vietnam visa in this way is issued by Vietnam Embassy.

Each embassy has its own policy for issuing Vietnam visa. Some work directly with applicants, but some do not. It is the case of Vietnam embassy in New Delhi. In case you wish to obtain for Vietnam visa via this embassy, you will work with a Vietnam visa application center, named VFS Global Center – an outsourced partner of the Embassy. After receiving your documents, this center will forward them to Vietnam embassy in New Delhi for processing.

Here are its contact details:

Vietnam Visa Application Center in Chennai

  • Address: Fagun Towers, Third floor, No 74, Ethiraj salai, Egmore, Chennai – 600008
  • Submission Timings: 08:00 to 12:00 -13:00 to 15:00 (Monday-Friday)
  • Passport Retrieval Timings: 08:00 to 12:00 – 13:00 to 15:00 (Monday-Friday)
  • Helpline: +917538804147, between 08:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 17:00, Monday-Friday except Holidays.
  • Email:

Vietnam Visa Application Center in Hyderabad

  • Address: 8-2-700, Ground floor, Srida Anushka Pride, Banjara Hills, Road No.12, Hyderabad 500 034, India
  • Submission Timings: 08:00 to 12:00 – 13:00 to 15:00 (Monday-Friday)
  • Passport Retrieval Timings: 08:00 to 12:00 – 13:00 to 15:00 (Monday-Friday)
  • Helpline: – 040- 23384448/07569417025, between 08:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 17:00, Monday-Friday except Holidays.
  • Email:

Vietnam Visa Application Center in Bengaluru

  • Address: Unit No 305, Second Floor, Level -3, Prestige Atrium, No. 1, Central Street, Bangalore 560001
  • Submission Timings: 08:00 to 12:00 – 13:00 to 15:00 (Monday-Friday)
  • Passport Retrieval Timings: 08:00 to 12:00 – 13:00 to 15:00 (Monday-Friday)
  • Helpline: +91 80-46131004, between 08:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 17:00, Monday-Friday except Holidays.
  • Email:

Below is basic information about Vietnam visa for Indians, tourist and business, applied in this way.

Vietnam tourist visa for Indian nationals applied with Vietnam embassy

Required documents include:

  • Original Passport at least with one blank page
  • Passport validity should be minimum 30 days from the date of travel to Vietnam
  • 1 Application form (Download here)
  • 1 photograph (size 4×6 cm – clear photos with any color background is acceptable)
  • Copy of front and last page of the passport
  • To and from Air Ticket
  • Bank Statement for last 3 months

The Vietnam tourist visa fee (1 month single entry) for Indians in this case is

  • 4600 Rupee (~64 USD) for 5 working day processing, or
  • 4800 Rupee (~68 USD) for 4 working day processing,

plus 525 Rupee (~8 USD) of VFS fee.

Vietnam business visa for Indian passport holders applied with Vietnam embassy

Required documents include:

  • Original Passport at least with one blank page
  • Passport validity should be minimum 30 days from the date of travel to Vietnam
  • 1 Application form
  • 1 photograph (size 4×6 cm – clear photos with any color background is acceptable)
  • Copy of front and last page of the passport
  • To and fro Air Ticket
  • Bank Statement for last 3 months
  • Approval letter from Vietnam immigration
  • Kindly note: If required, Additional documents might be asked by the Embassy.

The Vietnam business visa fee for Indians in this case is

  • 3,000 Rupee ~ 42 USD (for 1 month single entry visa),
  • 5,500 Rupee ~ 77 USD (for 1 month multiple entry visa),
  • 6,000 Rupee ~ 85USD (for 3 month multiple entry visa),
  • 11,300 Rupee ~158 USD (for 6 month multiple entry visa),
  • 15,800 Rupee ~221 USD (for 1 year multiple entry visa),

plus 525 Rupee (~8 USD) of VFS fee.

The processing time is normally 5 working days, and might be delayed by the Embassy in case of any additional documents required.

In case you are not in India and wish to apply for Vietnam visa using this way, please directly contact the Vietnam embassy you wish to apply with for details on how to work and how to prepare your documents. Here is Directory of Vietnam embassies worldwide.

2. Vietnam visa – Applying online (known as Vietnam visa on arrival)

Use this way if you are traveling to Vietnam by air. You will work with a Vietnam visa center in Vietnam to get a visa approval letter and then get visa stamped upon arrival at Vietnam airport.

► See what Vietnam visa approval letter is here.

Sample of Vietnam visa approval letter
Sample of Vietnam visa approval letter

Application for a Vietnam Visa in this way is very convenient and easy with 3 step process. This process is the same for business and tourist visa for Indians to Vietnam.

  1. Fill out the online Vietnam visa application form. You will be required to enter your name, passport number, passport expiry date, date of birth, gender and arrival date, and then make payment of service fee online using a credit card.
  2. Your visa request will be processed. You will get an Approval Letter via email within guaranteed time. You will then print the letter and carry with you to Vietnam.
  3. On arrival at one of 5 Vietnam international airports in Hanoi, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Nha Trang or Ho Chi Minh City, you will need to show your Approval Letter, entry and exit form, passport, two passport-size photos (4cm x 6cm) and cash for payment for Stamping Fee to the Immigration Officer who will then stamp the Vietnam Visa in your passport.

Normal processing time of approval letter for Vietnam tourist visa and business visa is 2 and 7 working days respectively. But you may get it done in just 2 working hours or 2 working days (for tourist or business visa respectively) with a little extra charge.

► Check  for cost of Vietnam visa on arrival for Indians.

As mentioned above, in case you choose this way to get your Vietnam visa, you need to work with a Vietnam visa center. This center will work with Vietnam Immigration to get your visa approval letter issued on time.

But, there are many of such centers in VOA market today, and defining a trustworthy one may leave you in headache. Trust us! Select the one meeting these 5 criteria of a trustworthy Vietnam visa center.

You are highly recommended to apply through, the form of assisting travelers to get a visa on arrival for Vietnam since 2007.

3. Vietnam visa – Applying Online (known as Vietnam e visa)

Vietnam e visa is for those traveling to Vietnam on tourism purpose only with maximum validity of 1 month for a single entry.

Sample of Vietnam e visa
Sample of Vietnam e visa

Before applying for it, you will need to have:

  • A Passport (Valid for at least 6 months after arrival to Vietnam)
  • A Credit/Debit card /Paypal account
  • A digital copy of passport page which contain personal information.
  • A recently taken digital photo (it should present full face, front view, eyes open without glasses, background should be plain light colored or white)

Here is full process of getting Vietnam e visa for Indians

  1. You must submit relevant personal information via the form of Vietnam Immigration Department and pay the required fee by credit card (MasterCard or Visa) or paypal.
  2. When your eVisa application has been approved, the visa issuance system will send you a notice for a link to download and print the eVisa.
  3. You are required to present this eVisa at the immigration checkpoint for verification upon your arrival in Vietnam.

Normal processing time of Vietnam e visa is 3 working days. Cost of Vietnam e visa is 25 USD, which is non-refundable in case of visa issuance refusal.

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How to Find a Job in Vietnam as a Foreigner

In recent years, more and more foreigners have been working in Vietnam and the demand for hiring foreign labors from Vietnamese companies and organizations has increased. Some know by many may not know that among several jobs in Vietnam for foreigners, there are 5 job trends as described here:

However, it is not easy to find a job (whether a part-time or full-time job) in a place where there is not much relationship. The following article will show you how to find a job in Vietnam as a foreigner.

But first of all, we would like to draw your attention to How to get Vietnam visa for looking for a job in Vietnam

How to get Vietnam visa for looking for a job in Vietnam

How to get Vietnam visa for looking for job in Vietnam
How to get Vietnam visa for looking for job in Vietnam

You can come to Vietnam to look for a job on a tourist or business visa. However, there is a big difference here you should be aware of.

A tourist visa allows you to enter Vietnam to look for the job but does not allow you to work there when you are offered the job. In case you’ve got the employment, you must leave the country and come back with a business visa and get it turned into work permit or come back with the work permit applied by your employer.

A business visa allows you to enter Vietnam to look for the job and then allows you to work there if you have the employment and get it turned into the work permit.

The easiest way to apply for a tourist or business visa to Vietnam is to apply for Vietnam visa on arrival via a visa center in Vietnam.

Entire process of this application can be found at How Vietnam visa on arrival works.

This way of application is preferred by a lot of tourists and business travelers to Vietnam for its:

  1. No submission of documents;
  2. Simple required information;
  3. Application done online.

Job opportunities in Vietnam

  • The emergence of more international trade in the city has provided more jobs in Vietnam. Young generations are good at English, but the schools still welcome foreign teachers as a point to well promote the reputation of the school.
  • The specialized jobs for foreigners in the big cities as well as in other provinces are very few because speaking Vietnamese is essential here, in the field of specialization is not common for foreigners in this country.
  • With a clear choice in English language teaching and a wide range of volunteer options for international organizations in Vietnam. For foreigners and visitors simply who stay in the city for several months, teaching English in a few months is a sensible choice.
  • Volunteer opportunities include working with children with special needs, providing shelter to women or working for non-governmental organizations.
  • For different work permit costs for different nationalities, a foreign can move to Vietnam to work or volunteer for the organization. In addition, employers can pay for this license as part of their recruiting terms.

And now, ways to look for a job in Vietnam as a foreigner

1. Searching jobs on the recruiting websites

First of all, you can access social networking sites such as This move may not bring you a job right away, but it will definitely help you build a network of potential friends for future jobs. You should be concerned about the “friends” who have a role in the industry you are looking for to get back their support.

Useful advice: If you are a freelancer, you can try to create accounts on freelance online sites such as or The work on these pages is mostly the translation and writing job.

List of top recruiting websites in Vietnam

The recruiting website is the destination of many employers as well as employees by its convenience, promptitude, and a wide range of approach.

If you are a foreign looking for a job in Vietnam, surely just type in the job and the salary you want, the most suitable job will appear for you to choose easily, then just contact the recruiters or apply online, schedule an interview, if it is appropriate, you will be able to work immediately.

Here are the top most prestigious recruitment websites in Vietnam today.

Vietnamworks is considered the most prestigious recruiting website today, with daily traffic reaching hundreds of thousands, even millions of viewers.

The number of employers joining this site is very large, suitable for experienced employees, especially with the recruitment of senior staff for large companies and groups with a salary up to thousand dollars.

In addition, new graduates are also more likely to find suitable jobs here because of the multidisciplinary workloads, qualifications, and wages that should be appropriate for many subjects.


Most of the jobs on this hiring website are high paid because it is a multinational website, requires a lot of work, level, and experience. So if you have the ability, this is definitely the ideal environment for finding a job.


With over 400,000 employers and more than 200,000 active members, do you think this is a good place to find a job?


As a website developed by DBIZ Group, has just appeared on the market not long but also has 15,000 employers with over 200,000 different jobs.

This is a great place for both employers and employees to find the right partner.

Vieclam 24h

As the “descendant” of the website, this recruiting website currently has the largest number of visitors as well as the number of jobs in Vietnam.

Every month, there are more than 25,000 jobs for employees, and hundreds of daily visitors, making the website become the most prestigious website today.


It’s not a new site, but it’s a job site for many different companies, with a large number of recruiters and job seekers to help you find the right job at


This is also one of the most familiar and interactive sites with many visitors. In addition, the number of jobs, employers are extremely large.

You are good at IT skills, this is the ideal place for you to find your work because is a recruiting site dedicated to IT field, with a very impressive operation “IT Jobs for Top People. Little but high-quality” so the work here is very well-paid as well as included many special requirements for workers.

The last name that we want to mention here is, the brainchild of Tuoi Tre newspaper is also the partner of Careerbuilder.

You can find very good jobs here because most employers posted in are reputable companies who quality is very good.

2. Asking for help from family and friends to find a job in Vietnam as a foreigner

Relationships are always the most useful approach to employment, and employers always have a lot of sympathy for those who have a relationship with their colleagues in the company. This is also a cheap, simple and incredibly reliable way to find a job in Vietnam as a foreign. Try to befriend someone who has good relationships in the field you are aiming for.

Useful advice: You do not have to phone one for one. Just use every chat, meet to send the “signal” to the opposite person, let them know you are looking for work A, in field B. It is okay. Do not think that the people at home will not help you in your job search? Actually, sometimes your friend with a certain acquaintance in a remote place, like Vietnam where you are traveling, is looking for a babysitting, for example?

3. Looking at local press for job in Vietnam

Ignore the long list of available jobs. Just focus only on work within your local area only. Once you have read their information, you should contact them directly. You can even apply for positions they have not yet recruited!

Useful advice: Sometimes you do not have to go too far to find a job. Among the thousands of businesses out there, there will be several companies coming to the place you are staying to post the recruitment, especially for those that need professional expertise. Therefore, do not just look at the local newspaper, but also notice the recruitment information anywhere.

4. Working for a University in Vietnam

The university itself also has hundreds of extra jobs within the campus, including working at the school’s canteen, organizing events, or being a tour guide whenever there are potential candidates. These jobs are usually well paid, the workplace is close to home and you will also work in fixed hours so it is possible to be flexible in traveling and resting.

Useful advice: The universities often recruit part-time jobs very early, either before or at the beginning of the semester. If you are looking for a job in Vietnam as a foreign, head on to the school’s website or even directly to other related departments to take advantage of the opportunity.

5. Doing unpaid job

If you do not really need money, going to work for the companies you want to join in the future is a good way. During this time, you will learn the necessary skills, establish relationships and learn a lot in the professional work environment. If you do well, they will surely keep an eye on you when the company needs to recruit in the future.

6. Participating in job fairs

This is an opportunity for you to meet and chat with prospective employers. So, just join these fairs (usually free of charge) like this to consider and choose for potential employers. Talking to them will definitely help you understand the conditions needed for the position you need.

7. Creating your own job

In times of economic crisis, self-employment is also a smart choice. Of course, to be successful, this decision also depends on your ability and passion.

The founder of the “Save the Student” recognizes that it is also a result of the desire for self-mastery. Of course, creating a job for yourself is a great idea, full of adventure and completely capable of profit. More and more organizations and websites are making it easier for young people to start their career. You can try or to find business tips and success stories from the pioneer.

If everything is not like what you want after a year, then you have learned a valuable experience anyway. Moreover, if you dare to commit yourself, then you will not regret it for not daring to try, is not it?

How did you find your job in Vietnam as a foreign? Share your tips with us! And if you find these tips useful, share with your friends. Good luck!

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, and 11th anniversary

Vietnam-visa is very proud to be celebrating 11 years in business since 2007. Operated under Vietnam Discovery Travel JSC., through the ups and downs, we have made remarkable achievements. So far, Vietnam-visa has been the leading Vietnam visa center providing online application for Vietnam Visa on Arrival. We are committed to providing our clients with the very best level of service. Understanding the need for excellence, we ensure that our service is convenient and reliable to meet clients’ need.

What enables survive for up to 11 years in a highly competitive market?

Once using our service, you will find our 4 core values that we are committed to customers as follows:

  • The simplicity: We simplify visa processing and the required information is minimal
  • The transparency: we promise confidentiality assurance and no hidden fees
  • Service guarantee: reliable on-time delivery, 100% Legitimacy, 99.8% Success Rate
  • Real-time Customer Support: with clients around the world, our professional client support team is always available and ready to help clients 24 hours a day.

So far, we have received extremely positive feedback from clients who keep coming back to use our services. This is truly a big motivation for us to continue improving services and bring to our clients the best experience.

► You can read more’s reviews at or

As a part of 11-year anniversary promotion, we welcomed the 300,000th client and reached a significant milestone. We organize a ceremony to welcome the special clients at an international airport. The 300,000th client was a couple from Czech Republic, Mr. Ryan Nelson – an American and Mrs Sabina Nelson – a Czech. For being the lucky 300,000th client, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson received free “Full Fast-Track” service and “Car Pickup” at the airport for their visit to Hanoi.

With the Full Fast-Track service, our staff helped Mr. and Mrs. Nelson to complete the procedure quickly and get visa stamp on passport in a few minutes. After that, the staff escorted them to get through passport control via the priority gate. Then, the staff took them to the luggage lounge and supported them to collect their luggage.

Mr. Ryan Nelson and Mrs. Sabina Nelson became the 300,000th client of Vietnam-visa
Mr. Ryan Nelson and Mrs. Sabina Nelson became the 300,000th client of Vietnam-visa

At the welcoming ceremony, Vietnam Discovery Travel JSC CEO Bui Trung Thanh was present at Noi Bai international airport early to welcome those special clients. He was delighted to see Mr. and Mrs. Nelson, shaking hands and presenting flowers to them.

Mr. & Mrs. Nelson take part in a short interview with Vietnam-visa staff
Mr. & Mrs. Nelson take part in a short interview with Vietnam-visa staff

After that, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson joined a short interview to tell about their feelings and experiences of using Vietnam-visa services. Mr. Nelson said: “The (Vietnam-visa) service was fantastic, online and we finished in probably two minutes the whole process. We received the confirmation, information within an hour”. Mrs. Nelson expressed her experiences: “We appreciate how smooth it was everything at the airport, very quick, very nice.”

► See what our “Fast track” and “Airport car pickup” services are and why they are useful for you here.

Special gifts for's 300,000th client
Special gifts for’s 300,000th client

Finally, our 300,000th client received special gifts from Vietnam-visa, that’s Vietnamese rice paintings which were created by skillful artists in a very meticulous process. At the end of the ceremony, Mr. & Mrs. Nelson used “Car Pickup” service to move to their hotel directly.

The ceremony to welcome the 300,000th client is our tribute to every client who puts their trust in Vietnam-visa as well as Vietnam Discovery Travel JSC. We are honored that our clients have been with us all that time and played a significant part in our continued success. More than a decade, it’s been an incredible ride. Once again, thank you for the eleven remarkable years of trust and loyalty.

More information about Vietnam visa policy

Vietnam has opened its Vietnam visa policy to welcome more travelers to the country. To prove, the government has waived visa for to citizens of up to 24 countries under unilateral and bilateral visa exemption agreement.

► To figure out whether you are eligible for Vietnam visa exemption or not, refer to this Vietnam visa exemption and conditions.

For those who need a visa to Vietnam, then reading the following piece of information is a must to avoid any unexpected issues caused by the visa to the trip to Vietnam.

At the moment, there are up to 3 ways to get a visa to Vietnam, namely:

  1. Vietnam embassy visa (the visa obtained directly at Vietnam embassy/consulate abroad);
  2. Vietnam e-visa (the visa for citizens from 46 countries only getting to Vietnam on tourism purpose, valid for 30 days at maximum with single entry);
  3. Vietnam visa on arrival (applied online and picked up at Vietnam airport upon arrival – application to air travelers).

It’s now the matter of which one you should choose. If we are right, you should direct your attention to this comparison:

Once again, we – – are so proud of going along you during 11 years. We are always be proud of being a Vietnam visa center with the best services and also latest guide and information provided to our visitors. Should you need any further information or assistance, just feel free to contact us.

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4 Tips for Teaching Online & Traveling in Vietnam

If it’s always been your dream to travel the world, you’ve probably come up with a few different ways that you could make ends meet while you see new sights and meet interesting people. However, did you know that you can become an online teacher and get paid for it? More and more wandering spirits around the world are learning about the benefits of teaching English online from the road, and if you’re serious about turning your travel dreams into reality, you should find out everything you can about this liberating new trend.

3 Benefits of Teaching English in Vietnam

Even if you eventually plan to travel the world, Vietnam might be the perfect place to start. The weather in this tropical paradise stays warm and sunny throughout most of the year, and even if you aren’t well-to-do in your home country, you’ll be able to live like a king in Vietnam for next to nothing.

Plus, Vietnam has become more and more industrialized in recent years, and it’s now possible to access high-speed internet in many areas throughout this welcoming country.

Best of all, the crime rate in Vietnam is relatively low, and when you aren’t staying in big cities, you won’t need to worry much about locking your room at night.

4 Tips for Making Remote Teaching Work in Vietnam as a foreigner

Here are a few basic tips that will help ensure the success of your traveling and teaching plans:

  • Try it out before you leave home: When you first arrive in Vietnam, you’ll be reeling from jet lag and culture shock, and the last thing you’ll want to add to the equation during this sensitive time is a new career. Get started with your English teaching ambitions before you even consider leaving home, and make sure that you have a good grasp of the basics of your new profession while you’re still in a familiar environment. If you get started early enough, it’s even possible to save up extra funds that you can then use to enjoy your first week or two in Vietnam work-free.
  • Lock down your internet access: Nothing is more unfortunate than setting up an English tutoring lesson only to realize that you won’t be able to make it to your session. While internet availability in Vietnam is generally good, the type of Wi-Fi that you can access in hostels and cafes generally isn’t strong enough to handle a video chat connection. Instead, opt for hotels or apartments which usually have a stronger and more reliable signal – you can even ask them to test the speed for you before booking.
  • Schedule around your adventure plans: Always remember that your main reason for teaching English remotely is to fund your plans to explore Vietnam. If your teaching schedule starts to interfere with your ability to travel, you might need to restructure your daily itinerary. Many successful remote English teachers dedicate three or four days out of the week to lessons, and then they spend the rest of the weeks checking out Vietnam’s ancient temples, bustling cities, and glorious beaches.
  • Learn how to budget: Teaching English remotely isn’t a formula for getting rich, but it can be just the fuel you need to make exploring Vietnam safe and comfortable. If you budget effectively, you’ll be able to spend as much time in this tropical Southeast Asian paradise as you want, but if you don’t act carefully, you could find yourself in a sticky situation sooner than you might think. Before you leave home or even buy your plane tickets, you should get a general idea of the bare minimum you’ll need to spend per month to keep yourself happy and comfortable during your travels, and you should write out a list of necessities and their general costs. Then, after your first week in Vietnam, you should revise your monthly budget while taking into account the actual costs that you incurred so far. Being able to budget effectively will keep you from the brink of financial disaster, and it will also give you a better idea of how much you need to work per week to purchase necessities.

Vietnam is an incredible place to explore and teaching online is a great way to see more of it – we recommend this guide if you want to learn more about teaching online.  If you’re interested in physically teaching English in Vietnam you can learn more here.

Quincy Smith is the founder of ESL Authority, a website that helps people understand their options when it comes to teaching abroad.  A former teacher himself, he has been traveling the world for the past 4 years.

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Vietnam has become one of the top choices when foreigners travel or settle down in Asia

The tourism is booming and almost 13 million people visited Vietnam in 2017. That’s a year-on-year increase of 29%, outperforming all previous years. The economy is also one of the fastest growing in the world and attracts increasingly more foreign investors.

We can see that Vietnam is performing well on many fronts at the moment.

Most importantly, with new real estate ownership regulations in place, it’s become remarkably easier to buy apartments and houses as a foreigner, and the market is red hot.  

In this article, you’ll learn more about how you can buy real estate by simply having a tourist visa in Vietnam, which districts you should have a look at, how high property prices are, and other interesting information.

Vietnam’s property ownership regulations for foreigners

Before 2015, it was practically impossible to buy and own real estate as a foreigner in Vietnam.

The same year, the government introduced a number of eye opening changes, welcoming foreign investors that had eagerly been waiting on the sidelines.

Vietnam has attracted many foreign real estate buyers since, and will continue to do so for years to come.

Below I’ve listed some of the most notable regulatory changes, showing how easy it’s become to buy and own property in Vietnam.

  • Foreigners can buy real estate by simply having a tourist visa. Tougher regulations were in place prior to 2015. Refer to for full information about how to get a tourist visa fast and easily.
  • You can rent out your property and enjoy the highest rental yields in Asia. If you’re not familiar with this term, rental yield shows the ROI (return of investment) when comparing the purchase price and the rental incomes earned. It’s shown as a percentage.
  • Technically, you can buy as many properties as you want, as long as you don’t exceed the quota of 30% of the units in a condo building, and 10% of the houses in a landed project. Previously, foreigners could only buy one apartment unit.
  • You can buy houses. Landed properties were not available to foreigners prior to 2015. Just keep in mind that you can’t own the land that the house is built on. Instead, you need to lease the land with a leasehold period of up to 50 years.
  • You can renew the leasehold period with up to 50 years (this wasn’t possible before 2015)
  • If you have a Vietnamese spouse, you can get freehold ownership (not possible before 2015)

Quite remarkable changes, right?

Hopefully, it doesn’t come as a surprise that many foreigners have Vietnam at the top of their lists when looking for real estate overseas.
Which districts should be of interest when buying real estate in Ho Chi Minh City?

Ho Chi Minh City is the financial hub in Vietnam and receives the most investment and attracts the most foreigners. Therefore, I will focus on Ho Chi Minh City in this article, and break down the city on a district level, showing which areas that are interesting at the moment.

Let’s start with the district that I personally like the most.

Real estate in District 2

Real estate in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
Real estate in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City

If you look a couple of decades back, District 2 was not very developed and suffered from poverty. It’s one of the districts that has experienced the fastest development the past years, and currently hosts many of Ho Chi Minh’s expats and other foreigners.

The district is one of the biggest districts and detached from central areas like district 1, Binh Thanh, and district 3. I like district 2 the most as it’s more relaxed, offers a wide range of bars and restaurants, international schools, and a high quality of life in general.

District 2 had many plush villas at a start, built to cater wealthy locals and foreign expats. It was kind of a test project. That has changed much and now you’ll see a number of new condo projects popping up here and there. 

If you ever want to go to the central areas, like district 1 or Binh Thanh, you won’t need more than 15-30 minutes by car (depending on the traffic situation).

Real estate in District 7

District 7 is probably the most developed district in Ho Chi Minh City, hosting many expats and foreigners. The same as it goes with district 2, you’ll find many international schools, bars, restaurants, and other amenities in this area.

With a more developed infrastructure, you can enjoy high instant rental income, which is not always the case in less developed areas, where you mostly find under construction projects, where infrastructure, such as roads, hospitals, and office space are still planned.

If you seek higher ROI and capital appreciations, you have plenty of other options in Ho Chi Minh, for example district 9.

Real estate in District 9

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Real estate in District 9 Ho Chi Minh City

District 9 is the biggest district in Ho Chi Minh City and is not as developed compared to district 2 and district 7, and the central parts. It’s not strange as it’s located further away from the city center, and on the right hand side of district 2.

The major benefit of buying real estate in district 9 is that it will have its prime time in the coming years. Many new projects are planned here and you’ll reach the central parts of Ho Chi Minh within a short time once the Metro is up and running in 2020.

The prime goal of developing district 9 is to expand Ho Chi Minh City eastwards, connecting it with Bien Hoa, a city where we see more commercial activity. Stretching eastwards will also increase the connectivity with An Phuoc, a promising and developing ward belonging to Ben Tre province.  

Many factories are located in district 9 and most of the new office space planned until 2025 will be dedicated to this area. This will naturally result in an increased demand of real estate.

As mentioned, the district still waits for infrastructural developments to finish. You won’t earn instant rental comes instantly in the same way like in district 2 and 7, as most of the real estate projects and infrastructural developments are still under construction.

Keep in mind that buying real estate in strategic areas in district 9, especially close to the Metro line, can result in high capital appreciations and ROIs. You just need to have some more risk appetite and long term goals.

How high are the property prices in Ho Chi Minh City?

Property prices have increased much the past years in Ho Chi Minh City. Still, investors from places like Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, and China see Ho Chi Minh City cheap alternative compared to buying property back home, and with greater potentials for high investment returns.

Prices are still surprisingly low in comparison with neighboring countries, averaging at $US 2269 per square meter in the central parts, while the price per square meter is merely 1083 US dollars in suburban areas.

That’s a fraction compared to places like Hong Kong and Singapore, where you need to pay 5-6 times more per square meter. 

Vietnam is currently one of the cheapest places to buy real estate in Asia, and the yields are high in places like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. As mentioned, if you have some risk appetite, long term goals, and want to buy property with a lower price tag, then places like district 9 should be of interest, where you can reap great yields later.  


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