In the past few years, Vietnam has become one of the most appealing tourism destinations in Southeast Asia. However, for remote workers, the country is also an excellent location to work for. This is why becoming a digital nomad in Vietnam is pretty advantageous when it comes to enjoying the spectacular views with the low living costs compared to other countries.
From a legal point of view, it is important to note that Vietnam has no digital nomad visa program at the moment. So, foreign citizens must consider the visa requirements applicable to their countries. Our immigration lawyers in Vietnam explain below the main steps to work remotely from here.
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Digital nomads and the Vietnamese legislation
Digital nomads or remote workers are persons (employees, self-employed individuals, or entrepreneurs) who can complete their activities from any other place in the world apart from their offices. They usually work for companies or have businesses in other countries which means the Vietnamese Employment Law does not apply to them. At the same time, Vietnam has no legislation applicable to digital nomads which means that they need to obtain other visas for their stay here.
One of the good news is that recently Vietnam has enabled visa-free access to citizens of approximately 25 countries. Among these, the UK, France, Denmark, Malaysia, Italy, Chile, and Singapore, thus covering most parts of the world. Citizens of these countries can stay here based on electronic visas between 15 and 30 days.
The e-visa that can be used as a digital nomad visa in Vietnam. However, there are also other visas that can be obtained by remote workers and their requirements can be explained by our Vietnamese lawyers.
Vietnam’s digital visa alternatives
Immigration to Vietnam by becoming a digital nomad in Vietnam has several advantages, among which the low living costs. Foreign citizens seeking to work remotely from here have the following alternatives:
- the Vietnamese tourist or DL visa, which is issued to tourists, and so, it can be used for remote working;
- the business or DN visa, which can be used by entrepreneurs coming for meeting, conferences or other business-related matters and can be used to complete various activities from Vietnam;
- the student, internship, or DH visa, which is issued to students who have part-time jobs or other arrangements with companies in their home countries.
The validity of these visas depends on the country of origin of the applicants. In most cases, these allow stays of up to 30 days, except for the student visa. It can have a longer validity period.
Depending on the type of visa requested, it can be obtained with the Vietnamese embassy/consulate, online, or upon arrival in Vietnam.
If you want to come to Vietnam through a digital nomad visa, we invite you to discuss your options with our local immigration specialists. We are also at your service if you are interested in long-term immigration to Vietnam, including through residency by investment.
Why move to Vietnam as a digital nomad?
Vietnam is unique through its landscapes, which makes it a great destination to live in, even temporarily. In recent years, it has also become a great digital nomad hub with plenty of co-working spaces for remote employees.
If you are interested in a Vietnamese digital nomad visa, the country recently ranked 8th most loved destination by remote workers in the world, according to a Canadian magazine. Apart from this:
- the average monthly living costs can range from USD 700 to USD 1,400;
- expat communities in Vietnam are mostly made of people aged 18 to 35;
- Hanoi and Ho Chi Min City are 2 of the most appreciated expat destinations in Vietnam.
If you want to move to Vietnam as a digital nomad, contact our local law firm for guidance. Our immigration lawyers in Vietnam are at your disposal with tailored services.