• Vietnam Approves New Fees for Foreigners and Foreign Firms

    By Dezan Shira & Associates


    Since January 2017, a range of policies have come into effect for foreigners and foreign firms. The introduced changes impact international tourism companies, foreign advertisement firms, trade offices, foreign crew on ships, and visa processing.

    Passport and visa fees

    According to Circular No.219/2016/TT-BTC, the stipulated fee for a single-entry visa for foreigners will be US$25 (VND 570,000) for a single individual, while the price of a multiple-entry visa for a duration of three to 12 months ranges from US$50 to US$155 (VND 1.14 million to VND 3.55 million). Exemptions will be applicable for guests (including spouses and children) invited by the government.

    Fees for overseas diplomatic missions

    As per Circular No.264/2016/TT-BTC, the naturalization process will cost US$250 (VND 5.7 million) per person. Charges for restoring nationality will be the same as registering for retaining ones nationality, namely US$200 (VND 4.57 million). Fees for issuing new passports are fixed at US$70 (VND 1.6 million) while charges for extending diplomatic and public passports are US$30 (VND 684,210).

    Government invited guests, employees, and technical staff (including spouses and children) of foreign diplomatic and consular representative missions are exempt from the fees.

    License fees for international tourism agencies

    Circular No. 177/2016/TT-BTC prescribes the fees for issuing licenses to international tourism agencies (including new issuance, renewal, and re-issuance) at US$132 (VND 3 million), while the assessment fee for issuance of tour guide licenses is set at US$28.50 (VND 650,000) for a single entity. Licenses for establishing a branch or a representative office of a foreign travel company will cost US$132 (VND 3 million) while the fee for renewal, extension, and re-issuance of existing licenses is US$66 (VND 1.5 million).

    Establishing representative offices of a foreign advertisement firm

    License fees for establishing a representative office of a foreign advertisement enterprise are, as stipulated by Circular No.165/2016/TT-BTC, US$132 (VND 3 million), while amendments and re-issuance will cost US$66 (VND 1.5 million).

    Fees for setting up trade promotion office

    Circular 143/2016/TT-BTC prescribes a fee of US$132 (VND 3 million) for establishing foreign trade promotion offices. Any changes or extension of the licenses will be charged at US$66 (VND 1.5 million).

    Working holiday permits fees

    Working holiday permits for New Zealand and Australia working holiday-makers will be charged US$26.50 (VND 600,000) for a single applicant and US$22 (VND 500,000) for re-issuance in accordance with Circular No. 140/2016/TT-BTC.

    New permit fees for traveling ashore and boarding foreign ships

    Foreign crewmembers traveling ashore will be required to pay a permit fee of US$3 (VND 68,181), which increases to US$5 (VND 113,636) if this includes a overnight stay. The permit fee for boarding foreign ships is set at US$1.32 (VND 30,000) per permit, according to Circular No. 138/2016/TT-BTC.

    Foreigners engaged in press activities, scientific research, and tourism activities involving the use of foreign ships will require permits ranging from US$0.44 (VND 10,000) to US$0.88 (VND 20,000), depending on the activity.

    This article was first published on www.vietnam-briefing.com.

    Since its establishment in 1992, Dezan Shira & Associates has been guiding foreign clients through Asia's complex regulatory environment and assisting them with all aspects of legal, accounting, tax, internal control, HR, payroll and audit matters. As a full-service consultancy with operational offices across China, Hong Kong, India and emerging ASEAN, we are your reliable partner for business expansion in this region and beyond.

    For inquiries, please email us at info@dezshira.com. Further information about our firm can be found at: www.dezshira.com.

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