Many people fortunately is perhaps beginning to embrace dusting off our passports now and travelling abroad, or at the least occupied with it. I due to this fact thought is an efficient time to discover the potential of a rebound in Vietnam tourism.

Amongst different issues, I’ll talk about how earlier obstacles round travelling at the start of 2022 with all kinds of covid associated guidelines are actually step by step lifting. I shall discover how different South East Asian international locations have additionally tried to take away such restrictions. Then check out the place Vietnam is positioned with such competitors, and in addition altering visa guidelines from the pre covid occasions.

Do then the Vietnam prospects for a elevate in tourism imply a small additional catalyst for the Vietnam inventory market?

As I’ve personally been a daily traveller within the final decade to different international locations within the area similar to Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia & Indonesia, I’ve discovered fascinating observing how all of them reply to the “residing with covid” atmosphere in 2022.

Some long run “nomad” sort travellers would possibly regard Vietnam as behind on this group by way of welcoming again vacationers, but as I’ll elaborate on later, I don’t assume this can be a detrimental by way of the Vietnam inventory market.

Arguably this notion of Vietnam opening up slower is from a place of relative energy. For instance in comparison with say Thailand, tourism represents a a lot decrease proportion of general GDP. There may be additionally a little bit of a shift in Vietnam’s attitudes to foreigners who want to keep long run that arguably comes from a place of energy. They consider they’ll entice the upper spending vacationers. With regards to extra longer-term foreigners staying in Vietnam they consider they’ll higher guarantee they pay their required taxes and keep on the proper kinds of visas.


I’m a bit of reluctant to reply the above query as usually some economists may also wish to lump in “oblique” added contributions to GDP that tourism brings in. I additionally don’t assume we will have a look at figures from the final two years or in order any kind of significant information given the pandemic.

We are able to say have a look at the 5 or so years previous to the pandemic to get a little bit of a information. That is what I shall touch upon, though I do have some sympathy of the view that the put up covid atmosphere it might be tough to maintain long run the pre-covid urge for food for world journey.

Having mentioned that, many sources recommend tourism contributes circa 5-10% of Vietnam’s annual GDP through the 5 years pre pandemic, with vital momentum. Thailand you might most likely say the tourism sector is at the least twice as essential as a share of their economic system.

If you’re pondering the tourism sector’s contribution to Vietnam GDP would possibly look a bit of small, the important thing level to make is how the sector collapsed in 2020 & 2021. That signifies that any pickup will seemingly be large by way of proportion development from these covid affected years. You’ll additionally hope 2023 will look far brighter in comparison with 2022.


Fortunately issues are getting simpler from after we started 2022! I travelled to Vietnam late January earlier than that they had opened up for normal tourism and it wasn’t that straightforward.

Firstly I needed to be absolutely vaccinated and present proof. I needed to have a detrimental PCR consequence inside a couple of days of flights. To complicate issues, I used to be going from Melbourne to HCMC however transiting by means of Singapore. I had to pay attention to the variety of hours from the PCR consequence to after I arrived in HCMC. I additionally wanted to pay attention to the variety of hours from my PCR consequence to the time I used to be in Singapore (who had a tighter time requirement).

Through the time I used to be flying there was a large scarcity of PCR check capabilities in Melbourne so as to add to the stress.

I needed to fill out a well being declaration on a web site for Vietnam that originally I had hassle accessing. I needed to obtain a separate app for checking in and shifting round inside Vietnam. At HCMC airport I needed to present them such data. I additionally needed to present them my particular covid associated journey insurance coverage. Masks at the moment have been clearly required throughout my very long time at airport and on the flights. I then needed to check detrimental on a speedy check at HCMC airport, if I did that, I might quarantine for 3 days. After 3 days if I had a detrimental PCR check I might then transfer round.

Simply my luck I examined covid optimistic on the speedy check on the airport in fact! At that time I didn’t actually have a clue what was coming. Let’s simply say the quarantine amenities they took me to wearing my white PPE gear in a bus on my own with no aircon have been a bit lower than 5 star amenities 😊.

If I perceive issues appropriately now on the time of writing, a traveller to Vietnam doesn’t want to supply these detrimental covid check outcomes. I don’t assume they distinguish now between guidelines for vaccinated / unvaccinated. You don’t need to quarantine however ought to monitor rigorously any signs. There is perhaps an app you continue to must obtain though I’m uncertain this lasts an excessive amount of longer. Covid associated insurance coverage I feel is required however it’s made clear the place should purchase this and could be very low-cost.

I heard the insurance coverage requirement would possibly get dropped quickly if it hasn’t already however be sure you examine your self. All in all, not too unhealthy in comparison with my January journey! I wouldn’t be shocked if masks guidelines are additionally relaxed quickly.

Cambodia I’ve noticed this yr has been most likely the only nation to enter of the bunch I’ve talked about. Earlier within the yr I do not forget that potential Bali vacationers have been required to go through Jakarta there for some time. Thailand has tried exhausting however copped some criticism with many modifications to the “check and go” scheme and vacationers getting confused registering the “Thailand go”.

The best way issues look to me within the subsequent few months, is that if you’re a traveller weighing up a vacation of 30 days or much less within the area, sufficient guidelines have most likely relaxed so that you’d simply select your most popular nation as regular.

The place varied guidelines might need extra of an affect in your determination between a few of these South East Asia international locations is if you wish to base your self someplace for say 30-90 days and even longer. Clearly I’m referring to the visa scenario and the way some issues are usually not fairly the identical as they was.


The information tales point out Vietnam have already gone again to the pre-covid tourism visa guidelines. With out stating all the main points, broadly you might see that residents of 80 plus international locations can simply apply for a tourism e-visa for a keep of as much as 30 days.

Nonetheless at the least as I’m conscious, within the first 6 months of 2022 I don’t assume many have been capable of keep for 90 days in Vietnam on a vacationer visa. Whereas previous to covid many did get 90-day tourism visas.

I’m an Australian resident so for me and plenty of others, another international locations within the area are a bit simpler if you wish to go someplace for 60-90 days. Up to now I’ve personally for instance organised a 2-month vacationer visa for Thailand, and prolonged it there for an additional 30 days on prime of that. I’ve gone to Malaysia and the exit stamp has allowed me 90 days keep. In Cambodia I’ve received a vacationer visa on arrival for 30 days, and later prolonged it inside the nation for an additional 30 days.


So how is Vietnam’s visa insurance policies probably evolving. Would any barely stricter insurance policies have an effect on the prospects for his or her tourism sector?

I do know readers who would possibly wish to vacation in Vietnam for 90 days might not like studying this, however I don’t assume it is going to be such a giant deal for the tourism sector’s prospects in Vietnam’s economic system.

I feel though there are some real vacationers that may choose longer journeys and select neighbouring international locations, a excessive proportion of real vacationers solely go on holidays for 30 days or much less.

Younger traveler with backpack at outdated quarter in Hanoi, Vietnam

Rightly or wrongly, I feel Vietnam has considered who’re the seemingly overseas guests that used to beforehand get 90-day visas and made some broad assumptions and generalisations. They could assume lots of this section are very low funds travellers that didn’t spend a lot within the economic system. In addition they would possibly assume that a few of them have been working in Vietnam (not allowed on a vacationer visa clearly), and probably not declaring revenue and paying taxes.

Anyway don’t shoot the messenger as I don’t have a powerful view whether or not such generalisations are honest, I’m simply opining on what I feel is perhaps operating by means of Vietnam coverage maker’s minds.

My greatest guess is this can be a momentary factor anyway, and that they’ll restore the 90-day vacationer visas they used at hand out pre pandemic late in 2022. I feel this would possibly simply be an opportunistic step to make a powerful assertion that they solely need real vacationers getting vacationer visas. It looks as if Vietnam tourism can be robust for the subsequent few months simply from pent up demand from the locals travelling anyway. Therefore they most likely assume they’ll afford to attend to return to handing out 90-day vacationer visas.

They most likely received’t be as relaxed handing out enterprise visas like they have been pre pandemic although, as many have been rorting the system.


With no particular retirement visa in Vietnam, that begs the query is there any means one can really retire in Vietnam?

To me that appears fairly difficult to retire within the sense that the majority consider the phrase, i.e. stop all kind of work and keep within the nation full time. Those who marry to a Vietnamese associate might get a 5 yr sort of visa, however what about people who don’t have such relationships however nonetheless like Vietnam as a vacation spot?

A risk that I’d increase on in a later put up is just not essentially retirement within the conventional sense of the phrase however is perhaps an choice for foreigners to make Vietnam their dwelling. I discuss with beginning a enterprise in Vietnam because the nation nonetheless appears eager to draw new capital and the method within reason environment friendly with firm set ups and “ease of doing enterprise”. While not retirement, perhaps it might be some center floor for some. The enterprise doesn’t need to be one thing to slave away 80 hours every week on! Might it maybe be one thing nearer to extra of a “facet hustle” as a substitute?


Sure one can, so Vietnam might be thought of very open and welcome to foreigners in that regard. As an example, a foreigner might be the 100% shareholder of a brand new LLC they arrange and in comparatively fast time. Such a setup doesn’t want advanced guidelines similar to Vietnam primarily based shareholders or administrators to be concerned.

This is the reason I don’t assume any barely harder stance on visas in Vietnam needs to be regarded as a weak point for the economic system or headwind for the tourism sector.

I don’t assume it indicators a scarcity of openness of the Vietnam economic system. Us inventory market traders when a frontier market like Vietnam to take a position wish to see an open angle in some ways to see it develop into extra developed and thrive.

I extra see the altering panorama in Vietnam because the nation desirous to develop into extra refined by way of gathering a good however nonetheless average quantity of taxes and getting expertise and programs in place to take action. They’ve completed loads of work on this space in regard to their VAT programs.


To maintain it very transient for this weblog put up (I’ll go into extra element one other time), one might even set one up from offshore, or achieve this on the bottom in Vietnam. The broad-based primary steps are to:

  • Legalize your paperwork similar to IDs and many others
  • Apply for an Funding Registration Certificates (IRC)
  • Set up enterprise sort and get the Enterprise Registration Certificates (ERC)
  • Get firm seal, stamp and register for tax code and many others
  • Setup the corporate financial institution accounts and contribute the corporate capital as initially acknowledged earlier


These wanting to remain in Vietnam long run now in 2022 most likely must extra consider methods they’ll higher contribute to Vietnam’s economic system. Organising an organization the place you pay your taxes is perhaps appropriate for some.

International locations like Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and the Philippines I’m conscious have varied types of particular retirement visas or the like programs.

I might say nonetheless there might be uncertainty involving these. One ought to checkout how the purpose posts shifted on Malaysia’s my second dwelling scheme! It in a single day develop into a system extra for the very rich. There will also be hidden prices and points like having giant quantities tied up in financial institution deposits or the like in an inflationary atmosphere to qualify.

Therefore in case you thought it was tough in 2022 to remain long run in Vietnam, another choices will not be the holy grail both. One additionally must be conscious how the varied choices handled some of these expats throughout phases of the pandemic. While Vietnam have been fairly strict on its borders for positive at occasions, I did discover usually that overseas “traders” in Vietnam have been allowed to nonetheless enter.


In conclusion I’m not involved that Vietnam would possibly lose any vital quantity of a tourism financial rebound to neighbouring aggressive international locations merely due to small variations in visa insurance policies, or put up covid journey guidelines.

We’re nearing a time limit that to journey within the area to a few of these international locations is fortunately getting nearer to the way it felt pre pandemic by way of all the principles and rules you had to consider.

I might be maintaining a tally of the scenario in China extra. If they’ll get by means of this key political yr and shortly trace at their residents will be capable of quickly discover the South East Asia area once more that might be a a lot welcome wanted enhance.

Certainly the world have to be getting hungry to expertise journey once more! We have to be getting a bit sick of all of the extreme display screen time indoors with the identical individuals and wanting some actual experiences once more!


I’m most likely biased as I’ve talked about a couple of of my very own particular person inventory holdings that wouldn’t thoughts a tourism rebound and particularly the Chinese language to come back and open up their wallets offshore once more!

Sure firms like Nagacorp, Thai Bevarage, Innature I’m speaking about you. Struggling a bit however having mentioned that each one world markets have struggled since I discussed these so perhaps they’ve even outperformed who is aware of.


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