New Company Set Up

Foreign Investment and Business Set Up & Registration

Vietnam is one of the fastest-growing economies in Southeast Asia, with many foreign investors interested in setting up their businesses. If you are one of those investors interested in investing in Vietnam, Express Vietnam will be your reliable partner in launching your own business that is set up for success from the start.

If you are considering setting up a company in Vietnam, it is important to know exactly what this process entails. The pros and cons of your business expansion should be carefully weighed. It is important to know that you’re conducting business legally and prevent your business from unnecessary risks and incomplete paperwork, which can lead to closure and affect your finances adversely.

Expanding your business to a foreign country can get complicated and frustrating. We are here to help provide the relevant guidance and support you need on this journey. Skip all the lengthy paperwork, legal complexities, and numerous fees. We’ll guide you through the entire process to set up your business efficiently and quickly.

Who are eligible to register a New Company?

The majority of industries in Vietnam allow 100% foreign ownership. These include manufacturing, IT, trade, and education. Foreign ownership is, however, limited in some industries. Tourism, logistics, and advertising are examples of these industries. As a result, foreign investors will require a Vietnamese partner for joint ventures.

Foreign ownership is governed by World Trade Organization (WTO) accords in most corporate sectors. The WTO and local agreements do not cover all business sectors. For these types of transactions, you must obtain permission from the ministry overseeing the industry.

Processing Time​

Pending approval from the Ministry, the process can take up to 30-60 days.
If your business is already approved and you have submitted all the required documents then:
  • The Investment Registration Certificate will take twenty (20) days to process.
  • The Enterprise Registration Certificate will take five (5) days to process.
$2,900 USD

How to Apply for New Company Set Up And Registration

We will guide you through the whole procedure from start to finish. Our team of experts will assess your application and see that all your documents are relevant and updated. There are three major steps to acquiring an Entity Registration in Vietnam:

IRC (Investment Registration Certificate)

The Department of Planning and Investment will issue you an Investment Registration Certificate to register a foreign-owned business in Vietnam. This process can take about 25 working days in most cases.

  1. Application Letter for implementing investment project
  2. Proposal for investment project
  3. Power of Attorney to staff for IRC
  4. Demonstration of the investor(s)’ financial capability
  5. Bank statement
  6. Copy of passport of foreign investors

ERC (Enterprise Registration Certificate)

This Certificate is also issued by the Department of Planning and Investment. It allows you to set up a new business or expand your current business to Vietnam. After gaining the ERC, you, as the investor, have 90 days to make your financial contribution to the business.

  1. Application Letter for incorporation of the VN company
  2. Charter of Vietnam Company
  3. Power of Attorney to staff for ERC
  4. List of members, foreign investors
  5. Passport copies of legal representatives, individual investors
  6. Investment Registration Certificate

Post-Licensing Procedures

Arrangement of Company Seal and publication of notifications of company establishment.

Ready to register your New Company?

The registration and set up can take up to 2-3 months.
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Frequently Asked Question for Clients​

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01 Who needs a Vietnam visa?

A valid visa is required for almost all foreigners to enter Vietnam, except for those whose nationalities are included in the Vietnam visa exemption list approved by the Vietnam Government. The Vietnam visa exemption is granted to the following:

  1. Citizens of Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Laos for visits of 30 days at the maximum.
  2. Citizens of the Philippines for visits of 21 days at the maximum.
  3. Citizens of Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Russia, and Finland for visits of 15 days at the maximum.
  4. Citizens of Brunei, Myanmar for visits of 14 days at the maximum.
  5. Citizens of France holding valid diplomatic or official passports for visits of 90 days at the maximum or several visits of 6 months at the maximum.
  6. Citizens of Chile holding valid diplomatic or official passports for visits of 90 days at the maximum.
  7. APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) Holders from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies for visits of 60 days at the maximum.
  8. Citizens of the UK, Italy, Germany, Spain, and France for visits of 15 days at maximum until June 30, 2020.
  9. Citizens of Belarus for visits of 15 days at maximum until June 30, 2020
02 What if my passport expired? Can I apply for a visa to Vietnam?

If your passport is expired, you cannot apply for your Vietnam visa. Please renew your passport before applying for a visa to Vietnam.

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from your date of arrival in Vietnam.

03 I am a Vietnamese, currently living overseas with a foreign nationality, how can I get a Vietnam visa?

As Vietnamese overseas, you are kindly advised to choose either of the two following options:

  1. Apply for a visa exemption by visiting Vietnam Embassy/Consulate. For further information about Vietnam visa exemption for Vietnamese overseas, please read this link
  2. If you want to save time, you could apply for a Vietnam visa online with Express Vietnam.
04 What if my Vietnam visa is about to expire?

If your Vietnam visa is about to expire and you wish to stay in Vietnam for longer than your visa, you need to get it renewed. You should do it at least 10 days in advance. Contact us on Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger and we can help start your renewal process.