Vietnam - Country Commercial Guide
Licensing Requirements for Professional Services
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To conduct business in Vietnam, permits and licensing are required by the Vietnamese government. A professional license is the authorization to practice and use a professional title when doing business in Vietnam. Foreign nationals in the following professions are required to obtain a license to provide their professional services in their country: medical, pharmaceutical, accounting, auditing, construction management and supervision, architectural, law, and education. To receive a license, each professional needs to meet certain requirements that are developed by the ministry that oversees that specific professional sector. For example, the Ministry of Finance has assigned offices that issue licenses and state the specific requirements for accountants and auditors to do business in Vietnam, while Ministry of Health oversees all medical and pharmaceutical areas. Professionals wishing to legally practice in Vietnam should contact the appropriate ministry to inquire about professional licensing requirements and application forms.