Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Vietnam as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’. 

Vietnam: New drunk-driving law

Hiring a car in Vietnam when on business can be a hazardous experience, and poor driving standards can easily result in an accident – especially when a foreign driver is involved, as compensation to the other driver is obligatory if there is even a minor “claimed” injury …

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Vietnam: Average Tet bonus is $288 this year

As in Taiwan, each year the majority of companies in Vietnam pay what they call a “Tet” – a lunar new-year – bonus …

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Vietnam: Amendments to the Labour Code

Although the new Labour Code has been passed by the National Assembly and is scheduled to come into force next year, there remain a number of still much debated changes …

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Vietnam: Law on Exit, Entry, Transit and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam revised

Under the newly revised Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of Foreigners, with effect from July 1st 2020, foreign nationals will be allowed to change their visa status, or prolong their stay in Vietnam, without having to fly out of the country provided that they meet certain conditions …

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Vietnam: Minimum wages hiked by 5.7% in January 2020

The minimum salary in the private sector has just been raised by an average of 5 …

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Vietnam: Government extends visa exemption to eight countries till 2022

A 15-day visa exemption facility for nationals from eight countries, namely Russia, Japan, South Korea, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Belarus, has now been extended for a further three year period – through the end of 2022 …

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Vietnam: Amendments to the Labour Code

The latest draft version of the Vietnamese Labour Code introduces a number of changes that bring it into line with universal and fundamental labour rights …

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Vietnam: Labour confederation proposes reducing working week to 44 hours

Current pressures to reduce the workweek from 48 hours to 44 hours have run up against significant opposition from the Labour Ministry …

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Vietnam: One extra public holiday?

The National Assembly has shown positive support for the establishment of one extra public holiday each year on June 28th …

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Vietnam: Workplace exposure new limits

The Health Environment Management Agency has issued new limits for airborne exposure and testing (QCVN 03: 2019/BYT) …

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Vietnam: GDP grows by 25.4% after review

The official statistics office upwardly adjusted the country’s official GDP level by a massive 25 …

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Vietnam: A beneficiary from the trade war

The trade war between the USA and China is certainly benefiting one intermediary – Vietnam …

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Vietnam: Improved employee rights under draft new Labour Code

The National Assembly is currently considering a draft amendment to the Labour Code that could become law in November 2019 …

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Vietnam: Czech Republic resumes work visas for Vietnamese citizens

The Czech Republic government has reinstated the issuing of work visas to Vietnamese citizens …

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Vietnam: Enterprises to self-inspect compliance with labor law

Government Circular 17 imposing a company system of labour law self-inspection has come into effect …

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