Vietnam Health Certificate for Foreigners – Where and How to Get

Hanh Pham Last update: Mar 24, 2020

To be able to obtain a work permit in Vietnam, foreign workers are required to provide a health certificate. Many expats struggle with the process to get a health certificate for work permit in Vietnam due to not knowing clearly what they are getting themselves into. In order to have a seamless, effortless experience, please keep on reading to find out all you need to know about health certificates, here on Vietnam-visa.com.

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Vietnam health certificate for foreigners - All you need to know
Vietnam health certificate for foreigners – All you need to know

1. What is a Health Certificate?

A health certificate is a document issued by a licensed hospital or medical establishment specified in the Ministry of Health’s Medical Services Administration’s Official Dispatch 143/KCB-PHCN&GD dated February 5, 2015. Your health certificate confirms that you are physically fit for the applied job position.

Unless you have already obtained a health certificate from your country, you must get medical checkups in licensed hospitals and medical establishments in Vietnam. Such medical establishments will be listed in the next section of this article.

To be used for work permit application, the Vietnam health check validity must be no less than 6 months from the date of issuance.     

2. When do You Need to Obtain a Health Certificate in Vietnam?

If you are an expat living in Vietnam and seeking long-term working opportunities, you will need to apply for a work permit. Applicants for a permit to work in Vietnam are eligible when they fulfil the following:

  • Being 18 years of age or older
  • Being in good enough conditions to satisfy Vietnam health check requirements for the target job
  • Possess required technical skills or professional qualifications for the job
  • Have no previous conviction or criminal record and must not be subject to criminal prosecution or any criminal sentence in accordance with Vietnamese and foreign laws

That being said, under the law of Vietnam, an application dossier must include a medical certificate issued in the employee’s foreign country. If the employee is residing in Vietnam, the health certificate must be granted under the regulations of the Ministry of Health.

In some other cases, foreigners might also need a health certificate to apply for admission to Vietnamese universities, colleges and other vocational institutions.   

3. What are the Benefits of a Health Certificate to the Employee and Employer?

In addition to the sake of knowing your health conditions, you are obliged to submit a valid health certificate to apply for a work permit. This is the only way for you to work permanently in Vietnam,, or else you could face deportation along with a hefty fine. In such cases, your employer will suffer from a heavier fine and the possibility of having their business operations suspended. That being said, a medical check-up certificate is a must-have if you ever consider working long-term in Vietnam.

4. What does a Vietnam Health Certificate Look Like?

According to the Health Ministry’s Circular 14/2013/TT-BYT dated May 6, 2013, the standard health certificate is in Vietnamese. It will generally include a basic physical examination, blood and urine tests, a measure of your BMI, test for vital signs, a stool sample, an ECG and some other tests as required.

The first section of the certificate inquires about your name, personal information and a 4×6-centimeter photo. You are also bound to list out your allergies and other chronic diseases, along with your family’s medical history. You hereby sign your name and certify that the above information given is true and correct as to the best of your knowledge.

The next sections will be filled by your medical doctor. Upon completion, he/she will sign at the end of the paper. The medical establishment will affix seals on your photo and across the doctor’s signature, to confirm the validation of the certificate.

Vietnam Health Certificate Sample - Vietnam-visa.com
Vietnam Health Certificate Sample

Be noted that if you’re going for a regular medical check-up, the Vietnam health certificate form will be slightly different, which will be further advised by your employer and medical doctors.

5. Where can I get a Valid Health Certificate in Vietnam?

Below is the list of establishments licensed to provide health-checkups for foreigners in Hanoi:

  • E Hospital;
  • St Paul General Hospital;
  • Duc Giang General Hospital;
  • Dong Da General Hospital;
  • Hoe Nhai General Hospital;
  • L’Hôpital Français de Hanoi;
  • Hong Ngoc  General Hospital;
  • Thu Cuc International General Hospital;
  • Trang An General Hospital;
  • Hanoi  General Hospital;
  • Vietlife Clinic;
  • Dr. Binh TeleClinic;Bach Mai Hospital.

If you are residing in Ho Chi Minh City, you may reach the following health facilities:115 People’s Hospital;

  • Trung Vuong Hospital;
  • Hospital of Thu Duc district;
  • Van Hanh General Hospital;
  • An Sinh General Hospital;
  • Phuoc An Clinic – Branch No. 3;
  • Cho Ray Hospital;
  • FV Hospital;
  • Saigon Columbia Asia International Clinic.

6. How to Get a Health Check Certificate in Vietnam

Before you go, please make sure that you have a 4 cm x 6 cm portrait photo of yourself. The photo must be taken in front of a white background and within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance.

Upon arrival at the Hospital, just tell the staff there that you need a health checkup, they will give you a form for completion. And then, this is the procedure that you need to follow:

  • First, you shall submit your qualified form with your information properly filled on the first page. Such information includes:
    • Your photo
    • Full name (in capitals)
    • Gender
    • Age
    • Passport number and date of issue
    • Current address
    • Purpose of obtaining a health certificate
    • Family’s medical history. Please specify if anyone in your family suffers from any infectious diseases, cardiovascular illnesses, diabetes, tuberculosis, bronchial asthma, cancer, epilepsy or mental disorder.
    • Your own medical history. Please specify if you suffer from any of the aforementioned diseases.
    • Your current medication treatment
    • Your obstetric history (for female applicants only)
    • Your signature and your full name written at the end
  • Upon the receipt of your form, the medical establishment will follow these steps:
    • Verify your photo
    • Affix a seal on the verified photo
    • Instruct you on the process of medical check-up
    • Facilitate the process step-by-step

The health check process will contain a basic physical examination, blood and urine tests, a measure of your BMI, test for vital signs, a stool sample, an ECG and some other tests as required. It will be quite complicated if you don’t speak the language and don’t get clear instructions from the medical staff.

7. Ultimate Tips to Get a Health Certificate

Simple as the dossier might seem, there are quite a few things you should bear in mind before going for a medical check-up:

  • Do not eat or drink anything except plain water for at least 12 hours prior to check up. You will not be allowed to take the blood test when you’re full.
  • Do not drink alcohol for at least 24 hours before beginning your program.
  • Wear loose clothing.
  • If you have a pre-existing medical condition, bring along any test results or reports you have for the doctor to review.

8. Health certificate service

It is not an easy process if you’re new to the country and don’t speak much Vietnamese. Not all of the licensed hospitals are equipped with English-speaking staff, let alone the complicated procedures to obtain the final document. Understanding that, Vietnam-visa offers you a service package to assist you throughout the process of health certificate acquisition. You will only need to submit a soft copy of your photo (size 4 cm x 6 cm), your passport page, and we will take care of the rest.

For free support, please contact our hotline +84.946.583.583 or email us at Sales@Vietnam-visa.com.

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