To be able to obtain a work permit in Vietnam, foreign workers are required to provide a health check (also known as health certificate or work permit health check). Many expats struggle with the process to get a health check 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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A health check (or health certificate) is a document issued by a licensed hospital or medical establishment included in the Ministry of Health’s Medical Services Administration’s Official Dispatch 143/KCB-PHCN&GD dated February 5, 2015 and its amendments. Your health check 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.
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:
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.
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.
According to the Health Ministry’s Circular 14/2013/TT-BYT dated May 6, 2013, the standard health check 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.
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.
Where to take your work permit health check should depends on your place of residence.
Below is the list of establishments licensed to provide health-checkups for foreigners in Hanoi:
If you are residing in Ho Chi Minh City, you may reach the following health facilities:
If you are in other countries, just find the list of establishments offering health check for foreigners to get the work permit below:
Before you go, please make sure that you have 02 4 cm x 6 cm portrait photos of yourself and your passport with you. 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:
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.
Simple as the dossier might seem, there are quite a few things you should bear in mind before going for a medical check-up:
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.
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Feb 19, 2021