Vietnam has seen steady growth in its economy and tourism sector. Along with its low cost, this Indochina Peninsula country has become one of the most popular countries for people to reside in from around the world. Although there is some paperwork (Visa) that would need to be taken care of, moving to Vietnam is not as complicated as it may sound. The only things required are preparation, money, and a visa to enter the country.
The first step that needs to be completed is by choosing a city. For those who prefer to be part of a large expat community, Hanoi is the perfect choice for them. Besides the expat community, there will be lots of English teachers and NGOs there.
Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) is another bubbling city that is perfect for digital nomads, entrepreneurs, and backpackers. People can pick any district they want to reside within Ho Chi Minh. Many districts are cheaper in terms of cost of living, but most expats stay in District 1 and 3.
Those who prefer less hectic cities can opt for Da Nang, Hoi An, and Nha Trang City. Hoi An is smaller and cheaper than Ho Chi Minh and Saigon. Da Nang and Nha Trang City are filled with beaches in all corners of these cities. The three cities are the perfect cities for families and retirees.
Of course, the living cost also depends on the city. Thankfully, one thousand dollars per Month can cover everything needed in Vietnam’s most expensive cities ‒ Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. In fact, expats can spend five hundred dollars per month and still have everything covered, though it will only cover the basics.
Living in Da Nang, Nha Trang City, and Hoi An is cheaper and spending one thousand dollars in the three cities will give you a more luxurious lifestyle.
The last preparation ‒ visa ‒ is the most pivotal preparation for moving to Vietnam. Thankfully, getting a visa is not a hard feat to do. Some countries, such as France and Germany, require no visa if the stay lasts for fifteen days. If the stay is more than fifteen days, visitors can opt for multiple/single tourist or business visas.
A cheaper option is to get a visa on arrival. All the expats need to do is get an approval letter from a visa service and then show the letter at the airport.
US citizens can apply for a one-year visa, but they still need to re-enter the country after ninety days. Re-entering the country is also a good option for visa renewal. Just make sure that there is enough money for the bus/plane ticket and other visa renewal expenses.
You do not need extensive preparation to move to Vietnam. All you need is a visa, adequate funds, and the choice of city to reside in Vietnam. What matters the most is the confidence and bravery you have to move to another country. What are you waiting for? Start your emigrating prep now and get ready for a whole new life of adventure!