When we initially started our research for traveling and possibly moving to SE Asia we looked hard at Vietnam and the Visa process along with how they would work for how we would be living. Essentially owing/operating businesses that wouldn't be based in Thailand and also not being of retirement age with a kid.
We've went into detail on what we learned here to include Visa limitations and prices. For us it was one of the more expensive Visa options of the countries we wanted to visit, and that dropped it to the bottom or our list due to upfront costs. But one of the things that I did and still like is the option of getting up to a year long Visa relatively easily online. Keep in mind that we actually did choose the year long Visa option for Cambodia which is slightly cheaper though you do have to do it after arrival.
And because we have went into detail on what a Visa is I won't duplicate that information here but please do read when you get a chance.
This blog we will focus mostly on citizenship, land & business ownership, education, medical and the levels of LGBTQI rights, for those who aren't at retirement age.
Below is a quick nutshell view for those that don't want to watch the Vlog:
Land-Foreigners are not allowed to own land. In fact, even citizens are not allowed to own land. In Vietnam, land is theoretically collectively owned by the people, but regulated by the State. But you can purchase a house and lease the land that it sits on for up to 50 years.
Business Ownership - Opening a foreign-owned business in Vietnam is possible and even encouraged by the Vietnamese government, although the laws are complex and the process can be complicated.
Citizenship - Foreign nationals who have held a Permanent Resident Card for a period of five years may apply for Vietnamese citizenship.
Medical - Recommend health insurance for treatment at private hospitals, not public which aren't great.
Education - Public school is free up to a certain age but books and supplies are not, there are private schools but they are expensive.
*LGBTQI Friendly - Vietnam does not offer marriage equality; however, It's never had anti-gay laws. In January 2015, the Law on Marriage and Family came into effect outlawing the ban on gay weddings. Most residents are in the closet. Keep PDA down and you won't have a problem.