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Work permit health check for foreigner

Jul 05, 2022 4164 Views By Ngo Long

Work permit health check for foreigner. To legally work in Vietnam, and apply for temporary residency, you require a work permit. A full health check from a Vietnamese hospital/clinic authorized by The Ministry of Health is a must-have if you ever consider working long-term in Vietnam. This article includes Where to get a valid health certificate for foreigners in Vietnam and Tips to get a health check certificate


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

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.     

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.

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.

Where to 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.

Investigate the hospital/clinic before you go there because it's a plus as you're able to get the health check done without any issues if doctors and staff can speak English. 

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.

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.

We are here to help you with Vietnam work permit service. May you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at +84.899.33.12.12 or email us at [email protected].

Our address: No. 88 Xa Dan Street, Phuong Lien Ward, Dong Da Dist, Hanoi, Vietnam

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