Working in Vietnam
In this section you will find information on business visas, travel advisories, and anti-corruption tools.
For information on obtaining a visa to visit Vietnam go to the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in the United States. You may also want to check out the Vietnamese Embassy’s page Doing Business in Vietnam.
Make sure to check the current State Department travel advisory for Vietnam.
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets. The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business. These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.
Visit FCPA website for more information.
A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statue. Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA. Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.
More information on the DOJ opinion procedure can be found on Morgan Lewis's website (PDF, 135KB).
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