Foreign workers exempted from health insurance requirement

Decree 11/2016/ND-CP (Decree 11) on detailed regulations on implementing a number of articles of the labor code regarding foreign workers in Viet Nam stipulates types of foreign workers in Viet Nam.

Foreign workers exempted from health insurance requirement

Illustration photo

Question: Are foreign workers who are internally reassigned within a company in Viet Nam required to participate in compulsory health insurance?


Decree 11/2016/ND-CP (Decree 11) on detailed regulations on implementing a number of articles of the labor code regarding foreign workers in Viet Nam stipulates types of foreign workers in Viet Nam.

Accordingly, foreign workers are foreign citizens moving to Viet Nam for employment for the purposes of executing labor contracts; complying with the company’s internal reassignments; enforcing contracts or agreements on business, commerce, finance, banking, insurance, science and technology, culture, sports, education, vocational training and health; providing services under contracts; offering services; working for foreign non-governmental organizations or international organizations in Viet Nam that have been granted with operating licenses in accordance with the Viet Nam law; working as volunteers; taking charge of establishing the commercial presence; working as managers, chief executive officers, experts, technicians; and participating in the execution of bid contracts and projects in Viet Nam.

Foreign workers internally reassigned in the company are the managers, chief executive officers, experts and technicians of a foreign enterprise which has established a commercial presence in Viet Nam, are temporarily reassigned within the same enterprise to its commercial presence in Viet Nam and have been employed by the foreign enterprise for at least 12 months.

Under Point 1, Article 3 of Decree 11, foreign workers internally reassigned in a company are not subjected to health insurance.

Under the Law on Health Insurance (Law 25/2008/QH12), the law applies to domestic and foreign organizations and individuals in Viet Nam that are involved in health insurance. However, foreign workers who are internally reassigned in the company are not requested to participate in health insurance in accordance with Article 12.

In addition, Decree 146/2018/ND-CP, dated October 17, 2018 elaborating and providing guidance on measures to implement certain articles of the Law on health insurance has yet specified application mechanism on foreign workers who are internally resigned in the company./.

News Related


Does the labor contract end when the company is suspended?

A reader has email address such as tuanhungx @ xx asked: because of business’s difficulty, my company has to suspend business. During the business suspension, did the labor contract between the company and... Read more »

Guidance on converting VAT calculation method

JQTEC Consulting Production and Trading One Member Limited Company (in Khanh Hoa Province) was established on November 21, 2012, using invoice deduction method from 2012 to 2016. Due to knowledge of law Tax... Read more »

Inconsistency in calculating the area of commercial and resettlement apartments

According to Ha Duong Law Firm (in Hanoi), the Company recently received a number of questions from households who are able to arrange resettlement houses regarding the identification of apartment area. Specifically, these... Read more »

Moving head office, do businesses have to apply for a work permit again?

Foreign workers who have been granted a work permit and are still in force can be sent, transferred or dispatched to work in another province or city that is differentfrom province or city... Read more »

Competence to approve investment policies

The amended Law on Investment project (the “LOI 2020”) dated June 17, 2020 comprises seven chapters, 77 articles and four attached appendices. The law took effect on January 1, 2021 and stipulates competence... Read more »

Requirements for suspension of pension fund and death benefit fund

The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) released Official Letter 1511/LDTBXH-BHXH, dated May 4, 2020 to specify conditions for enterprises to suspend contributions to the pension fund and death benefit fund.... Read more »

Can intellectual property be used to mortgage a bank loan?

Inventions products with registered intellectual property can be considered as collateral for loans at credit institutions. However, the reality of operating in Vietnam and internationally shows that the mortgage of intellectual property rights... Read more »

How to calculate license fees for individual business households

Ms. Nguyen Thi Nhan (in Hochiminh City) is an individual business household, who sells groceries, registered tax on April 3, 2018. The tax authority sets the revenue of VND 50,000,000 / month and... Read more »

How to determine a non-consulting or consulting service supply package

Mr. Tong Ngoc Thuong (in Bac Kan Province) asked, 2 bidding packages formulating outlines and cost estimates for the project of delimiting prohibited areas, temporarily banning mineral activities and bidding packages for delimiting... Read more »

Policies to support businesses to invest in agriculture

Phuc Hung Organic Co Ltd., (in Kien Giang Province) started a business in 2018, owning 20 hectares of land specializing in rice cultivation with an average yield of 8 tons / ha. The... Read more »