Establishing a Representative Office in Vietnam

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A Representative Office (RO) in Vietnam means an established presence in the local market without a large capital investment. Starting a Representative Office, or a Representative Company, in Vietnam is one of the legal ways for foreign investors to do business in Vietnam.

The primary purpose of a Representative Office is to test the water and gain market presence before the actual company incorporation.

In accordance with Commercial Law of Vietnam, Representative Offices are allowed to undertake business activities that do not generate profits or earnings. As such, activities such as market research, promotion of investment activities, representing the parent company in events and being the liaison office to the parent company overseas are permitted.

Benefits of a Representative Office in Vietnam

The main benefits offered by a Representative Office are as follows:

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Can recruit employees (including foreign employees) for contracts handling, sales promotion and search of local partners

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Can seize the opportunities to purchase goods and services as well as to conduct research and develop products


Even though not permitted to generate revenues, a Representative Office is entitled to sponsoring work and stay permits for its foreign employees.


Compared to other business entities like Limited Liability Company (LLC) and Joint Stock Company (JSC), a Representative Office is the most affordable.

Important Notes to Know Before Setting Up a Representative Office in Vietnam

In order to be able to establish a Representative Office, foreign investors must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. The parent company overseas has come into operation for at least 1 year from the date of establishment or registration.
  2. The license for the establishment of a Representative Office shall be valid for 5 years but not exceeding the remaining effective period of the Certificate of Business Registration or the equivalent (for documents having expiry date).
  3. The Chief Representative of the Representative Office needs to satisfy the conditions under Vietnam Law.

How Cekindo Can Help You

If you think that a Representative Office is what you need for your business in Vietnam and would like to request for further information on its establishment process, contact us by filling in the form below. One of our consultants will be in touch with you shortly.

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Selected Testimonials


Cekindo has been a great help in the incorporation of our company in Vietnam by providing useful information and clear explanation on complicated regulatory procedures. The team went the extra mile by helping us to clarify on other matters pertaining to Vietnam, and proactively helped us to liaise with the respective internal functions on our queries and responded promptly.

Louis Koh Kay Boon
CEO, Ryker Company Limited

It was our pleasure to deal with Cekindo. Indeed, the company with its specialised team was at the highest level of professionalism in dealing with customers and was serious in providing assistance and advice. Many thanks to Cekindo and all the team members. I wish you lasting success in the years to come.

CEO, Vietnam Family Import Export Company Limited
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Cekindo has assisted our company with company registration and nominee director services. Everything has gone smoothly and we wish to have further support in the future. Thank you Cekindo.

Founder, Shewutrade Group
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Cekindo Vietnam’s team has always been very responsive and helped us with sense of urgency. We have never been disappointed with Cekindo’s services.

Founder, Adgorithmics

I have successfully received the TRC permit for me and my family, thanks to Cekindo team’s dedication and perseverance. We had some bumps along the way but we got it done, good job. I worked with different consulting companies in the past, outside of Vietnam, Cekindo is one of the most responsive and agile.

Nadav Sarel
Founder & CEO, Telestar Limited Liability Company

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