MoF clarifies law on prize electronic games for foreigners

Wednesday, Jul 06, 2022 09:09

Corona casino on Phu Quoc island. — Photo courtesy of Corona

The Ministry of Finance has issued further guidance on the law regarding foreigners and prize electronic games in Viet Nam.

Circular No. 39/2022/TT-BTC guides the implementation of Decree No. 121/2021/ND-CP and stipulates the appraisal fee for the grant and extension of business certificates at VND150 million (US$6,428), while that for the re-grant and adjustment stands at $5 million.

After the appraisal, the finance ministry will inform enterprises about payment, according to the document.

The businesses are allowed to suspend the use of conventional currencies for management requirements, but they have to inform finance departments and tax agencies at least five days prior, with documentation.

The resumption of the use of the currencies must also be reported to these agencies.

The enterprises must keep a close watch on the currencies, including their format, quantity and type, among others.

According to Decree No. 121/2021/ND-CP, which took effect on February 12, 2022, an enterprise doing the business is allowed to organise prize electronic games at only one site licensed by authorised State agencies.

The players permitted at those sites are foreigners and Vietnamese people who reside abroad and legally enter Viet Nam using passports or international travel documents granted by foreign authorised agencies, with valid visas.

All of them must have full capacity for civil conduct in accordance with Vietnamese law and voluntarily comply with the games’ rules and regulations in this decree.

To play the games, they must bring along the papers proving that they belong to the permitted group; comply with the game's rules and the regulations of the game organising enterprises; fulfil their tax obligations as stipulated by law, and adhere to relevant legal regulations.

Furthermore, players are not allowed to use the results of prize games to directly make a bet with one another or harm the security, order, or safety of gaming sites. — VNS

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