Experiences Involving Performing Arts, Music Classes, Sports or Outdoor Activities in Ho Chi Minh City
These information pages can help you get started in learning about some of the laws and registration requirements that may apply to your experiences on Airbnb. These pages include summaries of some of the rules that may apply to different sorts of activities, and contain links to government resources that you may find helpful.
Please understand that these information pages are not comprehensive, and are not legal advice. If you are unsure about how local laws or this information may apply to you or your Experience, we encourage you to check with official sources or seek legal advice.
Please note that we don’t update this information in real time, so you should confirm that the laws or procedures have not changed recently.*
My Experience involves conducting an art performance – do I require any licence or permit?
“Art performances” are defined as shows, performances and plays being presented to the public by performers. This would include concerts, singing, dancing and other performing arts (under Decree No. 79/ 2012/ ND-CP Article 2).
You will not be required to obtain a performance permit from the Department of Performing Arts or the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism if: (a) you are conducting an art performance at your home (because you are likely to be considered organising a performance for internal purposes); or (b) if you are conducting an art performance for free at a tourist lodging establishment, restaurant or refreshment bar.
If you are conducting an art performance outside of the above-mentioned instances, you are likely to require a performance permit. In an Experience setting, you are likely to be considered a “local agency” (as opposed to a “central agency” which we understand typically refers to government bodies, and which is overseen by the Department of Performing Arts). As a local agency being the organiser of the art performance, you will need to apply to the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism for the performance permit. For a local agency, more information on the application process and the required documents are available here and here.
However, in any case, if the performance will be given by non-Vietnamese individuals or Vietnamese individuals from overseas, you (if you are a local agency) will be required to obtain a separate permit from the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Ho Chi Minh City.
Please note that if you require a performance permit but do not obtain one before conducting the art performance, you may be liable to pay a fine of VND 10,000,000 to 15,000,000 (approximately USD 450 to 675).
My Experience requires me to obtain a performance permit for my art performance. What other regulations do I need to comply with?
If you own the location where the art performance is to be held, you must comply with the following regulations (under Decree No. 79/2012/ND-CP, Article 7.1, as amended by Decree No. 15/2016/ND-CP):
- not to issue more tickets than the number of seats or capacity of the location, in order to ensure quality of the arts performance;
- ensure that the performance sound does not exceed the prescribed noise limit;
- ensure security and order, and explosion and fire prevention and control as required by law;
- ensure regulations of the premises are posted at the location; and
- ensure that art performances lasting outside of 12:00 AM – 8:00 AM are approved by the competent authorities.
If you are the organiser of the art performance, you must comply with the following regulations (under Decree No. 79/2012/ND-CP, Article 7.2, as amended by Decree No. 15/2016/ND-CP):
- notify the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the performance and its content at least 5 working days before the performance;
- comply with the laws on copyrights and related rights;
- edit performance pieces to suit the age and gender of the audience when organising an arts performance to children, and to seek consent from their guardians; and
- refrain from disseminating or circulating personal images, or performance programs or pieces, that have content or form that are contrary to the value or standards of social ethics, fine customs and habits or cultural traditions of Vietnam in telecommunications networks.
Please note that even if your art performance does not require a performance permit, you will still be required to comply with the above regulations under Article 7.1, and the regulations under (a) to (c) under Article 7.2.
Please note that if you, as the owner of the location or organiser of the art performance do not comply with any of the conditions mentioned above, you may liable to pay a fine of between VND 1,000,000 to 15,000,000 (approximately USD 45 to 675) for each violation, or other sanctions which may be determined by the relevant authorities.
My Experience involves conducting a music or dance class – do I require any certification?
Yes. If you wish to hold music or dance classes on a for-profit basis, you must have an entity established and registered to provide the business of music teaching (under Decision No. 07/2003/BVHTT Article 6) or dance teaching (under Decision No. 23/2001/QĐ-BVHTT Article 6). You may also wish to see our business licensing information page. If you teach music or dance without registration with the competent authorities, your business entity may be liable to pay a fine of between VND 3,000,000 to 7,000,000 (approximately USD 135 to 315).
In addition, to teach music, you must have been granted a qualification or certification in music from a qualified training institution in Vietnam or overseas. Alternatively, you may approach the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism to provide an independent assessment.
To teach dance, you will have to meet several requirements, including being in good health and having the relevant certification from a dance training institution or the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
It would be a good idea to approach the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism to figure out what requirements apply to you, and to ensure that you meet these requirements before you teach. Please note that if your music or dance institution uses unqualified teachers, the institution may be liable to pay a fine.
My Experience involves a sport activity – do I require any licence or certificate?
The Law on Physical Training and Sports governs “sports activities”, which includes the use of sports facilities or equipment to provide services for practice, training, performances or sports competitions for profit.
If your Experience involves a sports activity, you may be required to obtain a Certificate of Condition Satisfaction for Operating in the Sports Business from the provincial or municipal Peoples’ Committee. To obtain this certificate, you must submit the relevant supporting documents to the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism within 7 days of obtaining your Enterprise Registration Certificate (you may also wish to see our business licensing information page). You can find more information on the licensing of sports activities at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism website. If you are in doubt as to whether your activity falls under a “sports activity”, it is best to check with the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Please note that if you conduct the sports activity without the Certificate of Condition Satisfaction for Operating in the Sports Business when you do in fact need one, you may be liable to pay a fine of between VND 5,000,000 to 10,000,000 (approximately USD 225 to 450).
In addition to obtaining the Certificate of Condition Satisfaction for Operating in the Sports Business, your business establishment engaging in the sports activity should comply with the following regulations (under Decree No. 106/2016/ND-CP Article 5):
- have adequate facilities and sporting equipment that meet the requirements prescribed by the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism (You are encouraged to reach out to the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism for these requirements.);
- have sufficient financial capacity to operate the business in sports activities; and
- have in place legally qualified professionals (trainers, lifeguards and medical staff).
If you do not comply with any of the regulations above, you may be liable to pay a fine of between VND 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 (approximately USD 45 to 450), or other sanctions imposed by the relevant authority.
Additionally, if your business establishment engages in extreme sports activities, it may be subject to additional requirements prescribed by the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism (under Decree No. 106/ 2016/ ND-CP Article 10).
If you intend to include yoga as part of your Experience, please note that the yoga instructors must be certified and your facilities and equipment must meet certain conditions set out in Circular No. 11/2016/TT-BVHTTDL. It would be a good idea to check with the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism or the Yoga Federation of Vietnam on what these rules entail.
Is there anything else I should think about?
In addition to the considerations on this page, your Experience may also be considered to be engaged in business and/ or a tourism business. Please take a look at our guiding tours and business licensing information pages, as well as our other information pages to work out if any other rules might apply to your activity.
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