Duration of License types -
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1License for establishment of representative offices/branches of foreign traders:
- 05 years, but not exceeding the remaining term of the business registration certificate or paper of equivalent value of the foreign trader, in case such paper has regulations on the term.
- Within at least 30 days before the license expires, the trader can make a dossier to apply for the license extension, unless there is a violation in the cases of being revoked.
Clause 1 Article 9, Article 21, Clause 1 Article 23 Decree 07/2016
2Certificate of food safety eligibility
- 03 years from the date of issue
- At least 6 months before the expiration date of a certificate of food safety eligibility, if the food producer or trader wishes to continue its/ his/her production or trading activities, it/he/she shall submit a dossier of application for the re-grant of a certificate of food safety eligibility.
Article 37 of the Law on Food Safety 2010
3Retail establishment license:
- The license to set up a retail establishment has a term corresponding to the remaining term on the investment registration certificate for the retail establishment project.
- In the absence of an Investment Registration Certificate, the duration of the License to set up a retail establishment corresponds to the duration stated in the document on the location of the retail establishment.
Point a, Clause 2, Article 26 of Decree 09/2018
4Certificate of satisfaction of security and order conditions:
- There is no time limit except for some cases
Clause 1, Article 15 of Decree 96/2016
5Liquor Distribution License, Liquor Wholesale License, Liquor Retail License
- The above licenses are valid for 5 years
Point b, Clause 2, Article 28 of Decree 105/2017
6Work Permit
- The term of a work permit is granted according to the term of one of the cases specified in Article 10 of Decree 152/2020 but must not exceed 02 years.
Article 10 of Decree 152/2020
7Certification of exemption from work permit
- The validity period of a certification of exemption from work permit is up to 2 years and coincides with the validity period of any case as prescribed in Article 10 of Decree 152/2020
Clause 2, Article 8 of Decree 152/2020
8Visa exemption certificate
- The visa exemption certificate has a maximum validity of not more than 5 years and is shorter than the expiry date of the passport or valid international travel document of the grantee for at least 6 months.
Clause 1, Article 4 of Decree 82/2015

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