The final draft of the casino decree ('Casino Decree')
has been passed by the Ministry of Justice and Government's
Office. It is now on the table of the Politburo for their comments,
which are as always, the most important. It is expected that the
Casino Decree would be issued on 1 July 2016. Nevertheless, there
is no absolute guarantee on this prospect. This is because in order
for a decree to become effective, it must be publicized on Official
Gazette first and waits for a 15-day period from the first
publication on the Official Gazette.
For many reasons, the text of the Casino Decree has not been
made public. The Ministry of Finance has been successful in keeping
the draft Casino Decree under secrecy. Again, whether Vietnamese
residents are permitted to enter casinos in Vietnam is a big
question that may wait for decision of the highest level of
Vietnam's political system.
Recently, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) has proposed a
draft decree that lists casino as a conditional business which is
subject to license of the MPS with respect to social orders. A very
interesting point is that the draft decree only prohibits
Vietnamese from playing on gaming machines. It is important to note
that no such prohibition is mentioned with respect to
Vietnamese's playing in casinos. This may give a hint that
Vietnamese may enter casinos if they are 'permitted'. This
fact corresponds to provisions of the new Penal Code that makes it
very clear that only 'illegal' gambling is punished.
So, though not 100% sure, more likely that Vietnamese may enter
casinos and gamble but with specific conditions.
At present, pending the issuance of the Casino Decree, all
projects on casino are put on hold. we will follow up and keep you
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