Also, the Vita is designed to only allow proprietary Playstation memory cards. They are a bit more pricey than standard SD cards, so keep that in mind when making a purchase.
Vita consoles and physical games are not region locked. The only thing that is region locked are downloaded games (they have to be from the same region as your PSN account), but if you were gonna restore the system anyway it shouldn't be an issue.
I am not entirely sure how that translates over there, outside of needing a different AC adaptor (I believe). You may want to look into it and see if there are any other differences that you should be aware of.