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Mar, 2019

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Vietnam Custom Regulations

Vietnam Custom Regulations

By Vivian Lin

Thanks to policies to promote tourism, custom regulations in Vietnam nowadays are getting much simpler than ever before. However, as a wise traveler, you should pay attention to basic information about Vietnam custom regulations:

1. Requirement documents

To enter Vietnam, your passport must be valid for six months upon arrival in Vietnam. And you must apply for a Vietnam visa if you are not in the visa exemption list. Visa procedure can be simple but fast-changing. From 1st July 2016, 5 European countries continue to get Vietnam 15-day visa exemption for another year including UK, Italy, Spanish, French and Germany. The government has relaxed visa exemption rules to traffic them visiting Vietnam for tourism development and reduced visa fees.

For those who must get Vietnam visa as a tourist could apply for 1 month or 3 months single/ multiple entry visas. There are two methods of applying for a Vietnam visa: Getting Vietnam visa online done via visa agents or getting visa at Vietnamese Embassy/ Consulate. All most travelers choose to arrive in Vietnam by air, since it is more convenient and they could get Vietnam visa on arrival just by submitting Vietnam visa request online before heading to Vietnam. All you need to do is to fill out an online application form at and pay for service fee. After one or two working days, you'll then receive by email an approval visa letter signed by Vietnamese Immigration. You just need to print out and bring along to Vietnam International airports where your Vietnam visa will be stamped on your passport.

You can also obtain visas at Vietnam Embassy/ Consulate around the world. However, please note that fees are normally higher than getting visa online via a visa agent and depending upon the country, the procedure and fee would not be the same.


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2. Goods and Products:

You are able to bring the maximum amount of the followings; otherwise, it is mandatory to declare and pay import taxes: 

Duty Free:

Cigarettes: 400

Cigars: 100

Tobacco: 100 gram

Liquor: 1.5 liters

Perfume and jewellery for personal use

Souvenirs and gift items valued at not more than US$ 300

Materials Under Declaration

There are no restrictions on the amount of currency, gold, precious metals and stones; however, you have to declare on the customs forms provided that your luggage includes:

Declare if you bring:

Foreign currency: in excess of US$ 5,000

Vietnam Dong: in excess of VND15.000.000

Gold: in excess of 300gr

Gold and jewellery not for personal use

Video tapes, CDs: CDs and tapes are often kept for screening and returned to you after a few days

Banned Materials

Things below should be excluded from your luggage:

  • Weapon,ammunition, explosives and inflammable objects
  • Military technical equipment; drugs, opium and other narcotics
  • Anti-government literature; pornographic literature, etc.

On top of this; antiques, some types of precious stones, wild animals, rare and precious plants listed in Vietnam’s red-book could not be exported.  

Please note that this is only a brief summary about Vietnam custom regulations and they are subjected to change over the time. Therefore, it is recommended to update the information. It is always useful to update Vietnamese custom regulations at:

For further information about Vietnam custom regulations, please contact us via or hotline: +84.941279289.

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