Customs rules of Vietnam

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General information

When entering Vietnam you are required to fill out a customs Declaration if you have items to be declared. It then presented when leaving the country.

The import of consumer and computer equipment (including laptop) in Vietnam theoretically subject to mandatory Declaration. All undeclared equipment will be permitted for export only if payment of customs duties or the check of its acquisition in local trade organizations.

It is recommended to keep proof of all expenses incurred in the country during the stay. Banned the export of the national currency, art objects and Antiques, jewelry and folk art without the proper documents.

Also do not forget that there exists a system of tax refund Vat Refund that allows you to recover part of the cost of expensive purchases at the check-out. Read more about Vat Refund in

Allowed to import duty free:

  • up to 400 cigarettes, 100 cigars or 500g. tobacco
  • up to 2 liters of alcohol strength to 22 degrees or 1,5 l alcoholic beverages, up to 3 liters of spirits or beer.
  • to 5 kg of tea, up to 3 kg. coffee
  • other goods for personal use with a total value of not more than 5 0000 VND (about $ 250, see Vietnam currency, exchange rate).

The import/export of currency

The import and export of foreign convertible currency of Vietnam is not restricted, but you must declare any foreign currency equivalent to more than 5 thousand US dollars and national currency sum over 15 000 000 VND. Also Declaration to be gold with a total weight over 300 grams.

In itself, the Declaration does not threaten you, anything to pay of this amount is not necessary. So not worth the risk in such cases, and honestly to declare.

It is forbidden to import and export

Prohibited import/export of drugs and narcotic medications without a doctor's prescription for their application (penalties for the importation of drugs is extremely high, including the death penalty), firearms, pornography, printed materials, CD-ROMs, audio and videos that offend local traditions, Antiques, live wild animals, stuffed turtles, corals and rare plants.

The following items are no restrictions on the number, but they must be declared (to fill in the customs Declaration) at the entrance in excess of a certain amount (amount). If you fill out a customs Declaration, you must pass not through green and through the red customs corridor.

  • Foreign currency amounting to more than $ 5,000, including Russian rubles in equivalent.
  • Vietnamese currency in excess of 15 000 000 VND (approximately 47150.79 RUB, see Vietnam currency and the exchange rate).
  • Gold weighing more than 300 grams.
  • The gold and jewellery not for personal use.
  • Videotapes, CDs and DVDs. Could you temporarily remove upon entry to verify, then return.

The export of fruit

Officially on the export of fruit from Vietnam customs prohibitions do not, but theoretically, some limitations may set service for veterinary and phytosanitary control. In practice, when the export of fruit they anyone interested, so you can take them without problems, as long as it was reasonable in non-commercial quantities.

Sometimes you can find the information that fruit from Vietnam can be brought out only in plastic containers. This is complete nonsense, because the customs service does not regulate, in what form the fruit is allowed to carry on Board the plane. It's all in the competence of the particular airline that you are flying. Usually fruit in the Luggage don't give up, and transported in hand Luggage in any convenient box (a plastic container, just a bag, backpack) if other rules are not set by the airline.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 27 January, 2020

Hello Elena! Says who, a consultant in the travel Agency? They can get written confirmation given to the obligation to return the cost of the tour, if you will not be allowed? I sure didn't.
The problem is that this practice can happen by oversight or ignorance of the guards, but in theory valid for 6 months. This means that you have a chance, that you will not be put aboard at the airport of departure, or plucked on the principle of border guard. If you have a Charter flight, chances are rising, there is probably not much looking at, but if regular flights a/to purchase a tour operator of block places, then the odds not to fly.
Personally, my advice is to apply for a new passport, still do need to be. And if will change, and already bought a tour, don't forget to transfer the new document to the operator. ...
Ирина86 13 Feb, 2020
Hello! Located in Nha Trang, a visa for 3 months single entry, that is, without the possibility of departure from country and arrival back. Now the desire to visit Phu Quoc island. No problems with arrival and departure back to Nha Trang? ...
admin 13 February, 2020

Hello Irina! Absolutely no problems. To visit Phu Quoc visa point of view is the same as if you went to Dalat for example. ...
Eugenically February 20, 2020
Good day!
The question I have 1месячная visa ends on March 1. Can I go to Laos, get back to Vietnam, received a stamp for 15 days?
Thank you ...
admin February 20, 2020

Hello! No, you can't. The stamp can be obtained only after 30 days after departure from the country. You will have to go and get a Laos visa at the Vietnam Consulate, or to leave and return via one of the international airports to obtain visa on arrival upon availability of visa support letter, of course. ...
Vikey 25 February, 2020
Hello! Tell me, please, fly to the Philippines via Hanoi, to go to town in Hanoi, but we expect 2 times. Ie as I understand it the first time you can go without a visa, and second time to apply for a visa at the airport upon arrival? What visa support in advance, explain in detail, please. Thanks in advance) ...
admin 25 February, 2020

For 20t.R. bought tickets, were recently :D ? You surely know discover the second time visa on arrival. Order will only advance through the Internet to issue the invitation Letter (VISA APPROVAL LETTER), it is very easy, costs $ 6. Read more read here all painted - ...
Vikey 25 February, 2020
Yes, 23 Tr, that is! 😂 Great sale was 💪💪💪 ...
Vikey 25 February, 2020
Thank You very much for the clarification! ...
admin 25 February, 2020

Today another one the same started, all crazy prices, take a look in the canal or the group - However, the Philippines are expensive, but to throw probably. ...