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 500 g of 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.

Full customs rules for all categories of citizens are represented on the website

Also don't forget to look at the information about visa to Vietnam and visa-free entry.

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
5 February, 2019
Good day! Please tell me how to export from Vietnam orange tree? ...
admin February 5, 2019

Don't know, it's customs, not passport control and visa. You besides, it will also need to bring home, which is also probably a challenge. ...
, marlan 8 February, 2019
Hello. Exactly this form need to fill? I have another sample filled. write. what it should be.
confused ( visa on arrival at the airport you need) ...
admin 8 February, 2019

Depends on your nationality and duration of stay in Vietnam. What is your nationality and how much are you going to Vietnam? Give information, be able to answer. ...
admin 8 February, 2019
It's not on the visa application form, and on arrival Like filled if arriving without a visa, just do not remember.
This is a visa application form, filled it in November she's at the doc - ...
alex_224 Feb 12, 2019
Good day! How much for just the invitation to Vietnam, fly for 21 days in Nha Trang. ...
admin Feb 12, 2019

I did last time for a month for $ 8 ...
, marlan Feb 12, 2019
> Depends on your nationality and duration of stay in Vietnam. What you have
> citizenship and how are you going to Vietnam? Give information, will be able
> to answer.
I am a citizen of Russia. meals in 18 days ...
admin Feb 12, 2019

That explains why you have any doubt, all the time. A "high-risk" advisers recommend not to do a visa, because it seems like you are exceeding the visa-free stay small. To make it clearer:
Russian citizens visa for Vietnam for up to 15 days is not needed, but there is a belief and practice that a slight excess of the period of 1-2 days, the border guards close their eyes. This is true, but it might not be so lucky and will have to pay a fine or bribe, or even problems may arise when boarding the flight back home.
If you are in Vietnam stay clean 18 days, excluding travel time, I would never recommend it. It is better to do things right,i.e. to apply for a visa on arrival. Especially for you (citizens of Russia) it will be free. You only need to register through the online letter of invitation, which costs $ 8, maybe even cheaper than you can find here and all expenses. How to apply for a visa on arrival, we all painted in detail. ...
, marlan 13 February, 2019
thank you very much! ...

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