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 42279.92 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
Rinat May 24, 2019
Good Day!
I am a citizen of Kazakhstan and entering the island of Phu Quoc from Bangkok by direct flight.
Tell amp-TA trail.:
1. Do I understand correctly from the article that I will put the seal on the possibility of staying just for otsrove. & nbsp to 30 days?
2. If the response to item 1 is "no", then if I can do a VOA (visa on arrival) there on the island?
3. Back in Kazakhstan I will fly via Ho Chi Minh city and in such a case where I would need to do VOA?
4. It turned out that a return ticket in the hall on my 16th day, not the 15th, what can be the consequences? What I should do in advance?
Many thanks in advance for the answer ...
admin May 24, 2019

Hello Rinat!
1. Yes, that's right, put the 30 days just to stay on the island.
2. Yes, you can without problems, only need a letter of invitation to be done, and instead of receiving a visa stamp at the border control at the airport you first follow on the counter VOA and all.
on 3 and 4 questions make sense to answer I think not, if you do according to claim 2, don't know why you have a reference for 15 and 16 days, if the island visa-free stay of 30 days. ...
Vika65 June 25, 2019
Question: the entrance to the island can only be Moscow - Phu Quoc - Moscow? I have tickets Singapore - Phu Quoc island - Moscow. Won't be a problem? ...
admin June 25, 2019

There will be no problems ...
26 June, 2019
Good afternoon . Please tell me the exact address where you can extend a tourist visa in Ho Chi Minh city . Thank you ...
valentinatseiko 7 July, 2019
Welcome. Where can I find more information on this issue? ...
Boris 1973 August 13, 2019
Good day came on a visa-free regime in Ho Chi Minh city on 5 August. Tickets for August 15. There is a desire to stay until August 22 what are the options? Whether it is possible to obtain a visa? ...
admin 14 August, 2019

Ask around at local travel agencies about the extension of the visa stamp, we used to do, but after the rule was imposed 30 days, maybe longer. If not, then make a visa invitation through the Internet and go to Cambodia and get a visa for return entry. ...
Samahan 17 August, 2019
Good day! I would like to get information on entering into Vietnam. The situation is the following. Today and tomorrow 17/08 18/08 at 22:00 depart to Ho Chi Minh city and stay in the country for 20 days, departing from Hanoi 07/09. Only delving into the issue of the visa. As it will be there for 20 days requires a visa for 30 days, which includes the availability of the invitation letter, super urgent processing of this letter will cost 630 $ us 5 people.
Question can I enter as if by the 15 day regime and later officially extend our stay for 5 days. If you have information how much time will take this procedure and how much it will cost. We spankie passport. Thank you in advance. ...
admin August 18, 2019
Hello Samahan! Not sure that's a Spanish passport you will get a 15 day free stamp, it seems to be only for citizens of Russia there.f ...

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