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Visa procedure and customs information

VIETNAM VISA PROCEDURE

Most visitors to Vietnam need a visa to enter the country. Visas are exempted for the citizens of the countries, which have signed a bilateral or unilateral visa exemption agreement with Vietnam, tourist visa may be valid for 15 to 30 days.

Tourist visa can only be obtained in Vietnam embassy, consulates abroad. Otherwise, you can get a visa at the border gates if you are invitees of some Vietnamese competent organs or you are travelling on a package tour organized by Vietnamese travel companies. To apply for a visa, the requirements are as follows:

 - Entry permit form (which can vary from one Vietnamese embassies or consulate abroad to another) - There are two categories of this form: for foreigners and for Vietnamese overseas.
 - Two photos (4cmx6cm or 3cmx4cm)
 - Original passport
 - Visa fee.

You should send your application and photos to a Vietnamese embassy or consulate abroad, which is most convenient to you. On your requirement, the reply will be returned by post (you must provide stamped envelopes with your name and address).

It is easier to get your visa from a Vietnamese travel agency. The nehossary information to the travel agency include:

 - Full name
 - Birthday and place of birth
 - Nationality
 - Job
 - Number of your passport
 - Entry and exit dates
 - Country you plan to receive your entry visa from the Vietnamese embassies or consulates

Vietnamese overseas are required to provide more information:

 - Year and reason to leave Vietnam
 - Leave Vietnam by means
 - Full names and addresses of relations in Vietnam

Visa exemption:

By February 06, 2009, Vietnam inked 56 visa exemption agreements and treaties with 55 countries, 54 of them have come into effect. The following is the List of visa exemption agreements between Vietnam and other countries.

OrderCountryDate of entry into forceCategories of passports covered
1Argentina13/11/1999Diplomatic passports, official passports
2Albania1/10/1956Diplomatic Passports, Official passports, Group Passports for official mission
3Algeria02/01/1995Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
4Afghanistan26/2/1988Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
5Bangladesh10/7/1999Diplomatic Passports, Official passports for Vietnamese citizens
Diplomatic Passports, International Passports with "official" seal for Bangladesh citizens
6Belarus24/11/1993Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
7Brazil12/2/2005Diplomatic passports
8Brunei1/11/1997Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
9Bulgaria1/6/1966Diplomatic Passports, Official passports; Group Passports or Ordinary Passports for official mission
10Cambodia30/11/1979Diplomatic and Official passports; Diplomatic and Official Lassez-passezs
11Chile25/6/2005Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
12China15/3/1992Diplomatic Passports, Official passports, Ordinary Passports for official mission
13CubaCurrently in forceDiplomatic Passports, Official passports, Ordinary Passports for official mission, Seaman’s Passports for Vietnamese citizens
Diplomatic Passports, Official passports, Service Passports or Maritime Passports for Cuban citizens
14Czech13/2/2000Diplomatic passports, Official passports
15Dominica29/9/2007Diplomatic passports, Official passports
16Ecuador29/9/2007Diplomatic passports, Official passports
17France1/7/2005Diplomatic passports
18Hungary1/8/1993Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
19India23/3/1995Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
20Indonesia19/9/1998
4/12/2003
Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
Ordinary Passports with valid periods of at least 6 months
21Iran1/6/1994Diplomatic passports
22Iraq1/12/2001Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
23Japan1/5/2005Diplomatic passports, Official passports
24KyrgyzstanCurrently in forceDiplomatic passports, Official passports, Ordinary Passports for official mission
25Laos17/7/1977
05/3/2004
Diplomatic Passports, Official passports, Ordinary Passports for official mission,
Ordinary Passports with valid periods of at least 6 months
26Malaysia25/11/2001Diplomatic passports, Official passports, Ordinary Passports
27Mexico4/2/2002Diplomatic passports, Official passports
28Moldova23/5/2003Diplomatic passports, Official passports
29Mongolia6/2/2000Diplomatic passports, Official passports
30Montenegro1/9/2000Diplomatic passports, Official passports, Special passports
31Morocco19/12/2004Diplomatic passports, Official passports, Special passports
32Mozambique9/2/2009Diplomatic passports, Official passports
33Myanmar11/8/1998Diplomatic passports, Official passports
34NicaraguaCurrently in forceDiplomatic passports, Official or Service passports
35Pakistan2/3/2007Diplomatic passports, Official passports
36Panama4/11/2002Diplomatic passports, Official passports for Vietnamese citizens
Diplomatic passports, Official passports, Special Passports, Consular passports
37Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea
01/10/1956
01/4/1966
Diplomatic Passports, Official passports; Group Passports for official mission
Ordinary Passports for official mission
38Peru2/6/2006Diplomatic passports, Official passports for Vietnamese citizens
Diplomatic passports, Special passports for Peruvian citizens
39Philippines19/02/1997
16/2/1999



1/4/2000
Diplomatic passports
Official Passports, Holders of Ordinary Passports having an invitation to join ASEAN activities organized by ASEAN Secretariat or Governmental agencies
Ordinary Passports with valid periods of at least 6 months, together with return air tickets or air tickets for leaving the country
40Paraguay26/10/2008Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
41Romania1/12/1956Diplomatic Passports, Official passports; Group Passports or Ordinary Passports for official mission
42Russia20/2/1994Diplomatic passports, Official passports
43Serbia1/9/2000Diplomatic passports, Official passports
44Singapore10/5/1997
01/12/2003
Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
Ordinary Passports with valid periods of at least 6 months, together with return air tickets or air tickets for leaving the country
45Slovakia10/8/1992Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
46South Africa23/6/2007Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
47Republic of Korea13/1/1999Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
48Sri Lanka19/9/2003Diplomatic passports, Official passports
49Thailand10/5/1997
9/7/2000
Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
Ordinary Passports
50Tunisia20/1/2009Diplomatic Passports, Special passports
51Turkey1/10/1998Diplomatic Passports
52Ukraine6/12/1993Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
53Uruguay15/6/2008Diplomatic Passports, Official passports
54Venezuela17/11/2006Diplomatic Passports, Official passports

CUSTOMS 

Customs procedures in Vietnam are quick and simple. To enter and exit Vietnam, visitors are required to fulfill the arrival - departure declaration.

Customs Information

1.- Passengers are given duty free allowance for not more than 1.5 liters of liquor with above 22 degrees of concentration of alcohol and two liters of liquor below 22 degrees of concentration of alcohol; 400 cigarettes; 100 cigars; 500 gram of raw tobacco.

   - Other items which are allowed in accompanying baggage are duty free with value not over VND 5,000,000.

   - Passengers bringing goods exceeding the amount as above stated are required to fill in the declaration form No. HQ/2002-PMD and pay duty(ies) according to Vietnamese laws. 

2. Passengers whose goods are not subject to customs declaration on page 4, 5 (For customs declaration) do not have to declare. 

CURRENCY

Vietnamese đồng (VND) is the official currency in Vietnam.

- Paper notes include: VND 500,000; 200,000; 100,000; 50,000; 20,000; 10,000; 5,000; 2,000; 1,000; 500; 200 and 100. Coins include VND 5,000; 2,000; 1,000; 500 and 200.

Cheques with value as Vietnamese đồng include: VND 1,000,000 and 500,000.

- Foreign currencies and tourist cheques can be exchanged into Vietnamese đồng at banks or foreign exchange agencies.

 - Credit cards are popularly used, especially in cities and big tourist centers.

Vietnamese đồng can be changed into foreign currencies at the airport