Foreigners and Vietnamese-origin foreign passport holders are required to have Vietnamese visa when entering or exiting Vietnam. Exceptions include persons from countries exempted from visa requirement according to agreements signed with Vietnam or unilaterally granted by Vietnam.
A visa application form (available at Vietnam’s representative missions abroad); 01 photo (passport size), passport or alternative papers still valid or at least valid for 6 months since the expiration of requested visa, and visa fee (except exemptions). Those applying for Vietnamese visas need to contact Vietnamese diplomatic missions, consular offices abroad for specific instructions.
ENTRY-EXIT PROCEDURES AND CUSTOMS
Upon entering or exiting Vietnam, everyone must complete entry – exit and customs procedures. For prompt completion of these procedures, one should specify clearly in the entry-exit and customs declaration form:
+ Video cameras, recorders and electronic devices; gold, silver, gemstones and jewellery that are not personal belongings;
+ Foreign currency in cash (paper, coins and traveler’s cheques) over US$ 7,000 or in other currencies equivalent to over 150,000,000 Vietnamese Dong in cash.
Alcohol and alcoholic drinks: 1.5 liters of alcohol over 220; 2 liters of alcohol below 220 alcohol; alcoholic drinks and beer: 3 liters.
Cigarettes: 400 cigarettes, 100 cigars, 500g of tobacco threads
Tea and Coffee: 5 kg of tea; 3 kg of coffee.
Personal clothing and belongings: appropriate for visit purpose.
Prohibited export-import goods (if without permit): weapons, ammunition, explosives, inflammables, firecrackers of all sorts, opium and other narcotics, toxic chemicals, antiques, rare fauna and flora, documents related to national security, cultural items improper to Vietnamese traditions and customs, and toys that have negative effects on children’s education, etc.
Land International Border Gates
09 international border gates are Le Thanh (Gia Lai province), Moc Bai and Sa Mat (Tay Ninh province), Dinh Ba and Thuong Phuoc (Dong Thap Province), Tinh Bien and Vinh Xuong (An Giang province), Ha Tien (Kien Giang province), Hoa Lu (Binh Phuoc Province).
07 international border gates are Tay Trang (Dien Bien province), Cau Treo (Ha Tinh province), Cha Lo (Quang Binh province), Lao Bao (Quang Tri province), Na Meo (Thanh Hoa province), Po Y (Kon Tum province) and Nam Can (Nghe An province).
05 international border gates are Dong Dang and Huu Nghi (Lang Son province), Mong Cai (Quang Ninh province), Lao Cai (Lao Cai province) and Thanh Thuy (Ha Giang).
Vietnamese currency is the Vietnam Dong. Paper notes have nominal values of 500,000; 200,000, 100,000; 50,000; 20,000; 10,000; 5,000; 2,000; 1,000; 500, 200 and 100 dong. Coins are 5,000; 2,000; 1,000; 500 and 200 dong. Foreign currencies and traveler’s cheques can be exchanged at banks, hotels, international airports or at official currency exchange booths. The exchange rate between Vietnam Dong and US dollar is about 21,000 VND/USD.
Banks: Most of the banks in Vietnam are opened from 8AM to 3PM from Monday to Friday (closed on Saturdays and Sundays). Credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are available at 5 star hotels and in big cities like Hanoi, Haiphong, Hue, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City, etc.
+ Telephone: include fixed phone and mobile phone services (GSM, CDMA, 3G).
+ Telephone flower delivery: Vietnamese Post Office provides telephone flower delivery service to everywhere inside Vietnam. There are two kinds of this service: congratulation and condolence telephone flower delivery.
+ Mail and parcel postal service: As a member of Universal Postal Union, most of Vietnam’s Post Offices provide all mail and parcel postal services available in other countries, including express and registered services. Foreign delivery service is also available, including FedEx, DHL, etc.
+ Finance postal service: Post Offices in Vietnam have domestic money transfer service. Besides, Vietnam Posts also have service for one-way remittances from foreign countries to Vietnam like France, Japan, Belgium, USA, Czech, Slovakia, Latvia, Singapore, China and Malaysia.
+ Newspaper distribution service: Vietnamese newspapers and magazines can be bought at any Post Offices or agents. Customers can subscribe to Vietnamese newspapers or magazines at any Post Office or directly contact newspaper offices.
Local time zone: GMT + 7.
Working hours of government agencies: 7.30AM to 4.30PM (1-hour lunch break) from Monday to Friday, not working on Saturdays and Sundays.
Power supply: Power supply in Vietnam is 220V/50Hz. Standard sockets are two-pin round plug. Most of hotels have both 220V and 110V power supply.