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When you return home,
beware of U.S. Customs and Vietnam Customs Regulations on Import/Export and
These Documents carefully before taking the trip
information is current as of today,
Sun Jul 15 2007 15:53:18 GMT-0700 (US Mountain Standard Time).
authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into
or export of items such as firearms, religious materials, antiquities,
medications, business equipment and other items .
It is advisable to contact the Embassy of your destination country in Washington
or one of that country’s consulates in the United States for specific
information regarding customs requirements. In many countries around the world,
counterfeit and pirated goods are widely available. Transactions involving
such products are illegal and bringing them back to the United States may result
in forfeitures and/or fines. A current
list of those countries with serious problems in this regard can be found here.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection may impose corresponding import restrictions
in accordance with the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act.
(Contact CBP at 202-344-1000 or Internet http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/import/commercial_enforcement/ for
further information). For general travel information, visit the CBP web
site at http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/.
Any foreigner or overseas Vietnamese wishing to visit Vietnam must fill out
one 1 entry visa application form. The paperwork must be sent to a Vietnamese
diplomatic representative office (the embassies), or consulate general of the
Socialist Republic of Vietnam, in the most convenient country.
This rule may not be applied for citizens of countries with which Vietnam has
bilateral agreements for visa exemption. (Please contact the Embassy of Vietnam
for more information)
- All visitors to Vietnam should fill in declaration forms and show their
luggage to Customs officials on request.
- Luggage, personal possessions and goods brought to Vietnam in amounts
sufficient for personal use only, and not listed among noncommercial goods
not to be imported, are exempt from tax.
- Travelers' luggage as declared at Customs offices on arrival must be shown
again at Customs when leaving Vietnam, except for articles which have been
consumed or given as gifts.
- Visitors to Vietnam can bring with them unlimited amounts of foreign
currency, objects made of gold, silver, precious metals and gemstones or
plated with silver or gold, but these must be declared in detail on their
customs forms. Travelers can change their money for Vietnamese dong (VND) at
the banks, hotels and jewelry shops throughout the country. Foreign currency
must be changed into Vietnamese dong for shopping.
- Travelers can take with them unlimited amounts of souvenirs bought with
Visitors may import 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco, 1 liter of
wine, 1 liter of liquor and an unlimited amount of film. Commercial goods and
items of high value being taken out of Vietnam require export permits from the
Customs Service. Antiques may be confiscated
permanently. No local currency may be taken out of the country.
Customs Service Headquarters
21 Ton Duc Thang St.
Ho Chi Minh City