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Reviewed: 13 March 2013, 10:00 NZDT
Still current at: 06 December 2013
There are no significant security risks associated with travel to Viet Nam, although travellers should be alert to the potential for petty crime.
Petty crime is increasing in Viet Nam. Bag slashing can occur in crowded areas such as markets, trains, buses and supermarkets. Snatch and grab theft from thieves on motorbikes is common in tourist areas, particularly in Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang. We recommend that you pay close attention to your personal belongings when walking in public areas or travelling on public transport.
Political dissent is not tolerated in Viet Nam. We recommend you avoid any protests and demonstrations as they have the potential to turn violent and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities.
There is a danger from unexploded landmines in former battlefields; particularly in central Viet Nam and along the Laos border. We advise you not to stray off well used roads and paths in rural areas.
Piracy is a problem in coastal areas of Viet Nam, particularly in the Vung Tau area. Mariners are advised to take appropriate precautionary measures in these areas. For more information see the International Maritime Bureau's piracy report.
General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Viet Nam should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Viet Nam are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Contact details are
Street AddressLevel 5, 63 Ly Thai To Street, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Telephone +84 4 3824 1481 Facsimile +84 4 3824 1480
Office HoursMon - Fri 0830 - 1200, 1300 - 1700 hrs
Contact details are:
Street Address Suite 804, Level 8, The Metropolitan, 235 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Postal Address PO Box 419, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Telephone +84 8 3822 6907 Facsimile +84 8 3822 6905
Office Hours Mon - Fri 0830 - 1130, 1300 - 1700hrs