Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 3 May 2018, 11:35 NZST
  • Still current at: 22 May 2018

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There are no significant security risks associated with travel to Viet Nam, but normal safety and security measures should be taken to ensure personal safety.

Crime
Petty crime against foreign tourists is common, particularly in public places and in larger cities. Bag slashing can occur in crowded areas such as markets, trains, buses and supermarkets as well as snatch and grab theft from thieves which can result in injury. When walking in public areas and travelling on public transport we recommend that you pay close attention to your personal belongings, and make sure they are secure at all times.

Civil unrest
Political dissent is rare in Viet Nam and protests are generally not tolerated. We recommend you avoid any protests and demonstrations that do occur as they have the potential to turn violent and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities.

Landmines
There is a danger from unexploded landmines in former battlefields, particularly in central Viet Nam and along the Laos border. Mined areas may be unmarked. New Zealanders are advised not to stray off well used roads and paths in rural areas.

Scams
There have been reports of taxi scams involving foreigners, upon arrival at airports. Travellers are advised to take airport taxis, prearranged hotel transfer services or taxis from clearly marked ranks with minders. Ensure that any person holding a placard with your name on it knows your destination.

Commercial scams also occur in Viet Nam, offers that seem too good to be true may be a scam. For further information see our advice on Internet Fraud and International Scams.

General travel advice
Some border areas are sensitive and travelling through them is restricted. Check before travelling that you can access your route.

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe and can include lengthy imprisonment.

We advise carrying a photocopy of the biodata page from your passport for identification and leaving your passport in a safe place such as your hotel safe.

Extra care should be taken to ensure food and drink is never left unattended.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Viet Nam should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes 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.

Travel tips


The New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Street Address Level 5, 63 Ly Thai To Street, Ha Noi, Viet Nam Telephone +84 24 3824 1481 Fax +84 24 3824 1480 Email nzembassy.hanoi@mft.net.nz Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/viet-nam Hours Mon - Fri 0830 - 1200, 1300 - 1700 hrs

New Zealand Consulate-General Ho Chi Minh City , Viet Nam

Street Address Suite 804, Level 8, The Metropolitan, 235 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam Telephone +84 28 3822 6907 Fax +84 28 3822 6905 Email nzconsulate.hcmc@nzte.govt.nz Hours Mon - Fri 0830 - 1130, 1300 - 1700hrs

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New Zealand Embassy Viet Nam

Street Address
Level 5, 63 Ly Thai To Street, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Telephone: +84 24 3824 1481

Fax: +84 24 3824 1480

Email: nzembassy.hanoi@mft.net.nz

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/viet-nam

Hours: Mon - Fri 0830 - 1200, 1300 - 1700 hrs

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