- Reviewed: 3 December 2019, 09:22 NZDT
- Still current at: 9 December 2019
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Exercise normal safety and security precautions
Exercise normal safety and security precautions in Viet Nam.View Larger Map Close/Open map
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. Tourists have been robbed after withdrawing money from ATMs. To reduce the risk of this occurring we recommend you use ATMs located inside banks and shopping centres. 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.
Political dissent is rare in Viet Nam and protests are generally not tolerated. We recommend you avoid any protests and demonstrations. Follow any instructions issued by the local authorities. Photography of the military, police or demonstrations is prohibited, and could result in detention.
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.
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. If you pre-book a taxi, make sure that any person holding a placard with your name on it knows your destination, and that the details of the vehicle and driver match those provided by the company.
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.
Maritime safety has been a concern, particularly in Ha Long Bay. Accidents on waterways occur, and there have been a number of fatalities in recent years from vessels sinking or catching fire. Consider carefully the safety standards of boat/tour operators.
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.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Viet Nam should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for high risk adventure activities and medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Viet Nam are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 +84 901 80 7770 Fax +84 28 3822 6905 Email email@example.com Hours Mon - Fri 0830 - 1130, 1300 - 1700hrs
See our regional advice for South East Asia
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New Zealand Embassy Viet Nam
Level 5, 63 Ly Thai To Street, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Telephone: +84 24 3824 1481
Fax: +84 24 3824 1480
Hours: Mon - Fri 0830 - 1200, 1300 - 1700 hrs