Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 26 October 2016, 09:30 NZDT
  • Still current at: 25 November 2017

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There are no significant security risks associated with travel to Viet Nam, although travellers should be alert to the potential for petty crime.

Crime
Foreign tourists can be a target for petty crime 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 cities and tourist areas and 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. We advise carrying a photocopy of the biodata page from your passport for identification and leaving the passport in a safe place such as your hotel safe. 

There have been reports of taxi scams involving foreigners, upon arrival at airports.  Travellers are advised to use common sense and 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. 

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. 

Piracy
Piracy is a problem in coastal areas of Viet Nam, particularly in the Vung Tau area. Mariners are advised to take appropriate precautionary measures. For more information see the International Maritime Bureau’s piracy report

General travel advice
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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