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Customs Regulations

A. On Entering & Leaving Vietnam

     Entry visa can be either obtainable at Vietnamese Embassies where you live or through the assistance of our Travel Agent (Peace Travel Co.) in Vietnam.
     Entry visa is requested for all visitors irrespective of their nationalities.
    
Foreigners and overseas Vietnamese need to fill in 2 applications for Entry & Exit Visas (single or multiple visa is both permitted), enclosed with 2 photos (4 cm x 6 cm size and looking straight) and send them to the diplomatic or consular mission of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in the country where he/she will find to be the most convenient.
     Entry visa will be obtained after 5-7 days of process.
     To help our Travel Agent to speed up entry visas, foreigners are required to inform Peace Travel the following details by facsimile or by e-mail:

  • Your full name, date of birth, nationality, occupation.
  • Your passport number, date of entry and date of exit.
  • Which Embassy of Vietnam to get visa stamp.

     The visa approval applied by Peace Travel will be sent to the Vietnamese Embassy the most convenient for tourists. The interested person will get the visa at the Embassy.

B. At Entry & Exit

     At entry, tourists are requested to declare their baggage for inspection.
The following items are authorized:

  • 400 cigarettes.
  • 50-100 cigars.
  • 100 grams of tobacco.
  • 1.5 liter of liquor.
  • Personal effects of a reasonable quantity.
  • Small gift items valued less than 6,450,000 VND.
  • Cash (but a more 64,500,000 VND must be declared)
    The following items are prohibited:
  • Weapons, explosives & inflammable objects.
  • Opium and other narcotics.
  • Reactive and depraved cultural materials.

     At exit, goods of commercial nature and articles of high value require export permits issued by the customs authorities. Antique, some precious stones, 7 animal listed in Vietnam's Red Book may not be brought out of the country.

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Climate

Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate that varies significantly from the North to the South.

MONTH Jan. - Mar. Apr. - Jun. Jul. - Sep. Oct. - Dec.
REGION
Northern Vietnam
(Hanoi)
17.80C 26.40C 28.10C 21.20C
Central Vietnam
(Danang)
22.50C 27.40C 28.10C 23.80C
Southern Vietnam
(Ho Chi Minh City)
26.80C 28.10C 26.80C 26.20C
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Air access - Transportation

     As being Sales Agent for Vietnam Airlines, American Airlines, All Nippon Airways, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Air France, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines,China Southern Airlines, Eva Air, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Lao Aviation, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Thai Airways, Qantas Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Emirates Airlines, etc., Peace Travel Co. can make the reservation for your flight on domestic and international routes.
     Tourists can go to various provinces, cities and town by Air, Road or Train. If you wish to rent a car, please contact us at the address as mentioned above. You can also go downtown by taxi.

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Currency

     The currency unit in Vietnam is "dong" which is in notes and coins. The banknotes come in denominations of 100 dong, 200 dong, 500 dong, 1,000 dong, 2,000 dong, 5,000 dong, 10,000 dong, 20,000 dong, 50,000 dong 100,000 dong, 200,000 dong and 50,0000 dong. Coins include 200 dong, 500 dong, 1,000 dong, 2,000 dong and 5,000 dong. However, US Dollars are widely accepted as payment for hotels, tours, transportation, etc. Foreign currencies should be converted at banks or at other authorized exchanged counters. Beside that, the credit cards (American, Visa, Master Card, JCB) are accepted more and more at hotels, restaurants, shops and travel agencies in big town.
     Visitors should not deal with street traders because the banks give you a fair exchange rate & you can avoid having fake bills.

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Languages

     Peace Travel Co. can provide well-spoken French, English, Chinese and Japanese guides and interpreters. Beside that, French, English, Chinese, Japanese and a lot of other languages are spoken fluently by hotel staff.

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Food and Drink

     WATER: Don't drink from the tap and brush your teeth with safe water. But drink much boiled water or bottled water (mineral water) on a daily basic to stay hydrated. Mineral water is available in most cities. You can also take many fruit juices with ice cubes made from boiled or bottled water.

     FOOD: Eating in clean establishments. Fruits & vegetables should be peeled or thoroughly cleaned and cooked. Precooked foods in street stalls should be completely avoided. All meat & fish should be thoroughly cooked.

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Shopping

     Shopping centers and big department centers are located in city centers. Department stores generally open 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday to Sunday. Small shops & markets often open daily from early morning to late. Handicrafts, antiques, gems of varying quality, embroidery, woodcarvings, ceramics, marble, lacquer ware, silk are things to look out for. Antiques may also be good buys but generally require more searching. When go shopping at local markets or small shops, items sold with no visible price tags must be bargained for. However, tagged items may also be negotiable. Specially, travelers to Vietnam should not buy products made from wildlife.

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Business Hours (GMT +7)

     Offices: 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 01:00 p.m. to 05:00 p.m. and closed on Saturdays & Sundays.
     Banks: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and closed on Saturdays & Sundays.
     Offices and banks are closed on public holidays:

  • The Tet holiday (Lunar New Year) usually in February (4 days).
  • The Ancestors' Death anniversary (the 10th day of the third Lunar month).
  • The Liberation Day on April 30th.
  • The International Labor Day on May 1st.
  • The National Day on September 2nd.
  • The New Year on January 1st.
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Security

     Vietnam is one of the most safest travel destinations. However, care should be taken to avoid incidents which may happen to you. Do not carry too much cash or other valuables, especially jewelry, as they may draw unwelcome attention. Beside that, you should take all necessary precautions to safeguard your passport, identity card & other identification documents, travel tickets, money, traveler's checks, credit cards and insurance documents. As a safeguard, all these important documents should be photocopied before you leave home. Leave one copy with someone at home and keep another with you, separate from the originals. Remember not to carry these items together! There is the risk of being left entirely without identification and funds in case of theft or loss.

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Illegal Drugs & Narcotics

     To deter from drug abuse and drug trafficking, Vietnam imposes severe penalties for possession or trafficking of even small amounts of illegal drugs. As in case of some countries, Vietnam also imposes the death penalty for convicted drug traffickers.
     Be very careful if you are asked by a stranger to convey or transport any parcel, however small, especially across a border. Should such parcels contain illegal drugs, you risk being found guilty of possession, smuggling or trafficking in drugs. You should also never leave your belongings unattended or under the "care" of any stranger.

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Tipping

     A 5-10% service charge is added to bills in most hotels & restaurants. But tip is still expected by most of those providing services.

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Other Useful Tips

Medicine is available in many pharmaceutical outlets.
It is advisable to bring an umbrella and raincoat on visits between May and December.
Electric current: 220 volts A.C.
No vaccination is presently required.
Long distance phone calls should be made at post offices, hotels or telephone booths. Below are Useful Phone Numbers:
• Police                               : 113
• Fire                                  : 114
• Ambulance                        : 115
• Directory Assistance           : 116
• International Operator         : 110
• International Prefix             : 00
• General Information Service : 1080

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