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On arrival in Vietnam, you must complete white and blue duplicate arrival-departure forms. The blue copy is to be kept with your passport at all times. Hotels, guest houses and private hosts must register overnight guests with th local police and these blue forms are essential for this purpose.
Incoming visitors must also fill out duplicate yellow and white customs declaration forms. The yellow copy is to remain with your passport until departure. Do not lose it !
On the yellow and white Customs Forms you are expected to declare :
- Cameras, camcorders and other eletric equipments not for personal use.
- Currency over US$3,000.
- Jewellery not for personal use.
- Video tapes ( they may be kept for a few days and screened ).
Duty free allowances are 200 cigarettes, two litres of alcohol, perfume and jewellery for personal use.


Foreigners cannot enter Vietnam without a visa. Tourist visas are usually granted at Vietnamese Embassies and consulates abroad.
Business travelers should apply for a visa through a Vietnamese sponsoring agency, providing them with the following details :
- Full name - Date of issue and expiry
- Date and place of birth - Nationality ( original and present )
- Profession - Date and point of entry to Vietnam.
- Passport number - Date and point of entry to Vietnam.
· The sponsor will forward these details to the Vietnamese Immigration Authorities. Approval for the visit may take 7 - 10 days.
· The relevant Vietnamese embassy or consulate is notified by telex of the Visa approval. When notified, take the telex number and 2-4 passport photos with you to collect your visa.
· Bussiness visas may be for up to six mouths and allow for multiple entry.
The following visa fees are charged:
- Single entry & transit visa : US$25 - Multiple entry: US$40 - US$100
- Extension of single entry visa: US$1 - Extension of multiple entry visa: US$16
A group tour with a minimum of five persons travelling from Bangkok can obtain visas at the port of entry. Tour operators need to co-operate with authorized agents in Vietnam who charge approximately US$35 person.

The vietnamese Embssy in Bangkok:
83 Wireless Road,
Tel : 66 2 251 7202 or 251 5835
Fax : 66 2 251 7201


Vietnam has strict laws on bringing anti-government literature, fire arms and weapons into the country. CDs and tapes are often retained for screening, but will be returned after a few days. It is illegal to remove antiques from Vietnam. When buying handicrafts, especially those that look old, ask the retailer for a receipt and declaration that the item may be exported.


Domestic Flights : VND 25,000
International Flights : US$12
Child under two exempt.


Ha noi is about a 45-minute ride from the airport. Airport Taxi has a booth in the airport terminal and charges $10 from Noi Bai to Ha Noi. In the other direction the trip also costs $10. The airport minibus costs VND25,000 per person in either direction. It drops Passengers on Quang Trung Street.

In Ho Chi Minh, a metered cab should get you into town for around $5.


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