Country Guide: Vietnam
Household Goods and Personal Effects
- Copy of Passport (identification pages only)
- Detailed inventory
- Packing list
- Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
- Vietnam Entry Visa (valid at least 3 or more months)
- Original Vietnam Arrival-Departure Card
- Letter of Employment
- Original Work Permit
- All air shipments are physically inspected by Customs at the air terminal. The average time is approximately 1-2 days.
- Sea shipments will normally undergo physical Customs inspection. The average time for Customs Clearance is 2-3 days for full container load (FCL) shipments and 3-5 days for less container load (LCL) shipments.
- Sea or air shipments of diplomatic status are exempt from Customs inspections (Diplomats).
- All shipments undergo cultural inspections. This process takes approximately 3-4 days. Inspection may include, but is not limited to, books, art works, DVDs, CDs, antiques.
- Original Passport
- Residency Card
- Proof of ownership
- Original Purchase Invoice.
- Only left-hand drive vehicles can be imported and are subject to substantial government tax and duties.
- Proof of ownership and original purchase invoice are required.
Note: The import of motor vehicles is a complicated and tedious process. It is recommended that motor vehicles be purchased in Vietnam.
- Owner’s Passport
- Vaccination Record
- Owner’s Entry Visa (valid at least 3+ months)
- International Health Certificate
- Import Permit
- Flight arrival details
- The Import Permit is required by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.
- Quarantine for pets traveling as cargo is required but is usually a couple of hours.
- Duty shall be payable on the following types of liquor at the rate expressed as a percentage of the value of the liquor:
- Liquor with an alcoholic strength of less than 30% measured at a 20°C: 125-150%
- Liquor with an alcoholic strength of more than 30% measured at a 20°C: 125-150%
- Wine (10-20 bottles duty free): 125-150%
- Duty shall be payable on tobacco at the following rates:
>100 cigars: 150% Prepared tobacco (> 50 grams): 45%
>400 cigarettes: 150% All other manufactured tobacco products: 45%
- Personal computers are charged import duty at 15%. Personal printers are charged duty at 10%.
- Non-perishable food items and items in cans and other durable packaging can be imported in small amounts.
- Military equipment
- Radio transmitters
- Satellite dishes
- Poisonous chemicals
- Cultural products
- Articles of anti-government nature
- Toys and games which affect public moral education and security
- Pornographic or subversive materials
Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.
IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.