Moving to Vietnam

Country Guide: Vietnam

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • 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

Specific Information

  • 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.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original Passport
  • Residency Card
  • Proof of ownership
  • Original Purchase Invoice.

Specific Information

  • 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.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Owner’s Passport
  • Vaccination Record
  • Owner’s Entry Visa (valid at least 3+ months)
  • International Health Certificate
  • Import Permit
  • Flight arrival details

Specific Information

  • 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.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • 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.

Prohibited Items

  • Weapons
  • Ammunitions
  • Explosives
  • Military equipment
  • Radio transmitters
  • Satellite dishes
  • Poisonous chemicals
  • Cultural products
  • Articles of anti-government nature
  • Fireworks
  • Toys and games which affect public moral education and security
  • Pornographic or subversive materials
  • Motorbikes

Consignment Instructions

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.

Helpful Website(s):

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1060.html

http://www.customs.gov.vn/english/lists/vietnamcustoms/Details.aspx?ID=2

http://www.internations.org/vietnam-expats/guide/driving-in-vietnam-15641/traffic-rules-and-admin-issues-in-vietnam-2