This advice contains new details on Zika virus. Vietnam is experiencing sporadic transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites. Pregnant women should discuss any travel plans with their doctor, as detailed knowledge concerning the level of transmission in Vietnam is unknown at this stage. Travellers should also consult their travel doctor or GP about implications and see our Zika virus bulletin. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in Vietnam.
- We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in Vietnam. You should exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia. Monitor the media and other sources for changes to local travelling conditions.
- Vietnam has screening arrangements in place for all inbound travellers. Travellers displaying symptoms of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) or Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) may be quarantined by local health authorities.
- Penalties for drug offences are severe and include the death sentence. Vietnamese authorities have strict security measures to combat drug trafficking. Over 30 Australians are currently serving long sentences, including life imprisonment, for drug trafficking in Vietnam.
- Traffic accidents occur often in Vietnam. You should consider the risks of driving a car or riding a motorcycle in Vietnam, particularly if you are unfamiliar with local conditions. International Driving Permits issued in Australia are not accepted in Vietnam. You must have a valid Vietnamese drivers licence to drive in Vietnam.
- There have been reports of scams involving online Vietnamese visa applications. We recommend you apply for your Vietnamese visa directly from the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Vietnam.
- The rainy season occurs between June and December every year. During this period, flooding, flash flooding and typhoons are common. Travellers should follow the instructions of local authorities, monitor media and weather reports, and check with tour operators before travelling to affected areas.