Vietnam will have public holidays on 28 April, 30 April and 1 May. The embassy in Hanoi and consulate in Ho Chi Minh City will be closed.

A military parade will take place in Ho Chi Minh City on 30 April at the Reunification Palace to mark Reunification Day. Expect disruption and restricted access to Le Duan Street and several neighbouring streets: Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm, Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh, Lê Thánh Tôn, Phạm Hồng Thái, Cách Mạng Tháng Tám, Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai and Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm in the days before the event to allow for rehearsals. Access to vehicles and pedestrians to these streets will not be allowed at the following times:

  • 22 April: from 7am to 11am
  • 24 April: from 6pm to midnight
  • 26 April: from 4am to 11am
  • 30 April: from 4am to 12 noon

These closures will restrict access to several tourist sites. Check local guidance before travelling and allow sufficient time for your journey. For the parade on the morning of 30 April, large crowds will increase the risk of petty theft so you should take extra care.

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There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

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Around 100,000 British nationals visit Vietnam every year. Most visits are trouble-free.