Summary

British nationals make over 300,000 visits to Vietnam every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has confirmed that further testing at the scene of a fire at a light bulb factory in Hanoi’s Thanh Xuân district on 28 August has discovered levels of mercury significantly in excess of World Health Organization recommended limits. Vietnamese authorities have advised residents living within 500 metres of the factory to take precautionary sanitary measures, including cleaning the home and avoiding using food or water from that area which has been open to the environment. If you’re visiting or living in an affected area, you should follow the advice of the local authorities. If you have reason to believe that you may have inhaled or ingested mercury or are experiencing physical symptoms, seek medical advice.

UK health authorities have classified Vietnam as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Vietnam, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

You can contact the emergency services by calling 113 (police), 115 (ambulance) or 114 (fire).

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

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