Foreign travel advice

Vietnam

Local laws and customs

Penalties for possession, distribution or manufacture of drugs can be severe. Anyone found in possession of even a small amount of drugs can face the death sentence.

Illegal drugs are often tampered with or spiked and can be much stronger than in Europe. British tourists have suffered fatal overdoses in the past from very small quantities. Don’t take illegal drugs.

Crimes like sex offences or fraud can attract very long prison terms, or a death sentence. The Vietnamese legal system is not well developed and the standard of prisons is very poor. You could be prevented from leaving the country for an unlimited period without being charged.

It’s illegal to buy, sell, kill or collect protected wild animal or plants. Vietnam is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Those caught buying or trafficking these items could be prosecuted and receive prison sentences or fines.

Never take photographs near military installations.

When entering religious or cultural sites respect local customs and dress in appropriate clothing.

There are restrictions on internet use, which can affect access to social media websites.

Foreign visitors to Vietnam are generally not permitted to invite Vietnamese nationals into their hotel rooms.