Vietnam Customs Regulations for New Zealanders

Thanks to policies to promote tourism, Vietnam Custom Regulations recent years have been getting simpler. However, New Zealanders must remember basic information about essential documentation and things you want to bring into or out of Vietnam. Please check carefully before buying and packing any things in your luggage

 Enter Vietnam

Travel Documents:

A very first thing that you must have if you want to travel overseas is an original passport, which is still valid at least for 6 months since the expiration of the requested visa. If you still haven’t had it, apply for it several months before your trip starts.

The other thing which is also important is a Vietnam Visa. There is some information of Vietnam Visa that you should know. The citizens of New Zealand are will be required to have Vietnam visa no matter what purpose they are entering this country. Detailed guide to get Vietnam Visa for NZ citizens can be found on:

To have a Vietnam Visa simply and quickly, the best way is to apply for Vietnam visa on arrival. You can get it by accessing our website ( and following the instructions. After succeeding applying your application form, you will receive a Visa Approval Letter via email within 1 or 2 days. Your Vietnam Visa issued by Vietnam Immigration Department will be stamped on your passport when you arrive at one of the 5 Vietnam international airports. One more thing, don’t forget to bring the form, the letter, and 2 passport photos at Vietnam airport check-in counter as they must be presented when stamping Vietnam Visa.

Vietnam visa on arrival is acceptable to those traveling to Vietnam only by air. Therefore, if you plan to come to Vietnam by other ways, please contact Vietnam Embassy in New Zealand. Here is its information:

Vietnam Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand

  • Address: Level 21, Grand Plimmer Tower, 2-6 Gilmer Terrace P.O. Box 8042, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND
  • Phone: (644) 473 5912
  • Fax: (644) 473 5913
  • Email: [email protected]

Goods and Products

It is possible for New Zealanders to bring the maximum amount of these below items which are duty-free; otherwise, you must declare and pay import taxes:

  • 400 packs of cigarette
  • 100 packs of cigars
  • 100 gram of tobacco
  • 5 liters of liquor
  • 100 ml of liquids and you have to stored in a clear plastic bag
  • Jewelry for personal use only
  • Souvenirs and gift items valued at not more than US$ 300

Materials under declaration

You are also required to declare on the customs forms if your luggage includes:

  • The amount of foreign currency is more than USD 5,000 and Vietnam Dong is in excess of VND15.000.000
  • The total mass of gold is over 300gr (gold and jewelry are not for personal use only)
  • Videotapes, CDs are often kept for screening and returned to you after a few days

Banned Materials

It is forbidden to bring the things on this list:

  • Weapon, ammunition, explosives and inflammable objects
  • Military technical equipment; drugs, opium and other narcotics
  • Anti-government literature; pornographic literature, etc.

Noi Bai Airport in Vietnam

Exit Vietnam

When going out of Vietnam, New Zealanders need to know that goods of commercial nature and articles of high value require export permits issued by the Customs Office; and it is gold in excess of 300g that must be permitted by the State Bank. There are some other vital things that you should notice:


  • Narcotics and toxic chemicals
  • Pornography
  • Counterfeit items
  • Cultural artifacts and other objects of cultural importance
  • Explosive material
  • Weapons, ammunition, military technical equipment
  • Documents related to the national security


  • Endangered species and any products or parts thereof as outlined by CITES maybe be brought in only with CITES permission.

Knowing customs regulations in Vietnam is quite important for traveling to the nation. This is a brief summary of it that can help you, residents of New Zealand, avoid some problems when exiting and entering our country.

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