Security and health

The Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists to Vietnam. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


Beware of petty crime such as pick-pocketing, especially in crowded areas and certain parts of Ho Chi Minh City. Bags are occasionally snatched by passing motorbikes and getting the required paperwork for insurance from the local police can often be very time consuming and frustrating.


Traffic accidents are common. Be attentive when walking and crossing the street.

Please seek professional advice concerning vaccinations. Public hospitals and dental clinics are often of poor quality, private hospitals and clinics exist in large cities. Tap water is not safe to drink, ice is usually made from clean water.