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Vietnam

Check our destination guide for postal restrictions and requirements

Prohibitions

The following items are prohibited from importation, meaning they won't be allowed to enter the destination country, territory or region.

To check which items are considered dangerous and prohibited for sending from Australia, download our dangerous goods guide (1.2MB).

  • Arms and ammunition
  • Animal and animal products
  • Clocks and watches and parts thereof
  • Electrical machinery
  • Inorganic chemicals
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Prepared foodstuffs
  • Printed articles; books and brochures- offensive by nature
  • Pearls, precious stones and metals
  • Plants and plant products
  • Publications and recordings
  • Radio transmitters and receivers
  • Tobacco products
  • Vegetable products

Transporting food of any kind is prohibited under International Courier.

Vietnam Post accepts packets / parcels containing limited quantities of the following items as gifts for personal use or as non-commercial goods:

  • Alcohol
  • Mobile Telephones
  • Cosmetic Products

Letters

Vietnam reserves the right not to accept letters containing articles or goods.

Lithium batteries

Lithium batteries and devices containing them are prohibited from being sent via International Courier services.

Import restrictions

If an item is subject to import restrictions, it means that provisions must be met before it will be released from customs in the destination country, territory or region.

We recommend you confirm import restrictions with local authorities before posting:

Vietnam requires an import permit for all goods except personal gifts. Before posting, senders should confirm that the addressee has any necessary permit. Senders should determine import restrictions from Vietnam authorities before posting:

  • All used or second-hand goods
  • Animals and animal products
  • Anti-parasite products, agriculture
  • Any advertising material for cigarettes or alcohol
  • Contraceptives
  • Leeches
  • Medicines
  • Mineral oils
  • Narcotics
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Plants and plant products
  • Tobacco

Okay to send? Send responsibly.

As the sender, it's your responsibility to make sure your items don't break any laws or rules – both within Australia and in the destination country.

Restrictions and conditions can change at short notice so the information on this page should be used as a guide only. For the latest information, you should check the UPU prohibitions & restrictions (PDF 7.2MB) or contact the destination country's customs, postal trade or government authority.

It's also your responsibility to check if the destination country imposes any duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees on the item you're sending. If you're unsure, please contact the consulate office of the destination country.

Special documentation

In addition to our customs forms, authorities in the destination country, territory or region require further documentation for some items.

Commercial goods require an invoice attached to the despatch note. The invoice must quote the import permit number. Used clothing, footwear and bed linen require a Certificate of Disinfection endorsed by an Australian Health Authority.

Delivery locations & exclusions

Before sending to this destination, it’s worth noting a few more details about our international delivery services.

  • International Express (carried via the EMS network) - Parcels delivers to all destinations
    International Express - Parcels does not deliver to a Post Office Box however does deliver to a Poste Restante.
  • International Registered Post - Letters
    Prohibitions for International Registered Post - Letters includes; coins, bank notes, securities of any kind payable to the bearer, travellers’ cheques, platinum, gold or silver whether manufactured or not, precious stones, jewels or other valuable articles.
  • Delivery confirmation
    Vietnam does not deliver to addressees in person.
  • International Courier
    Check our International Courier page to find a participating Post Office.
    Shipments must be lodged at the counter by 2pm to guarantee two business day delivery (excluding time with border agencies). Maximum shipment size is 50x50x50 cm.
    International Courier Declaration and DHL Airway Bill forms, available at participating retail centres, need to be filled out by hand and attached to the shipment (instructions available in-store). For Customs declarations, articles may not be declared as containing "Personal effects".
    International Courier does not deliver to a Post Office Box or Poste Restante.
    Metropolitan delivery to:
    • Ho Chi Minh City
    • Hanoi City

For more information from the overseas carrier, check the Vietnam Post website.

Make sure it's safe to send

Some items are considered dangerous and unsuitable for sending from Australia, even if they’re not prohibited by the destination country.