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Vietnam 2017 Crime & Safety Report: Ho Chi Minh City

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Overall Crime and Safety Situation

U.S. Consulate Ho Chi Minh City does not assume responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of the persons or firms appearing in this report. The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit cannot recommend a particular individual or establishment and assumes no responsibility for the quality of services provided.

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE HAS ASSESSED HO CHI MINH CITY AS BEING A HIGH-THREAT LOCATION FOR CRIME DIRECTED AT OR AFFECTING OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT INTERESTS.

Please review OSAC’s Vietnam-specific webpage for proprietary analytic reports, Consular Messages, and contact information.

Crime Threats

Despite the high crime rating for Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), most visitors feel relatively safe. Random violent crime against foreigners is relatively rare, and the level of crime is comparable to other cities of a similar size throughout Asia. Visitors regularly fall victim to property crimes, which are usually non-confrontational crimes of opportunity. Pickpocketing, purse slashing, bag snatching, and the theft of valuables is a common occurrence, particularly in areas frequented by tourists and business travelers. Maintaining an extremely high level of 360 degree situational awareness and alertness is critical to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of petty street crime.

Theft by motor scooter is a popular modus operandi wherein thieves grab bags/purses from victims while speeding by. This approach can cause serious injury to victims if they are unable to quickly release themselves from the straps of the bag, leaving them to be dragged by the motor scooter at high speeds. Carrying bags on the arm opposite the road and walking away from the edge of the curb can discourage potential motor scooter thieves. Smart phones, particularly iPhones and Androids, are very popular with thieves and are snatched out of victims’ hands by passing motor scooter thieves.

Another increasingly common tactic is for a female to approach a male victim on the street, touching him suggestively while propositioning him in order to distract the victim and pick his pockets.

While violent crimes (homicide, armed robbery, kidnapping) of foreigners remains relatively rare, the four to six weeks prior to the Tet holiday (Lunar New Year) typically see a surge in crime. This occurs because individuals preparing to return to their families and villages for the holiday may seek to obtain high-value gifts/cash to satisfy traditional gift-giving requirements. During the one-week national Tet holiday, police and public security agencies remain at full operational staffing in order to maintain peace and order in crowded public spaces and to respond to the increase in residential burglaries and domestic disputes.

While sexual assault of foreigners by Vietnamese citizens does not appear to be common, in March 2015, a female passenger reported that a xe om (motorbike taxi driver) attempted to sexually assault her when she hired him to drive her to her hotel.    

Residential security is generally good as long as appropriate security measures are in place. This includes the use of good deadbolt locks, securing all man-passable entries, and use of alarms and perimeter walls/gates. This is particularly true for those residences near the water, as they may be vulnerable to river pirates. U.S. government employees regularly report surreptitious entry into their secured residences and associated tampering or damage of computer and other electronic hardware. Although hotel rooms are generally safe as long as sensible precautions are taken. Despite these precautions, laptop and mobile devices may still be subject to tampering.     

In 2016, several Consulate employees reported a new phone scam in which a caller with an African area code hangs up without leaving a message. The victim calls the number displayed on the caller ID in an effort to determine who called. Once the call connects, the victim’s calling card or credit card is rapidly depleted. The scam is similar to calling a “1-888” number in the U.S., whereby charges to the caller begin to accrue once the call connects.

U.S. citizens who form small business ventures with Vietnamese partners have reported intimidation from their partners or employees after the business relationship deteriorated. Some foreign business people have faced threats, vandalism, and harassment in connection with their business dealings, but none have reported acts of physical harm.

Organized crime syndicates continue to increase their influence and power since returning in the previous decade. Criminal organizations focus much of their attentions on the manufacture/selling/smuggling of drugs; extortion schemes/protection rackets; manufacturing/distribution of counterfeit goods; and loansharking. In 2016, police arrested an organized crime ring that extorted money for five years from contract truck drivers making deliveries and pick-ups to the manufacturing plant of a major U.S. company.

Cybersecurity Issues

In 2016, banks in Vietnam reported detecting skimming devices attached to ATMs and cameras recording PIN code keypad entries. Despite a request by police for commercial banks to install and test anti-skimming devices on ATMs, most banks have not done so. Most ATMs use simple technologies that render these machines particularly vulnerability to theft of cash using fake credit and ATM cards. It appears that the majority of ATM theft scams in Vietnam are carried out by foreigners.

  • In 2015, a skimming device was found on an ATM of a major international bank.
  • In 2013, police uncovered a large ATM theft ring in Nha Trang run by foreigners who exploited the simple technology to install skimmers on ATMs, clone user data, generate fake cards using the stolen data, and fraudulently withdraw large sums of money from user accounts.


Other Areas of Concern

Certain areas of the Central Highlands (bordering Cambodia and Laos) are considered politically sensitive by the government of Vietnam; these areas are accessible to tourists. Travelers are encouraged to avoid military installations and camps in these areas.

Foreigners must enter/exit Vietnam through an international land or sea port and cannot cross overland into Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, or China except at designated international checkpoints.

Transportation-Safety Situation

Road Safety and Road Conditions

The combination of a chaotic road system and complete disregard for traffic laws make crossing the street and driving/riding in traffic two of the most dangerous activities in Vietnam. Police are unable to control the rapidly increasing numbers of vehicles on the road, including cars, trucks, and motorcycles/motor scooters. The number of traffic enforcement police is insufficient to deal with the number of vehicles on the road. Additionally, poorly maintained sidewalks, inadequate traffic controls, and the common practice of using sidewalks as a speed lane or a parking space for motor scooters creates a precarious environment for pedestrians. Accidents involving motor scooters are common, and a motor vehicle accident can draw large crowds with heated arguments between those involved. Drivers of cars and motor scooters alike routinely text on their cell phones while driving, which further aggravates erratic driving behaviors. 

Vehicles, particularly city buses, do not yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Buses do not slow down for pedestrians in crosswalks. Pedestrians do not have the right of way, even when crossing with the light in a crosswalk. When crossing the street, even within a crosswalk, look both ways before stepping into the street. Pedestrians should walk at a steady pace and follow a predictable trajectory. Motor scooter drivers will navigate around you as long as they can predict your location in the crosswalk based on your speed and path. It is absolutely imperative that adults tightly hold the hands of children near/in a crosswalk.

By Western standards, the comparative death toll from traffic-related accidents is staggering. Although the government of Vietnam requires that all motor scooter drivers and riders wear a helmet, there are no safety standards for helmets. As a result, the vast majority are substandard and provide minimal, if any, protection. Those planning to drive/ride motor scooters are strongly urged to use a U.S. Department of Transportation-approved helmet.

If the passenger of a vehicle opens a car door and hits or causes injury to a passing motor scooter, the driver of the vehicle is responsible and will be detained by police. Furthermore, the individual’s driver’s license will be confiscated for an indefinite period.

Public Transportation Conditions

Intra- and inter-city buses, both public and private, may be used, although passengers should be vigilant about their personal belongings on crowded buses.

Due to poor management, deteriorating infrastructure, and a culture of disregarding traffic signals at crossings, railway accidents are common. The majority of railway-related fatalities occur when a train collides with a vehicle driving on roads built illegally over train tracks. Collisions and derailments contribute to train delays with the majority of such accidents taking place on the popular Hanoi-HCMC route. 

Some metered taxis use rigged meters that rapidly accumulate charges. Travelers should take only marked and metered taxis. MaiLinh (green cars with a white logo) and VinaSun (white cars with green and red logo) are two large, registered taxi companies that use fare meters. Travelers are encouraged to negotiate the fare for xe om (motor scooter taxi), pedicabs, and cyclos before embarking and are discouraged from taking these forms of transportation at night.

Uber and Grab Taxi are popular and generally safe to use where available. 

Aviation/Airport Conditions

HCMC’s airport, Ton Son Nhat Airport (SGN), meets ICAO standards.

Taxi touts are illegal. Travelers should use only licensed and metered taxis from established airport taxi queues. At the international arrivals terminal of SGN, there are two legal taxi queues. The first queue is curbside and includes taxis from all companies except for MaiLinh and VinaSun, which have a separate taxi queue located in the center island. These two companies can be identified by their Taxi Ambassadors, who wear green button-down shirts and will assist with communicating destinations to taxi drivers. Other airports in south and central Vietnam also have legal taxi queues that travelers should use.

Other Travel Conditions

Legitimate tour guides and operators must be licensed and registered. In 2016, Vietnam experienced an unusual surge in the number of tourists who died while engaged in routine tourism activities, including one fatality and numerous severe injuries resulting from a bus crash, as well as multiple drownings at waterfalls and beaches. Waterfalls and other areas of nature attractions lack safety guards and warnings that are standard in the U.S. Many boat tourism operators do not have basic safety and rescue equipment on their vessels. 

Terrorism Threat

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE HAS ASSESSED HO CHI MINH CITY AS BEING A LOW-THREAT LOCATION FOR TERRORIST ACTIVITY DIRECTED AT OR AFFECTING OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT INTERESTS.

Political, Economic, Religious, and Ethnic Violence

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE HAS ASSESSED HO CHI MINH CITY AS BEING A LOW-THREAT LOCATION FOR POLITICAL VIOLENCE DIRECTED AT OR AFFECTING OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT INTERESTS.

Civil Unrest

Civil unrest is highly discouraged by public security officials. Demonstrations, protests, and marches are permitted with a government-issued permit only. Although public security officials will allow smaller, more spontaneous demonstrations to proceed, once the size of the crowd reaches a certain level, the police will typically end the protest, using force if necessary. Demonstrations at the U.S. Consulate in HCMC are common but are rarely directed toward the U.S. government or Americans. Instead, demonstrators take advantage of the Consulate’s high profile and large numbers of visa applicants to air their complaints against the government of Vietnam. These demonstrations have temporarily disrupted Consulate operations; however, police rarely allow disruptions to persist. However, U.S. citizens have been arrested for political activities. Usually, demonstrators are land-rights-use activists protesting uncompensated seizures of land by the Vietnamese government.

  • In 2016, pollution of coastal waters in central Vietnam by a Taiwanese chemical company resulted in the deaths of millions of fish, negatively impacting the environment, economy, and livelihoods of those areas. Subsequently, demonstrations erupted in affected areas, eventually triggering large-scale protests in Hanoi and HCMC against the Vietnamese government. The government banned further demonstrations, although small demonstrations in Da Nang occur periodically.
  • In May 2014, actions by China in the East Sea (South China Sea) caused anti-Chinese fervor that turned violent for several days, with demonstrators targeting businesses believed to be Chinese-owned. The provinces of Binh Duong and Dong Nai have dense concentration of foreign-owned industrial parks and were hit particularly hard. Businesses were looted, vandalized, set on fire, and an unconfirmed number of foreign nationals were killed in attacks and worker-led riots. Less than 10% of businesses destroyed in Binh Duong were actually owned by Chinese; the vast majority belonged to Taiwanese, South Korean, Japanese, Singaporean, and Hong Kong owners. Once international media coverage raised concerns that Vietnam was no longer a safe destination for foreign investment, the central government stopped demonstrations in an effort to reassure foreign investors. 


Religious/Ethnic Violence

Proselytizing, unsanctioned religious activities, and possession of certain religious materials are illegal. U.S. citizens whose stated purpose of travel was tourism but who engaged in proselytizing or unsanctioned religious activities (holding Bible study groups in hotel rooms) have had their religious materials confiscated and have been detained, fined, and/or expelled. Religious organizations must register with the government to be considered legal. Religious activists and practitioners have reported harassment and abuse by local authorities.

Tensions between ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands provinces and the central government, which considers the ethnic minorities to be a national security issue, persist. The Hmong and Montagnards report harassment and persecution by authorities. However, Vietnam does not experience widespread ethnic violence, and tensions between ethnic minorities typically do not affect tourists.    

Post-specific Concerns

Environmental Hazards

Typhoon season in south and central Vietnam runs April-October/November in the south and April-December in the central region. This period coincides with rainy/wet season. In HCMC, the threat of typhoons is rare since wind speeds are greatly diminished so far inland; however, heavy rains routinely cause severe street flooding. On occasion, police will close the bridges connecting Districts 1 and 2 if vehicles cannot pass safely. Due to poor drainage, even brief but heavy downpours will cause flooding, which can disrupt traffic. Many taxis and app-based drivers (Uber and Grab Taxi) will not drive when streets start to flood, stranding people until the flooding subsides.

Typhoons routinely strike the central coastal areas, including Nha Trang and Da Nang, resulting in flooding and landslides that cause severe property damage and pose a hazard to local populations.

The Mekong Delta in the south is particularly vulnerable to severe flooding during the rainy season. Climate change has caused environmental deterioration in the Mekong Delta, further aggravating drought and flooding.

Vietnam is home to a variety of dangerous and poisonous insects and snakes. Hikers should take appropriate precautions when walking in heavily forested areas and national parks. 

Economic Concerns

The theft of intellectual property remains a problem. Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) laws are deficient in certain crucial aspects. Several enforcement agencies are involved in and vested with the authority to address infringement issues; however, the lines of responsibility are not clear, and the lack of human resources and technical knowledge result in poor enforcement at market and street level. A wide variety of counterfeit consumer goods (pirated CDs/DVDs) are readily available. Court actions are lengthy and relatively costly; as a result, administrative enforcement has been the most effective approach and is recommended as the first step in dealing with infringement cases.

Legal currency exchange may be done by banks and authorized dealers only. Local media has reported on the influx of fake currency from China, although the problem does not yet appear to be widespread.

In business disputes, local police may confiscate a U.S. citizen’s passport or visa. On a few occasions, individuals have not been allowed to leave Vietnam until the dispute is resolved.

Privacy Concerns

There is no expectation of privacy. The government strictly controls all forms of political speech, particularly dissent, whether on the Internet, in the media, or in public arenas. Private conversations can lead to legal actions. Public security organizations have robust monitoring and surveillance systems using electronic/digital methods, official watchers, and civilian informers. Travelers should expect that hotel rooms, telephones, fax machines and their use of the Internet are monitored. Movements and activities may be subject to surveillance by public security and police entities. The Consulate routinely receives reports that electronic devices are accessed and searched in hotel rooms and private residences. Personal possessions, media, and documents are also subject to search in hotels, residences, and workplaces. Visitors and residents should be cautious when discussing any sensitive or proprietary information.

Personal Identity Concerns

Although acceptance of LGBT has yet to receive widespread welcome, foreigners do not typically experience discrimination to the extent that the Vietnamese LGBT community does since the Vietnamese generally have a more open, tolerant attitude toward the behavior of foreigners. 

Due to the legacy of the Vietnam War, general attitudes toward those with disabilities are less harsh than in other Asian countries. However, poorly constructed or deteriorating sidewalks, the lack of sidewalks, frequent obstructions, and chaotic traffic present a challenge to mobility, particularly for those in wheelchairs. Additionally, there are no standards or requirements for providing access to those with disabilities, and the entrances of many buildings require traversing steps. Some office and apartment buildings lack elevators.

The government of Vietnam considers some persons born in Vietnam or born to parents holding Vietnamese citizenship to be Vietnamese citizens unless Vietnamese citizenship was formally renounced with the Vietnamese government. Becoming a U.S. citizen does not automatically result in the renunciation of Vietnamese citizenship. As a result, Vietnamese officials may treat U.S. citizens of Vietnamese origin differently than other U.S. citizens. All U.S. citizens are urged to enter Vietnam using their U.S. passport.

Drug-related Crimes

Vietnam is a transshipment and destination country for illegal narcotics, which come across borders with Laos, Cambodia, and China. Punishments for violations of drug laws are particularly harsh, even for possession of small amounts of illegal narcotics. The government regularly employs the death penalty for certain types of drug crimes, particularly drug smuggling, and has sentenced foreigners to death., Vietnam regularly sentences foreigners to life imprisonment.

Drugs (cannabis, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine) are readily available in certain areas of HCMC, including Pham Ngu Lao Street (Backpacker Area) within District 1 and outlying districts. Within the HCMC consular district, Tay Ninh province is particularly known for its trans-border narcotics smuggling; adjacent provinces experience this as well.

The increase in meth and intravenous drug use is a significant contributor to the increase in crime in Vietnam. Synthetic and fake drugs may contain unknown and toxic ingredients.

Kidnapping Threat

The kidnapping of foreigners for ransom is rare. More common is taxi kidnapping, in which passengers riding in illegal taxis are taken to a remote location and threatened until they pay a “ransom” to be released.

Police Response

Police are underfunded and lack training in a number of areas. Nevertheless, police are generally very responsive and reliable in cases involving foreigners, both residents and visitors, particularly for cases involving serious or violent crime. Police in cities typically have a fast response time compared to their counterparts in remote or rural areas, where road conditions and distances may delay response. Case closure rates for serious crimes are high; however, for pickpocketing and other petty property crimes, case closure rates are very low, given the frequency and difficulty in identifying perpetrators. Police have the right to demand to see identity documents and individuals must comply.

Photographing military, police, or other government facilities may result in detention and questioning, as well as the confiscation of film or photography equipment. Detention of individuals traveling to sensitive areas and taking photographs of sensitive areas or situations has been reported. For more information, please review OSAC’s Report “Picture This: Dos and Don’ts for Photography.”

Individuals engaging in public actions deemed political or critical of the government and the Communist Party are subject to arrest and detention. This includes criticism of the government’s domestic and foreign policies, the possession of political and religious materials, any unsanctioned religious activities, and proselytizing.

How to Handle Incidents of Police Detention or Harassment

While the overall situation is gradually improving, some police openly solicit bribes or compensation, particularly traffic police, which may set up roadblocks in outlying regions for this purpose.

The U.S. government considers bearers of U.S. passports that enter Vietnam with a Vietnamese visa, including those of Vietnamese origin, to be U.S. citizens for the purpose of notification and access. Upon arrest or detention, Americans should identify themselves as citizens of the U.S. and provide proof of citizenship in the form of their passport or photocopy of their passport immediately to local authorities and request that they contact the U.S. Consulate. However, U.S. consular officers are rarely notified in a timely manner when a U.S. citizen is arrested/detained. There have routinely been very significant delays in U.S. Consular Officers obtaining timely access to incarcerated Americans. This has been particularly true when the U.S. citizen is being held during the investigatory stage, which Vietnamese officials do not consider as part of a 1994 bilateral agreement. The investigatory stage can last up to two years depending on the nature of the crime. The problem of access has been particularly evident when the U.S. citizen is considered by the Vietnamese government to be a citizen of Vietnam, irrespective of proof of U.S. citizenship.

Crime Victim Assistance

The police emergency number is 113; few operators speak English. Depending on the situation, local citizens may assist foreigners in distress by contacting police or medical authorities. Another option is to go to a hotel that caters to foreign visitors since reception staff can usually speak English and are generally helpful in emergency situations. If involved in an alternation, traffic accident, or other situation that draws a crowd, ask bystanders to call the police and/or leave the immediate area and call the police.

In HCMC, the Criminal Task Team (Tel: (08) 3838-7342) can assist victims of theft, fraud, assault, or threat of violence.

American citizens can call U.S. Consulate’s duty officer at 906-66-0475 (24/7) or the Consulate switchboard at (08) 3520-4200 (regular business hours). When the Consulate is closed, the switchboard number provides automated information for American citizens on a variety of routine issues and emergency situations.

Police/Security Agencies

Vietnam has an extensive public security and law enforcement regime with many different branches. The most common police and public security personnel are:

  • traffic police, who wear tan uniforms and manage traffic and enforce traffic laws;
  • public security police, who wear dark green uniforms with red epaulets, and perform routine police functions (responding to calls, investigating crimes); and
  • mobile police, who wear black uniforms with the letters CSCD, and carry out the functions of riot police and SWAT police.

There are other uniformed groups that perform quasi-police functions: the Civil Defense Force, volunteer traffic personnel, tourist security, and private security guards, who do not have actual legal authority.

The People’s Public Security falls under the Ministry of Public Security and is the primary police and security force. People’s Public Security has two branches: the People’s Security and the People’s Police. The security branch is responsible for national security, internal security, intelligence, borders/immigration, and other aspects of security relevant to all peoples and areas of the country. The police branch is responsible for traditional law enforcement functions (crime prevention, criminal investigations, traffic and road safety, civil defense, firefighting, and disaster/emergency preparedness).

Medical Emergencies

Health care infrastructure in Vietnam does not meet Western standards. The quality of medical care in major metropolitan areas is limited and in rural or remote areas can be nonexistent. Hospitals in major metropolitan areas are more likely to be able to handle serious emergencies. Even when adequate medical care is available in private clinics, it is rather expensive.

The emergency number to call an ambulance is 115. Most ambulances are rudimentary and typically do not have an English speaking driver. Furthermore, they typically only transport a patient to a public hospital, provide no life-sustaining treatment, and are not able to stabilize patients. Private clinics have their own private ambulances with equipment staffed by doctors and nurses that can transport patients.

Although many types of over-the-counter and prescription medications are available, they may be sold under a different name and the composition of ingredients may differ. Therefore, it is advisable for travelers to bring all necessary medications with them. For more information, please refer to OSAC’s Report, “Traveling with Medications.”

Medical education does not meet U.S. standards. The Consulate refers its employees to private medical clinics staffed by physicians trained in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Japan. Dental education also does not meet U.S. standards; however, there are a number of private clinics staffed with foreign-trained dentists that can provide quality dental care at prices lower than in the U.S. Additionally, some Consulate staff has reportedly used high-end private dental clinics catering to expatriates and wealthy locals staffed by Vietnamese-trained dentists with satisfactory results. Private clinics require immediate cash payment upon receipt of services.

Contact Information for Available Medical Services

International SOS (24-hour emergency clinic)

167A Nam Ky Khoi Nghia St, District 3

Telephone: (08) 3829-8520; (08) 3829-8424 (by appointment)

 

HCMC Family Practice

34 Le Duan Street, District 1

Telephone: (08) 3822-7848

 

FV (French Vietnamese) Hospital

Nguyen Luong Bang Street, District 7

Telephone: (08) 5411-3500 (emergency); (08) 5411-3333 (by appointment)

 

West Coast Dental

71-79 Dong Khoi, District 1

Telephone: (08) 3825-6777

 

Available Air Ambulance Services

 

Please refer to the Department of State’s travel website for more information on air ambulance services.

 

EUROP Assistance

4330 East-West Highway, Suite 1000

Besthesda, MD  20814

Telephone: (240) 330-1000

Website: info@europassistance-usa.com

 

International SOS

3600 Horizon Blvd., Suite 300

Trevose, PA  19053

Telephone: (800) 523-8662, (215) 942-8333

 

Medical Wings Siam Land Flying Co., Ltd.

222 room 3602 Donmuang Airport

Vipavadee-Rangsit Road,

Sikan Donmuang

Bangkok, Thailand 10210

Telephone: (66) 2247-3392, (66) 2535-4735

Website: www.medicalwings.com; www.aircharterthailand.com

 

Pacific Flight Services (Pacific Air Ambulance)

Bldg 499 Seletar West Camp Seletar Airport

Jalan Kaya

Telephone: (65) 64821727

Email: charter_flight@pacific.net.sg

Insurance Guidance

Serious medical cases are sent to Bangkok, Singapore, or the U.S. for further treatment.

Medical insurance with medical evacuation coverage is highly recommended for travelers to Vietnam due to the poor quality of medical care in Vietnam, particularly in rural areas. Rural and provincial areas lack the ability to transport critically injured patients by helicopter to metropolitan areas; all transportation is done by road using ambulances.

Country-specific Vaccination and Health Guidance

Tap water is not potable. Drink bottled water only. Ice is generally safe to consume since ice made from purified water is delivered from the factories regularly. Vegetables and fruits must be treated with a disinfecting solution prior to consumption, particularly if eaten raw. In restaurants, raw lettuce and herbs consumed as part of traditional Vietnamese dishes have usually already been treated.

All routine childhood immunizations are recommended. Most travelers should also have hepatitis A and typhoid vaccines since both diseases can be contracted through contaminated food/water. Some travelers should also be immunized for Japanese encephalitis, hepatitis B, and rabies. Malaria is confined to rural areas with the exception of the Red River Delta and the coast north of Nha Trang. There are rare cases of malaria reported in the Mekong Delta. Zika is endemic in Vietnam.

The CDC offers additional information on vaccines and health guidance for Vietnam.

OSAC Country Council Information

The HCMC Country Council covers southern and central Vietnam. The HCMC Country Council meets semi-annually and holds an annual day-long regional conference. For inquiries and membership information, please send an email to hcmcrsoosac@state.gov. For security consultations, please contact Regional Security Officer Aria Lu at lua@state.gov or at +84 8 3520-4435. The HCMC Country Council is jointly run by the U.S. Consulate Regional Security Office and the private sector OSAC Country Council co-chairs. 

Please contact OSAC’s East Asia Pacific team with any questions.

U.S. Consulate Location and Contact Information

Consulate Address and Hours of Operation

U.S. Consulate Ho Chi Minh City
4 Le Duan, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Hours: Mon-Fri, 0800-1700 (except U.S. and Vietnam holidays)

Consulate Contact Numbers

Operator: +84 (0)8 3520-4200
Consulate Duty Officer: + 84 906-66-0475
Marine Security Guard Post 1: +84 (0) 8 3520-4280
Regional Security Officer, Aria Lu: +84 (0)8 3520-4335; lua@state.gov
Website: https://vn.usembassy.gov/

Nearby Posts

U.S. Embassy Hanoi: https://vn.usembassy.gov/

Consulate Guidance

U.S. citizens should register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) prior to traveling.

Additional Resources

Vietnam Country Information Sheet