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Regulations on personal luggage to Vietnam

15:26 | 21/03/2017

VCN -  The Customsnews received a question from readers on regulations on the maximum personal luggage permitted to be carried to Vietnam.

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Relating to the questions from readers, the Consultancy Team of the Customs news consulted as below:

Personal belongings carried to Vietnam are not in the list of banned goods from export or import. For goods that are clothes with the reasonable quantity for personal purposes are considered as personal luggage which are exempt from tax.

However, the question from readers did not clarify the personal luggage categories, the Legal Consultant Team would recommend some current regulations:

Clause 7, Article 4 of the Customs Law and regulations on carry-on luggage, the personal belongings of entry customers which are valued at not over 5 million vnd, are exempt from taxes.

Duty exemption for luggage is stipulated in Clause 1, Article 6 of the Decree No. 134/2016/ND-CP guiding the Import and Export Duties. Thereby:

A person who enters under his/her passport or a passport substitute (except for laissez-passers) issued by a Vietnamese authority or foreign authority, shall be granted duty-free allowance for his/her luggage, whether it is accompanied luggage or sent before or after his/her arrival in accordance with following norms:

Alcohol from 20% ABV or more: 1.5 litters; or alcohol under 20 % ABV: 2 litters; or other alcoholic drinks or beer: 3.0 litters. For alcohol, if the traveler carries a bottle or can of alcohol whose volume exceeds the limit by not more than 01 litter, the whole bottle will be exempt from tax. If the volume exceeds the limit by more than 01 litter, the exceed amount shall be dutiable;

- 200 cigarettes or 250 gram of shredded tobacco or 20 cigars;

- Reasonable quantity and categories of personal belongings for travel purposes.

- Other items other than those mentioned in above regulations (not in the List of goods banned from import, suspended from import or subject to conditional import) whose total Customs value does not exceed 10,000,000 vnd;

Where the case exceeds the norm of tax payment, the traveler may decide items to be exempt from tax if his/her accompanied luggage includes a lot of items.

The aforementioned cases are exempt from tax for personal luggage. For further understanding, you should review the Decree No. 134/2016/ND-CP.

Moreover, pursuant to Clause 1, Article 2 of the Circular No. 15/2011 / TT-NHNN dated 12 August 2011 of the State Bank of Vietnam: Individuals on exit or entry through Vietnam internal border gates with passports carry foreign currency in cash and Vietnamese dong in cash in excess of the rates prescribed below, he/she must declare the border-gate Customs: a) $US 5,000 (five thousand US dollars) or other foreign currencies of equal value; b) 15,000,000 vnd (Fifteen million Vietnam dong).

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Article 2 of Circular No. 11/2014 / TT-NHNN of the State Bank of Vietnam dated March 28, 2014 stipulates that "Vietnamese individuals and foreign individuals on exit or entry with passports carrying gold, jewelry and fine arts and crafts of a total of 300g (three hundred grams) or more must declare to the Customs agencies".

By The Legal Consultancy Team of Customsnews/ HuyenTrang