The official language is Vietnamese. English is increasingly becoming the second national language. Chinese and French are also occasionally spoken.

Public Holidays

01/01/2022 New Year

04/10/2022 Gio to Hung Vuong Day

04/30/2022 Liberation Day

05/01/2022 Labor Day

09/02/2022 National holiday


[*] The Vietnamese New Year TĂȘt lasts several days. The date is calculated according to the lunar calendar and therefore shifts from year to year. Public facilities as well as most shops and restaurants are closed during this period and the shops that are open often increase their prices.

Duty free shopping


The following items can be brought into Vietnam duty-free (persons aged 18 and over): 200 cigarettes or 100 cigars or 500 g of tobacco; 1.5 l spirits (alcohol content over 22%) or 2 l alcoholic beverages and spirits (alcohol content up to 22%); 3 liters of beer: 3 kg of coffee and 5 kg of tea; perfume for personal use; medicines for personal use; Other goods with a maximum total value of 10 million D. Two customs declarations must be filled out upon entry, which should be kept until you leave the country.

Prohibited Imports

Drugs, all types of weapons, ammunition, explosives, combustible materials and pornographic products. More information is available from

Contact addresses

Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Schlösslistrasse 26
+41 (0)31 388 78 78.

Mon-Fri 09.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.00. Consular Dept.: Tues, Thurs, Fri 09.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.00.

Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Felix-Mottl-Strasse 20
+43 (0)1 368 07 55 11. Consular Dept.: +43 (0)1 368 07 55 10.
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Consular Dept.: Mon, Wed, Thu 09.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.00.

Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Consulate General in Frankfurt/M.

Elsenstrasse 3
+49 (0)30 53 63 01 08.

Mon-Fri 09.00-12.30 and 13.30-17.00. Consular Dept.: Mon, Wed, Thu 09.00-12.30 and 14.00-17.00.


Business etiquette

Suits are only expected on very formal occasions. Little English is spoken in business circles, a good knowledge of French is more useful.

Opening hours

Business hours: Mon-Fri 07.30/08.00-17.00/18.00 with an extended lunch break between 11.30 and 14.00, Sat 08.00-12.30.

Business contacts

Commercial Department of the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Elsenstrasse 3, D-12435 Berlin Tel: (030) 53 63 01 08. German Chamber of Commerce Abroad in Vietnam DIHK Vietnam Representative Office 1303 Vietcombank Tower, 198 Tran Quang Khai Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi Tel: ( 04) 825 14 20. Internet: Commercial Department of the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Felix-Mottl-Strasse 20, A-1190 Vienna Tel: (01) 36 80 75 60. Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry ( VCCI) (Chamber of Commerce and Industry) 4th Floor, 9 Daoduyanh Street, Hanoi. Tel: (04) 574 39 85. Web:



According to, the country code is 0084. Public payphones are available at post offices and on the streets of major cities. Phone cards are available at post offices, shops, restaurants and bookstores, among others.

Mobile phone

GSM 900/1800, 3G (2100) and 4G (LTE). Network operators are Viettel, vinaphone (VNPT), MobiFone and Vietnamobile. The mobile network covers large parts of Vietnam. It is possible to rent a mobile phone from the network operators in Vietnam either at the hotel or in a mobile phone shop. You can buy SIM cards for this. Officially registered and unregistered SIM cards are available. The latter are mostly available at the airport and in small independent corner shops. With unregistered SIM cards, there is a risk that the user will be cut off from the network at any time without warning. In order not to lose the credit in this case, you have to register the SIM card.


Internet providers include Viettel and vinaphone. There are internet cafes in the cities. Most hotels and post offices have internet access. Note: Internet use is subject to strict censorship in Vietnam. It is forbidden to criticize the government of Vietnam online. Internet service providers must also hand over user data to the government on request.

Post office

Postal service is limited. Airmail shipments to Europe take up to three weeks. International couriers support the national postal system.


Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to request the current frequencies directly from Deutsche Welle customer service.

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