BORDER CROSSING in Vietnam + Map ➡️ [+TIPS]

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Border crossings, seaports and airports in Vietnam that allowed foreigners enter and exit Vietnam by vietnamese 90-days E-VISA.

📍 Border Map of Vietnam 
🛂 Border Crossings
✈️ International Airports 
🚢 Seaports in Vietnam
❓ Questions + Travel Tips

Discover the essential information about border crossings in Vietnam. From required documents and visa regulations to restrictions on goods and pet transportation, get the answers you need for a seamless journey. Understand the specific rules and restrictions for crossing the border with motorcycles or other vehicles. Learn about currency acceptance at border points and guidelines for transporting goods. Explore the registration process for bringing drones into Vietnam and the flight regulations that must be followed. Whether you’re planning a leisure trip or a business visit, familiarize yourself with the customs procedures, import/export restrictions, and permits.

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In August 2023, Vietnam launched a multiple-entry 90-day e-visa system.

Since the summer of 2023, you can enter and exit Vietnam multiple times using a 90-day multiple-entry e-visa, which can be obtained online. With this new e-visa, you can enter or exit Vietnam several times at various border crossings, international airports, and even seaports. At designated border crossings, you can travel overland from Vietnam to Laos, Cambodia, or China, or arrive by land from these neighboring countries. The Vietnamese visa is a type of travel document granted by the relevant Vietnamese authorities, providing permission to travel and enter Vietnam. The e-visa is one of the visa types issued to foreigners and tourists by the Vietnamese Immigration Department through an electronic system. The Vietnamese e-visa is valid for a maximum period of 90 days.

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With an electronic visa you can enter Vietnam through these locations:

    • 13 international airports: Noi Bai (Hanoi), Tan Son Nhat (Ho Chi Minh City), Cam Ranh (Khanh Hoa), Da Nang, Cat Bi (Hai Phong), Can Tho, Phu Quoc (Kien Giang), Phu Bai (Thua Thien Hue), Van Don (Quang Ninh), Tho Xuan (Thanh Hoa), Dong Hoi (Quang Binh), Phu Cat (Binh Dinh), Lien Khuong (Lam Dong).
    • 16 border crossings: Tay Trang (Dien Bien), Mong Cai (Quang Ninh), Huu Nghi (Lang Son), Lao Cai, Na Meo (Thanh Hoa), Nam Can (Nghe An), Cau Treo (Ha Tinh), Cha Lo (Quang Binh), La Lay and Lao Bao (Quang Tri), Bo Y (Kon Tum), Moc Bai and Xa Mat (Tay Ninh), Tinh Bien and Vinh Xuong (An Giang), Ha Tien (Kien Giang).
    • 13 seaports: Hon Gai and Cam Pha (Quang Ninh), Hai Phong, Nghi Son (Thanh Hoa), Vung Ang (Ha Tinh), Chan May (Thua Thien Hue), Da Nang, Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa), Quy Nhon (Binh Dinh), Dung Quat (Quang Ngai), Vung Tau (Ba Ria – Vung Tau), Ho Chi Minh City, Duong Dong (Kien Giang).

These lists are from the official website of Vietnam Immigration Department > https://immigration.gov.vn and https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn. At these official websites you can buy online 90-days multiple-entry e-visa, follow the instructions on the website. Any other websites about visa to vietnam on the internet are various travel agencies. Sometimes these websites do not work, try to load links again later.

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📍 Border crossings in Vietnam (Enter + Exit with 90-days E-VISA):

Airports, border crossings and ports that allowed foreigners enter and exit Vietnam by 90-days single entry E-visa.

Vietnam to Laos border crossings (landports) – Tay Trang, Na Meo, Nậm Cắn, Cầu Treo, Cha Lo, Lao Bao, La Lay, Bờ Y.
Vietnam to Cambodia border crossings (landports) – Xa Mat, Moc Bai, Sông Tiền, Tịnh Biên, Hà Tiên.
Vietnam to China border crossings (landports) – Lao Cai, Hữu Nghị, Móng Cái.

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🛂 Border Crossings / Landports in Vietnam:

(enter and exit with 90-days E-VISA)

    • Móng Cái
    • Hữu Nghị (from Hanoi to Nanning)
    • Lao Cai (from Hanoi to Kunming)
    • Nậm Cắn
    • Cầu Treo
    • Cha Lo
    • Lao Bảo
    • Bờ Y
    • Hà Tiên
    • Mộc Bài (from Saigon to Phnom Penh)
    • Sông Tiền
    • Tịnh Biên
    • Xa Mat
    • La Lay Landport
    • Na Meo Landport
    • Tay Trang Landport (Dien Bien)

Tay Trang border crossing to Laos (Dien Bien Phu) – this border crossing was added on the list of ports that allowed foreigners enter and exit Vietnam by 1-month single entry e-visa (list was updated by Vietnam Immigration Department on February 2019).


✈️ International Airports in Vietnam:
(enter and exit with 90-days E-VISA, Airport map)


🚢 Seaports in Vietnam:
(enter and exit with 90-days E-VISA)

⚠️ Vietnam has also a few another border crossings to the neighbouring countries+airports+ports, but these map is focused only for foreigners/travelers who buy and use the online 90-days e-visa on the official website.

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Border crossing at Lao Cai in northern Vietnam. (photo by Chrisvomberg, via Wikimedia Commons)


Frequently Asked Questions – Borders in Vietnam:

1. How to book tickets and flights for the international routes from Vietnam?

    • You can book tickets and flights for the international routes from Vietnam online on Baolau or 12go.asia. You can book bus tickets to Cambodia, Laos, China + train tickets to China and flights to southeast Asia.

2. What are the most frequented border crossings in Vietnam?

3. Is it possible to cross the border from Vietnam to Cambodia by boat?

4. Can you get a train from Vietnam to Cambodia?

    • No, there is no railway from Vietnam to Cambodia, it is not possible to travel by train. The only way how to reach Cambodia from Vietnam is to travel by bus, boat or travel by plane.

5. Is there a train from Vietnam to Laos?

    • No, there is no railway from Vietnam to Laos, it is not possible to travel by train between these countries. The only way how to travel to Laos from Vietnam is to take a bus or flight.

6. Is there a train to China from Vietnam via border crossing?

    • Yes, from Vietnam to China you can travel by train from Hanoi to Nanning. Travel by train from Hanoi to Nanning takes about 12 hours and this train goes via Dong Dang border crossing in Lang Son.

7. How to cross the border from Cambodia to Vietnam?

    • If you travel from Cambodia to Vietnam, you can cross the border in Moc Bai – Bavet border crossing in southern Vietnam. You can buy e-visa to Vietnam online or you can obtain visa in this border crossing.

8. Are there any restrictions on bringing goods across the Vietnamese border?

    • Yes, Vietnam has regulations regarding the import and export of goods. Prohibited Items: Items such as narcotics, weapons, explosive materials, counterfeit goods, and pornographic materials are strictly prohibited. Restricted Items: Certain goods, including cultural artifacts, wildlife products, and certain foodstuffs, may require permits or be subject to specific restrictions. It’s advisable to check the regulations beforehand to avoid any issues. Personal Goods: As a tourist, you can bring personal items for your own use without exceeding the limits set by Vietnamese customs. If you are carrying high-value items like jewelry or electronics, it’s recommended to have proof of ownership, such as purchase receipts or invoices.

9. Can I cross the border into Vietnam without a visa?

    • In most cases, you will need a visa to enter Vietnam. However, there are a few exceptions for citizens of certain countries. Vietnam has implemented visa exemption policies for citizens of a few countries, allowing them to enter Vietnam without a visa for a limited period. The duration of visa-free stay varies depending on the nationality and purpose of the visit. It’s important to check if your country is eligible for visa exemption or if you need to obtain a visa in advance.

10. Are there any specific rules or restrictions for crossing the border by motorcycle or other vehicles?

    • Temporary Import/Export: If you plan to bring your vehicle into Vietnam, you’ll need to apply for a temporary import permit at the border. This permit allows you to legally ride or drive your vehicle in Vietnam for a specified period. Ensure that you have all the necessary documents, including vehicle registration papers, valid driving license, and international insurance. Border Crossing Points: Not all border crossings in Vietnam allow the entry of vehicles. It’s crucial to research and choose a border crossing point that permits vehicle entry. Some popular crossings for vehicles are Moc Bai (Vietnam-Cambodia border), Lao Cai (Vietnam-China border), and Cau Treo (Vietnam-Laos border). Customs Procedures: At the border, you’ll need to complete customs procedures for your vehicle. This includes providing necessary documentation, paying any applicable fees or duties, and adhering to the customs regulations of Vietnam.

11. What currencies are accepted at the border crossing points in Vietnam?

    • The official currency of Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND). However, at major border crossing points, especially those frequented by tourists, you may find other currencies being accepted. The most commonly accepted currencies are the US Dollar (USD) and the Euro (EUR). It’s advisable to carry some Vietnamese Dong for smaller expenses and transactions within Vietnam. At the border, currency exchange services are usually available to convert major currencies into Vietnamese Dong.

12. Can I cross the border into Vietnam with a drone?

    • Drones can be brought into Vietnam, but there are regulations to follow. Registering with the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) is required, and specific requirements vary. No-fly zones include military installations, airports, and government buildings. Flight regulations mandate maintaining line of sight, respecting privacy, and avoiding aircraft interference. Depending on the purpose, additional permits or approvals may be necessary, especially for commercial or professional drone operations.

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🛂 Most Popular Border Crossings in Vietnam:

Border Crossing Description
Moc Bai – Bavet The primary border crossing between Vietnam (Moc Bai) and Cambodia (Bavet), commonly used for travel between Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh.
Lao Cai – Hekou A popular border crossing between Vietnam (Lao Cai) and China (Hekou), providing access to and from the picturesque Sapa region in Vietnam and Yunnan Province in China.
Tay Trang – Sop Hun A border crossing between Vietnam (Tay Trang) and Laos (Sop Hun), offering a convenient route for travel between Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam and Luang Prabang in Laos.
Bo Y – Phu Cua A border crossing connecting Vietnam (Bo Y) and Laos (Phu Cua), commonly used for travel between Kon Tum province in Vietnam and Attapeu province in Laos.
Cau Treo – Nam Phao A major border crossing between Vietnam (Cau Treo) and Laos (Nam Phao), facilitating travel between Vinh city in Vietnam and the Lao capital of Vientiane.

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