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Moving To Vietnam From The UK

Moving to Vietnam

If you are moving to Vietnam, whether to Saigon, Hanoi or Haiphong, Britannia Movers International will be able to tailor the move to your individual needs.


Importing Personal Effects to Vietnam

All shipments of used household and personal effects are subject to a 100% inspection by customs and are dutiable at a rate determined by the Ministry of Finance. The shipper must be in possession of the appropriate visa and work permit. Only one of each electrical item is allowed. Books, CDs, tapes and discs are subject to censorship. Your local Britannia Member will provide you with detailed customs regulations. Britannia and our agents will assist you with completion of customs formalities. To assist us with this please let us have a copy of your passport (and visa if applicable). The required documentation will be supplied to you on arrival.


Prohibitions and Restrictions

In general it is in your interest not to import the following items:

  • Firearms & ammunition
  • Inflammable goods & substances
  • Plants & plant material
  • Foodstuffs, perishables or otherwise
  • Narcotics and dangerous goods
  • Offensive materials
  • Alcohol & Tobacco

Transit Times

Both sole use and crated consignments usually take an average of 5 – 6 weeks. Clearance times for sea shipments are approximately one week. However, this can vary depending on volumes being shipped, customs or immigration delays and prevailing weather conditions. Sole use container loads take on average 5 – 6 weeks door to door.

Bar Coding

Bar Coding

All Groupage consignments will be bar coded before they are loaded into the shipping container. This will ensure that no items are left at origin.


Domestic Pets

Britannia can recommend a specialised shipper of animals to assist you in sending your family pet(s) from home to home. They will coordinate all documentation and necessary veterinary procedures.

Find out more about pet transport.


Moving Motor Vehicles to Vietnam

No used cars may be imported, only brand new ones with less than 100km. Current duty on a new car is 250%, therefore we do not recommend the importation of your car to Vietnam.

International currency exchange

International FX

When you are making international payments for individuals you can benefit from IFX expertise in seeking the best possible rate, whether you are sending or receiving foreign currency.

IFX can help to protect you from exchange rate fluctuations and save you time and money on international payments.

IFX offers :

  • International payments
  • Regular Overseas Transfers
  • Prepaid Currency Card
  • Forward Contracts

More info on the IFX website.

Moving to Vietnam with Britannia

Your Move to Vietnam with Britannia – Britannia can offer you a door to door shipping service to Vietnam, and can either ship your effects by sole use container, or for smaller shipments in a wooden crate (LCL). In addition we can offer a door to door airfreight service to some destinations in Vietnam. Our agents in Vietnam will arrange customs clearance, and deliver and unpack the effects, including removal of debris on day of delivery.

Additional Removal Services – Britannia can provide a variety of additional services when moving to Vietnam. We are authorised to provide international insurance, can arrange storage, or take care of your pet transport.

If you are interested in moving to Vietnam, get a free removal quote, and read more about our international removals and additional removal services, like money transfer.

Living in Vietnam

If you are looking for an adventurous and exciting lifestyle or moving for professional reasons, Vietnam can be a perfect destination. Vietnam has stunning landscapes, dramatic coastlines, a diverse and rich culture, and has experienced rapid economic growth in the last decades.

Located in Asia, Vietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula, and is surrounded by China, Laos, Cambodia and the South China Sea. Although the country has experienced unstable political and economic conditions for most of the twentieth century, it has recently emerged as an economically strong nation, and has joined the World Trade Organisation in 2007. While, living standards and equality among the population is not as high as in Western Europe for example, poverty and inequality have declined significantly in recent times.

Vietnam is a fast-growing and exciting country. Hanoi, the capital is the main political, and cultural centre of the country and is often referred to as the “city of lakes”. If you want to escape the buzz of big cities, travel to the southernmost part of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta, which is a varied and stunning region. Whether you are looking for new business opportunities, or a different lifestyle, Vietnam could be your perfect destination.

Interesting Facts About Vietnam

  • The official name of the country is the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
  • Vietnam has one of the lowest unemployment rates among the developing countries.
  • Vietnam is the world’s second largest exporter of coffee and rice.
  • Vietnam has a very rich wildlife, with over 270 types of mammals, and 800 bird species.
  • Vietnam is a socialist state governed by the Communist Party of Vietnam.

Tips About Moving To & Living in Vietnam

  • To enter Vietnam, you will generally need to obtain a visa. If you are moving to Vietnam for professional or business reasons, you can obtain a visa for a maximum of 12 months, and will need to apply for a new one once it expires.
  • There are a number of international schools in Vietnam, especially in the bigger cities. Some of these follow the British curriculum, while others offer the International Baccalaureate.
  • The cost of living and housing is Vietnam can be significantly lower than in Western Europe, though this will also depend on your final destination.

Key Information

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Time Zone:

UTC+7 (UTC+7) - Summer (DST) No DST (UTC+7)

Currency: đồng (₫) (VND)
Calling Code: 84


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