Vietnam travel checklist

Tickets, money and passport! A checklist of the most important things you need to do and pack before your trip to Vietnam.

Before you go

A checklist of the most important things you need to do and pack before your trip to Vietnam:

Use the quick links below to navigate the Vietnam travel guide or download the travel checklist.

To do

  • Passport: Is it up-to-date? It must be valid for at least one month after the date of your visa's expiry.
  • Visa: Have you secured a visa or a valid 'letter of approval' from the Vietnamese Immigration Department?
  • Vaccinations: Have you checked which vaccines you may need?
  • Travel insurance: Are you covered?
  • Safety: Have you checked the latest safety advice on the region you're travelling to? Subscribe to the latest Smartraveller updates for safety information on your destination.
  • Money: Have you told your bank you're going overseas, and do you know how you'll be paying for things in Vietnam?
  • Booking: Have you booked accommodation for at least the first night?
  • Transport: Do you know how you'll get from the airport to your accommodation?
  • Getting around: Do you know how you'll get around, and do you need to pre-book any tickets?
  • Phone: Have you switched off data roaming and voicemail? If you're planning to use a local or travel SIM, is your phone unlocked?
  • Apps: Have you downloaded offline maps, travel apps or the CHOICE Vietnam travel guide onto your mobile?
  • Voltage: Have you checked whether your appliances are compatible with Vietnam's voltage?

To pack

Tip: No matter where you travel, you should carry all medications (even vitamins) in their original packaging, along with their original prescription. It's also a good idea to carry a letter from your doctor explaining what the medications are (using generic names) and what they're for.