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I am a Vietnamese-origin Australian. This Christmas, I and my family (two adults and two children of 14 and 10) will travel to Vietnam to visit our relatives, and we wish to bring them some gifts. What are the quotas of luggage that all of us may carry when entering Vietnam, and will they be taxed?
Under Prime Minister Decision No. 31 dated August 4, 2015, on quotas of luggage, personal effects, gifts and sample goods exempt from duty, considered for duty exemption or regarded as not liable to duty, which took effect on October 1, each people may carry one and a half liters of liquor of 22 percent or higher volume; two liters of liquor of up to 20 percent volume; and three liters of alcoholic beverage or beer.
Each passengers may carry one and a half liters of liquor of 22 percent or higher volume; two liters of liquor of up to 20 percent volume; and three liters of alcoholic beverage or beer__Photo: vov.vn
If you carry a bottle of liquor exceeding the aforesaid limit by less than one liter, such bottle will be exempted from duty. However, if the excessive quantity is more than one liter, it will be dutied in accordance with law.
Regarding cigarettes and cigars, you may also enjoy duty exemption if carrying no more than 200 cigarettes, 100 cigars or 500 gram of tobacco shreds. If you carry more than permitted, the excessive quantity will be temporarily kept at the border gate’s customs warehouse.
You may of course carry your personal items in permitted quantities and of permitted categories for the purpose of your trip.
The value of other luggage items, which are not on the lists of goods banned from import, temporary import or subject to conditional import, must not exceed VND 10 million.
All aforesaid quotas apply to people aged full 18 years, meaning that only you and your wife are entitled to duty exemption.- (VLLF)