The Canadian Government has updated its travel advisory for Vietnam, warning visitors about the different types of crime that can affect visitors.

Travel advice

In addition to the information below, please consider the following –

  • Avoid travelling with valuable items where possible.
  • Remain aware of your surroundings and avoid situations that make you feel uneasy.
  • If challenged, hand over your items – items can be replaced, and your health is much more important.
  • Make sure you have a copy of your passport and other key documents in a secure online location that you or your emergency contact can access if needed. If your passport is stolen, having access to this information will help prove your identity.
  • Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location.
  • If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.

Official travel advice

From the Canadian Government’s Travel Advice website

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, occurs from time to time, particularly in larger cities. Instances of petty crime may increase before major public holidays, especially Tet (Lunar New Year). Pick-pocketing is common in:

  • tourist areas
  • markets and shopping centres
  • crowded buses and trains

Motorcyclists grab bags and other valuables from pedestrians and from passengers or drivers on motorbikes. This often results in injury to the victim.

Criminals are more likely to target hotels and tourist areas.

Bag slashing is a frequent occurrence in crowded streets and markets.

Avoid showing signs of affluence and ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times.

Although violent crimes such as armed robbery are still relatively rare in Vietnam, perpetrators have grown increasingly bold. Knives and razors have been used in attempted robberies in Ho Chi Minh City.

Aggravated assaults, including sexual assault, are rare but do occur. Groping and sexual assault also occur.

Threats of physical injury related to personal disputes occasionally occur. If you are in this position, contact the local police and the closest Canadian government office immediately.

from Country Advice and Advisories updated in the last 24 hours, which can be found at: http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/vietnam

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