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Entry into Vietnam from Laos on Motorbike - licence question
6th June, 2010
As per the above. Later this year I'll be riding into Vietnam from Laos.
The bike will have been bought earlier in my trip (in Vietnam) and will be registered in Vietnam under my name. Leaving Vietnam into Laos is not an issue. Taking the bike back into Vietnam I believe may cause a few small hiccups which is why I find myself here!
I'll be sure to have my ownership and border papers in order however I have heard a rumour that I will need a license in Vietnam to ride my bike. I know this poses no issues for people riding throughout Vietnam (and only in Vietnam) but I'm concerned that I may be asked to present my licence details upon re-entry into Vietnam.
Has anyone else done this? I've been reading up on GT-rider.com (which is a fantastic resource!) but I can't seem to find a solid answer.
So, has anyone been able to bring a bike into Vietnam WITHOUT a license?
Any help much appreciated! Thanks!
#1 Posted: 6/6/2010 - 18:17
21st January, 2004
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Not a definitive answer I know, as I've not done this, but given up till very recently it was very difficult for foriegners to get a Vietnamese license, I'd GUESS it shouldn't be a problem. Most of the issues that people complain about are not having the correct paperwork for the motorbike -- having the correct paperwork for the person seems to be less of an issue!
#2 Posted: 7/6/2010 - 09:22
I only had a International License when I crossed the border from Den bien Phu into Laos and this was sufficient. You don't need to have a Vietnamese License.
Are you buying a bike in Vietnam? If so you will not be able to own the bike yourself, the bike will be registered in a Vietnamese name, and when crossing borders you will be asked to provide details of the owner. I of course did not have this information but I just put on a broad accent and kept on talking until the customs guy got bored with me and just stamped my papers.
At this time border crossings are seeing more and more tourists on motorbikes, thanks to the Top Gear episode.
I would not worry about anything so long as you are crossing a border point open to tourists. Just keep talking ALWAYS smile and if needs be and you want to pay a bribe to smooth things along a bit just say 'How much do I need to pay?' Or something to that effect so I't does not seem you are trying to bribe.
Get an international driving permit first if you have not already set off this helps a lot.
I hope this is helpful for you.
If your interested you can read about my border crossing in my blog here
Take care enjoy!
#3 Posted: 24/6/2010 - 22:35
17th February, 2011
Hi man, I did it from Laos to Vietnam by a border crossing called Pa Hang. Avoid major borders such as Na Meo,but, still,I know two friends who crossed there with there bikes. All didn't have their license. Be ready to smile, be very polite, and slip a bill of 10$ in you passport and everything will run smoothly.
#4 Posted: 25/8/2011 - 21:19
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