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Vietnam Departure Card

  • TheGoose

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    30th January, 2009
    Posts: 29

    Posted from within Vietnam.


    I can't remember being given a departure card to keep when I entered Vietnam (I came overland from Kep to Ha Tien) though even if I was handed one, I've lost it. I'm just wondering if this is going to cause any problems when I fly from Hanoi to Laos?

    #1 Posted: 15/5/2009 - 17:09

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  • daawgon

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    I had a similar experience in March of this year. I was given a card of some sort along with my visa at the airport in Hanoi. I destroyed it because I didn't think I needed it (and I always try to keep myself free of unneeded papers and such - I tend to be so disorganized). Well, it all turned out ok! At the airport I was asked for this card, but I told them the truth, and they didn't make a big deal out of it and left me board my flight to Korea. The thing is that when I went to Vietnam in 2008, no one asked for anything other than my passport when I came back, so I just assumed it was not necessary. I've discovered that rules/regulations in Vietnam are often ignored/overlooked. Have a great trip - it's a super friendly country.

    #2 Posted: 16/5/2009 - 01:50

  • brucemoon

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    I had a similar experience to daawgon, and merely told the departure people at the airport "I'm sorry I must have lost it".

    I've also had the same experience in Malaysia.

    I think the departure card merely makes the immigration officer's administrative record-keeping on the computer quicker.


    #3 Posted: 16/5/2009 - 04:41

  • TheGoose

    Joined Travelfish
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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Cheers for that! :)

    #4 Posted: 16/5/2009 - 14:25

  • anhluc

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    15th May, 2009
    Posts: 32

    Do you want to avoid any anxiety? When you are checking in at the airport - ask the people at the ticket counter to give you a new one to fill out. Worked for my wife and I last month and we avoided any explanations or funny looks.

    #5 Posted: 18/5/2009 - 12:45

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