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 TheGoose has been a member since 30/1/2009. Posts: 29
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 daawgon has been a member since 17/4/2007. Posts: 1,113
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.
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 anhluc has been a member since 15/5/2009. Posts: 32