During the long boarding time, there is nothing better than walking around the duty free stores’ area and having the last-minute shopping there. Although duty free shops in Vietnam’s airports are not very diverse in products and brands, it will still give you an interesting shopping experience.
Vietnam duty free allowance
The given information is from the Official Vietnam Government Customs Website; make sure to visit this website before flying to Vietnam to keep updated.
- Cigarettes: 400; Cigars: 100; Tobacco: 100 gr; Liquor: 1.5 liters.
- Perfume and jewelry for personal use only.
- Passengers can bring small gift items valued at not more than US$ 300.
Declaration is required for following cases:
- Foreign currency more than US$ 7000
- Gold and jewelry not for personal use.
- Video tapes, DVDs and CDs will be kept for screening within a few days.
Duty free shops
While most international airports all over the world are packed with everything from business centers, transit hotels to banks, ATM’s and huge shopping malls; duty free shops’ area in Vietnam airports is quite small with little services.
In Noi Bai International Airport, there are only shops selling local crafts, handmade souvenirs, wines and a small cafeteria, at a little bit high price. However, in Tan Son Nhat International Airport, although many global travel retain brands are not represented here, travellers can still find kiosks stocking a wide range of tobacco, alcohol, perfume, fashion and accessories brands such as Vietten, Bossini, Gucci, D&G and An Phoc.
A showroom of Panasonic, Toshiba and Samsung, and a selection of Hermes and Swatch are also available. There are some snack bars that provide good food and drinks, and even a KFC restaurant.