Vietnam: Manual border guard procedures followed by inbound, outbound and vessels in transit

Recently, the Government of Vietnam has issued the Decree No. 77/2017/NĐ-CP on management and protection of security at port checkpoints.

Thủ tục biên phòng cách thức thủ công đối với tàu thuyền nhập cảnh, xuất cảnh, quá cảnh, Nghị định 77/2017/NĐ-CP

According to Article 13 of the Decree No. 77/2017/NĐ-CP of Vietnam’s Government, manual border guard procedures followed by inbound, outbound and vessels in transit are guided as follows:

1. Places where manual border guard procedures are carried out

- At a head office or representative office of the provincial Maritime Administration Authority or Inland Waterway Port Authority;

- On a vessel according to regulations of law on the management of maritime activities;

Note: Apart from cases of carrying out procedures on the vessel according to regulations of law on the management of maritime activities, port border guards shall report the following cases to the provincial Maritime Administration Authority or Inland Waterway Port Authority:

+ There is a stowaway;

+ The vessel commits violations against regulations of law on security and orders;

+ There is proof of wrong declaration of seamen or passengers;

+ There is proof of seamen or passengers using passports or fake international travel documents to immigrate or transit.

2. Time limits for carrying out border guard procedures and necessary documents are prescribed by regulations of law on the management of maritime activities.

3. Each foreign seaman shall present a seaman’s book to carry out enter, exit or transit procedures if:

- The passport or international travel document is not available;

- The passport or international travel document expires.

Besides, while carrying out exit procedures for the vessel, the applicant shall submit the shore pass (if any) to the port border guard, except for the seaman traveling on the vessel with daily voyage and the vessel operating at the territorial waters beyond the waters of the port checkpoint.

View more details at the Decree No. 77/2017/NĐ-CP of Vietnam’s Government, effective from August 20, 2017.

Ty Na

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