Public Notice: Personal Safety in HCM City

This Public Message from the U.S. Consulate General is to alert U.S. citizens living in, or traveling to Vietnam that there are numerous reports of home break-ins, robberies, and assaults against the foreign community, including what appears to be an uptick of criminal activity recently in Ho Chi Minh City.

The U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City would like to remind all U.S. citizens that Ho Chi Minh City has a high rate of crime, and that everyone should avoid complacency, use sound residential and personal security practices and keep situational awareness at all times.

Since Oct 2010, the U.S. Consulate has received reports and verified numerous instances of pick-pocketing, bag snatches, and residential break-ins targeting the expatriate community. Additionally, two residential guards of an expatriate residential compound were found murdered while on duty.

The U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City also reminds U.S. citizens that there have been acts of extreme violence in local nightspots frequented by expatriates, including District 1. Take precaution to never escalate any confrontation or argument while in a nightclub or on the street.

We always recommend using the “buddy system” when “going out on the town,” especially after 11:00 pm. Please take your own personal safety and security seriously in order to avoid becoming a victim.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy/Consulate updates by checking the

U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam web site at

You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information. If you don’t have internet access, we have a call center for updates—1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

For after-hours emergencies, please call +84-4-3850-5000 or +84-90-392-4613.

U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Hanoi
No 7 Lang Ha Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Telephone: +84 4 3850-5000 ext. 6133 or 6103
Emergency after-hours telephone: +84-4-3850-5000

U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City
4 Le Duan, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Telephone: +84 8 3520-4200
Emergency after-hours telephone: +84-90-392-4613