United States Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Anti-China Demonstrations

The U.S. Consulate General alerts U.S. citizens in Vietnam to the demonstrations aimed at Chinese-affiliated companies and factories in and around Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong province. Vietnamese authorities are monitoring the demonstrations, and there are reports of a growing police presence on the ground.

U.S. citizens are advised to avoid all protests, demonstrations, and large gatherings.  U.S. citizens are cautioned that even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Be alert and aware of your surroundings and pay attention to local news media reports.

U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Vietnam are strongly advised to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://step.state.gov/step/. U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. By enrolling, you make it easier for the U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in case of an emergency.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Vietnam. For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City are open for all routine American Citizens Services by appointment.  U.S. citizens needing emergency assistance do not need an appointment. The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy is located at 7 Lang Ha Street, Hanoi, Vietnam, and can be reached by calling (+84)(4) 3850-5000.

The U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City is located at 4 Le Duan, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.  The American Citizen Services Unit can be reached by calling (+84)(8) 3520-4200.  An after-hours duty officer is available in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to provide U.S. citizens with emergency assistance.

Current information on safety and security can also be obtained at http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html or by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States or a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444 for callers from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).