VietNam: Cohabiting with VietNamese in Hotels
VietNam: Cohabiting with VietNamese in Hotels Reviews
Can we or can't we? Feb 22, 2009
The government of VietNam uses the police (baggy green uniform with red epaulets AND stars or bars) to control many aspects of life in VietNam from policing to pollution, and property occupancy to crane safety inspection.
All travellers have daily dealings with the police - usually an unknown, transparent activity - whenever they check in to a hotel.
The hotels have to register with the police all guests in their premises as of 22.30H each day. This is a left-over from the colonial days of the French. Police can direct where you stay and other aspects of your stay in VietNam. A hotel can only provide accommodation if you have a valid visa or Vietnamese ID card.
Until recently police have not permitted official co-habitation of rooms by Foreigners AND Vietnamese citizens - usually it was necessary to buy two rooms.
Things are now more relaxed and co-habitation is permitted in some places. The current status is as below.
Con Dao Island I- Yes
Cam Ranh - Yes
Can Tho - Yes
Da Lat - Yes
Da Nang - Yes
Dak Lak - No
Dien Bien Phu - No
Gia Lai - No
Ha Long Bay - Yes
Ha Noi - Yes
Ho Chi Minh - Yes
Hoi An - Yes
Hue - Yes
Kon Tum - Yes
Lao Cai - Yes
Nha Trang - Yes
Phan Thiet/Mui Ne - Yes
Phu Quoc Island - Yes
Tay Ninth - No
Vung Tau - ???
In all other provinces assume the answer is NO. Apart from the fact hoteliers usually do not permit 'illegal' occupancy, they can also be fined VND1,000,000 (more likely a bribe payment).
Police are notorious for bedroom raids, usually after 23.30H when they check the registers, and can cause embarrassment and confusion.
Foreigners married to Vietnamese citizens can cohabit by showing their marriage certificate.
National law does not address this issue - the local police assume the power, as they do in many matters.
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