As soon as you arrive at the airport in Vietnam, you are required to complete an entry and exit form. This form is also used for Customs declaration. Currently, the Vietnam arrival / departure card CHY2000 is used for this procedure. Fill in and mark (x) in the appropriate box from No.1 to No.16 of the declaration form before submitting it to Customs, Immigration and Public Health authorities.
Tet Nguyen Dan (Traditional Lunar New Year)
Tet has become so familiar, so sacred to the Vietnamese that when spring arrives, the Vietnamese, wherever they may be, are all thrilled and excited with the advent of Tet, and they feel an immense nostalgia, wishing to come back to their homeland for a family reunion and a taste of the particular flavors of the Vietnamese festivities. Those who have settled down abroad all turn their thoughts to their home country and try to celebrate the festivities in the same traditional way as their family members and relatives to relieve their nostalgia, never forgetting the traditions handed down from generation to generation.
Vietnam’s history is one of conquest and struggle going back more than two thousand years. At various times the region has been occupied by the feudal emperors of neighboring China and French colonialism. In between, Vietnam experienced numerous imperial dynasties resulting in the capital moving from Hanoi to Hue before the last emperor, Bao Dai’s abdication in 1945. But it would be a further 30 years before Vietnam became a unified nation.
Most traditional festivals in Vietnam have close links with Chinese cultural traditions, and follow the lunar calendar, which has only 29.5 days a month. Accordingly, the solar dates change annually, and the festivals do not fall on fixed dates. Secular holidays, by contrast, are fixed to the Western calendar, and often associated with the country’s recent revolutionary history.