Health and Safety
Ho Chi Minh City has a robust health and safety infrastructure. The Vietnam Center has partnerships with hospitals in the city with English-speaking doctors for your health needs. The U.S. Consulate General’s office is about a ten minute walk from the administrative offices for the Vietnam Center in District 1. We have Vietnamese-speaking staff members to help you if there is any case of emergency in HCMC and also on your excursions through the program.
The United States Department of State ranks Vietnam as a Category 1 destination in its new travel advisory designations, which is the safest category for American travelers. In contrast, many other popular study abroad countries in Europe and Asia are ranked as Category 2 destinations or lower. You will be as safe in Ho Chi Minh City as anywhere in the world. While violent crime is basically non-existent in HCMC, you do have to be careful with your valuable personal belongings when you are out-and-about. Petty theft and other scams are somewhat common in most tourist destinations, and Southeast Asia is no exception. During your orientation programming, the Vietnam Center staff will give you some tips and tricks to avoid these problems.
For more information regarding world-wide travel advisories, please visit the U.S. Department of State's website.