Vietnam will not allow the import of sex toys into the country, the General Department of Vietnam Customs has announced.
In a document sent to the Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department, the department said passengers who bring sex toys with them in their hand luggage will be ordered to hand them over to customs officers.
The objects will be kept and returned to the passengers when they exit Vietnam.
If the sex toys arrive in Vietnam as gifts or in checked luggage, the passengers must arrange to re-export the goods or the customs officers will destroy them.
Recently, the HCMC Customs Department had reported to the General Department of Vietnam Customs that customs officers were not clear about the action to be taken as many sex toys had arrived in the country as gifts and personal luggage.
While the import of sex toys for commercial purposes is banned, officers did not know how those brought in for personal use were to be dealt with.
Current regulations only ban harmful children's toys and sex toys do not fall in that category. They are also not listed among prohibited health or cultural product imports.