One of our members, Stan, wrote to Allan, our International Liaison, with this information: Last year we did a 3 week motorcycle tour of Vietnam, largely inspired by articles we've read over the years in Riding On.
I can't recall if I alerted you to the following or not, but as at April 2017, Australians are not licenced to ride in Vietnam.
Australian issued International drivers licences are not recognised. Australia was not signatory to a 1968 (or similar, can't recall year now) agreement.
The impacts are huge;
• Most travel insurance companies will not cover you but do not declare it unless asked;
• If you have a crash, regardless of fault, you are going to jail for being unlicenced if the cops come.
QBE was the only company we could find who covered us providing we have a licence in Australia for the class of bike. Every other company classed it as 'an illegal act' and would not cover us (sold us policy regardless and only admitted this when you got through to the claims department).
Just wanted to pass the info on as you may be able to investigate or pass info to members.
Fortunately we found out just a week before flying out and managed to swap to QBE. Some of us got our money back from other companies.