New policies for Covid-19 tourism in Vietnam

Foreigners in the country will need to follow the instructions and regulations of the Vietnam Ministry of Health to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Below is an outline of new policies related to travel, as well as the health precautions Vietnam is requiring of all locals and foreigners.

From September 22, Vietnam is resuming international commercial flights to six destinations: Guangzhou, Taiwan, Seoul, Tokyo, Phnom Penh, and Vientiane. At this time the country is only offering entry to diplomats, experts, investors and their respective family members, and Vietnamese returning home. All visitors must meet specific Covid-19 regulations and bring the required paperwork in order to be granted entry into Vietnam.

Foreigners and residents in Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, and Hanoi are required to wear masks in public may be fined from 100,000VND to 300,000VND for failure to comply.

Visa exemptions and temporary bans

From March 22 until further notice, Vietnam has temporarily suspended entry for all foreign nationals. Vietnam will not be issuing visas or allowing entry to any travellers at this time, including those who already hold visas or visa exemptions. Only Vietnamese nationals, foreigners on diplomatic or official business, and highly skilled workers allowed to enter the country at this time. Anyone entering Vietnam must undergo medical checks and 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

For questions about the new policy, please call Vietnam’s Immigration Department at 024 3938 7320.

Those who have entered Vietnam for business, visiting relatives, or purposes other than travel should contact a visa agent to address their visa concerns.

Health checks on arrival

All travellers entering Vietnam need to submit mandatory health declarations on arrival. This form can be filled out electronically at airports and border crossings, or submitted online at on the day of entry into Vietnam. Travellers are legally responsible to ensure the information is true and accurate. All foreigners will need to comply with official health procedures when in Vietnam.

Quarantine regulations in Vietnam

In order to minimise the risk of contagion, Vietnam is isolating individuals who have come into close contact with others carrying the COVID-19 disease. If you have any contact – such as the sharing of flights, vehicles, or hotels – with others who have tested positive for COVID-19 while in Vietnam, you can expect to be tested for the virus and placed in 14-day quarantine.

Vietnam observes several levels of quarantine:

  1. Self-quarantine in homes or hotels with regular check-ups by local health authorities
  2. Quarantine in health establishments for those showing symptoms of the virus, as well as those who have tested positive for COVID-10 and those in close contact with them
  3. Quarantine in non-medical establishments for those returning from high-risk areas
  4. Closed-off communities for areas with high numbers of confirmed infections

Temporary closure of tourism sites:

Within the country, Vietnamese health officials have temporarily isolated several locations that are deemed high-risk, or those that have been recently visited by travellers with confirmed cases of the virus. Tourism sites across the country are also setting aside closure days to disinfect their premises.

As of April 23, tourism attractions in the country are allowed to reopen but must ensure safety measures are in place for all visitors.

Screening centres and health hotlines:

Travellers with symptoms of COVID-19 or those concerned they may have been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus should call Vietnam’s health hotline: 1900 3228

Vietnam has appointed 30 screening centres nationwide to carry out testing and diagnosis of COVID-19 disease, as well as 45 quick response teams to assist health facilities in the processing and treatment of COVID-19 patients.