Updated 20th September 2021.
LATEST VIETNAM COVID-19 NEWS:
- 20th September 2021 – Ha Long lifts swimming ban. Domestic tourism set to return in October. Source.
- 9th September 2021 – Government announces Phu Quoc Sandbox scheme set to start in October 2021. Source.
- 23rd July 2021 – The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Vietnam proposes a plan to open the island of Phu Quoc to vaccinated travellers from September 2021. The plan would depend on having at least 90% of the island’s population vaccinated. The plan is yet to be finalised. Source.
- 18th July 2021 – Entire Southern region placed in two week lockdown as cases surge. Source.
Disclaimer: COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing daily. The following information reflects South East Asia Backpacker’s current understanding of the rules. We work hard to update this information as often and accurately as possible. However, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. We strongly advise you to contact the embassy of the country you are visiting for the latest information.
Vietnam Travel Restrictions
Can you travel to Vietnam right now? SUMMARY:
On 22nd March 2020, Vietnam suspended all eVisas and visas on arrival. As a foreign national, it is currently not possible to travel to Vietnam right now unless you are a returning resident, work in Vietnam or have official business in the country.
Before you enter Vietnam, you will need to:
No foreign nationals are currently allowed to enter Vietnam. However, there may be exceptions for diplomats and foreign investors on official business trips and certain high-skilled workers with employment contracts in Vietnam. The government will also allow the repatriation of Vietnamese nationals.
Quarantine in Vietnam
At the moment, anyone entering Vietnam on the criteria above will still be required to have negative COVID-19 tests, a minimum 14-day quarantine and fill out extensive paperwork to enter. There are specific government-approved quarantine hotels for new arrivals which must be booked and paid for in advance of travel. The cost for the quarantine will cost on average $2,000 USD with meals, airport pickup and PCR tests included.
UPDATE: Vietnam plan to halve the quarantine period from 14 to 7 days for fully vaccinated travellers. Source.
*Vietnam’s Foreign “Expert” Visa
We have heard reports of international travellers entering Vietnam on the ‘Foreign Expert Visa’ which is aimed at foreign nationals who want to live and work in Vietnam. In order to apply for this visa, you will have to have a guaranteed job offer in Vietnam before you travel. You will also have to quarantine on arrival for 21 days. Watch this video on YouTube by the Ninja Teacher to find out more about the (long and complicated) process.
FOREIGNER VISA CRACKDOWN: Recently, there has been a government crackdown on foreigners who are living in Vietnam illegally on a tourist visa. Thousands of ex-pats, foreign English teachers and retirees have been forced to leave Vietnam and head home over the past few months due to a tightening of the visa rules. Source.
Mask wearing is compulsory in all indoor public places in Vietnam. Not wearing a mask will get you a hefty fine.
See here for recommendations on the best face masks for travel.
Travel Restrictions in Vietnam:
While international flights have been suspended, domestic flights are so far still operating. Source.
Public Places and Local Restrictions
Each province has its own COVID-19 prevention requirements and these can change at short notice.
Vietnam Land Borders:
Borders with the neighbouring countries of China, Cambodia and Laos have closed apart for import and exporting goods. Transit in Vietnam is not allowed.
On The Ground Traveller Reports:
These reports are taken from our South East Asia Backpacker Facebook Community. (We cannot verify the accuracy of these traveller reports.)
Traveller report 31st May 2021 – I’m a teacher in HCMC. We were all made to start teaching from home today. Restaurants are closed for dine-in but still deliver. Essential places are still open – small marts, grocery stores, etc. We have been encouraged to stay home, but there are a lot of people out and about tonight. There was some panic buying yesterday when they made the announcement of the new rules. – Josiah
- Ninja Teacher (YouTube series)
- Vietnam Visa Advice (Facebook Group)
- US Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam
- UK Government Travel Advice to Vietnam
- OSAC Travel Advisories
- Vietnam Ministry of Health
- The Humanitarian Data Exchange
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