In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Vietnam has imposed several travel restrictions on those entering the country. Please check the frequently asked questions below to get a travel update in relation to Vietnam and the coronavirus.
What are the travel restrictions for Vietnam due to COVID-19?
Vietnam has suspended the entry of all foreign nationals from March 22, 2020, until further notice to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The measure does not apply to diplomats, officials, foreign investors, experts, and skilled workers.
Is Vietnam using an app in battling COVID-19?
In order to limit the spread of COVID-19 within Vietnam, the government is promoting an app called Bluezone to facilitate the early detection of suspected cases. Mid-August, the Bluezone app was downloaded by nearly 15 million people – accounting for 14% of the national population. The Bluetooth-based app helps determine if a person has come in contact with a COVID-19 patient somewhere in Vietnam.
What is the vaccination strategy of Vietnam to combat COVID-19?
In 2021, Vietnam is expected to receive a total of 30 million vaccine doses through the COVAX – a global pooled procurement mechanism for COVID-19 vaccines through which COVAX will ensure fair and equitable access to vaccines for all 190 participating countries.
How many people in Vietnam have been vaccinated against COVID-19?
As of August 31, 2021, almost 20 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered. 2,6 million people in Vietnam are fully vaccinated, on a total population of 97,3 million people (2020).
Does Vietnam allow entry of tourists who have been vaccinated against COVID-19?
What is the roadmap of Vietnam to reopen its borders for international tourism?
Starting in October 2021, the government of Vietnam is planning to trial controlled return of tourists to Phu Quoc Island. The pilot will last six months. At the start of the pilot, 3.000 tourists a month can visit Vietnam by charter flight, and have to stay in sequestered resorts and limited areas. Later in the pilot, tourists numbers increase to 10.000 per month, and they will be permitted to visit more destinations on the island. Participating tourists need to have been fully vaccinated and need to present a negative PCR test.
The Khanh Hoa province – where the city of Nha Trang is located – is planning to reopen tourism for its own residents on October 15, 2021, and welcome back vaccinated foreign tourists into Vietnam from early December if the pandemic situation is under control.
If these programs get underway, it is the first time foreign tourists can visit Vietnam again since April 2020.
Do I need to go in quarantine upon entering Vietnam?
Anyone entering Vietnam must undergo medical checks and 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
Vietnam has designated over 200 hotels with over 20.000 beds as paid quarantine facilities. The quarantine hotels are located mainly in major cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Danang. Prices range between €7 and €200 per room per night.
However, Vietnam has suspended the entry of tourists until further notice.
Only Vietnamese nationals, foreigners on diplomatic or official business, and highly skilled workers allowed to enter the country due to COVID-19. At September 2, 2020, the Vietnamese government lifted the 14-day mandatory quarantine for foreign experts, investors, managers, and diplomats, if their stay in Vietnam is shorter than 14 days.
What is Vietnam’s visa policy due to COVID-19?
The Immigration Office of Vietnam has officially suspended entry for all foreign nationals.
Vietnam’s Immigration Office is granting e-visa to citizens of 80 countries since July 1, 2020. While this is a positive sign for Vietnam to reopen it’s borders, the nation’s borders remain closed to foreign visitors due to the pandemic and the government has not made any official statement on when the borders will reopen.
So, yes, you can get an e-visa for Vietnam, however, you temporarily can’t enter the country. It is not known when borders to Vietnam will open again.
Is Vietnam allowing international flights with tourists due to COVID-19?
Yes, but very limited. Since April 1, 2020, there are no international flights with tourists going in or outof Vietnam. Flights from and to the mainland of China have been suspended since February 1, 2020.
Since June, foreign airlines like Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Emirates Airlines, and Qatar Airways have resumed regular flights to and from Vietnam. These flights, however, only transported goods to Vietnam, and passengers (Vietnamese citizens, foreign diplomats, experts, and skilled workers) and goods from Vietnam to international destinations.
Vietnam is allowing international flights to and from Guangzhou (China), Taiwan (China), Seoul (the Republic of Korea), and Tokyo (Japan) from September 15, 2020, and to Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and Vientiane (Laos) from September 22, 2020.
And what about domestic travel in Vietnam?
Domestic flights in Vietnam have resumed since April, 2020.
Are tourist attractions in Vietnam open?
Yes. Most trades and services in Vietnam are back in business since end of April, 2020. Flights, public transportation, inter-provincial transportation, hotels, monuments, tourism attractions, and government offices have reopened with safety measures in place.
However, festivals and religious events, sports events, large gatherings, and non-essential businesses such as karaoke bars, clubs and massage parlors have been suspended in a number of major Vietnamese destinations, including in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
In light of the coronavirus, is it currently safe to travel to Vietnam?
Currently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam’s borders are closed for foreign visitors.
However, in general, Vietnam is a very safe country to travel. Please check the most recent travel advice from your national government.
What are the best sources to learn about the situation on COVID-19 in Vietnam?
Rules and regulations regarding COVID-19 in Vietnam may suddenly change. Therefore, we recommend checking both national and international sources for information:
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