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Airlines Updates

23.10.2020 Bamboo Airways this week closed reservation for Hanoi – Prague route, originally scheduled to commence Sunday 25OCT20. Prior to removal, the airline was accepting reservation for this route, scheduled twice weekly with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Previously listed schedule as follows.

QH061 HAN0850 – 1600PRG 787 37
QH062 PRG1705 – 1005+1HAN 787 37

For the moment, the airline did not provide revised estimate launch date.

07.10.2020 Vietnam Airlines in recent schedule update extended reduced International service into November. For the period of 25OCT20 – 15NOV20, the airline intends to operate following service. Additional changes remain highly possible.

Hanoi – Seoul Incheon 2 weekly 787
Hanoi – Taipei Taoyuan 1 weekly A321
Hanoi – Tokyo Narita 2 weekly 787
Ho Chi Minh City – Guangzhou 1 weekly A321

The airline also filed changes for flights on/after 16NOV20, however these flights are not listed publicly in the GDS.

Published on 30.09.2020
Bamboo Airways revises Seoul October 2020 operations

Published on 28.09.2020
Vietjet to resume return flights between Vietnam and South Korea

11.09.2020 Vietnam Airlines yesterday (10SEP20) filed revision to its planned International operation, which now includes service for Tokyo. Due to travel restrictions, the airline is only accepting passenger reservations for outbound flights from Vietnam.

Hanoi – Tokyo Narita 787-9 departs Hanoi on following dates in Sep: 18, 23, 25, 30
Ho Chi Minh City – Tokyo 787-9 departs Ho Chi Minh City on following dates in Sep: 25, 30

10.08.2020 Vietnam Airlines starting mid-August 2020 reduces Hanoi – Seoul Incheon service, as the airline schedules 1 weekly flight from 16AUG20, instead of 2. Latest adjustment to its planned International routes from 16AUG20 to 24OCT20 as follow.

Additional changes remain likely pending on latest development. Due to travel restrictions, passenger traffic rights is not available on certain direction.

Hanoi – Frankfurt 1 weekly
Hanoi – Seoul Incheon 1 weekly
Ho Chi Minh City – Seoul Incheon 1 weekly
Published on 07.08.2020
Vietnam Airlines Aug – Oct 2020 International operations as of 06AUG20

Published on 27.07.2020
Bamboo Airways Seoul 4Q20 operations as of 24JUL20

Published on 20.07.2020
Vietnam Airlines closes Hanoi – Sydney bookings until late-March 2021

Published on 25.06.2020
Bamboo Airways delays new International routes launch to August 2020

Published on 15.06.2020
VietJet Air schedules new domestic routes from mid-June 2020

Published on 11.06.2020
Vietnam Airlines eyes July resumption of international flights

Published on 09.06.2020

Vietnam Airlines expands domestic routes in late-May 2020

Vietnam Airlines July 2020 International operations as of 05JUN20

 

Published on 01.06.2020
Vietnam Airlines resumes all domestic flights after suspension

Published on 29.05.2020
Vietnam Airlines June 2020 International operations as of 20MAY20 (Hanoi/ Ho Chi Minh City-> Seoul/Busan)

Published on 20.05.2020
Vietnam Airlines June 2020 International operations as of 20MAY20 (Hanoi/ Ho Chi Minh City-> Seoul)

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Vietnam
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to travel to Vietnam.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Nationals of Vietnam,
    • Passengers travelling for official or business purposes; investors, technical experts, skilled workers, business managers, government officials and passengers with an approval from the National Steering Committee on Prevention and Control of COVID-19, provided they have a medical certificate issued by authorities proving that they are free of Covid-19.
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Flight Restrictions

09.10.2020 Vietnam Airlines in recent schedule update extended reduced International service into November. For the period of 25OCT20 – 15NOV20, the airline intends to operate following service. Additional changes remain highly possible.

Hanoi – Seoul Incheon 2 weekly 787
Hanoi – Taipei Taoyuan 1 weekly A321
Hanoi – Tokyo Narita 2 weekly 787
Ho Chi Minh City – Guangzhou 1 weekly A321

The airline also filed changes for flights on/after 16NOV20, however these flights are not listed publicly in the GDS.

published 23.09.2020

Total entry ban
Passengers are not allowed to enter Viet Nam.
– This does not apply to passengers traveling on business as experts, business managers or high-tech workers.

Passengers traveling on business as experts and staying less than 14 days must have an international medical insurance or guarantee that the hosting company will pay if there are Coronavirus (COVID-19) treatment costs, and a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result issued between 3 to 5 days before arrival. The test must be taken at the laboratory of the authorized medical authority.

Passengers traveling on business as experts and staying more than 14 days must have an international medical insurance or guarantee that the hosting company will pay if there are Coronavirus (COVID-19) treatment costs, and a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result issued between 3 to 7 days before arrival. The test must be taken at the laboratory of the authorized medical authority. They are subject to quarantine.

A Health Declaration Form must be completed before arrival. The form can be found at tokhaiyte.vn

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Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site.

Should you be asked to undertake testing / self-isolation and / or quarantine you should comply. Failure to comply can be an offence with significant punishments. Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. You must expect to undergo quarantine in a government centre for a minimum of 14 days and possibly longer if you test positive at any point. Should you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. On discharge, you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation. The costs of quarantine, both in government centres and designated hotels, must be paid by those arriving or their employers.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification subject to special conditions.

There is no requirement for testing on departure though anyone who has tested positive previously may be asked to show their negative test results and release certificates.
Health declaration is mandatory for all passengers entering Vietnam, which can be done by completing a paper form on arrival or a digital form online before the trip here. Travelers should contact their airlines directly for information.

From 18 September to board a flight, passengers must hold a certificate showing they have tested negative for the coronavirus no more than five days before the departure date. Upon arrival, they will be tested and placed under quarantine.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: no
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (2019)
Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists in the entire country, excluding urban centres, the Red
River delta, the Mekong delta, and the coastal plain areas of central Viet Nam. High-risk areas are the highland
areas below 1500 m south of 18˚N, notably in the four central highlands provinces of Dak Lak, Dak Nong,
Gia Lai and Kon Tum; in Binh Phuoc Province; and in the western parts of the coastal provinces of Khanh
Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Quang Nam and Quang Tri. Resistance to mefloquine reported.
WHO recommended prevention in risk areas: C

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Full Restrictions

  • Vietnam Latest News: Flights from Vietnam to several Asian countries to resume from 18 September (AP News, 16.09.2020). Vietnamese carriers brace to resume international flights (Vn Express,12.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights to and from Vietnam remain very limited. A number of airline websites allow online booking from Vietnam. However, check carefully in advance whether these flights are guaranteed to fly. Flights and transit arrangements are still prone to changes and cancellation with little notice. There are some restrictions on airside transit which you should check in advance to ensure you can transit, particularly transit times, visa and transit visa requirements and whether your baggage can be transferred airside at transit points.
    *Entry to Vietnam: Vietnam has suspended visa waivers, issuing of visas and the entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals. There are a very small number of exceptions for diplomats on official business and certain high-skilled workers. These will be processed on a case by case basis. Such applications are required to be led by Vietnamese employers who must work directly through individual provincial government offices. The requirements and process may differ from province to province. The costs of quarantine, both in government centres and designated hotels, must be paid by those arriving or their employers.
    *Land borders: Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods.
    Transiting Vietnam: Currently transit in Vietnam is not allowed.
    *Data collection: Those arriving in Vietnam are required to provide information about recent travel.
    *Testing on departure: There is no requirement for testing on departure though anyone who has tested positive previously may be asked to show their negative test results and release certificates.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Public spaces and services: The measures to combat COVID-19 vary from province to province and can be expected to increase and change at short notice. You should be alert to local variations, take a precautionary approach and be ready to comply with local authorities.

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    23.10.2020
  • Vietnam Latest News: Flights from Vietnam to several Asian countries to resume from 18 September (AP News, 16.09.2020). Vietnamese carriers brace to resume international flights (Vn Express,12.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights to and from Vietnam remain very limited. Currently transit in Vietnam is not allowed. Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods. Vietnam has temporarily suspended visa waivers, issuing of visas and the entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals. There are a very small number of exceptions for diplomats on official business and certain high-skilled workers. These will be processed on case by case basis. Such applications are required to be led by Vietnamese employers who must work directly through individual provincial government offices. The requirements and process may differ from province to province. The costs of quarantine, both in government centres and designated hotels, must be paid by those arriving or their employers. Should you be asked to undertake testing / self-isolation and / or quarantine you should comply. Failure to comply can be an offence with significant punishments. Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. Those arriving in Vietnam are required to provide information about recent travel. There is no requirement for testing on departure though anyone who has tested positive previously may be asked to show their negative test results and release certificates.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Although Vietnam’s COVID-19 infection numbers are low, where there are suspected cases Vietnam’s authorities apply quarantine and testing requirements robustly and quickly, often with little or no prior warning. This may result in areas being locked down and individuals required to self-isolate and/or quarantine and be tested. This may include community testing.
    If you come in to contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus you must expect to undergo quarantine in a government centre for a minimum of 14 days and possibly longer if you test positive at any point. Should you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. On discharge, you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation. You should expect to be tested at least 5 times prior to release from hospital and will be required to produce 3 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and a further two consecutive negative tests during self-isolation. Once you have completed quarantine and self-isolation you should receive a document confirming this. Please retain this. The Vietnamese government has confirmed that it will cover quarantine costs in government facilities. This does not include those arriving in Vietnam since 1 September 2020 who will have to pay for quarantine costs. All foreign nationals will be personally responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Should you be asked to undertake testing / self-isolation and / or quarantine you should comply. Failure to comply can be an offence with significant punishments. Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health.
    Community transmission of COVID-19 was detected in Da Nang city on 25 July. Cases linked to this initial outbreak have been identified in other cities and provinces including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The government of Vietnam, city and provincial authorities have implemented a wide range of measures to stop the spread of the virus.
    On 7 September the Ministry of Transport and CAA of Vietnam announced the resumption of domestic flights from Da Nang. Passengers on these flights are required to complete a health declaration, have temperature checks and wear masks during the flight. Public transport within and out of Da Nang has also resumed. If you were in Da Nang from 5 September and are travelling to Ho Chi Minh City you are required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival. You are not required to quarantine or self-isolate, but you should self-monitor. If you were in Da Nang before 5 September and/or are travelling to other destinations, including to Hanoi, you should check with your travel provider before travelling, whether you are required to quarantine or self-isolate upon reaching your destination.
    From 28 August the partial lockdown in Hoi An has been lifted. The measures in place for those travelling from Hoi An to other cities and provinces depend on the destination. If you were in Hoi An up to 28 August, you are advised to check with your travel provider what local measures are in place at your destination before you travel, including whether you are required to undergo testing and quarantine in a government centre. If you were in Hoi An after 28 August and are travelling to Ho Chi Minh City you should self-monitor for 14 days upon arrival.
    Detailed information and guidance on the situation in Da Nang is available from the Vietnamese authorities via two local authority helpline numbers: Da Nang Tourist Support Task Force: 0919 247 009 and Da Nang Support Centre: 02363550111. You can also access the Da Nang Department of Tourism website.

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    23.09.2020
  • Vietnam Latest News: Flights from Vietnam to several Asian countries to resume from 18 September (AP News, 16.09.2020). Vietnamese carriers brace to resume international flights (Vn Express,12.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights to and from Vietnam remain very limited. International flights are planned to resume on 18 September. The flights, however, are reserved for Vietnamese nationals, diplomats, experts, managers, skilled workers, investors and their families. Vietnam has temporarily suspended visa waivers, issuing of visas and the entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals. These will be processed on case by case basis. Such applications are required to be led by Vietnamese employers who must work directly through individual provincial government offices. The requirements and process may differ from province to province. All returning individuals must complete 14 days of quarantine. There are costs for the employers or individuals for completing quarantine in hotels.Currently transit in Vietnam is not allowed. Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods. Those arriving in Vietnam are required to provide information about recent travel. There is no requirement for testing on departure though anyone who has tested positive previously may be asked to show their negative test results and release certificates.

    Internal Restrictions:
    On 7 September the Ministry of Transport and CAA of Vietnam announced the resumption of domestic flights from Da Nang. Passengers on these flights are required to complete a health declaration, have temperature checks and wear masks during the flight. Public transport within and out of Da Nang has also resumed. If you were in Da Nang from 5 September and are travelling to Ho Chi Minh City you are required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival. You are not required to quarantine or self-isolate, but you should self-monitor. If you were in Da Nang before 5 September and/or are travelling to other destinations, including to Hanoi, you should check with your travel provider before travelling, whether you are required to quarantine or self-isolate upon reaching your destination.
    Community transmission of COVID-19 was detected in Da Nang city on 25 July. Cases linked to this initial outbreak have now been identified in other cities and provinces including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The government of Vietnam, city and provincial authorities have implemented a wide range of measures to stop the spread of the virus. There is a partial lockdown in and restriction of travel to and from Da Nang and some parts of Quang Nam province including Hoi An. All flights from Da Nang and public transport within and out of Da Nang have been suspended. Private transport from Da Nang is liable to be stopped at provincial borders and travellers may not be allowed to proceed. Schools are closed. People are required to stay at home as much as possible and comply with local regulations.
    From 28 August the partial lockdown in Hoi An has been lifted. The measures in place for those travelling from Hoi An to other cities and provinces depend on the destination. You are advised to check with your travel provider what local measures are in place at your destination before you travel. Those travelling from Hoi An to Hanoi should expect to undergo testing and quarantine in a government centre for 14 days. Those in Hoi An from 7-13 August travelling to Ho Chi Minh City, should expect to have to undergo testing and self-isolation at home for 14 days. Those in Hoi An from 14-28 August travelling to Ho Chi Minh City should expect to have to undergo testing and quarantine in a government centre for 14 days. Those who were in Hoi An after 28 August travelling to Ho Chi Minh City should self-monitor for 14 days.
    Detailed information and guidance on the situation in Da Nang is available from the Vietnamese authorities via two local authority helpline numbers: Da Nang Tourist Support Task Force: 0919 247 009 and Da Nang Support Centre: 02363550111. You can also access the Da Nang Department of Tourism website .
    There is a partial lockdown in and restriction of travel to Da Nang. Tourists are not allowed to enter or seek accommodation Da Nang. If you have recently been in Da Nang you can expect to encounter extra checks and may experience difficulty if seeking to book accommodation in other places. Social distancing and the wearing of masks in public settings are being re-introduced in places around the country. Large public events and festivals have been suspended in certain areas.
    The measures to combat COVID-19 vary from province to province and can be expected to increase and change at short notice.

    Read more
    16.09.2020
  • Vietnam Vietnamese authorities plan to resume international flights to, from six Asian cities from mid-September; 14-day quarantine still required (Reuters, 03.09.2020).

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Vietnam remain very limited. Vietnam has temporarily suspended visa waivers, issuing of visas and the entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals. There are a very small number of exceptions for diplomats on official business and certain high-skilled workers. These will be processed on case by case basis. Such applications are required to be led by Vietnamese employers who must work directly through individual provincial government offices. The requirements and process may differ from province to province. All returning individuals must complete 14 days of quarantine. There are costs for the employers or individuals for completing quarantine in hotels.Currently transit in Vietnam is not allowed. Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods. Those arriving in Vietnam are required to provide information about recent travel. There is no requirement for testing on departure though anyone who has tested positive previously may be asked to show their negative test results and release certificates.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    On 7 September the Ministry of Transport and CAA of Vietnam announced the resumption of domestic flights from Da Nang. Passengers on these flights are required to complete a health declaration, have temperature checks and wear masks during the flight. Public transport within and out of Da Nang has also resumed. If you were in Da Nang from 5 September and are travelling to Ho Chi Minh City you are required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival. You are not required to quarantine or self-isolate, but you should self-monitor. If you were in Da Nang before 5 September and/or are travelling to other destinations, including to Hanoi, you should check with your travel provider before travelling, whether you are required to quarantine or self-isolate upon reaching your destination.
    Community transmission of COVID-19 was detected in Da Nang city on 25 July. Cases linked to this initial outbreak have now been identified in other cities and provinces including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The government of Vietnam, city and provincial authorities have implemented a wide range of measures to stop the spread of the virus. There is a partial lockdown in and restriction of travel to and from Da Nang and some parts of Quang Nam province including Hoi An. All flights from Da Nang and public transport within and out of Da Nang have been suspended. Private transport from Da Nang is liable to be stopped at provincial borders and travellers may not be allowed to proceed. Schools are closed. People are required to stay at home as much as possible and comply with local regulations.
    From 28 August the partial lockdown in Hoi An has been lifted. The measures in place for those travelling from Hoi An to other cities and provinces depend on the destination. You are advised to check with your travel provider what local measures are in place at your destination before you travel. Those travelling from Hoi An to Hanoi should expect to undergo testing and quarantine in a government centre for 14 days. Those in Hoi An from 7-13 August travelling to Ho Chi Minh City, should expect to have to undergo testing and self-isolation at home for 14 days. Those in Hoi An from 14-28 August travelling to Ho Chi Minh City should expect to have to undergo testing and quarantine in a government centre for 14 days. Those who were in Hoi An after 28 August travelling to Ho Chi Minh City should self-monitor for 14 days.
    Detailed information and guidance on the situation in Da Nang is available from the Vietnamese authorities via two local authority helpline numbers: Da Nang Tourist Support Task Force: 0919 247 009 and Da Nang Support Centre: 02363550111. You can also access the Da Nang Department of Tourism website .
    There is a partial lockdown in and restriction of travel to Da Nang. Tourists are not allowed to enter or seek accommodation Da Nang. If you have recently been in Da Nang you can expect to encounter extra checks and may experience difficulty if seeking to book accommodation in other places. Social distancing and the wearing of masks in public settings are being re-introduced in places around the country. Large public events and festivals have been suspended in certain areas.
    The measures to combat COVID-19 vary from province to province and can be expected to increase and change at short notice.

    Read more
    09.09.2020
  • Vietnam Vietnamese authorities plan to resume international flights to, from six Asian cities from mid-September; 14-day quarantine still required (Reuters, 03.09.2020).

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Vietnam remain very limited. Vietnam has temporarily suspended visa waivers, issuing of visas and the entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals. There are a very small number of exceptions for diplomats on official business and certain high-skilled workers. These will be processed on case by case basis. Such applications are required to be led by Vietnamese employers who must work directly through individual provincial government offices. The requirements and process may differ from province to province. All returning individuals must complete 14 days of quarantine. There are costs for the employers or individuals for completing quarantine in hotels.Currently transit in Vietnam is not allowed. Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods. Those arriving in Vietnam are required to provide information about recent travel. There is no requirement for testing on departure though anyone who has tested positive previously may be asked to show their negative test results and release certificates.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Community transmission of COVID-19 was detected in Da Nang city on 25 July. Cases linked to this initial outbreak have now been identified in other cities and provinces including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The government of Vietnam, city and provincial authorities have implemented a wide range of measures to stop the spread of the virus. There is a partial lockdown in and restriction of travel to and from Da Nang and some parts of Quang Nam province including Hoi An. All flights from Da Nang and public transport within and out of Da Nang have been suspended. Private transport from Da Nang is liable to be stopped at provincial borders and travellers may not be allowed to proceed. Schools are closed. People are required to stay at home as much as possible and comply with local regulations.
    From 28 August the partial lockdown in Hoi An has been lifted. The measures in place for those travelling from Hoi An to other cities and provinces depend on the destination. You are advised to check with your travel provider what local measures are in place at your destination before you travel. Those travelling from Hoi An to Hanoi should expect to undergo testing and quarantine in a government centre for 14 days. Those in Hoi An from 7-13 August travelling to Ho Chi Minh City, should expect to have to undergo testing and self-isolation at home for 14 days. Those in Hoi An from 14-28 August travelling to Ho Chi Minh City should expect to have to undergo testing and quarantine in a government centre for 14 days. Those who were in Hoi An after 28 August travelling to Ho Chi Minh City should self-monitor for 14 days.
    Detailed information and guidance on the situation in Da Nang is available from the Vietnamese authorities via two local authority helpline numbers: Da Nang Tourist Support Task Force: 0919 247 009 and Da Nang Support Centre: 02363550111. You can also access the Da Nang Department of Tourism website [https://danangfantasticity.com/en/news/da-nang-visitor-center-ready-to-accompany-tourists.html].
    There is a partial lockdown in and restriction of travel to Da Nang. Tourists are not allowed to enter or seek accommodation Da Nang. If you have recently been in Da Nang you can expect to encounter extra checks and may experience difficulty if seeking to book accommodation in other places. Social distancing and the wearing of masks in public settings are being re-introduced in places around the country. Large public events and festivals have been suspended in certain areas.
    The measures to combat COVID-19 vary from province to province and can be expected to increase and change at short notice.

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    04.09.2020
  • Vietnam *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Vietnam remain very limited. Vietnam has temporarily suspended visa waivers, issuing of visas and the entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals. There are a very small number of exceptions for diplomats on official business and certain high-skilled workers. These will be processed on case by case basis. Such applications are required to be led by Vietnamese employers who must work directly through individual provincial government offices. The requirements and process may differ from province to province. All returning individuals must complete 14 days of quarantine. There are costs for the employers or individuals for completing quarantine in hotels.Currently transit in Vietnam is not allowed. Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods. Those arriving in Vietnam are required to provide information about recent travel. There is no requirement for testing on departure though anyone who has tested positive previously may be asked to show their negative test results and release certificates.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Community transmission of COVID-19 was detected in Da Nang city on 25 July. Cases linked to this initial outbreak have now been identified in other cities and provinces including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The government of Vietnam, city and provincial authorities have implemented a wide range of measures to stop the spread of the virus. There is a partial lockdown in and restriction of travel to and from Da Nang and some parts of Quang Nam province including Hoi An. All flights from Da Nang and public transport within and out of Da Nang have been suspended. Private transport from Da Nang is liable to be stopped at provincial borders and travellers may not be allowed to proceed. Schools are closed. People are required to stay at home as much as possible and comply with local regulations.
    There is a partial lockdown in and restriction of travel to Da Nang and Hoi An. Tourists are not allowed to enter or seek accommodation in these cities. If you have recently been in Da Nang and Hoi An you can expect to encounter extra checks and problems if seeking to book accommodation in other places.
    Social distancing and the wearing of masks in public settings are being re-introduced in places around the country. Bars have been ordered to close in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and other cities and large public events are suspended. The measures to combat COVID-19 vary from province to province and can be expected to increase and change at short notice. You should be alert to local variations, take a precautionary approach and be ready to comply with local authorities.
    Although Vietnam’s COVID-19 infection numbers are low, where there are suspected cases Vietnam’s authorities apply quarantine and testing requirements robustly and quickly, often with little or no prior warning. This may result in areas being locked-down and individuals required to self-isolate and/or quarantine and be tested. This may include community testing.
    If you come in to contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus you must expect to undergo quarantine in a government centre for a minimum of 14 days and possibly longer if you test positive at any point. Should you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. On discharge, you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation. You should expect to be tested at least 5 times prior to release from hospital, and will be required to produce 3 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and a further two consecutive negative tests during self-isolation. Once you have completed quarantine and self-isolation you should receive a document confirming this. Please retain this. The Vietnamese government has confirmed that it will cover quarantine costs in government facilities, but foreign nationals will be personally responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnamese quarantine centres are basic, Should you be asked to undertake testing / self-isolation and / or quarantine you should comply. Failure to comply can be an offence with significant punishments. Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health.

    Read more
    01.09.2020
  • Vietnam Government to suspend all flights to, from Da Nang for 15 days from 28 July (Reuters, 27.07.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Vietnam remain very limited. Vietnam has temporarily suspended visa waivers, issuing of visas and the entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals. There are a very small number of exceptions for diplomats on official business and certain high-skilled workers. These will be processed on case by case basis. Such applications are required to be led by Vietnamese employers who must work directly through individual provincial government offices. The requirements and process may differ from province to province. All returning individuals must complete 14 days of quarantine. There are costs for the employers or individuals for completing quarantine in hotels.Currently transit in Vietnam is not allowed. Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods. Those arriving in Vietnam are required to provide information about recent travel. There is no requirement for testing on departure though anyone who has tested positive previously may be asked to show their negative test results and release certificates.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Community transmission of COVID-19 was detected in Da Nang city on 25 July. Cases linked to this initial outbreak have now been identified in other cities and provinces including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The government of Vietnam, city and provincial authorities have implemented a wide range of measures to stop the spread of the virus. There is a partial lockdown in and restriction of travel to and from Da Nang and some parts of Quang Nam province including Hoi An. All flights from Da Nang and public transport within and out of Da Nang have been suspended. Private transport from Da Nang is liable to be stopped at provincial borders and travellers may not be allowed to proceed. Schools are closed. People are required to stay at home as much as possible and comply with local regulations.
    There is a partial lockdown in and restriction of travel to Da Nang and Hoi An. Tourists are not allowed to enter or seek accommodation in these cities. If you have recently been in Da Nang and Hoi An you can expect to encounter extra checks and problems if seeking to book accommodation in other places.
    Social distancing and the wearing of masks in public settings are being re-introduced in places around the country. Bars have been ordered to close in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and other cities and large public events are suspended. The measures to combat COVID-19 vary from province to province and can be expected to increase and change at short notice. You should be alert to local variations, take a precautionary approach and be ready to comply with local authorities.
    Although Vietnam’s COVID-19 infection numbers are low, where there are suspected cases Vietnam’s authorities apply quarantine and testing requirements robustly and quickly, often with little or no prior warning. This may result in areas being locked-down and individuals required to self-isolate and/or quarantine and be tested. This may include community testing.
    If you come in to contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus you must expect to undergo quarantine in a government centre for a minimum of 14 days and possibly longer if you test positive at any point. Should you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. On discharge, you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation. You should expect to be tested at least 5 times prior to release from hospital, and will be required to produce 3 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and a further two consecutive negative tests during self-isolation. Once you have completed quarantine and self-isolation you should receive a document confirming this. Please retain this. The Vietnamese government has confirmed that it will cover quarantine costs in government facilities, but foreign nationals will be personally responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnamese quarantine centres are basic, Should you be asked to undertake testing / self-isolation and / or quarantine you should comply. Failure to comply can be an offence with significant punishments. Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health.

    Read more
    18.08.2020
  • Vietnam Government to suspend all flights to, from Da Nang for 15 days from 28 July (Reuters, 27.07.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Vietnam remain very limited. Those arriving in Vietnam are required to provide information about recent travel. There is no requirement for testing on departure though anyone who has tested positive previously may be asked to show their negative test results and release certificates. Currently transit in Vietnam is not allowed.
    Vietnam has temporarily suspended visa waivers, issuing of visas and the entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals. There are a very small number of exceptions for diplomats on official business and certain high-skilled workers. These will be processed on case by case basis. Such applications are required to be led by Vietnamese employers who must work directly through individual provincial government offices. The requirements and process may differ from province to province. All returning individuals must complete 14 days of quarantine. There are costs for the employers or individuals for completing quarantine in hotels.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Although Vietnam’s COVID-19 infection numbers are low, where there are suspected cases Vietnam’s authorities apply quarantine and testing requirements robustly and quickly. This may result in areas been locked-down and individuals required to self-isolate and be tested. This may include community testing.
    If you come in to contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus you must expect to undergo quarantine in a government centre. It lasts a minimum of 14 days and longer if you test positive at any point. In addition, if you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital, following which you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation. You should expect to be tested at least 5 times prior to release, and will be required to produce 3 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and a further two consecutive negative tests during self-isolation. Once you have completed quarantine and self-isolation you should receive a document specifying this. Please retain this. The Vietnamese government has confirmed that it will cover quarantine costs, but foreign nationals will be personally responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs. Should you be asked to undertake testing / self-isolation and / or quarantine you should comply. Failure to comply can be an offence with significant punishments. Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. Violations carry strict penalties.

    Community transmission of COVID-19 was detected in Da Nang city on 25 July. Cases linked to this initial outbreak have now been identified in other cities and provinces including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The government of Vietnam, city and provincial authorities have implemented a wide range of measures to stop the spread of the virus. There is a partial lockdown in and restriction of travel to and from Da Nang and some parts of Quang Nam province including Hoi An. All flights from Da Nang and public transport has been suspended and schools are closed. People are required to stay at home as much as possible and comply with local regulations. There is disruption to travelling through Da Nang to surrounding provinces (Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Thua Thien Hue). The Vietnamese authorities have plans to allow tourists in Da Nang with a permanent residence elsewhere in Vietnam to leave the city on limited special flights on the condition that they undertake two weeks of quarantine in a government a quarantine facility. British nationals who have flights booked to leave Vietnam via Ho Chi Minh City may also request permission to take these special flights. The Department of Health has clarified that all passengers are strongly expected to undertake two weeks of quarantine on arrival in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. Those travelling to Ho Chi Minh City will also be required to take a COVID test 72 hours before boarding. Detailed information and guidance on the situation in Da Nang is available from the Vietnamese authorities via two local authority helpline numbers: Da Nang Tourist Support Task Force: 0919 247 009 and Da Nang Support Centre: 02363550111.

    Some cities and provinces are requiring self-isolation at home and COVID-19 tests for those who have visited Da Nang in July. There is a partial lockdown in and restriction of travel to Da Nang and Hoi An. Tourists are not allowed to enter or seek accommodation in these cities. If you have recently been in Da Nang and Hoi An you can expect to encounter extra checks and problems if seeking to book accommodation in other places.

    Social distancing and the wearing of masks in public settings are being re-introduced in places around the country. Bars have been ordered to close in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and other cities and large public events are suspended. The measures to combat COVID-19 vary from province to province and can be expected to increase and change at short notice. You should be alert to local variations, take a precautionary approach and be ready to comply with local authorities.

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    11.08.2020
  • Vietnam Government to suspend all flights to, from Da Nang for 15 days from 28 July (Reuters, 27.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Vietnam remain very limited. Currently transit in Vietnam is not allowed. Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods.Vietnam has temporarily suspended visa waivers, issuing of visas and the entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals. There are a very small number of exceptions for diplomats on official business and certain high-skilled workers. These will be processed on case by case basis. Such applications are required to be led by Vietnamese employers who must work directly through individual provincial government offices. The requirements and process may differ from province to province. All returning individuals must complete 14 days of quarantine. There are costs for the employers or individuals for completing quarantine in hotels. Those arriving in Vietnam are required to provide information about recent travel. There is no requirement for testing on departure though anyone who has tested positive previously may be asked to show their negative test results and release certificates.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Community transmission of COVID-19 was detected in Da Nang city on 25 July. Cases linked to this initial outbreak have now been identified in other cities and provinces including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The government of Vietnam, city and provincial authorities have implemented a wide range of measures to stop the spread of the virus. There is a partial lockdown in and restriction of travel to and from Da Nang and some parts of Quang Nam province including Hoi An. Public transport has been suspended and schools are closed. People are required to stay at home as much as possible. There is disruption to travelling through Da Nang to surrounding provinces (Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Thua Thien Hue). The Vietnamese authorities have plans to allow tourists in Da Nang with a permanent residence elsewhere in Vietnam to leave the city on limited special flights on the condition that they undertake two weeks of quarantine in a government a quarantine facility. Some cities and provinces are requiring self-isolation at home and COVID-19 tests for those who have visited Da Nang in July. On 5 August 2020, Vietnamese authorities announced that all people currently in Hanoi and who have visited Da Nang from 15 July must self-isolate and contact local health authorities who will advise on whether further testing is required. This applies even if you have recently tested negative following any previous COVID-19 blood tests undertaken by the Hanoi authorities.
    There is a partial lockdown in and restriction of travel to Da Nang and Hoi An. Tourists are not allowed to enter or seek accommodation in these cities. If you have recently been in Da Nang and Hoi An you can expect to encounter extra checks and problems if seeking to book accommodation in other places. Social distancing and the wearing of masks in public settings are being re-introduced in places around the country. Bars have been ordered to close in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and other cities and large public events are suspended. The measures to combat COVID-19 vary from province to province and can be expected to increase and change at short notice.

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    06.08.2020
  • Vietnam Government to suspend all flights to, from Da Nang for 15 days from 28 July (Reuters, 27.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Vietnam remain very limited. There are a small number of scheduled international flight options per week from Vietnam to regional transit hubs. Currently transit in Vietnam is not allowed. Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods. Vietnam has temporarily suspended visa waivers, issuing of visas and the entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals. There are a very small number of exceptions for diplomats on official business and certain high-skilled workers. These will be processed on case by case basis. Such applications are required to be led by Vietnamese employers who must work directly through individual provincial government offices. The requirements and process may differ from province to province. All returning individuals must complete 14 days of quarantine. There are costs for the employers or individuals for completing quarantine in hotels. Those arriving in Vietnam are required to provide information about recent travel. There is no requirement for testing on departure though anyone who has tested positive previously may be asked to show their negative test results and release certificates.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Community transmission of COVID-19 was detected in Da Nang city on 25 July. Cases linked to this initial outbreak have now been identified in other cities and provinces including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The government of Vietnam, city and provincial authorities have implemented a wide range of measures to stop the spread of the virus.There is a partial lockdown in and restriction of travel to and from Da Nang and some parts of Quang Nam province including Hoi An. Public transport has been suspended and schools are closed. People are required to stay at home as much as possible. There is disruption to travelling through Da Nang to surrounding provinces (Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Thua Thien Hue).

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    05.08.2020
  • Vietnam Government to suspend all flights to, from Da Nang for 15 days from 28 July (Reuters, 27.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Vietnam remain very limited. There are a small number of scheduled international flight options per week from Vietnam to regional transit hubs. Currently transit in Vietnam is not allowed. Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods. Vietnam has temporarily suspended visa waivers, issuing of visas and the entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals. There are a very small number of exceptions for diplomats on official business and certain high-skilled workers. These will be processed on case by case basis. Such applications are required to be led by Vietnamese employers who must work directly through individual provincial government offices. The requirements and process may differ from province to province. All returning individuals must complete 14 days of quarantine. There are costs for the employers or individuals for completing quarantine in hotels. Those arriving in Vietnam are required to provide information about recent travel. There is no requirement for testing on departure though anyone who has tested positive previously may be asked to show their negative test results and release certificates.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Community transmission of COVID-19 was detected in Da Nang city on 25 July. Cases linked to this initial outbreak have now been identified in other cities and provinces including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The government of Vietnam, city and provincial authorities have implemented a wide range of measures to stop the spread of the virus. There is a partial lockdown in and restriction of travel to Da Nang and Hoi An cities. Public transport has been suspended and schools are closed. People are required to stay at home as much as possible. There is disruption to travelling through the city to surrounding provinces (Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Thua Thien Hue). Anyone who has visited Da Nang city since July is required to complete a public health online questionnaire and contact local medical centres for additional consultation. Some cities and provinces, including Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, are requiring self-isolation at home and COVID-19 tests for those who have visited Da Nang in July. You are advised to complete the form and check to ensure you are in compliance with local regulations, including any self-isolation and testing required. The form can be accessed [https://tokhaiyte.vn/]. A guide to help you to complete the form is also available [https://vietnamnews.vn/society/653508/how-to-fill-in-health-declaration-forms.html] or video [https://youtu.be/2x31vDHn6mg]. There is a partial lockdown in and restriction of travel to Da Nang and Hoi An. Tourists are not allowed to enter or seek accommodation in these cities. If you have recently been in Da Nang and Hoi An you can expect to encounter extra checks and problems if seeking to book accommodation in other places. Social distancing and the wearing of masks in public settings are being re-introduced in places around the country. Bars have been ordered to close in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and large public events are suspended.

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    31.07.2020
  • Vietnam Government to suspend all flights to, from Da Nang for 15 days from 28 July (Reuters, 27.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Vietnam remain very limited. There are a small number of scheduled international flight options per week from Vietnam to regional transit hubs. Currently transit in Vietnam is not allowed. Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods. Vietnam has temporarily suspended visa waivers, issuing of visas and the entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals. There are a very small number of exceptions for diplomats on official business and certain high-skilled workers. These will be processed on case by case basis. Such applications are required to be led by Vietnamese employers who must work directly through individual provincial government offices. The requirements and process may differ from province to province. All returning individuals must complete 14 days of quarantine. There are costs for the employers or individuals for completing quarantine in hotels. Those arriving in Vietnam are required to provide information about recent travel. There is no requirement for testing on departure though anyone who has tested positive previously may be asked to show their negative test results and release certificates.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Community transmission of COVID-19 was detected in Da Nang city on 25 July. Cases linked to this initial outbreak have now been identified in other cities and provinces including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The government of Vietnam, city and provincial authorities have implemented a wide range of measures to stop the spread of the virus. There is a partial lockdown in and restriction of travel to Da Nang and Hoi An cities. Public transport has been suspended and schools are closed. People are required to stay at home as much as possible. There is disruption to travelling through the city to surrounding provinces (Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Thua Thien Hue). Anyone who has visited Da Nang city since July is required to complete a public health online questionnaire and contact local medical centres for additional consultation. Some cities and provinces, including Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, are requiring self-isolation at home and COVID-19 tests for those who have visited Da Nang in July. You are advised to complete the form and check to ensure you are in compliance with local regulations, including any self-isolation and testing required. The form can be accessed [https://tokhaiyte.vn/]. A guide to help you to complete the form is also available [https://vietnamnews.vn/society/653508/how-to-fill-in-health-declaration-forms.html]. There is a partial lockdown in and restriction of travel to Da Nang and Hoi An. Tourists are not allowed to enter or seek accommodation in these cities. If you have recently been in Da Nang and Hoi An you can expect to encounter extra checks and problems if seeking to book accommodation in other places. Social distancing and the wearing of masks in public settings are being re-introduced in places around the country. Bars have been ordered to close in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and large public events are suspended.

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    30.07.2020
  • Vietnam Government to suspend all flights to, from Da Nang for 15 days from 28 July (Reuters, 27.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Vietnam remain very limited. There are a small number of scheduled international flight options per week from Vietnam to regional transit hubs. Currently transit in Vietnam is not allowed. Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods. Vietnam has temporarily suspended visa waivers, issuing of visas and the entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals. There are a very small number of exceptions for diplomats on official business and certain high-skilled workers. These will be processed on case by case basis. Such applications are required to be led by Vietnamese employers who must work directly through individual provincial government offices. The requirements and process may differ from province to province. All returning individuals must complete 14 days of quarantine. There are costs for the employers or individuals for completing quarantine in hotels. Those arriving in Vietnam are required to provide information about recent travel. There is no requirement for testing on departure though anyone who has tested positive previously may be asked to show their negative test results and release certificates.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Due to the identification from 25 July of a small number of COVID-19 community cases linked to Da Nang in Central Vietnam, the government of Vietnam has temporarily restricted travel to Da Nang. A partial lockdown of Da Nang has been applied from midnight 27 July. This includes staying at home, wearing masks and adhering to social distancing if there is an essential need to leave the home. Schools and public transport have been suspended. Whilst current restrictions primarily apply to Da Nang city, there will be disruption to travelling through the city to surrounding provinces (Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Thua Thien Hue). Other cities and provinces have implemented increased measures, including requiring anyone who has recently been in Da Nang to complete health questionnaires. This could lead to required medical checks, self-isolation at home for 14 days or formal quarantine. Cities and provinces have also reintroduced the wearing of masks in public settings. These measures vary from province to province. You should be alert to local variations, , take a precautionary approach and be ready to comply with local authorities. As of midnight 27 July, a partial lockdown has been implemented in Da Nang with tourists not allowed to enter or seek accommodation in the city. People who have recently been in Da Nang can expect to encounter extra checks and problems if seeking to book accommodation in other places.

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    28.07.2020
  • Vietnam Vietnam is back on high alert after authorities on Saturday 25 July confirmed community infections all in or around Da Nang. The evacuations of mostly local tourists will take at least four days with domestic airlines operating approximately 100 flights daily from Da Nang to 11 Vietnamese cities. Vietnam has also reintroduced social distancing measures in Da Nang. (Reuters, 27.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    There are a small number of scheduled international flight options per week from Vietnam to regional transit hubs. Currently transit in Vietnam is not allowed. Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods. Vietnam has temporarily suspended visa waivers, issuing of visas and the entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals. There are a very small number of exceptions for diplomats on official business and certain high-skilled workers. These will be processed on case by case basis. Such applications are required to be led by Vietnamese employers who must work directly through individual provincial government offices. The requirements and process may differ from province to province. All returning individuals must complete 14 days of quarantine. There are costs for the employers or individuals for completing quarantine in hotels. Those arriving in Vietnam are required to provide information about recent travel. There is no requirement for testing on departure though anyone who has tested positive previously may be asked to show their negative test results and release certificates.

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    Internal restrictions:

    There are no COVID-19 restrictions in Vietnam at present after its successful suppression of COVID-19. There is enhanced public awareness on hygiene to combat the threat of the virus returning. The wearing of masks is no longer compulsory in all public settings. They are required / expected in some hospitals and on some public transport. You should be alert to local variations around public hygiene measures, take a precautionary approach and be ready to comply with local authorities. There are no COVID-19 restrictions in Vietnam at present after its successful suppression of COVID-19. There are no COVID-19 restrictions in Vietnam at present after its successful suppression of COVID-19. There is enhanced public awareness on hygiene to combat the threat of the virus returning. The wearing of masks is no longer compulsory in all public settings. They are required / expected in some hospitals and on some public transport.

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    27.07.2020
  • Vietnam Vietnamese government to permit resumption of flights to, from countries without recent COVID-19 cases (Reuters, 09.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    There are a small number of scheduled international flight options per week from Vietnam to regional transit hubs. Currently transit in Vietnam is not allowed. Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods. Vietnam has temporarily suspended visa waivers, issuing of visas and the entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals. There are a very small number of exceptions for diplomats on official business and certain high-skilled workers. These will be processed on case by case basis. Such applications are required to be led by Vietnamese employers who must work directly through individual provincial government offices. The requirements and process may differ from province to province. All returning individuals must complete 14 days of quarantine. There are costs for the employers or individuals for completing quarantine in hotels. Those arriving in Vietnam are required to provide information about recent travel. There is no requirement for testing on departure though anyone who has tested positive previously may be asked to show their negative test results and release certificates.

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    Internal restrictions:

    There are no COVID-19 restrictions in Vietnam at present after its successful suppression of COVID-19. There is enhanced public awareness on hygiene to combat the threat of the virus returning. The wearing of masks is no longer compulsory in all public settings. They are required / expected in some hospitals and on some public transport. You should be alert to local variations around public hygiene measures, take a precautionary approach and be ready to comply with local authorities. There are no COVID-19 restrictions in Vietnam at present after its successful suppression of COVID-19. There are no COVID-19 restrictions in Vietnam at present after its successful suppression of COVID-19. There is enhanced public awareness on hygiene to combat the threat of the virus returning. The wearing of masks is no longer compulsory in all public settings. They are required / expected in some hospitals and on some public transport.

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    14.07.2020
  • Vietnam Vietnamese government to permit resumption of flights to, from countries without recent COVID-19 cases (Reuters, 09.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    There are a small number of scheduled international flight options per week from Vietnam to regional transit hubs. Currently transit through Vietnam is not allowed.
    There is no requirement for testing on departure though anyone who has tested positive previously may be asked to show their negative test results and release certificates.
    Vietnam has temporarily suspended visa waivers, issuing of visas and the entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals. There are a very small number of exceptions for diplomats on official business and certain high-skilled workers. These will be processed on case by case basis. Such applications are required to be led by Vietnamese employers who must work directly through individual provincial government offices. The requirements and process may differ from province to province. All returning individuals must complete 14 days of quarantine. There are costs for the employers or individuals for completing quarantine in hotels. Those arriving in Vietnam are required to provide information about recent travel.

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    Internal restrictions:

    There are no COVID-19 restrictions in Vietnam at present after its successful suppression of COVID-19. There is enhanced public awareness on hygiene to combat the threat of the virus returning. The wearing of masks is no longer compulsory in all public settings. They are required / expected in some hospitals and on some public transport. You should be alert to local variations around public hygiene measures, take a precautionary approach and be ready to comply with local authorities.

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    08.07.2020
  • Vietnam Vietnamese government to permit resumption of flights to, from countries without recent COVID-19 cases (Reuters, 09.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods.
    Only Vietnamese nationals, foreigners on diplomatic or official business, and highly skilled workers are allowed to enter the country at this time. These will be considered on case by case basis. Vietnam has temporarily suspended visa waivers, issuing of visas and the entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals. All persons entering Vietnam must undergo medical checks and 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
    For further information, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here [ http://news.chinhphu.vn/Home/PM-reaffirms-guideline-of-fending-off-second-COVID19-wave/20206/40541.vgp].
    Widespread quarantine requirements are in place for anyone allowed to enter the country and anyone in country who may have come in to contact with coronavirus. In principle there are provisions for people who are exceptionally allowed to enter the country for work to be allowed to undertake quarantine in a hotel approved by the Ministry of Health. The Vietnamese government has confirmed that it will cover quarantine costs in government centres. You will be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs, and hotel costs from periods of self-isolation. Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. Quarantine lasts a minimum of 14 days and could be longer if you test positive at any point. If you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. Following discharge you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation. You should expect to be tested at least 5 times prior to release, and will be required to produce 3 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and a further two consecutive negative tests during self-isolation. Once you have completed quarantine and self-isolation you should receive a document specifying this. You should keep this, as you may need to present it customs/airport officials when you leave Vietnam. Vietnam uses community testing as a means to provide assurance that COVID-19 is not being transmitted undetected. Should you be asked to undertake testing, you should comply. Failure to comply can be an offence with significant punishments.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Life has returned to normal in Vietnam albeit with enhanced public awareness on hygiene to combat the spread of illnesses. The wearing of masks is no longer compulsory in all public settings. They are required / expected in some hospitals and on public transport.

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    02.07.2020
  • Vietnam Vietnamese government to permit resumption of flights to, from countries without recent COVID-19 cases (Reuters, 09.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Vietnam has temporarily suspended visa waivers, issuing of visas and the entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals. There are a very small number of exceptions for diplomats on official business and certain high-skilled workers. These will be processed on case by case basis.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Vietnamese schools have reopened. A COVID-19 national epidemic has been declared. Domestic flights have gradually resumed operations since 23 April. Haiphong has banned anyone coming from Vietnam’s designated endemic areas. Vehicles leaving the city must get permission from the Traffic Police Division and those entering the city must present written confirmation from the checkpoint chief. These forms are distributed at each checkpoint. Anyone who has completed quarantine in a different city must present a certificate of expiration of the quarantine and are still required to observe precautionary measures. Taxi services and parks have been suspended. Those travelling from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang or Quang Nam provinces are no longer subject to 14-day quarantine in a government-designated facility. All provinces and cities have been downgraded to ‘low risk’, and most non-essential business operations have been allowed to resume. Stringent distancing measures and mandatory mask wearing in crowded public places will continue to be enforced across different risk areas. Checkpoints, where police will take people’s temperatures and conduct vehicle checks, remain at borders between cities and provinces. In addition, anyone not wearing masks, littering used masks in public spaces or roads, anyone not complying with food services suspension orders and restrictions on commercial activity and public meetings, failure to observe medical precautions before entering or leaving an affected area will be fined. Inter-provincial ground movement has been relaxed. Public transportation including taxis and coaches are permitted to operate with reduced schedules. Security checkpoints, which allow the police to conduct temperature and vehicle checks, will remain at borders between cities and provinces. Public bus services in Ho Chi Minh City resumed on 4 May.

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    26.06.2020
  • Vietnam Vietnamese government to permit resumption of flights to, from countries without recent COVID-19 cases (Reuters, 09.06.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Viet Nam.
    – This does not apply to passengers on diplomatic or official duty. They will be subject to mandatory medical declaration and self-isolation.
    – This does not apply to passengers who are experts, business managers or highly skilled workers. They will be subject to mandatory medical declaration and self-isolation.
    – This does not apply to passengers approved by National Steering Committee on Covid-19 Prevention and Control.
    2. For transportation of nationals of Vietnam returning to Vietnam, airlines must contact the Vietnamese Diplomatic Representative agency in the local country in advance.
    3. All passengers will be placed on quarantine at a designated facility for 14 days upon arrival.
    4. All visa issuances are suspended.
    5. All passengers must fill out a quarantine form prior to arrival.
    6. Passengers who travel for diplomatic or official purpose will undergo a medical examination at the border.
    7. Nationals of Italy and Korea (Rep.) with a normal passport are no longer visa exempt.
    8. Nationals of Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Spain, Sweden and passengers with a British passport are no longer visa exempt.
    9. Passengers with a Certificate of Visa Exemption issued by Viet Nam are no longer visa exempt if they reside in China (People’s Rep.), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Korea (Rep.), Norway, Spain, Sweden or United Kingdom.
    10. Nationals of Belarus, Japan and Russian Fed. with a normal passport are no longer visa exempt.
    11. Nationals of Belarus, Japan and Russian Fed. with a normal passport and with a Certificate of Visa Exemption issued by Viet Nam are no longer visa exempt.
    12. Airline crew are subject to mandatory medical declaration as well as observing self-quarantine during their stay until the next flight schedule.

    Internal restrictions:

    Vietnamese schools have reopened. A COVID-19 national epidemic has been declared. Domestic flights have gradually resumed operations since 23 April. Haiphong has banned anyone coming from Vietnam’s designated endemic areas. Vehicles leaving the city must get permission from the Traffic Police Division and those entering the city must present written confirmation from the checkpoint chief. These forms are distributed at each checkpoint. Anyone who has completed quarantine in a different city must present a certificate of expiration of the quarantine and are still required to observe precautionary measures. Taxi services and parks have been suspended. Those travelling from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang or Quang Nam provinces are no longer subject to 14-day quarantine in a government-designated facility. All provinces and cities have been downgraded to ‘low risk’, and most non-essential business operations have been allowed to resume. Stringent distancing measures and mandatory mask wearing in crowded public places will continue to be enforced across different risk areas. Checkpoints, where police will take people’s temperatures and conduct vehicle checks, remain at borders between cities and provinces. In addition, anyone not wearing masks, littering used masks in public spaces or roads, anyone not complying with food services suspension orders and restrictions on commercial activity and public meetings, failure to observe medical precautions before entering or leaving an affected area will be fined. Inter-provincial ground movement has been relaxed. Public transportation including taxis and coaches are permitted to operate with reduced schedules. Security checkpoints, which allow the police to conduct temperature and vehicle checks, will remain at borders between cities and provinces. Public bus services in Ho Chi Minh City resumed on 4 May.

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    01.06.2020
  • Vietnam Commercial flights at the Quang Ninh Province-based Van Don International Airport will resume from May 4. Daily flights on the Van Don-Ho Chi Minh City route will be offered by budget carrier Vietjet, while four weekly flights on the route will be provided by national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines from May 16 and Bamboo Airways is to operate daily flight on the route from June 1. Vietnam Airlines will also operate three flights linking Van Don and Danang per week from May 16. (The Star, 29.04.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Viet Nam.
    – This does not apply to passengers on diplomatic or official duty. They will be subject to mandatory medical declaration and self-isolation.
    – This does not apply to passengers who are experts, business managers or highly skilled workers. They will be subject to mandatory medical declaration and self-isolation.
    – This does not apply to passengers approved by National Steering Committee on Covid-19 Prevention and Control.
    2. For transportation of nationals of Vietnam returning to Vietnam, airlines must contact the Vietnamese Diplomatic Representative agency in the local country in advance.
    3. All passengers will be placed on quarantine at a designated facility for 14 days upon arrival.
    4. All visa issuances are suspended.
    5. All passengers must fill out a quarantine form prior to arrival.
    6. Passengers who travel for diplomatic or official purpose will undergo a medical examination at the border.
    7. Nationals of Italy and Korea (Rep.) with a normal passport are no longer visa exempt.
    8. Nationals of Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Spain, Sweden and passengers with a British passport are no longer visa exempt.
    9. Passengers with a Certificate of Visa Exemption issued by Viet Nam are no longer visa exempt if they reside in China (People’s Rep.), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Korea (Rep.), Norway, Spain, Sweden or United Kingdom.
    10. Nationals of Belarus, Japan and Russian Fed. with a normal passport are no longer visa exempt.
    11. Nationals of Belarus, Japan and Russian Fed. with a normal passport and with a Certificate of Visa Exemption issued by Viet Nam are no longer visa exempt.
    12. Airline crew are subject to mandatory medical declaration as well as observing self-quarantine during their stay until the next flight schedule.

    Internal restrictions:

    Vietnamese schools have reopened. A COVID-19 national epidemic has been declared. Domestic flights have gradually resumed operations since 23 April. Haiphong has banned anyone coming from Vietnam’s designated endemic areas. Vehicles leaving the city must get permission from the Traffic Police Division and those entering the city must present written confirmation from the checkpoint chief. These forms are distributed at each checkpoint. Anyone who has completed quarantine in a different city must present a certificate of expiration of the quarantine and are still required to observe precautionary measures. Taxi services and parks have been suspended. Those travelling from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang or Quang Nam provinces are no longer subject to 14-day quarantine in a government-designated facility. All provinces and cities have been downgraded to ‘low risk’, and most non-essential business operations have been allowed to resume. Stringent distancing measures and mandatory mask wearing in crowded public places will continue to be enforced across different risk areas. Checkpoints, where police will take people’s temperatures and conduct vehicle checks, remain at borders between cities and provinces. In addition, anyone not wearing masks, littering used masks in public spaces or roads, anyone not complying with food services suspension orders and restrictions on commercial activity and public meetings, failure to observe medical precautions before entering or leaving an affected area will be fined. Inter-provincial ground movement has been relaxed. Public transportation including taxis and coaches are permitted to operate with reduced schedules. Security checkpoints, which allow the police to conduct temperature and vehicle checks, will remain at borders between cities and provinces. Public bus services in Ho Chi Minh City resumed on 4 May.

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    22.05.2020
  • Vietnam Commercial flights at the Quang Ninh Province-based Van Don International Airport will resume from May 4. Daily flights on the Van Don-Ho Chi Minh City route will be offered by budget carrier Vietjet, while four weekly flights on the route will be provided by national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines from May 16 and Bamboo Airways is to operate daily flight on the route from June 1.
    Vietnam Airlines will also operate three flights linking Van Don and Danang per week from May 16. (The Star, 29.04.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Viet Nam.
    – This does not apply to passengers for diplomatic or official duty. They will be subject to mandatory medical declaration and self-isolation.
    – This does not apply to passengers who are experts, business managers or highly skilled workers. They will be subject to mandatory medical declaration and self-isolation.
    – This does not apply to passengers approved by National Steering Committee on Covid-19 Prevention and Control.
    – This does not apply to airline crew. They will be subject to mandatory medical declaration and other effective regulations as well as observing self-quarantine during their stay until the next flight schedule.
    2. For transportation of nationals of Vietnam returning to Vietnam, airlines must contact the Vietnamese Diplomatic Representative agency in the local country in advance. Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) is temporarily suspending all flights.
    3. All passengers will be placed on quarantine at a designated facility for 14 days upon arrival.
    4. All visa issuances are suspended.
    5. All passengers must fill out a quarantine form prior to arrival.
    6. Passengers who travel for diplomatic or official purpose will undergo a medical examination at the border before allowed to enter Viet Nam.
    7. Nationals of Italy and Korea (Rep.) with a normal passport are no longer visa exempt.
    8. Nationals of Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Spain, Sweden and passengers with a British passport are no longer visa exempt.
    9. Passengers with a Certificate of Visa Exemption issued by Viet Nam are no longer visa exempt if they reside in China (People’s Rep.), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Korea (Rep.), Norway, Spain, Sweden or United Kingdom.
    10. Nationals of Belarus, Japan and Russian Fed. with a normal passport are no longer visa exempt.
    11. Passengers with a Certificate of Visa Exemption issued by Viet Nam are no longer visa exempt if they are nationals of Belarus, Japan or Russian Fed. with a normal passport.

    Domestic flights to remain suspended despite expiration of government’s COVID-19 social distancing order on 15 April (Reuters, 13.04.2020).

    Internal restrictions:

    A COVID-19 national epidemic has been declared. Domestic flights have gradually resumed operations since 23 April. Checkpoints, where police will take people’s temperatures and conduct vehicle checks, remain at borders between cities and provinces. In addition, anyone not wearing masks, littering used masks in public spaces or roads, anyone not complying with food services suspension orders and restrictions on commercial activity and public meetings, failure to observe medical precautions before entering or leaving an affected area will be fined.
    Haiphong has banned anyone coming from Vietnam’s designated endemic areas. Vehicles leaving the city must get permission from the Traffic Police Division and those entering the city must present written confirmation from the checkpoint chief. These forms are distributed at each checkpoint. Anyone who has completed quarantine in a different city must present a certificate of expiration of the quarantine and are still required to observe precautionary measures. Taxi services and parks have been suspended. Those travelling from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang or Quang Nam provinces are no longer subject to 14-day quarantine in a government-designated facility. Provinces and cities have been divided into three different ‘risk zones’, including high risk areas, at risk areas and low risk areas. The capital Hanoi has been downgraded from a ‘high risk’ to an ‘at risk’ location, while Ho Chi Minh City remains ‘at risk’. Restrictions are gradually being removed. Non-essential businesses in both ‘high risk’ and ‘at risk’ areas including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are reopening. However, certain components of the ‘social distancing order’ such as suspension of public gatherings and closure of entertainment and sport venues will remain in effect nationwide and are subject to further assessment from the authorities in these areas. Additionally, stringent distancing measures and mandatory mask wearing in crowded public places will continue to be enforced across different risk areas.
    Inter-provincial ground movement has been relaxed. Public transportation including taxis and coaches are permitted to operate with reduced schedules. Gatherings of more than two people are prohibited in Hanoi. The prohibitions on gatherings of more than ten people and 20 people are enforced respectively in ‘at risk’ and ‘low risk’ areas. Security checkpoints, which allow the police to conduct temperature and vehicle checks, will remain at borders between cities and provinces. Schools and public bus services in Ho Chi Minh City resumed on 4 May.

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