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Vietnam travel restrictions

COVID-19 Vacc. -68.33%
Open for citizens: partial Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: no Quarantine: yes
Airlines Updates
Published on 07.10.2021, Vietjet:

Vietjet to resume domestic flights from 10OCT21.

Published on 23.09.2021, Vietnam Airlines :

Vietnam Airlines due to receive US FAA permit for US flights

Published on 08.09.2021, Bamboo Airways:

Bamboo Airways to operate first demonstration flight on Vietnam-US direct route in late Sep-21

Published on 08.07.2021
Latest News: Hanoi authorities to tighten COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, suspend all nonessential services, public transport to, from affected provinces from 19 July (Reuters, 18.07.2021). All flights to Ca Mau and Rach Gia airports will be suspended from 19JUL21 to 01AUG21 because of COVID-19 (Vn Express18.07.2021). Government will impose restrictions on movement in 16 southern provinces for two weeks because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 17.07.2021). Flights to, from Ho Chi Minh City cut because of COVID-19 (The Star, 11.07.2021).
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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)

Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Vietnam
Crossing Rules

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 for Coronavirus (COVID-19) treatment costs; and
– a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result issued from 3 to 5 days before arrival.
They are subject to quarantine for 14 days.

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 from 3 to 7 days before arrival. The test must be taken at the laboratory of the authorized medical authority. They are subject to quarantine.

Passengers traveling on business, as experts, must have an international medical insurance or guarantee that the hosting company will pay if there are Coronavirus (COVID-19) treatment costs; and
– a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test taken by Real time-PCR technique, from 3 to 7 days before arrival.

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

Forced isolation
Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.

Passengers traveling on business as experts and staying less than 14 days are subject to quarantine.

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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.

Fully vaccinated visitors to Vietnam with negative COVID-19 test results may be permitted to shorten their period of quarantine on entry at an assigned facility to 7 days, followed by another 7 days of medical surveillance at their residence.
Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. 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.

Anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.

You should expect to go into quarantine for at least 14 days. Fully vaccinated visitors may be permitted to leave after 7 days with a further 7 days at a place of residence. Quarantine will be longer if you test positive at any point. If you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. Asymptomatic patients may be discharged from hospital after 10 days and have 2 back to back negative COVID-19 tests. Once discharged you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation for 14 days and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 3 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 2 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and may require further negative tests during self-isolation. Quarantine periods and testing requirements may change at short notice and may vary between locations.

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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.

Vaccination
COVID-19 Total Vaccination date: 2021-10-19
COVID-19 Total Vaccination: 67083557
COVID-19 Daily Vaccination: 1536115
COVID-19 Vacc. (per 100 citizens, %): 68.33
COVID-19 Daily Vacc. (per 1 million citizens): 15648

Fully vaccinated visitors to Vietnam with negative COVID-19 test results may be permitted to shorten their period of quarantine on entry at an assigned facility to 7 days, followed by another 7 days of medical surveillance at their residence.

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Full Restrictions

  • Vietnam Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *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.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Fully vaccinated visitors to Vietnam with negative COVID-19 test results may be permitted to shorten their period of quarantine on entry at an assigned facility to 7 days, followed by another 7 days of medical surveillance at their residence.
    Vietnam will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. for those who have permission to travel to Vietnam. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    For further information on entry requirements for those visiting Vietnam, visit the Vietnam Embassy.
    *Land borders: Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Visas: If you want to stay in Vietnam, you should only do so legally and with the right visa and permission to stay. Immigration offices may close or travel to them may not be possible due to local COVID-19 measures. You should check before travelling whether the immigration offices where you are remain open and working normally.
    Those needing to renew their visas can do so by completing the support request form at https://xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/ or by telephoning the following number: 0283 920 0365 (ideally with the help of a Vietnamese speaker).
    The Immigration Department has issued a notice that those who entered Vietnam on visa waivers, e-visas or tourist visas from 1 March 2020 will be entitled to an automatic extension until 30 September 2021. Those who entered Vietnam before 1 March 2020 will be considered for an extension if they have a written document from Vietnamese authorities confirming they were required to undergo mandatory quarantine or treatment for COVID-19. They should present this document on their departure from Vietnam.
    The Visa Application Centres (VACs) in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang will operate at the following times:
    *Hanoi: From Friday 24 September from 8:30am to midday and 1pm to 3pm on Monday to Friday.
    Ho Chi Minh City: 8:30am to midday and 1pm to 2:30pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
    All those visiting the VACs will be required to:
    • have a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of the scheduled appointment
    • bring your VFS appointment confirmation to permit you to travel to the VFS office
    • wear a mask, use hand sanitiser and have your body temperature checked by the building’s staff/security guards before entering the VACs
    For further information on health and safety protocols when visiting VFS, visit the VFSglobal website
    *Danang: From Monday 27 September from 8:30am to midday and 1pm to 2:30pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. The Embassies and Consulate General are unable to intervene in having these requirements waived, shortened or changed or assist in the reservation of, or transfer to, hotels used for quarantine. Violations carry strict penalties.
    You should expect to go into quarantine for at least 14 days. Fully vaccinated visitors may be permitted to leave after 7 days with a further 7 days at a place of residence. Quarantine will be longer if you test positive at any point. If you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. Asymptomatic patients may be discharged from hospital after 10 days and have 2 back to back negative COVID-19 tests. Once discharged you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation for 14 days and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 3 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 2 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and may require further negative tests during self-isolation. Quarantine periods and testing requirements may change at short notice and may vary between locations.
    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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Domestic travel: Air Travel: Many commercial domestic flights may be cancelled at short notice. COVID-19 prevention measures vary depending on where you start your journey and your destination. You should check with your travel provider on the status of your flight and prevention measures in place at your destination and/or on return, before travelling.
    *Inter-province public transport: Some provincial borders are closed. Transport services may be cancelled or suspended at short notice. You should check with your travel provider on travel restrictions and any COVID-19 prevention measures in place at your destination and/or on return.
    *International travel: 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 and whether they are passenger flights. Flights and transit arrangements are still prone to changes and cancellation with little notice.
    Until further notice, all passengers, including infants and children, departing from Tan Son Nhat airport (Ho Chi Minh City) are required to present a negative COVID-test to board their flight.
    You should check with your travel agent or airline before travelling for any last minute change and/or additional travel requirements.
    There are some restrictions on airside transit at airports you may transit when travelling to and from Vietnam which you should check in advance to ensure you will be able to transit, particularly transit times, visa and transit visa requirements and whether your baggage can be transferred airside at transit points.

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    21.10.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *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.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Fully vaccinated visitors to Vietnam with negative COVID-19 test results may be permitted to shorten their period of quarantine on entry at an assigned facility to 7 days, followed by another 7 days of medical surveillance at their residence.
    Vietnam will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. for those who have permission to travel to Vietnam. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    For further information on entry requirements for those visiting Vietnam, visit the Vietnam Embassy.
    *Land borders: Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Visas: If you want to stay in Vietnam, you should only do so legally and with the right visa and permission to stay. Immigration offices may close or travel to them may not be possible due to local COVID-19 measures. You should check before travelling whether the immigration offices where you are remain open and working normally.
    Those needing to renew their visas can do so by completing the support request form at https://xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/ or by telephoning the following number: 0283 920 0365 (ideally with the help of a Vietnamese speaker).
    The Immigration Department has issued a notice that those who entered Vietnam on visa waivers, e-visas or tourist visas from 1 March 2020 will be entitled to an automatic extension until 30 September 2021. Those who entered Vietnam before 1 March 2020 will be considered for an extension if they have a written document from Vietnamese authorities confirming they were required to undergo mandatory quarantine or treatment for COVID-19. They should present this document on their departure from Vietnam.
    The Visa Application Centres (VACs) in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang will operate at the following times:
    *Hanoi: From Friday 24 September from 8:30am to midday and 1pm to 3pm on Monday to Friday.
    Ho Chi Minh City: 8:30am to midday and 1pm to 2:30pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
    All those visiting the VACs will be required to:
    • have a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of the scheduled appointment
    • bring your VFS appointment confirmation to permit you to travel to the VFS office
    • wear a mask, use hand sanitiser and have your body temperature checked by the building’s staff/security guards before entering the VACs
    For further information on health and safety protocols when visiting VFS, visit the VFSglobal website
    *Danang: From Monday 27 September from 8:30am to midday and 1pm to 2:30pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. The Embassies and Consulate General are unable to intervene in having these requirements waived, shortened or changed or assist in the reservation of, or transfer to, hotels used for quarantine. Violations carry strict penalties.
    You should expect to go into quarantine for at least 14 days. Fully vaccinated visitors may be permitted to leave after 7 days with a further 7 days at a place of residence. Quarantine will be longer if you test positive at any point. If you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. Asymptomatic patients may be discharged from hospital after 10 days and have 2 back to back negative COVID-19 tests. Once discharged you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation for 14 days and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 3 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 2 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and may require further negative tests during self-isolation. Quarantine periods and testing requirements may change at short notice and may vary between locations.
    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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Domestic travel: Air Travel- Until further notice all commercial domestic flights to and from areas under social distancing have been suspended. Check on the status of your flight with your travel provider before travelling.
    *Inter-province public transport: Most inter-provincial public transport services have been suspended and those still operating are likely to be heavily booked. Many provincial borders are closed. Transport services may be cancelled or suspended at short notice. You should check with your travel provider and/or local authorities before travelling including provisions for onward travel after disembarking.
    *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. You should also ensure that you have your ID /passport with you. Before travelling to another province you should check with your travel provider and/or accommodation what requirements are in place, both where you are travelling to and on return. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.
    *Hanoi: Since 28 September, Hanoi has relaxed some of its COVID-19 prevention and control measures. Travel passes will no longer be required within Hanoi and a wider variety of shopping malls, shops and services are allowed to operate, including food takeaway and delivery. Outdoor exercise and sport is allowed but groups must not be larger than 10. Social distancing rules remain in place and you should follow these strictly. The rules include but are not limited to:
    • You should remain 2 metres from others, wear a mask and follow hand-washing guidelines
    • Offices to have no more than 50% of staff present
    • a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people outside of schools, offices and hospitals
    • a suspension of public transportation including taxis and motorcycle taxis
    Hanoi authorities have deployed checkpoints at major gateways into Hanoi where officials will check temperatures and collect health declarations for those entering Hanoi. All those arriving in Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City or areas with COVID-19 outbreaks must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours and go to quarantine facilities for 14 days.
    *Ho Chi Minh City: From 1 October restrictions in most areas of Ho Chi Minh City will be eased. Residents who have been vaccinated at least 14 days prior, who have recovered from COVID-19 for at least 180 days, or who are under 18, may travel around the City. You should install on your phone the VNEID app registering your travel and the Y Te HCM app (recording vaccination status). You should also carry other proof of your vaccinations.
    From 1 October, shopping centres, traditional markets, convenience and electronics/home appliance, stationary, postal/telecom, pharmacies and supermarkets are allowed to open and their online shopping services resume. Indoor hairdressers (at 50% capacity), repair shops, garages and vets are also allowed to open, as are restaurants and food and drink outlets (for delivery and takeaways only).
    For many shops, including supermarkets, there may be restrictions on the number of people allowed to enter at a time. VNEID QR codes and/or health declarations, masks and temperature checks may be required to enter. Sport and entertainment events and outdoor exercise are allowed (up to 15 people or 100 if fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19). Indoor events and meetings are also allowed (for up to 10 people or 70 if all are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19). Outdoor events are allowed (limited to 15 people or 100 if all are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19). Museums are allowed to receive up to 10 visitors at a time. Religious establishments are allowed up to 10 people at a time or 70 if all are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19.
    There may be local variations so you should talk to your landlord or local ward authorities or resident group (tổ dân phố) for details as to what restrictions are in place in your area. The following provisions will continue to apply:
    • Maintain social distancing, wear a mask, wash hands, no gatherings of more than 20 outside schools and offices and complete health declarations
    • Residents should ensure they have their medical declaration QR code with them at all times
    • If you experience COVID-19 symptoms you should report to your local Ward Response Team or call 115.
    Public transportation including taxis and motorcycle taxis remain suspended apart from travel for emergency medical care and to Tan Son Nhat airport.
    COVID-19 testing will be carried out in some areas. A helpline is in operation at 1022 (then press option 2), though callers may need to be patient due to demand. We will update this information with further details of the new restrictions as these are made available to us. All those returning from Ho Chi Minh City to other provinces in Vietnam will be quarantined in state quarantine facilities for 14 days, be tested 3 times and must monitor their health for 14 days afterwards. Other provinces may also apply quarantine, social distancing measures and curfews at short notice and depending on where you are travelling from. You should check current measures in place at your destination before you travel.
    *Danang: Since 30 September, Danang has re-opened traditional markets (not night markets), public beaches (swimming allowed from 4:30am to 6:30am, gatherings not allowed), some hairdressers (limited to 3 people) and religious sites. Residents may exercise outside and meetings and training courses are allowed, though numbers are limited to 20 people per room, or 100 if everyone has been vaccinated or is F0 recovered. Public transport will operate at 50% capacity.
    The following provisions will apply:
    • Maintain 5K, no gatherings of more than 20 outside schools and offices;
    • Residents should ensure they have their medical declaration QR code with them at all times
    You should talk to your landlord or local ward authorities for details of local lockdown measures, as these may differ according to your ward.
    You can also obtain further advice and assistance from the Danang Visitor Centre hotline on 023 6355 0111 Other provinces and cities may impose or relax similar curfews and social distancing measures at short notice, so you should monitor local media for updates to regulations.
    Lockdown periods may be extended, restrictions may be tightened or relaxed and other provinces and cities may impose or relax similar curfews and social distancing measures at short notice, so you should monitor local regulations for updates.
    If in doubt, check with your local authorities to make sure that you are in compliance and to avoid being fined.
    We will share any official updates from the central and local governments on our Travel Advice and social media pages.

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    01.10.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *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.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Fully vaccinated visitors to Vietnam with negative COVID-19 test results may be permitted to shorten their period of quarantine on entry at an assigned facility to 7 days, followed by another 7 days of medical surveillance at their residence.
    Vietnam will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. for those who have permission to travel to Vietnam. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    For further information on entry requirements for those visiting Vietnam, visit the Vietnam Embassy.
    *Land borders: Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Visas: If you want to stay in Vietnam, you should only do so legally and with the right visa and permission to stay. Immigration offices may close or travel to them may not be possible due to local COVID-19 measures. You should check before travelling whether the immigration offices where you are remain open and working normally.
    Those needing to renew their visas can do so by completing the support request form at https://xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/ or by telephoning the following number: 0283 920 0365 (ideally with the help of a Vietnamese speaker).
    The Immigration Department has issued a notice that those who entered Vietnam on visa waivers, e-visas or tourist visas from 1 March 2020 will be entitled to an automatic extension until 30 September 2021. Those who entered Vietnam before 1 March 2020 will be considered for an extension if they have a written document from Vietnamese authorities confirming they were required to undergo mandatory quarantine or treatment for COVID-19. They should present this document on their departure from Vietnam.
    The Visa Application Centres (VACs) in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang will operate at the following times:
    *Hanoi: From Friday 24 September from 8:30am to midday and 1pm to 3pm on Monday to Friday.
    Ho Chi Minh City: 8:30am to midday and 1pm to 2:30pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
    All those visiting the VACs will be required to:
    • have a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of the scheduled appointment
    • bring your VFS appointment confirmation to permit you to travel to the VFS office
    • wear a mask, use hand sanitiser and have your body temperature checked by the building’s staff/security guards before entering the VACs
    For further information on health and safety protocols when visiting VFS, visit the VFSglobal website
    *Danang: From Monday 27 September from 8:30am to midday and 1pm to 2:30pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. The Embassies and Consulate General are unable to intervene in having these requirements waived, shortened or changed or assist in the reservation of, or transfer to, hotels used for quarantine. Violations carry strict penalties.
    You should expect to go into quarantine for at least 14 days. Fully vaccinated visitors may be permitted to leave after 7 days with a further 7 days at a place of residence. Quarantine will be longer if you test positive at any point. If you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. Asymptomatic patients may be discharged from hospital after 10 days and have 2 back to back negative COVID-19 tests. Once discharged you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation for 14 days and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 3 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 2 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and may require further negative tests during self-isolation. Quarantine periods and testing requirements may change at short notice and may vary between locations.
    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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Authorities plan to reopen resort island of Phu Quoc to foreign visitors on 20 November; COVID-19 tests to be required (Reuters, 24.09.2021).

    *Air Travel: Until further notice all commercial domestic flights to and from areas under social distancing have been suspended. Check on the status of your flight with your travel provider before travelling.
    *Inter-province public transport: Most inter-provincial public transport services have been suspended and those still operating are likely to be heavily booked. Many provincial borders are closed. Transport services may be cancelled or suspended at short notice. You should check with your travel provider and/or local authorities before travelling including provisions for onward travel after disembarking.
    *International travel: 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 and whether they are passenger flights. Flights and transit arrangements are still prone to changes and cancellation with little notice. Until further notice, all passengers, including infants and children, departing from Tan Son Nhat airport (Ho Chi Minh City) are required to present a negative COVID-test to board their flight.
    You should check with your travel agent or airline before travelling for any last minute change and/or additional travel requirements.
    Travel to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi and Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City is permitted with a boarding pass or ticket, and a passport. For travel to Tan Son Nhat airport (only) during curfew hours (6pm – 6am) you should contact the British Consulate General at Consular.Vietnam@fcdo.gov.uk for a letter enabling travel to the airport. You should be alert to announcements from local authorities/
    There are some restrictions on airside transit at airports you may transit when travelling to and from Vietnam which you should check in advance to ensure you will be able to transit, particularly transit times, visa and transit visa requirements and whether your baggage can be transferred airside at transit points.
    *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. You should also ensure that you have your ID /passport with you. Before travelling to another province you should check with your travel provider and/or accommodation what requirements are in place, both where you are travelling to and on return. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.
    *Hanoi: From 6am on 21 September Hanoi will relax some of its COVID-19 prevention and control measures. Travel passes will no longer be required within Hanoi and a wider variety of shops and services are allowed to operate until 9pm, including food takeaway and delivery.. Social distancing rules remain in place and you should follow these strictly. The rules include but are not limited to:
    You should remain 2 metres from others, wear a mask and follow hand-washing guidelines
    • Offices to have no more than 50% of staff present
    • a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people outside of schools, offices and hospitals
    • a suspension of public transportation including taxis and motorcycle taxis
    • Hanoi authorities have deployed checkpoints at major gateways into Hanoi where officials will check temperatures and collect health declarations for those entering Hanoi. All those arriving in Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City or areas with COVID-19 outbreaks must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours and go to quarantine facilities for 14 days.
    *Ho Chi Minh City: Current restrictions in most areas of Ho Chi Minh City, including the imposed curfew from 6pm to 6am each day, will last until at least the end of September. Public transportation including taxis and motorcycle taxis remain suspended apart from travel for emergency medical care and to Tan Son Nhat airport.
    You should talk to your landlord or local ward authorities for details as to what restrictions are in place, as these may differ according to your ward. In general, Ho Chi Minh City requires all residents to remain in their homes unless they are travelling to the airport to leave Vietnam; have a serious medical emergency; or need to have a PCR test. Some low risk ‘green’ zones may allow one member of each household to go to local shops and markets once a week.
    Mobile medical stations will be in operation for routine medical assistance. If you have a serious medical emergency you should contact the British Consulate General on +84 (0)28 3825 1380
    Supermarkets, convenience stores and chemists are now operating delivery services from 6am to 9pm.Food and beverage services, postal and telecom outlets, stationary and school supply shops, vets, agricultural product support services, and maintenance/ repair services are now allowed to operate from 6am to 6pm. There may be different practices for ordering food, depending on the ward you reside in. Some some wards will distribute essential goods, medical supplies and food through local authorities, working with the military and other voluntary organisations. If in doubt you should seek clarity from your landlord, local ward authorities or local residence group (Tổ dân phố).
    Mass COVID-19 testing will be carried out in some areas. A helpline is in operation at 1022 (then press option 2), though callers may need to be patient due to demand. We will update this information with further details of the new restrictions as these are made available to us.
    All those returning from Ho Chi Minh City to other provinces in Vietnam will be quarantined in state quarantine facilities for 14 days, be tested 3 times and must monitor their health for 14 days afterwards. Other provinces may also apply quarantine, social distancing measures and curfews at short notice and depending on where you are travelling from. You should check current measures in place at your destination before you travel.
    *Danang: From 8am on Sunday, 5 September, Da Nang will be divided into red, amber and green zones for lockdown provisions.
    Red Zone: Residents are required not to go out, except for medical needs, including vaccinations and tests.
    • Food and essential supplies will be delivered to residential units (tổ dân phố).
    Amber Zone:
    • One member of each household can go out to local shops once every 5 days with a travel letter and QR code provided by residential units.
    Green Zone:
    • One member of each household can go to local shops every 5 days with a travel letter and QR code.
    • Restaurants and shops can provide to-go and online services.
    • Limited outdoor exercise is allowed in public places from 5am to 7am, in adherence with 2-metre social distancing measures.
    For the map of the zones (in Vietnamese only), please visit.
    You should talk to your landlord or local ward authorities for details, as these may differ according to your ward.
    You can also obtain further advice and assistance from the Danang Visitor Centre hotline on 023 6355 0111 and at the following dedicated English speaking hotlines and email contact points:
    Son Tra, Dang Cao Ky: 0935 994 359 – kydc@danang.gov.vn
    Ngu Hanh Son, Nguyen Thuy Linh: 0935 240 791 – linhnt13@danang.gov.vn
    Hai Chau, Nguyen Thi Cam Tu: 0913 830 038 – tuntc@danang.gov.vn
    Thanh Khe & Cam Le, Nguyen Thi Phuong Huyen: 0934 797 275 – huyentp@danang.gov.vn
    Lien Chieu & Hoa Vang, Nguyen Hong Linh: 0905 133 664 – linhnh@danang.gov.vn
    Other provinces and cities may impose or relax similar curfews and social distancing measures at short notice, so you should monitor local media for updates to regulations.
    Lockdown periods may be extended, restrictions may be tightened or relaxed and other provinces and cities may impose or relax similar curfews and social distancing measures at short notice, so you should monitor local regulations for updates.
    If in doubt, check with your local authorities to make sure that you are in compliance and to avoid being fined.
    We will share any official updates from the central and local governments on our Travel Advice and social media pages.

    Read more
    27.09.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *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.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Fully vaccinated visitors to Vietnam with negative COVID-19 test results may be permitted to shorten their period of quarantine on entry at an assigned facility to 7 days, followed by another 7 days of medical surveillance at their residence.
    Vietnam will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record for those who have permission to travel to Vietnam. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    For further information on entry requirements for those visiting Vietnam, check always the Vietnam Embassy website in your country.
    *Land borders: Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Visas: If you want to stay in Vietnam, you should only do so legally and with the right visa and permission to stay. Immigration offices may close or travel to them may not be possible due to local COVID-19 measures. You should check before travelling whether the immigration offices where you are remain open and working normally.
    Those needing to renew their visas can do so by completing the support request form athttps://xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/
    or by telephoning the following number: 0283 920 0365 (ideally with the help of a Vietnamese speaker).
    The Immigration Department has issued a notice that those who entered Vietnam on visa waivers, e-visas or tourist visas from 1 March 2020 will be entitled to an automatic extension until 30 September 2021. Those who entered Vietnam before 1 March 2020 will be considered for an extension if they have a written document from Vietnamese authorities confirming they were required to undergo mandatory quarantine or treatment for COVID-19. They should present this document on their departure from Vietnam.
    If you now plan to leave Vietnam permanently and entered before 1 March 2020 without undergoing mandatory quarantine or treatment for COVID-19, you should contact your local immigration office in order to apply for your exit visa and pay any overstay fees. Going to the airport without an exit visa will result in you being denied boarding for your flight.
    Vietnamese visit visas are issued to foreign nationals for a limited duration and on the basis that visitors must leave on or before the date of expiry. Those who come to Vietnam to work are required to apply for a work visa / permit. You should check the visa validity and conditions carefully. Overstaying your Vietnamese visit visa or working illegally is a serious matter and you may be delayed from travel until a fine is paid, deported and may be prevented from visiting Vietnam in the future.
    The Embassy and Consulate General will not be able to assist with individual visit visa extensions should you wish to stay in Vietnam, nor sponsor individual applications or sign NA5 forms (which has the same effect) as this involves legal and financial obligations. For those with a valid work visa or resident cards, you can extend these at immigration offices with the assistance and support of your family or employer.
    *Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months on the date you enter Vietnam: In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Vietnamese Immigration Department has received assurances from the British Government that any passport held by a British national with an expiry date of 1 January 2020 onwards, or with less than 6 months validity, would be valid until 31 December 2021, when submitted for the purpose of renewing a visa or residence permit.
    The Visa Application Centres (VACs) in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will operate at the following times:
    *Hanoi: From Friday 24 September from 8:30am to midday and 1pm to 3pm on Monday to Friday.
    Ho Chi Minh City: 8:30am to midday and 1pm to 2:30pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
    All those visiting the VACs will be required to:
    • have a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of the scheduled appointment
    • bring your VFS appointment confirmation to permit you to travel to the VFS office
    • wear a mask, use hand sanitiser and have your body temperature checked by the building’s staff/security guards before entering the VACs
    For further information on health and safety protocols when visiting VFS, visit the VFSglobal website.
    *Danang: Due to local Government lockdown restrictions, the Visa Application Centre in Danang City will remain closed until further notice. We are working with the local authorities to gain permission to resume operations in Danang as soon as possible and will update this page as soon as we have details as to when it will reopen. Customers with prior appointments will be contacted via phone or email to advise on rebooking.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. The British Embassy and Consulate General are unable to intervene in having these requirements waived, shortened or changed or assist in the reservation of, or transfer to, hotels used for quarantine. Violations carry strict penalties.
    You should expect to go into quarantine for at least 14 days. Fully vaccinated visitors may be permitted to leave after 7 days with a further 7 days at a place of residence. Quarantine will be longer if you test positive at any point. If you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. Asymptomatic patients may be discharged from hospital after 10 days and have 2 back to back negative COVID-19 tests. Once discharged you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation for 14 days and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 3 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 2 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and may require further negative tests during self-isolation. Quarantine periods and testing requirements may change at short notice and may vary between locations.
    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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Authorities plan to reopen resort island of Phu Quoc to foreign visitors on 20 November; COVID-19 tests to be required (Reuters, 24.09.2021).

    *Air Travel: Until further notice all commercial domestic flights to and from areas under social distancing have been suspended. Check on the status of your flight with your travel provider before travelling.
    *Inter-province public transport: Most inter-provincial public transport services have been suspended and those still operating are likely to be heavily booked. Many provincial borders are closed. Transport services may be cancelled or suspended at short notice. You should check with your travel provider and/or local authorities before travelling including provisions for onward travel after disembarking.
    *International travel: 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 and whether they are passenger flights. Flights and transit arrangements are still prone to changes and cancellation with little notice. Until further notice, all passengers, including infants and children, departing from Tan Son Nhat airport (Ho Chi Minh City) are required to present a negative COVID-test to board their flight.
    You should check with your travel agent or airline before travelling for any last minute change and/or additional travel requirements.
    Travel to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi and Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City is permitted with a boarding pass or ticket, and a passport. For travel to Tan Son Nhat airport (only) during curfew hours (6pm – 6am) you should contact the British Consulate General at Consular.Vietnam@fcdo.gov.uk for a letter enabling travel to the airport. You should be alert to announcements from local authorities/
    There are some restrictions on airside transit at airports you may transit when travelling to and from Vietnam which you should check in advance to ensure you will be able to transit, particularly transit times, visa and transit visa requirements and whether your baggage can be transferred airside at transit points.
    *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. You should also ensure that you have your ID /passport with you. Before travelling to another province you should check with your travel provider and/or accommodation what requirements are in place, both where you are travelling to and on return. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.
    *Hanoi: From 6am on 21 September Hanoi will relax some of its COVID-19 prevention and control measures. Travel passes will no longer be required within Hanoi and a wider variety of shops and services are allowed to operate until 9pm, including food takeaway and delivery.. Social distancing rules remain in place and you should follow these strictly. The rules include but are not limited to:
    You should remain 2 metres from others, wear a mask and follow hand-washing guidelines
    • Offices to have no more than 50% of staff present
    • a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people outside of schools, offices and hospitals
    • a suspension of public transportation including taxis and motorcycle taxis
    • Hanoi authorities have deployed checkpoints at major gateways into Hanoi where officials will check temperatures and collect health declarations for those entering Hanoi. All those arriving in Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City or areas with COVID-19 outbreaks must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours and go to quarantine facilities for 14 days.
    *Ho Chi Minh City: Current restrictions in most areas of Ho Chi Minh City, including the imposed curfew from 6pm to 6am each day, will last until at least the end of September. Public transportation including taxis and motorcycle taxis remain suspended apart from travel for emergency medical care and to Tan Son Nhat airport.
    You should talk to your landlord or local ward authorities for details as to what restrictions are in place, as these may differ according to your ward. In general, Ho Chi Minh City requires all residents to remain in their homes unless they are travelling to the airport to leave Vietnam; have a serious medical emergency; or need to have a PCR test. Some low risk ‘green’ zones may allow one member of each household to go to local shops and markets once a week.
    Mobile medical stations will be in operation for routine medical assistance. If you have a serious medical emergency you should contact the British Consulate General on +84 (0)28 3825 1380
    Supermarkets, convenience stores and chemists are now operating delivery services from 6am to 9pm.Food and beverage services, postal and telecom outlets, stationary and school supply shops, vets, agricultural product support services, and maintenance/ repair services are now allowed to operate from 6am to 6pm. There may be different practices for ordering food, depending on the ward you reside in. Some some wards will distribute essential goods, medical supplies and food through local authorities, working with the military and other voluntary organisations. If in doubt you should seek clarity from your landlord, local ward authorities or local residence group (Tổ dân phố).
    Mass COVID-19 testing will be carried out in some areas. A helpline is in operation at 1022 (then press option 2), though callers may need to be patient due to demand. We will update this information with further details of the new restrictions as these are made available to us.
    All those returning from Ho Chi Minh City to other provinces in Vietnam will be quarantined in state quarantine facilities for 14 days, be tested 3 times and must monitor their health for 14 days afterwards. Other provinces may also apply quarantine, social distancing measures and curfews at short notice and depending on where you are travelling from. You should check current measures in place at your destination before you travel.
    *Danang: From 8am on Sunday, 5 September, Da Nang will be divided into red, amber and green zones for lockdown provisions.
    Red Zone: Residents are required not to go out, except for medical needs, including vaccinations and tests.
    • Food and essential supplies will be delivered to residential units (tổ dân phố).
    Amber Zone:
    • One member of each household can go out to local shops once every 5 days with a travel letter and QR code provided by residential units.
    Green Zone:
    • One member of each household can go to local shops every 5 days with a travel letter and QR code.
    • Restaurants and shops can provide to-go and online services.
    • Limited outdoor exercise is allowed in public places from 5am to 7am, in adherence with 2-metre social distancing measures.
    For the map of the zones (in Vietnamese only), please visit.
    You should talk to your landlord or local ward authorities for details, as these may differ according to your ward.
    You can also obtain further advice and assistance from the Danang Visitor Centre hotline on 023 6355 0111 and at the following dedicated English speaking hotlines and email contact points:
    Son Tra, Dang Cao Ky: 0935 994 359 – kydc@danang.gov.vn
    Ngu Hanh Son, Nguyen Thuy Linh: 0935 240 791 – linhnt13@danang.gov.vn
    Hai Chau, Nguyen Thi Cam Tu: 0913 830 038 – tuntc@danang.gov.vn
    Thanh Khe & Cam Le, Nguyen Thi Phuong Huyen: 0934 797 275 – huyentp@danang.gov.vn
    Lien Chieu & Hoa Vang, Nguyen Hong Linh: 0905 133 664 – linhnh@danang.gov.vn
    Other provinces and cities may impose or relax similar curfews and social distancing measures at short notice, so you should monitor local media for updates to regulations.
    Lockdown periods may be extended, restrictions may be tightened or relaxed and other provinces and cities may impose or relax similar curfews and social distancing measures at short notice, so you should monitor local regulations for updates.
    If in doubt, check with your local authorities to make sure that you are in compliance and to avoid being fined.
    We will share any official updates from the central and local governments on our Travel Advice and social media pages.

    Read more
    24.09.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *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.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Fully vaccinated visitors to Vietnam with negative COVID-19 test results may be permitted to shorten their period of quarantine on entry at an assigned facility to 7 days, followed by another 7 days of medical surveillance at their residence.
    Vietnam will accept proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record for those who have permission to travel to Vietnam. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *Land borders: Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Danang: Due to local Government lockdown restrictions, the Visa Application Centre in Danang City will remain closed until further notice. We are working with the local authorities to gain permission to resume operations in Danang as soon as possible and will update this page as soon as we have details as to when it will reopen. Customers with prior appointments will be contacted via phone or email to advise on rebooking.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. Violations carry strict penalties.
    You should expect to go into quarantine for at least 14 days. Fully vaccinated visitors may be permitted to leave after 7 days with a further 7 days at a place of residence. Quarantine will be longer if you test positive at any point. If you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. Asymptomatic patients may be discharged from hospital after 10 days and have 2 back to back negative COVID-19 tests. Once discharged you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation for 14 days and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 3 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 2 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and may require further negative tests during self-isolation. Quarantine periods and testing requirements may change at short notice and may vary between locations.
    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.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Air Travel: Until further notice all commercial domestic flights to and from areas under social distancing have been suspended. Check on the status of your flight with your travel provider before travelling.
    *Inter-province public transport: Most inter-provincial public transport services have been suspended and those still operating are likely to be heavily booked. Many provincial borders are closed. Transport services may be cancelled or suspended at short notice. You should check with your travel provider and/or local authorities before travelling including provisions for onward travel after disembarking.
    *International travel: 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 and whether they are passenger flights. Flights and transit arrangements are still prone to changes and cancellation with little notice. Until further notice, all passengers, including infants and children, departing from Tan Son Nhat airport (Ho Chi Minh City) are required to present a negative COVID-test to board their flight.
    You should check with your travel agent or airline before travelling for any last minute change and/or additional travel requirements.
    Travel to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi and Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City is permitted with a boarding pass or ticket, and a passport. For travel to Tan Son Nhat airport (only) during curfew hours (6pm – 6am) you should contact the British Consulate General at Consular.Vietnam@fcdo.gov.uk for a letter enabling travel to the airport. You should be alert to announcements from local authorities/
    There are some restrictions on airside transit at airports you may transit when travelling to and from Vietnam which you should check in advance to ensure you will be able to transit, particularly transit times, visa and transit visa requirements and whether your baggage can be transferred airside at transit points.
    *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. You should also ensure that you have your ID /passport with you. Before travelling to another province you should check with your travel provider and/or accommodation what requirements are in place, both where you are travelling to and on return. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.
    *Hanoi: From 6am on 21 September Hanoi will relax some of its COVID-19 prevention and control measures. Travel passes will no longer be required within Hanoi and a wider variety of shops and services are allowed to operate until 9pm, including food takeaway and delivery.. Social distancing rules remain in place and you should follow these strictly. The rules include but are not limited to:
    You should remain 2 metres from others, wear a mask and follow hand-washing guidelines
    • Offices to have no more than 50% of staff present
    • a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people outside of schools, offices and hospitals
    • a suspension of public transportation including taxis and motorcycle taxis
    • Hanoi authorities have deployed checkpoints at major gateways into Hanoi where officials will check temperatures and collect health declarations for those entering Hanoi. All those arriving in Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City or areas with COVID-19 outbreaks must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours and go to quarantine facilities for 14 days.
    *Ho Chi Minh City: Current restrictions in most areas of Ho Chi Minh City, including the imposed curfew from 6pm to 6am each day, will last until at least the end of September. Public transportation including taxis and motorcycle taxis remain suspended apart from travel for emergency medical care and to Tan Son Nhat airport.
    You should talk to your landlord or local ward authorities for details as to what restrictions are in place, as these may differ according to your ward. In general, Ho Chi Minh City requires all residents to remain in their homes unless they are travelling to the airport to leave Vietnam; have a serious medical emergency; or need to have a PCR test. Some low risk ‘green’ zones may allow one member of each household to go to local shops and markets once a week.
    Mobile medical stations will be in operation for routine medical assistance. If you have a serious medical emergency you should contact the British Consulate General on +84 (0)28 3825 1380
    Supermarkets, convenience stores and chemists are now operating delivery services from 6am to 9pm.Food and beverage services, postal and telecom outlets, stationary and school supply shops, vets, agricultural product support services, and maintenance/ repair services are now allowed to operate from 6am to 6pm. There may be different practices for ordering food, depending on the ward you reside in. Some some wards will distribute essential goods, medical supplies and food through local authorities, working with the military and other voluntary organisations. If in doubt you should seek clarity from your landlord, local ward authorities or local residence group (Tổ dân phố).
    Mass COVID-19 testing will be carried out in some areas. A helpline is in operation at 1022 (then press option 2), though callers may need to be patient due to demand. We will update this information with further details of the new restrictions as these are made available to us.
    All those returning from Ho Chi Minh City to other provinces in Vietnam will be quarantined in state quarantine facilities for 14 days, be tested 3 times and must monitor their health for 14 days afterwards. Other provinces may also apply quarantine, social distancing measures and curfews at short notice and depending on where you are travelling from. You should check current measures in place at your destination before you travel.
    *Danang: From 8am on Sunday, 5 September, Da Nang will be divided into red, amber and green zones for lockdown provisions.
    Red Zone: Residents are required not to go out, except for medical needs, including vaccinations and tests.
    • Food and essential supplies will be delivered to residential units (tổ dân phố).
    Amber Zone:
    • One member of each household can go out to local shops once every 5 days with a travel letter and QR code provided by residential units.
    Green Zone:
    • One member of each household can go to local shops every 5 days with a travel letter and QR code.
    • Restaurants and shops can provide to-go and online services.
    • Limited outdoor exercise is allowed in public places from 5am to 7am, in adherence with 2-metre social distancing measures.
    For the map of the zones (in Vietnamese only), please visit.
    You should talk to your landlord or local ward authorities for details, as these may differ according to your ward.
    You can also obtain further advice and assistance from the Danang Visitor Centre hotline on 023 6355 0111 and at the following dedicated English speaking hotlines and email contact points:
    Son Tra, Dang Cao Ky: 0935 994 359 – kydc@danang.gov.vn
    Ngu Hanh Son, Nguyen Thuy Linh: 0935 240 791 – linhnt13@danang.gov.vn
    Hai Chau, Nguyen Thi Cam Tu: 0913 830 038 – tuntc@danang.gov.vn
    Thanh Khe & Cam Le, Nguyen Thi Phuong Huyen: 0934 797 275 – huyentp@danang.gov.vn
    Lien Chieu & Hoa Vang, Nguyen Hong Linh: 0905 133 664 – linhnh@danang.gov.vn
    Other provinces and cities may impose or relax similar curfews and social distancing measures at short notice, so you should monitor local media for updates to regulations.
    Lockdown periods may be extended, restrictions may be tightened or relaxed and other provinces and cities may impose or relax similar curfews and social distancing measures at short notice, so you should monitor local regulations for updates.
    If in doubt, check with your local authorities to make sure that you are in compliance and to avoid being fined.
    We will share any official updates from the central and local governments on our Travel Advice and social media pages.

    Read more
    21.09.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: COVID-19 lockdown in Hanoi extended until 6 September (Reuters, 20.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *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.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status: Fully vaccinated visitors to Vietnam with negative COVID-19 test results may be permitted to shorten their period of quarantine on entry at an assigned facility to 7 days, followed by another 7 days of medical surveillance at their residence. Vietnam will accept proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record for those who have permission to travel to Vietnam. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *Land borders: Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. Most do not meet Public Health England standards. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. Violations carry strict penalties.
    You should expect to go into quarantine for 14 days (although fully vaccinated visitors may be permitted to leave after 7 days with a further 7 days at a place of residence). Quarantine will be longer if you test positive at any point. If you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. Asymptomatic patients may be discharged from hospital after 10 days and have 2 back to back negative COVID-19 tests. Once discharged you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation for 14 days and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 3 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 2 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and may require further negative tests during self-isolation. Quarantine periods and testing requirements may change at short notice and may vary between locations.
    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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Domestic travel: Air Travel: Until further notice all commercial domestic flights to and from areas under social distancing have been suspended. Check on the status of your flight with your travel provider before travelling.
    *Inter-province public transport: Most inter-provincial public transport services have been suspended and those still operating are likely to be heavily booked. Many provincial borders are closed. Transport services may be cancelled or suspended at short notice. You should check with your travel provider and/or local authorities before travelling including provisions for onward travel after disembarking.
    International travel: 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 and whether they are passenger flights. Flights and transit arrangements are still prone to changes and cancellation with little notice.
    Until further notice, all passengers, including infants and children, departing from Tan Son Nhat airport (Ho Chi Minh City) are required to present a negative COVID-test to board their flight.
    You should check with your travel agent or airline before travelling for any last minute change and/or additional travel requirements.
    Travel to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi and Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City is permitted with a boarding pass or ticket, and a passport. For travel to Tan Son Nhat airport (only) during curfew hours (6pm – 6am) you should contact your Consulate General for a letter enabling travel to the airport. You should be alert to announcements from local authorities.
    There are some restrictions on airside transit at airports you may transit when travelling to and from Vietnam which you should check in advance to ensure you will be able to transit, particularly transit times, visa and transit visa requirements and whether your baggage can be transferred airside at transit points
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
    *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. You should also ensure that you have your ID /passport with you. Before travelling to another province you should check with your travel provider and/or accommodation what requirements are in place, both where you are travelling to and on return. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.
    *Hanoi: Hanoi has extended its Covid-19 prevention and control measures. From 6am on Monday 6 September to 6am on Tuesday, 21 September, Hanoi will be divided into three zones for application of different Covid-19 prevention and control measures. For details of the categorisation and measure see the online newspaper of the Government.
    You should ensure you are strictly following the social distancing rules in place. These include but are not limited to:
    • staying at home and only going outside for essential needs such as food shopping, to obtain medicine, or urgent medical services
    • a ban on gatherings of more than two people at public places
    • a suspension of public transportation including taxis and motorcycle taxis
    • a ban on travelling to other localities
    Those permitted to travel within Hanoi must carry approved travel documents.
    Hanoi authorities have deployed checkpoints at major gateways into Hanoi where officials will check temperatures and collect health declarations for those entering Hanoi. All those arriving in Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City or areas with COVID-19 outbreaks must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours and self-isolate for 14 days.
    *Ho Chi Minh City: Current restrictions in most areas of Ho Chi Minh City, including the imposed curfew from 6pm to 6am each day, will last until at least the end of September.
    You should talk to your landlord or local ward authorities for details as to what restrictions are in place, as these may differ according to your ward.
    In general, Ho Chi Minh City requires all residents to remain in their homes unless they are travelling to the airport to leave Vietnam; have a serious medical emergency; or need to have a PCR test. Some low risk ‘green’ zones may allow one member of each household to go to local shops and markets once a week.
    Mobile medical stations will be in operation for routine medical assistance. If you have a serious medical emergency you should contact your Consulate.
    Essential goods, medical supplies and food will be distributed by the local authorities, working with the military and other voluntary organisations. Supermarkets, convenience stores and chemists are now operating delivery services from 6am to 9pm and food and beverage services, postal and telecom outlets and school supply shops from 6am to 6pm, in some areas of the city. There may be different practices for ordering food, depending on the ward you reside in. If in doubt you should seek clarity from your landlord, local ward authorities or local residence group (Tổ dân phố).
    Mass COVID-19 testing will be carried out in some areas. A helpline is in operation at 1022 (then press option 2), though callers may need to be patient due to demand. We will update this information with further details of the new restrictions as these are made available to us. Other provinces and cities may impose similar curfews and social distancing measures at short notice, so you should monitor local regulations for updates.
    All those returning from Ho Chi Minh City to other provinces in Vietnam will be quarantined in state quarantine facilities for 14 days, be tested 3 times and must monitor their health for 14 days afterwards. Other provinces may also apply quarantine, social distancing measures and curfews at short notice and depending on where you are travelling from. You should check current measures in place at your destination before you travel.
    Danang: From 8am on Sunday, 5 September, Da Nang will be divided into red, amber and green zones for lockdown provisions.
    Red Zone: Residents are required not to go out, except for medical needs, including vaccinations and tests.
    • Food and essential supplies will be delivered to residential units (tổ dân phố).
    Amber Zone: One member of each household can go out to local shops once every 5 days with a travel letter and QR code provided by residential units.
    Green Zone: One member of each household can go to local shops every 5 days with a travel letter and QR code.
    • Restaurants and shops can provide to-go and online services.
    • Limited outdoor exercise is allowed in public places from 5am to 7am, in adherence with 2-metre social distancing measures.
    For the map of the zones (in Vietnamese only), please visit
    You should talk to your landlord or local ward authorities for details, as these may differ according to your ward.
    You can also obtain further advice and assistance from the Danang Visitor Centre hotline on 023 6355 0111 and at the following dedicated English speaking hotlines.
    Nha Trang has extended its lockdown until 8 September. Under this lockdown you should remain at home and only go out for basic necessities such as food or medicine.
    The above periods may be extended and restrictions may be tightened or relaxed and other provinces and cities may impose similar curfews and social distancing measures at short notice, so you should monitor local regulations for updates.
    If in doubt, check with your local authorities to make sure that you are in compliance and to avoid being fined.
    We will share any official updates from the central and local governments on our Travel Advice and social media pages.

    Read more
    15.09.2021
  • Vietnam Under the tourism sector’s plan, Phu Quoc will receive tourists for six months in two phases on a trial basis, starting from October. In the first phase, lasting three months, the island is expected to welcome 3,000-5,000 international visitors per month via charter flights, with visitors’ activities limited to certain sites.

    Depending on the outcome of the first phase, the pilot programme would be scaled up to welcome 5,000-10,000 passengers per month on commercial flights, and the sites opened to foreign visitors might be extended

    Under the plan, visitors from countries with high safety in COVID-19 prevention and control in regions such as Northeast Asia, Europe, the US, the Middle East, and Australia will need to book package tours of travel agencies if they want to go to Phu Quoc.

    To enter the country, visitors must meet certain requirements including a certificate of full vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 not more than 12 months from the date of their release from hospital to the date of entry. They also have to present a negative COVID-19 testing certificate issued by authorised agencies within 72 hours before departure.

    Visitors are also required to install the Vietnam Safe Travel or the Healthy Vietnam apps and make a medical declaration through those apps. In case visitors do not meet all the necessary requirements, they may be denied entry and bear the cost of returning to their home country or transit.

    Visitors have to travel on their designated cars in line with the approved schedule. Service staff, drivers, guides and tourists are required to wear masks throughout the journey.

    Read more
    14.09.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: COVID-19 lockdown in Hanoi extended until 6 September (Reuters, 20.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *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.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status: Fully vaccinated visitors to Vietnam with negative COVID-19 test results may be permitted to shorten their period of quarantine on entry at an assigned facility to 7 days, followed by another 7 days of medical surveillance at their residence. Vietnam will accept proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record for those who have permission to travel to Vietnam. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *Land borders: Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. Most do not meet Public Health England standards. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. Violations carry strict penalties.
    You should expect to go into quarantine for 14 days (although fully vaccinated visitors may be permitted to leave after 7 days with a further 7 days at a place of residence). Quarantine will be longer if you test positive at any point. If you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. Asymptomatic patients may be discharged from hospital after 10 days and have 2 back to back negative COVID-19 tests. Once discharged you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation for 14 days and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 3 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 2 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and may require further negative tests during self-isolation. Quarantine periods and testing requirements may change at short notice and may vary between locations.
    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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Air Travel: Until further notice all commercial domestic flights to and from areas under social distancing have been suspended. Check on the status of your flight with your travel provider before travelling.
    *Inter-province public transport: Most inter-provincial public transport services have been suspended and those still operating are likely to be heavily booked. Many provincial borders are closed. Transport services may be cancelled or suspended at short notice. You should check with your travel provider and/or local authorities before travelling including provisions for onward travel after disembarking.
    *International travel: 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 and whether they are passenger flights. Flights and transit arrangements are still prone to changes and cancellation with little notice.
    Until further notice, all passengers, including infants and children, departing from Tan Son Nhat airport (Ho Chi Minh City) are required to present a negative COVID-test to board their flight. You should check with your travel agent or airline before travelling for any last minute change and/or additional travel requirements.
    Travel to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi and Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City is permitted with a boarding pass or ticket, and a passport. For travel to Tan Son Nhat airport (only) during curfew hours (6pm – 6am) you should contact the British Consulate General at Consular.Vietnam@fcdo.gov.uk for a letter enabling travel to the airport. You should be alert to announcements from local authorities.
    There are some restrictions on airside transit at airports you may transit when travelling to and from Vietnam which you should check in advance to ensure you will be able to transit, particularly transit times, visa and transit visa requirements and whether your baggage can be transferred airside at transit points.

    Read more
    10.09.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: COVID-19 lockdown in Hanoi extended until 6 September (Reuters, 20.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *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.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status: Fully vaccinated visitors to Vietnam with negative COVID-19 test results may be permitted to shorten their period of quarantine on entry at an assigned facility to 7 days, followed by another 7 days of medical surveillance at their residence.
    Vietnam will accept proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record for those who have permission to travel to Vietnam. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status. For further information on entry requirements for those visiting Vietnam, visit the Vietnam Embassy website.
    *Land borders: Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Hanoi: 8:30am to midday and 1pm to 2:30pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
    *Ho Chi Minh City: 8:30am to midday and 1pm to 2:30pm on Monday
    All those visiting the VACs will be required to:
    • have a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of the scheduled appointment
    • bring your VFS appointment confirmation to permit you to travel to the VFS office
    • wear a mask, use hand sanitiser and have your body temperature checked by the building’s staff/security guards before entering the VACs
    For further information on health and safety protocols when visiting VFS, visit the VFSglobal website
    *Danang: Due to local Government lockdown restrictions, the Visa Application Centre in Danang City will remain closed until further notice. We are working with the local authorities to gain permission to resume operations in Danang as soon as possible and will update this page as soon as we have details as to when it will reopen.
    Customers with prior appointments will be contacted via phone or email to advise on rebooking.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. The British Embassy and Consulate General are unable to intervene in having these requirements waived, shortened or changed or assist in the reservation of, or transfer to, hotels used for quarantine. Violations carry strict penalties.
    You should expect to go into quarantine for 14 days (although fully vaccinated visitors may be permitted to leave after 7 days with a further 7 days at a place of residence). Quarantine will be longer if you test positive at any point. If you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. Asymptomatic patients may be discharged from hospital after 10 days and have 2 back to back negative COVID-19 tests. Once discharged you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation for 14 days and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 3 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 2 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and may require further negative tests during self-isolation. Quarantine periods and testing requirements may change at short notice and may vary between locations.
    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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Domestic travel: Air Travel: From 8 August until further notice all commercial domestic flights to and from areas under social distancing have been suspended. Check on the status of your flight with your travel provider before travelling.
    Inter-province public transport: Most inter-provincial public transport services have been suspended and those still operating are likely to be heavily booked. Many provincial borders are closed. Transport services may be cancelled or suspended at short notice. You should check with your travel provider and/or local authorities before travelling including provisions for onward travel after disembarking.
    *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. You should also ensure that you have your ID /passport with you. Before travelling to another province you should check with your travel provider and/or accommodation what requirements are in place, both where you are travelling to and on return. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.
    *Hanoi: Hanoi has extended its Covid-19 prevention and control measures. From 6am on Monday 6 September to 6am on Tuesday, 21 September, Hanoi will be divided into three zones for application of different Covid-19 prevention and control measures. For details of the categorisation and measures, please visit
    You should ensure you are strictly following the social distancing rules in place. These include but are not limited to:
    • staying at home and only going outside for essential needs such as food shopping, to obtain medicine, or urgent medical services
    • a ban on gatherings of more than two people at public places
    • a suspension of public transportation including taxis, motorcycle taxis and food delivery services
    • a ban on travelling to other localities
    Hanoi authorities have deployed checkpoints at major gateways into Hanoi where officials will check temperatures and collect health declarations for those entering Hanoi. All those arriving in Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City or areas with COVID-19 outbreaks must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours and self-isolate for 14 days
    *Ho Chi Minh City: Current restrictions in most areas of Ho Chi Minh City, including the imposed curfew from 6pm to 6am each day, will last until at least 15 September.
    You should talk to your landlord or local ward authorities for details as to what restrictions are in place, as these may differ according to your ward.
    In general Ho Chi Minh City requires all residents to remain in their homes unless they are travelling to the airport to leave Vietnam; have a serious medical emergency; or need to have a PCR test. Some low risk ‘green’ zones may allow one member of each household to go to local shops and markets once a week.
    Mobile medical stations will be in operation for routine medical assistance. If you have a serious medical emergency you should contact the British Consulate General on +84 (0)28 3825 1380.
    Essential goods, medical supplies and food will be distributed by the local authorities, working with the military and other voluntary organisations. Some supermarkets and other private sector food delivery services are also now operating in some areas of the city. There may be different practices for ordering food, depending on the ward you reside in. If in doubt you should seek clarity from your landlord, local ward authorities or local residence group (Tổ dân phố).
    Mass COVID-19 testing will be carried out in some areas. A helpline is in operation at 1022 (then press option 2), though callers may need to be patient due to demand. We will update this information with further details of the new restrictions as these are made available to us. Other provinces and cities may impose similar curfews and social distancing measures at short notice, so you should monitor local regulations for updates.
    All those returning from Ho Chi Minh City to other provinces in Vietnam will be quarantined in state quarantine facilities for 14 days, be tested 3 times and must monitor their health for 14 days afterwards. Other provinces may also apply quarantine, social distancing measures and curfews at short notice and depending on where you are travelling from. You should check current measures in place at your destination before you travel.
    *Danang: From 8am on Sunday, 5 September, Da Nang will be divided into red, amber and green zones for lockdown provisions.
    Red Zone:
    • Residents are required not to go out, except for medical needs, including vaccinations and tests.
    • Food and essential supplies will be delivered to residential units (tổ dân phố).
    Amber Zone:
    • One member of each household can go out to local shops once every 5 days with a travel letter and QR code provided by residential units.
    Green Zone:
    • One member of each household can go to local shops every 5 days with a travel letter and QR code.
    • Restaurants and shops can provide to-go and online services.
    • Limited outdoor exercise is allowed in public places from 5am to 7am, in adherence with 2-metre social distancing measures
    For the map of the zones (in Vietnamese only), please visit.
    You should talk to your landlord or local ward authorities for details, as these may differ according to your ward.
    You can also obtain further advice and assistance from the Danang Visitor Centre hotline on 023 6355 0111 and at the following dedicated English speaking hotlines and email contact points:
    District: Son Tra 0935 994 359

    Ngu Hanh Son 0935 240 791
    Hai Chau 0913 830 038
    Thanh Khe & Cam Le 0934 797 275
    Lien Chieu & Hoa Vang 0905 133 664
    Nha Trang has extended its lockdown until 8 September. Under this lockdown you should remain at home and only go out for basic necessities such as food or medicine.
    The above periods may be extended and restrictions may be tightened or relaxed and other provinces and cities may impose similar curfews and social distancing measures at short notice, so you should monitor local regulations for updates.
    If in doubt, check with your local authorities to make sure that you are in compliance and to avoid being fined.
    We will share any official updates from the central and local governments on our Travel Advice and social media pages.

    Read more
    07.09.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: COVID-19 lockdown in Hanoi extended until 6 September (Reuters, 20.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *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.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status: Fully vaccinated visitors to Vietnam with negative COVID-19 test results may be permitted to shorten their period of quarantine on entry at an assigned facility to 7 days, followed by another 7 days of medical surveillance at their residence.
    Vietnam will accept proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record for those who have permission to travel to Vietnam. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status. For further information on entry requirements for those visiting Vietnam, visit the Vietnam Embassy website.
    *Land borders: Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Hanoi: 8:30am to midday and 1pm to 2:30pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
    *Ho Chi Minh City: 8:30am to midday and 1pm to 2:30pm on Monday
    All those visiting the VACs will be required to:
    • have a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of the scheduled appointment
    • bring your VFS appointment confirmation to permit you to travel to the VFS office
    • wear a mask, use hand sanitiser and have your body temperature checked by the building’s staff/security guards before entering the VACs
    For further information on health and safety protocols when visiting VFS, visit the VFSglobal website
    *Danang: Due to local Government lockdown restrictions, the Visa Application Centre in Danang City will remain closed until further notice. We are working with the local authorities to gain permission to resume operations in Danang as soon as possible and will update this page as soon as we have details as to when it will reopen.
    Customers with prior appointments will be contacted via phone or email to advise on rebooking.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. The British Embassy and Consulate General are unable to intervene in having these requirements waived, shortened or changed or assist in the reservation of, or transfer to, hotels used for quarantine. Violations carry strict penalties.
    You should expect to go into quarantine for 14 days (although fully vaccinated visitors may be permitted to leave after 7 days with a further 7 days at a place of residence). Quarantine will be longer if you test positive at any point. If you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. Asymptomatic patients may be discharged from hospital after 10 days and have 2 back to back negative COVID-19 tests. Once discharged you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation for 14 days and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 3 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 2 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and may require further negative tests during self-isolation. Quarantine periods and testing requirements may change at short notice and may vary between locations.
    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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Domestic travel: Air Travel: From 8 August until further notice all commercial domestic flights to and from areas under social distancing have been suspended. Check on the status of your flight with your travel provider before travelling.
    *Inter-province public transport: Most inter-provincial public transport services have been suspended and those still operating are likely to be heavily booked. Many provincial borders are closed. Transport services may be cancelled or suspended at short notice. You should check with your travel provider and/or local authorities before travelling including provisions for onward travel after disembarking.
    *International travel: 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 and whether they are passenger flights. Flights and transit arrangements are still prone to changes and cancellation with little notice.
    Travel to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi and Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City is permitted with a boarding pass or ticket, and a passport. For travel to Tan Son Nhat airport (only) during curfew hours (6pm – 6am) you should contact your Consulate for a letter enabling travel to the airport. You should be alert to announcements from local authorities.
    There are some restrictions on airside transit at airports you may transit when travelling to and from Vietnam which you should check in advance to ensure you will be able to transit, particularly transit times, visa and transit visa requirements and whether your baggage can be transferred airside at transit points.
    *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. You should also ensure that you have your ID /passport with you. Before travelling to another province you should check with your travel provider and/or accommodation what requirements are in place, both where you are travelling to and on return. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.
    Hanoi: Hanoi has extended its Covid-19 prevention and control measures. From 6am on Monday 6 September to 6am on Tuesday, 21 September, Hanoi will be divided into three zones for application of different Covid-19 prevention and control measures. For details of the categorisation and measures, please visit
    You should ensure you are strictly following the social distancing rules in place. These include but are not limited to:
    • staying at home and only going outside for essential needs such as food shopping, to obtain medicine, or urgent medical services
    • a ban on gatherings of more than two people at public places
    • a suspension of public transportation including taxis, motorcycle taxis and food delivery services
    • a ban on travelling to other localities
    Hanoi authorities have deployed checkpoints at major gateways into Hanoi where officials will check temperatures and collect health declarations for those entering Hanoi. All those arriving in Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City or areas with COVID-19 outbreaks must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours and self-isolate for 14 days
    *Ho Chi Minh City: Current restrictions remain in place until Monday 6 September and are expected to continue in some form beyond that date. The imposed curfew from 6pm to 6am each day will last until 15 September.
    Ho Chi Minh City requires all residents to remain in their homes unless they are travelling to the airport to leave Vietnam; have a serious medical emergency; or need to have a PCR test.
    Mobile medical stations will be in operation for routine medical assistance. If you have a serious medical emergency you should contact your consulate
    Essential goods, medical supplies and food will be distributed by the local authorities, working with the military and other voluntary organisations. There may be different practices for ordering food, depending on the ward you reside in. If in doubt you should seek clarity from your landlord, local ward authorities or local residence group (Tổ dân phố). Shops and businesses will remain closed but some supermarkets are offering limited delivery services.
    Mass COVID-19 testing will be carried out in some areas. A helpline is in operation at 1022 (then press option 2), though callers may need to be patient due to demand. We will update this information with further details of the new restrictions as these are made available to us. Other provinces and cities may impose similar curfews and social distancing measures at short notice, so you should monitor local regulations for updates.
    All those returning from Ho Chi Minh City to other provinces in Vietnam will be quarantined in state quarantine facilities for 14 days, be tested 3 times and must monitor their health for 14 days afterwards. Other provinces may also apply quarantine, social distancing measures and curfews at short notice and depending on where you are travelling from. You should check current measures in place at your destination before you travel.
    *Danang: From 8am on Sunday, 5 September, Da Nang will be divided into red, amber and green zones for lockdown provisions.
    Red Zone:
    • Residents are required not to go out, except for medical needs, including vaccinations and tests.
    • Food and essential supplies will be delivered to residential units (tổ dân phố).
    Amber Zone: One member of each household can go out to local shops once every 5 days with a travel letter and QR code provided by residential units.
    Green Zone:
    • One member of each household can go to local every 5 days with a travel letter and QR code.
    • Restaurants and shops can provide to-go and online services.
    • Limited outdoor exercise is allowed in public places from 5am to 7am, in adherence with 2-metre social distancing measures
    For the map of the zones (in Vietnamese only), please visit
    .
    Please talk to your landlord or local ward authorities for details, as these may differ according to your ward.
    You can also obtain further advice and assistance from the Danang Visitor Centre hotline on 023 6355 0111 and at the following dedicated English speaking hotlines and email contact points:
    Nha Trang has extended its lockdown until 8 September. Under this lockdown you should remain at home and only go out for basic necessities such as food or medicine.
    The above periods may be extended and restrictions may be tightened or relaxed and other provinces and cities may impose similar curfews and social distancing measures at short notice, so you should monitor local regulations for updates.
    If in doubt, check with your local authorities to make sure that you are in compliance and to avoid being fined.
    We will share any official updates from the central and local governments on our Travel Advice and social media pages.

    Read more
    04.09.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: COVID-19 lockdown in Hanoi extended until 6 September (Reuters, 20.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *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.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status: Fully vaccinated visitors to Vietnam with negative COVID-19 test results may be permitted to shorten their period of quarantine on entry at an assigned facility to 7 days, followed by another 7 days of medical surveillance at their residence.
    Vietnam will accept proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record for those who have permission to travel to Vietnam. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status. For further information on entry requirements for those visiting Vietnam, visit the Vietnam Embassy website.
    *Land borders: Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Hanoi: 8:30am to midday and 1pm to 2:30pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
    *Ho Chi Minh City: 8:30am to midday and 1pm to 2:30pm on Monday
    All those visiting the VACs will be required to:
    • have a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of the scheduled appointment
    • bring your VFS appointment confirmation to permit you to travel to the VFS office
    • wear a mask, use hand sanitiser and have your body temperature checked by the building’s staff/security guards before entering the VACs
    For further information on health and safety protocols when visiting VFS, visit the VFSglobal website
    *Danang: Due to local Government lockdown restrictions, the Visa Application Centre in Danang City will remain closed until further notice. We are working with the local authorities to gain permission to resume operations in Danang as soon as possible and will update this page as soon as we have details as to when it will reopen.
    Customers with prior appointments will be contacted via phone or email to advise on rebooking.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. The British Embassy and Consulate General are unable to intervene in having these requirements waived, shortened or changed or assist in the reservation of, or transfer to, hotels used for quarantine. Violations carry strict penalties.
    You should expect to go into quarantine for 14 days (although fully vaccinated visitors may be permitted to leave after 7 days with a further 7 days at a place of residence). Quarantine will be longer if you test positive at any point. If you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. Asymptomatic patients may be discharged from hospital after 10 days and have 2 back to back negative COVID-19 tests. Once discharged you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation for 14 days and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 3 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 2 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and may require further negative tests during self-isolation. Quarantine periods and testing requirements may change at short notice and may vary between locations.
    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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Domestic travel: Air Travel: From 8 August until further notice all commercial domestic flights to and from areas under social distancing have been suspended. Check on the status of your flight with your travel provider before travelling.
    *Inter-province public transport: Most inter-provincial public transport services have been suspended and those still operating are likely to be heavily booked. Many provincial borders are closed. Transport services may be cancelled or suspended at short notice. You should check with your travel provider and/or local authorities before travelling including provisions for onward travel after disembarking.
    *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. You should also ensure that you have your ID /passport with you. Before travelling to another province you should check with your travel provider and/or accommodation what requirements are in place, both where you are travelling to and on return. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.
    Ho Chi Minh City has extended and tightened social distancing measures under Directive 16. Hanoi has extended them until 6 September. These periods may be further extended.
    Hanoi has extended its social distancing measures until 6 September. You should ensure you are strictly following the social distancing rules in place. These include but are not limited to:
    • staying at home and only going outside for essential needs such as food shopping, to obtain medicine, or urgent medical services
    • a ban on gatherings of more than two people at public places
    • a suspension of public transportation including taxis, motorcycle taxis and food delivery services
    • a ban on travelling to other localities
    Ho Chi Minh City has imposed a curfew from 6pm to 6am until 15 September. In addition to the curfew, from 6am on 23 August until 6am on 6 September, Ho Chi Minh City requires all residents to remain in their homes unless they are travelling to the airport to leave Vietnam; have a serious medical emergency; or need to have a PCR test.
    Mobile medical stations will be in operation for routine medical assistance. If you have a serious medical emergency you should contact your consulate.
    Essential goods, medical supplies and food will be distributed by the local authorities, working with the military and other voluntary organisations. There may be different practices for ordering food, depending on the ward you reside in. If in doubt you should seek clarity from your landlord, local ward authorities or local residence group (Tổ dân phố). Shops and businesses will remain closed but some supermarkets are offering limited delivery services.
    Mass COVID-19 testing will be carried out in some areas. A helpline is in operation at 1022 (then press option 2), though callers may need to be patient due to demand. We will update this information with further details of the new restrictions as these are made available to us. Other provinces and cities may impose similar curfews and social distancing measures at short notice, so you should monitor local regulations for updates.
    Danang has extended its lockdown until 8am on 5 September. Under this lockdown you are not allowed to go out, except for medical needs including vaccinations and tests. During this period all services and shops except for chemists will be closed. Food and essential supplies will be delivered to residential units (tổ dân phố). Please talk to your landlord or local ward authorities for details, as these may differ according to your ward.
    You can also obtain further advice and assistance from the Danang Visitor Centre hotline on 023 6355 011.
    Nha Trang has extended its lockdown until 8 September. Under this lockdown you should remain at home and only go out for basic necessities such as food or medicine.
    The above periods may be extended and restrictions may be tightened or relaxed.
    All those returning from Ho Chi Minh City to other provinces in Vietnam will be quarantined in state quarantine facilities for 14 days, be tested 3 times and must monitor their health for 14 days afterwards. Other provinces may also apply quarantine, social distancing measures and curfews at short notice and depending on where you are travelling from. You should check current measures in place at your destination before you travel.
    Hanoi authorities have deployed checkpoints at major gateways into Hanoi where officials will check temperatures and collect health declarations for those entering Hanoi. All those arriving in Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City or areas with COVID-19 outbreaks must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours and self-isolate for 14 days.
    If in doubt, check with your local authorities to make sure that you are in compliance and to avoid being fined

    Read more
    02.09.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: COVID-19 lockdown in Hanoi extended until 6 September (Reuters, 20.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *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.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status: Fully vaccinated visitors to Vietnam with negative COVID-19 test results may be permitted to shorten their period of quarantine on entry at an assigned facility to 7 days, followed by another 7 days of medical surveillance at their residence.
    Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *Land borders: Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. Most do not meet Public Health England standards. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. The British Embassy and Consulate General are unable to intervene in having these requirements waived, shortened or changed or assist in the reservation of, or transfer to, hotels used for quarantine. Violations carry strict penalties.
    You should expect to go into quarantine for 14 days (although fully vaccinated visitors may be permitted to leave after 7 days with a further 7 days at a place of residence). Quarantine will be longer if you test positive at any point. If you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. Asymptomatic patients may be discharged from hospital after 10 days and have 2 back to back negative COVID-19 tests. Once discharged you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation for 14 days and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 3 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 2 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and may require further negative tests during self-isolation. Quarantine periods and testing requirements may change at short notice and may vary between locations.
    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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Domestic travel: Air Travel: From 8 August until further notice all commercial domestic flights to and from areas under social distancing have been suspended. Check on the status of your flight with your travel provider before travelling.
    *Inter-province public transport: Most inter-provincial public transport services have been suspended and those still operating are likely to be heavily booked. Many provincial borders are closed. Transport services may be cancelled or suspended at short notice. You should check with your travel provider and/or local authorities before travelling including provisions for onward travel after disembarking.
    *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. You should also ensure that you have your ID /passport with you. Before travelling to another province you should check with your travel provider and/or accommodation what requirements are in place, both where you are travelling to and on return. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.
    Ho Chi Minh City has extended and tightened social distancing measures under Directive 16. Hanoi has extended them until 6 September. These periods may be further extended.
    Hanoi has extended its social distancing measures until 6 September. You should ensure you are strictly following the social distancing rules in place. These include but are not limited to:
    • staying at home and only going outside for essential needs such as food shopping, to obtain medicine, or urgent medical services
    • a ban on gatherings of more than two people at public places
    • a suspension of public transportation including taxis, motorcycle taxis and food delivery services
    • a ban on travelling to other localities
    Ho Chi Minh City has imposed a curfew from 6pm to 6am until 15 September. In addition to the curfew, from 6am on 23 August until 6am on 6 September, Ho Chi Minh City requires all residents to remain in their homes unless they are travelling to the airport to leave Vietnam; have a serious medical emergency; or need to have a PCR test.
    Mobile medical stations will be in operation for routine medical assistance. If you have a serious medical emergency you should contact your consulate.
    Essential goods, medical supplies and food will be distributed by the local authorities, working with the military and other voluntary organisations. There may be different practices for ordering food, depending on the ward you reside in. If in doubt you should seek clarity from your landlord, local ward authorities or local residence group (Tổ dân phố). Shops and businesses will remain closed but some supermarkets are offering limited delivery services.
    Mass COVID-19 testing will be carried out in some areas. A helpline is in operation at 1022 (then press option 2), though callers may need to be patient due to demand. We will update this information with further details of the new restrictions as these are made available to us. Other provinces and cities may impose similar curfews and social distancing measures at short notice, so you should monitor local regulations for updates.
    Danang has extended its lockdown until 8am on 5 September. Under this lockdown you are not allowed to go out, except for medical needs including vaccinations and tests. During this period all services and shops except for chemists will be closed. Food and essential supplies will be delivered to residential units (tổ dân phố). Please talk to your landlord or local ward authorities for details, as these may differ according to your ward.
    You can also obtain further advice and assistance from the Danang Visitor Centre hotline on 023 6355 011.
    Nha Trang has extended its lockdown until 8 September. Under this lockdown you should remain at home and only go out for basic necessities such as food or medicine.
    The above periods may be extended and restrictions may be tightened or relaxed.
    All those returning from Ho Chi Minh City to other provinces in Vietnam will be quarantined in state quarantine facilities for 14 days, be tested 3 times and must monitor their health for 14 days afterwards. Other provinces may also apply quarantine, social distancing measures and curfews at short notice and depending on where you are travelling from. You should check current measures in place at your destination before you travel.
    Hanoi authorities have deployed checkpoints at major gateways into Hanoi where officials will check temperatures and collect health declarations for those entering Hanoi. All those arriving in Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City or areas with COVID-19 outbreaks must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours and self-isolate for 14 days.
    If in doubt, check with your local authorities to make sure that you are in compliance and to avoid being fined

    Read more
    01.09.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: COVID-19 lockdown in Hanoi extended until 6 September (Reuters, 20.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *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.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status: Fully vaccinated visitors to Vietnam with negative COVID-19 test results may be permitted to shorten their period of quarantine on entry at an assigned facility to 7 days, followed by another 7 days of medical surveillance at their residence.
    Vietnam will accept the proof of COVID-19 for those who have permission to travel to Vietnam. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *Land borders: Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. Most do not meet Public Health England standards. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. your Embassy and Consulate General are unable to intervene in having these requirements waived, shortened or changed or assist in the reservation of, or transfer to, hotels used for quarantine. Violations carry strict penalties.
    You should expect to go into quarantine for 14 days (although fully vaccinated visitors may be permitted to leave after 7 days with a further 7 days at a place of residence). Quarantine will be longer if you test positive at any point. If you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. Asymptomatic patients may be discharged from hospital after 10 days and have 2 back to back negative COVID-19 tests. Once discharged you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation for 14 days and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 3 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 2 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and may require further negative tests during self-isolation. Quarantine periods and testing requirements may change at short notice and may vary between locations.
    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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Domestic travel: Air Travel. From 8 August until further notice all commercial domestic flights to and from areas under social distancing have been suspended. Check on the status of your flight with your travel provider before travelling.
    *Inter-province public transport: Most inter-provincial public transport services have been suspended and those still operating are likely to be heavily booked. Many provincial borders are closed. Transport services may be cancelled or suspended at short notice. You should check with your travel provider and/or local authorities before travelling including provisions for onward travel after disembarking.
    *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. You should also ensure that you have your ID /passport with you. Before travelling to another province you should check with your travel provider and/or accommodation what requirements are in place, both where you are travelling to and on return. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.
    Ho Chi Minh City has extended and tightened social distancing measures under Directive 16. Hanoi has extended them until 6 September. These periods may be further extended.
    Hanoi has extended its social distancing measures until 6 September. You should ensure you are strictly following the social distancing rules in place. These include but are not limited to:
    • staying at home and only going outside for essential needs such as food shopping, to obtain medicine, or urgent medical services
    • a ban on gatherings of more than two people at public places
    • a suspension of public transportation including taxis, motorcycle taxis and food delivery services
    • a ban on travelling to other localities
    Ho Chi Minh City has imposed a curfew from 6pm to 6am until 15 September. In addition to the curfew, from 6am on 23 August until 6am on 6 September, Ho Chi Minh City requires all residents to remain in their homes unless they are travelling to the airport to leave Vietnam; have a serious medical emergency; or need to have a PCR test.
    Mobile medical stations will be in operation for routine medical assistance.
    Essential goods, medical supplies and food will be distributed by the local authorities, working with the military and other voluntary organisations. There may be different practices for ordering food, depending on the ward you reside in. If in doubt you should seek clarity from your landlord, local ward authorities or local residence group (Tổ dân phố). Shops and businesses will remain closed but some supermarkets are offering limited delivery services.
    Mass COVID-19 testing will be carried out in some areas. A helpline is in operation at 1022 (then press option 2), though callers may need to be patient due to demand. We will update this information with further details of the new restrictions as these are made available to us. Other provinces and cities may impose similar curfews and social distancing measures at short notice, so you should monitor local regulations for updates.
    Danang has extended its lockdown until 8am on 5 September. Under this lockdown you are not allowed to go out, except for medical needs including vaccinations and tests. During this period all services and shops except for chemists will be closed. Food and essential supplies will be delivered to residential units (tổ dân phố). Please talk to your landlord or local ward authorities for details, as these may differ according to your ward.
    You can also obtain further advice on Danang from the Danang Visitor Centre hotline on 023 6355 0111.
    Nha Trang has extended its lockdown until 8 September. Under this lockdown you should remain at home and only go out for basic necessities such as food or medicine.
    The above periods may be extended and restrictions may be tightened or relaxed.
    All those returning from Ho Chi Minh City to other provinces in Vietnam will be quarantined in state quarantine facilities for 14 days, be tested 3 times and must monitor their health for 14 days afterwards. Other provinces may also apply quarantine, social distancing measures and curfews at short notice and depending on where you are travelling from. You should check current measures in place at your destination before you travel.
    Hanoi authorities have deployed checkpoints at major gateways into Hanoi where officials will check temperatures and collect health declarations for those entering Hanoi. All those arriving in Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City or areas with COVID-19 outbreaks must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours and self-isolate for 14 days.
    If in doubt, check with your local authorities to make sure that you are in compliance and to avoid being fined.

    Read more
    27.08.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: COVID-19 lockdown in Hanoi extended until 6 September (Reuters, 20.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *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.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status: Vietnam will accept proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *Land borders: Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. Most do not meet Public Health England standards. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. The British Embassy and Consulate General are unable to intervene in having these requirements waived, shortened or changed or assist in the reservation of, or transfer to, hotels used for quarantine. Violations carry strict penalties.
    Quarantine lasts a minimum of 7 days and will be longer if you test positive at any point. If you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. Asymptomatic patients may be discharged from hospital after 10 days and have 2 back to back negative COVID-19 tests. Once discharged you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation for 14 days and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 3 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 2 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and may require further negative tests during self-isolation. Quarantine periods and testing requirements may change at short notice and may vary between locations.
    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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Domestic travel: Air Travel. From 8 August until further notice all commercial domestic flights to and from areas under social distancing have been suspended. Check on the status of your flight with your travel provider before travelling.
    *Inter-province public transport: Most inter-provincial public transport services have been suspended and those still operating are likely to be heavily booked. Many provincial borders are closed. Transport services may be cancelled or suspended at short notice. You should check with your travel provider and/or local authorities before travelling including provisions for onward travel after disembarking.
    *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. You should also ensure that you have your ID /passport with you. Before travelling to another province you should check with your travel provider and/or accommodation what requirements are in place, both where you are travelling to and on return. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.
    Ho Chi Minh City has extended and tightened social distancing measures under Directive 16. Hanoi has extended them until 6 September. These periods may be further extended.
    Hanoi has extended its social distancing measures until 6 September. You should ensure you are strictly following the social distancing rules in place. These include but are not limited to:
    • staying at home and only going outside for essential needs such as food shopping, to obtain medicine, or urgent medical services
    • a ban on gatherings of more than two people at public places
    • a suspension of public transportation including taxis, motorcycle taxis and food delivery services
    • a ban on travelling to other localities
    Ho Chi Minh City has imposed a curfew from 6pm to 6am until 15 September. In addition to the curfew, from 6am on 23 August until 6am on 6 September, Ho Chi Minh City requires all residents to remain in their homes unless they are travelling to the airport to leave Vietnam; have a serious medical emergency; or need to have a PCR test.
    Mobile medical stations will be in operation for routine medical assistance.
    Essential goods, medical supplies and food will be distributed by the local authorities, working with the military and other voluntary organisations. There may be different practices for ordering food, depending on the ward you reside in. If in doubt you should seek clarity from your landlord, local ward authorities or local residence group (Tổ dân phố). Shops and businesses will remain closed but some supermarkets are offering limited delivery services.
    Mass COVID-19 testing will be carried out in some areas. A helpline is in operation at 1022 (then press option 2), though callers may need to be patient due to demand. We will update this information with further details of the new restrictions as these are made available to us. Other provinces and cities may impose similar curfews and social distancing measures at short notice, so you should monitor local regulations for updates.
    Danang has extended its lockdown until 8am on 5 September. Under this lockdown you are not allowed to go out, except for medical needs including vaccinations and tests. During this period all services and shops except for chemists will be closed. Food and essential supplies will be delivered to residential units (tổ dân phố). Please talk to your landlord or local ward authorities for details, as these may differ according to your ward.
    You can also obtain further advice on Danang from the Danang Visitor Centre hotline on 023 6355 0111.
    Nha Trang has extended its lockdown until 8 September. Under this lockdown you should remain at home and only go out for basic necessities such as food or medicine.
    The above periods may be extended and restrictions may be tightened or relaxed.
    All those returning from Ho Chi Minh City to other provinces in Vietnam will be quarantined in state quarantine facilities for 14 days, be tested 3 times and must monitor their health for 14 days afterwards. Other provinces may also apply quarantine, social distancing measures and curfews at short notice and depending on where you are travelling from. You should check current measures in place at your destination before you travel.
    Hanoi authorities have deployed checkpoints at major gateways into Hanoi where officials will check temperatures and collect health declarations for those entering Hanoi. All those arriving in Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City or areas with COVID-19 outbreaks must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours and self-isolate for 14 days.
    If in doubt, check with your local authorities to make sure that you are in compliance and to avoid being fined.

    Read more
    26.08.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: COVID-19 lockdown in Hanoi extended until 6 September (Reuters, 20.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *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 and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. Violations carry strict penalties.
    Quarantine lasts a minimum of 7 days and will be longer if you test positive at any point. If you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. Asymptomatic patients may be discharged from hospital after 10 days and have 2 back to back negative Covid tests. Following discharge you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation for 14 days and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 3 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 2 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and may require further negative tests during self-isolation. Quarantine periods and testing requirements may change at short notice and may vary between locations.
    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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Domestic travel: Air Travel: From 8 August until further notice all commercial domestic flights to and from areas under social distancing have been suspended. Check on the status of your flight with your travel provider before travelling.
    *Inter-province public transport: Most inter-provincial public transport services have been suspended and those still operating are likely to be heavily booked. Many provincial borders are closed. Transport services may be cancelled or suspended at short notice. You should check with your travel provider and/or local authorities before travelling including provisions for onward travel after disembarking.
    *International travel: 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 and whether they are passenger flights. Flights and transit arrangements are still prone to changes and cancellation with little notice.
    You should be alert to announcements from local authorities.

    There are some restrictions on airside transit at airports you may transit when travelling to and from Vietnam which you should check in advance to ensure you will be able to transit, particularly transit times, visa and transit visa requirements and whether your baggage can be transferred airside at transit points.
    *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. You should also ensure that you have your ID /passport with you. Before travelling to another province you should check with your travel provider and/or accommodation what requirements are in place, both where you are travelling to and on return. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.
    Ho Chi Minh City has extended social distancing measures under Directive 16 from 16 August until 15 September. Hanoi will apply them until 22 August. These periods may be further extended.
    In accordance with Directive 16, you should ensure you are strictly following the social distancing rules in place. These include but are not limited to:
    • staying at home and only going outside for essential needs such as food shopping, obtaining medicine, or urgent medical services
    • ban on gatherings of more than two people at public places
    • suspension of public transportation including taxis, motorcycle taxis and food delivery services
    • ban on travelling to other localities
    From 26 July until further notice, Ho Chi Minh City has imposed a curfew from 6pm to 6am. All residents must remain indoors except for emergency medical care. Shops and businesses must also remain closed. Other provinces and cities may impose similar curfews at short notice, so you should monitor local regulations for updates.
    From 16 – 23 August Danang, and from 14 – 21 August Nha Trang, have imposed strict lockdowns. Under this lockdown you are not allowed to go out, except for medical needs including vaccinations and tests and to travel to international airports. During this period all services and shops except for chemists will be closed. Food and essential supplies will be delivered to residential units (tổ dân phố). Please talk to your landlord or local ward authorities for details, as these may differ according to your ward.
    You can also obtain further advice on Danang from the Danang Visitor Centre hotline on 023 6355 0111.
    All those returning from Ho Chi Minh City to other provinces in Vietnam will be quarantined in state quarantine facilities for 14 days, be tested 3 times and must monitor their health for 14 days afterwards. Other provinces may also apply quarantine, social distancing measures and curfews at short notice and depending on where you are travelling from. You should check current measures in place at your destination before you travel.
    Hanoi authorities have deployed checkpoints at major gateways into Hanoi where officials will check temperatures and collect health declarations for those entering Hanoi. All those arriving in Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City or areas with Covid outbreaks must provide a negative Covid PCR test taken within 72 hours and self-isolate for 14 days.
    If in doubt, check with your local authorities to make sure that you are in compliance and to avoid being fined.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
    Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

    Read more
    22.08.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: Authorities to extend strict COVID-19 restrictions in Hanoi until 22 August following detection of new cases (Reuters, 06.08.2021). Government will reduce duration of mandatory quarantine for foreign visitors from two weeks to seven days (Reuters, 04.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *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 and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. Violations carry strict penalties.
    Quarantine lasts a minimum of 7 days and will be longer if you test positive at any point. If you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. Asymptomatic patients may be discharged from hospital after 10 days and have 2 back to back negative Covid tests. Following discharge you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation for 14 days and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 3 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 2 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and may require further negative tests during self-isolation. Quarantine periods and testing requirements may change at short notice and may vary between locations.
    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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Domestic travel: Air Travel: From 8 August until further notice all commercial domestic flights to and from areas under social distancing have been suspended. Check on the status of your flight with your travel provider before travelling.
    *Inter-province public transport: Most inter-provincial public transport services have been suspended and those still operating are likely to be heavily booked. Many provincial borders are closed. Transport services may be cancelled or suspended at short notice. You should check with your travel provider and/or local authorities before travelling including provisions for onward travel after disembarking.
    *International travel: 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 and whether they are passenger flights. Flights and transit arrangements are still prone to changes and cancellation with little notice.
    You should be alert to announcements from local authorities.

    There are some restrictions on airside transit at airports you may transit when travelling to and from Vietnam which you should check in advance to ensure you will be able to transit, particularly transit times, visa and transit visa requirements and whether your baggage can be transferred airside at transit points.
    *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. You should also ensure that you have your ID /passport with you. Before travelling to another province you should check with your travel provider and/or accommodation what requirements are in place, both where you are travelling to and on return. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.
    Ho Chi Minh City has extended social distancing measures under Directive 16 from 16 August until 15 September. Hanoi will apply them until 22 August. These periods may be further extended.
    In accordance with Directive 16, you should ensure you are strictly following the social distancing rules in place. These include but are not limited to:
    • staying at home and only going outside for essential needs such as food shopping, obtaining medicine, or urgent medical services
    • ban on gatherings of more than two people at public places
    • suspension of public transportation including taxis, motorcycle taxis and food delivery services
    • ban on travelling to other localities
    From 26 July until further notice, Ho Chi Minh City has imposed a curfew from 6pm to 6am. All residents must remain indoors except for emergency medical care. Shops and businesses must also remain closed. Other provinces and cities may impose similar curfews at short notice, so you should monitor local regulations for updates.
    From 16 – 23 August Danang, and from 14 – 21 August Nha Trang, have imposed strict lockdowns. Under this lockdown you are not allowed to go out, except for medical needs including vaccinations and tests and to travel to international airports. During this period all services and shops except for chemists will be closed. Food and essential supplies will be delivered to residential units (tổ dân phố). Please talk to your landlord or local ward authorities for details, as these may differ according to your ward.
    You can also obtain further advice on Danang from the Danang Visitor Centre hotline on 023 6355 0111.
    All those returning from Ho Chi Minh City to other provinces in Vietnam will be quarantined in state quarantine facilities for 14 days, be tested 3 times and must monitor their health for 14 days afterwards. Other provinces may also apply quarantine, social distancing measures and curfews at short notice and depending on where you are travelling from. You should check current measures in place at your destination before you travel.
    Hanoi authorities have deployed checkpoints at major gateways into Hanoi where officials will check temperatures and collect health declarations for those entering Hanoi. All those arriving in Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City or areas with Covid outbreaks must provide a negative Covid PCR test taken within 72 hours and self-isolate for 14 days.
    If in doubt, check with your local authorities to make sure that you are in compliance and to avoid being fined.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
    Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

    Read more
    16.08.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: Authorities to extend strict COVID-19 restrictions in Hanoi until 22 August following detection of new cases (Reuters, 06.08.2021). Government will reduce duration of mandatory quarantine for foreign visitors from two weeks to seven days (Reuters, 04.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *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 and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. Most do not meet Public Health England standards. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, shortened or changed or assist in the reservation of, or transfer to, hotels used for quarantine. Violations carry strict penalties.
    Quarantine lasts a minimum of 7 days and will be longer if you test positive at any point. If you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. Asymptomatic patients may be discharged from hospital after 10 days and have 2 back to back negative Covid tests. Following discharge you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation for 14 days and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 3 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 2 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and may require further negative tests during self-isolation. Quarantine periods and testing requirements may change at short notice and may vary between locations.
    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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Domestic travel: Air Travel: From 8 August until further notice all commercial domestic flights to and from areas under social distancing have been suspended. Check on the status of your flight with your travel provider before travelling.
    *Inter-province public transport: Most inter-provincial public transport services have been suspended and those still operating are likely to be heavily booked. Many provincial borders are closed. Transport services may be cancelled or suspended at short notice. You should check with your travel provider and/or local authorities before travelling.
    *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. You should also ensure that you have your ID /passport with you. Before travelling to another province you should check with your travel provider and/or accommodation what requirements are in place, both where you are travelling to and on return. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.
    Ho Chi Minh City has extended social distancing measures under Directive 16 for a further 2 weeks from 2 August. Hanoi will apply them for a further 15 days until 22 August. These periods may be further extended.
    In accordance with Directive 16, you should ensure you are strictly following the social distancing rules in place. These include but are not limited to:
    • staying at home and only going outside for essential needs such as food shopping, obtaining medicine, or urgent medical services
    • ban on gatherings of more than two people at public places
    • suspension of public transportation including taxis, motorcycle taxis and food delivery services
    • ban on travelling to other localities
    From 26 July until further notice, Ho Chi Minh City has imposed a curfew from 6pm to 6am. All residents must remain indoors except for emergency medical care. Shops and businesses must also remain closed. Other provinces and cities may impose similar curfews at short notice, so you should monitor local regulations for updates.
    All those returning from Ho Chi Minh City to other provinces in Vietnam will be quarantined in state quarantine facilities for 14 days, be tested 3 times and must monitor their health for 14 days afterwards. Other provinces may also apply quarantine, social distancing measures and curfews at short notice and depending on where you are travelling from. You should check current measures in place at your destination before you travel.
    Hanoi authorities have deployed checkpoints at major gateways into Hanoi where officials will check temperatures and collect health declarations for those entering Hanoi. All those arriving in Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City or areas with Covid outbreaks must provide a negative Covid PCR test taken within 72 hours and self-isolate for 14 days.
    If in doubt, check with your local authorities to make sure that you are in compliance and to avoid being fined.
    *Be prepared for your plans to change: No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
    Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

    Read more
    11.08.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: Authorities to extend strict COVID-19 restrictions in Hanoi until 22 August following detection of new cases (Reuters, 06.08.2021). Government will reduce duration of mandatory quarantine for foreign visitors from two weeks to seven days (Reuters, 04.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *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 and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Visas: If you want to stay in Vietnam, you should only do so legally and with the right visa and permission to stay. Immigration offices are open and working normally.
    The Immigration Department has issued a notice that those who entered Vietnam on visa waivers, e-visas or tourist visas from 1 March 2020 will be entitled to an automatic extension until 31 August 2021. Those who entered Vietnam before 1 March 2020 will be considered for an extension if they have a written document from Vietnamese authorities confirming they were required to undergo mandatory quarantine or treatment for COVID-19. They should present this document on their departure from Vietnam.
    Vietnamese visit visas are issued to foreign nationals for a limited duration and on the basis that visitors must leave on or before the date of expiry. Those who come to Vietnam to work are required to apply for a work visa / permit. You should check the visa validity and conditions carefully.
    Overstaying your Vietnamese visit visa or working illegally is a serious matter and you may be delayed from travel until a fine is paid, deported and may be prevented from visiting Vietnam in the future.
    The Embassy and Consulate General will not be able to assist with individual visit visa extensions should you wish to stay in Vietnam, nor sponsor individual applications or sign NA5 forms (which has the same effect) as this involves legal and financial obligations. For those with a valid work visa or resident cards, you can extend these at immigration offices with the assistance and support of your family or employer.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. The Embassy and Consulate General are unable to intervene in having these requirements waived, shortened or changed or assist in the reservation of, or transfer to, hotels used for quarantine. Violations carry strict penalties.
    Quarantine lasts a minimum of 7 days and will be longer if you test positive at any point. If you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. Asymptomatic patients may be discharged from hospital after 10 days and have 2 back to back negative Covid tests. Following discharge you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation for 14 days and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 3 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 2 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and may require further negative tests during self-isolation. Quarantine periods and testing requirements may change at short notice and may vary between locations.
    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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Domestic travel: Air Travel: From 8 August until further notice all commercial domestic flights to and from areas under social distancing have been suspended. Check on the status of your flight with your travel provider before travelling and be aware that flights may be cancelled or suspended at short notice.
    *Inter-province public transport: Many inter-provincial public transportation has been suspended. Please be aware that other transport services may be cancelled/suspended at short notice.
    *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. You should also ensure that you have your ID /passport with you. Before travelling to another province you should check with your travel provider and/or accommodation what requirements are in place, both where you are travelling to and on return. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.
    Ho Chi Minh City has extended social distancing measures under Directive 16 for a further 2 weeks from 2 August. Hanoi will apply them for a further 15 days until 22 August. These periods may be further extended.
    In accordance with Directive 16, you should ensure you are strictly following the social distancing rules in place. These include but are not limited to:
    • staying at home and only going outside for essential needs such as food shopping, obtaining medicine, or urgent medical services
    • ban on gatherings of more than two people at public places
    • suspension of public transportation including taxis, motorcycle taxis and food delivery services
    • ban on travelling to other localities
    From 26 July until further notice, Ho Chi Minh City has imposed a curfew from 6pm to 6am. All residents must remain indoors except for emergency medical care. Shops and businesses must also remain closed. Other provinces and cities may impose similar curfews at short notice, so you should monitor local regulations for updates.
    All those returning from Ho Chi Minh City to other provinces in Vietnam will be quarantined in state quarantine facilities for 14 days, be tested 3 times and must monitor their health for 14 days afterwards. Other provinces may also apply quarantine, social distancing measures and curfews at short notice and depending on where you are travelling from. You should check current measures in place at your destination before you travel.
    To ensure the safety and wellbeing of foreign nationals and the staff, some Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City will be closed for in-person appointments until further notice. We will keep you updated when you can reschedule your appointments.
    Hanoi authorities have deployed checkpoints at major gateways into Hanoi where officials will check temperatures and collect health declarations for those entering Hanoi. All those arriving in Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City or areas with Covid outbreaks must provide a negative Covid PCR test taken within 72 hours and self-isolate for 14 days.
    If in doubt, check with your local authorities to make sure that you are in compliance and to avoid being fined.
    *Be prepared for your plans to change: No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
    Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

    Read more
    09.08.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: Authorities to extend strict COVID-19 restrictions in Hanoi until 22 August following detection of new cases (Reuters, 06.08.2021). Government will reduce duration of mandatory quarantine for foreign visitors from two weeks to seven days (Reuters, 04.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *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 and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Visas: If you want to stay in Vietnam, you should only do so legally and with the right visa and permission to stay. Immigration offices are open and working normally.
    The Immigration Department has issued a notice that those who entered Vietnam on visa waivers, e-visas or tourist visas from 1 March 2020 will be entitled to an automatic extension until 31 August 2021. Those who entered Vietnam before 1 March 2020 will be considered for an extension if they have a written document from Vietnamese authorities confirming they were required to undergo mandatory quarantine or treatment for COVID-19. They should present this document on their departure from Vietnam.
    Vietnamese visit visas are issued to foreign nationals for a limited duration and on the basis that visitors must leave on or before the date of expiry. Those who come to Vietnam to work are required to apply for a work visa / permit. You should check the visa validity and conditions carefully.
    Overstaying your Vietnamese visit visa or working illegally is a serious matter and you may be delayed from travel until a fine is paid, deported and may be prevented from visiting Vietnam in the future.
    The Embassy and Consulate General will not be able to assist with individual visit visa extensions should you wish to stay in Vietnam, nor sponsor individual applications or sign NA5 forms (which has the same effect) as this involves legal and financial obligations. For those with a valid work visa or resident cards, you can extend these at immigration offices with the assistance and support of your family or employer.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. The Embassy and Consulate General are unable to intervene in having these requirements waived, shortened or changed or assist in the reservation of, or transfer to, hotels used for quarantine. Violations carry strict penalties.
    Quarantine lasts a minimum of 7 days and will be longer if you test positive at any point. If you test positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. Asymptomatic patients may be discharged from hospital after 10 days and have 2 back to back negative Covid tests. Following discharge you will be expected to undertake a period of self-isolation for 14 days and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 3 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 2 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and may require further negative tests during self-isolation. Quarantine periods and testing requirements may change at short notice and may vary between locations.
    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.

    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. You should also ensure that you have your ID /passport with you. Before travelling to another province you should check with your travel provider and/or accommodation what requirements are in place, both where you are travelling to and on return. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.
    Ho Chi Minh City has extended social distancing measures under Directive 16 for a further 2 weeks from 2 August. Hanoi will apply them for a further 15 days until 22 August. These periods may be further extended.
    In accordance with Directive 16, you should ensure you are strictly following the social distancing rules in place. These include but are not limited to:
    • staying at home and only going outside for essential needs such as food shopping, obtaining medicine, or urgent medical services
    • ban on gatherings of more than two people at public places
    • suspension of public transportation including taxis, motorcycle taxis and food delivery services
    • ban on travelling to other localities
    From 26 July until further notice, Ho Chi Minh City has imposed a curfew from 6pm to 6am. All residents must remain indoors except for emergency medical care. Shops and businesses must also remain closed. Other provinces and cities may impose similar curfews at short notice, so you should monitor local regulations for updates.
    All those returning from Ho Chi Minh City to other provinces in Vietnam will be quarantined in state quarantine facilities for 14 days, be tested 3 times and must monitor their health for 14 days afterwards. Other provinces may also apply quarantine, social distancing measures and curfews at short notice and depending on where you are travelling from. You should check current measures in place at your destination before you travel.
    To ensure the safety and wellbeing of foreign nationals and the staff, some Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City will be closed for in-person appointments until further notice. We will keep you updated when you can reschedule your appointments.
    Hanoi authorities have deployed checkpoints at major gateways into Hanoi where officials will check temperatures and collect health declarations for those entering Hanoi. All those arriving in Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City or areas with Covid outbreaks must provide a negative Covid PCR test taken within 72 hours and self-isolate for 14 days.
    If in doubt, check with your local authorities to make sure that you are in compliance and to avoid being fined.
    *Be prepared for your plans to change: No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
    Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

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    08.08.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: Government will reduce duration of mandatory quarantine for foreign visitors from two weeks to seven days (Reuters, 04.08.2021). Government will impose lockdown in several southern cities, provinces for two weeks because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 01.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *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 and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. Violations carry strict penalties.
    Quarantine lasts a minimum of 21 days and will 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 for 7 days during which you should not leave your home and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 5 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 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.

    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. You should also ensure that you have your ID /passport with you. Before travelling to another province you should check with your travel provider and/or accommodation what requirements are in place, both where you are travelling to and on return. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.
    From 2 August Ho Chi Minh City has extended social distancing measures under Directive 16 for a further 2 weeks from 2 August. Hanoi will apply them from 24 July until 8 August. This period may be further extended.
    In accordance with Directive 16, you should ensure you are strictly following the social distancing rules in place. These include but are not limited to:
    • staying at home and only going outside for essential needs such as food shopping, obtaining medicine, or urgent medical services
    • ban on gatherings of more than two people at public places
    • suspension of public transportation including taxis, motorcycle taxis and food delivery services
    • ban on travelling to other localities
    From 26 July until further notice, Ho Chi Minh City has imposed a curfew from 6pm to 6am. All residents must remain indoors except for emergency medical care. Shops and businesses must also remain closed. Other provinces and cities may impose similar curfews at short notice, so you should monitor local regulations for updates.
    All those returning from Ho Chi Minh City to other provinces in Vietnam will be quarantined in state quarantine facilities for 14 days, be tested 3 times and must monitor their health for 14 days afterwards. Other provinces may also apply quarantine, social distancing measures and curfews at short notice and depending on where you are travelling from. You should check current measures in place at your destination before you travel.
    To ensure the safety and wellbeing of British nationals and our staff, the British Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City will be closed for in-person appointments until further notice. We will keep you updated when you can reschedule your appointments.
    Hanoi authorities have deployed checkpoints at major gateways into Hanoi where officials will check temperatures and collect health declarations for those entering Hanoi. All those arriving in Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City or areas with Covid outbreaks must provide a negative Covid PCR test taken within 72 hours and self-isolate for 14 days.
    If in doubt, check with your local authorities to make sure that you are in compliance and to avoid being fined.
    *Be prepared for your plans to change: No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
    Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

    Read more
    05.08.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: Government will impose lockdown in several southern cities, provinces for two weeks because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 01.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *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 and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. Violations carry strict penalties.
    Quarantine lasts a minimum of 21 days and will 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 for 7 days during which you should not leave your home and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 5 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 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.

    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. You should also ensure that you have your ID /passport with you. Before travelling to another province you should check with your travel provider and/or accommodation what requirements are in place, both where you are travelling to and on return. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.
    Ho Chi Minh City will apply social distancing measures under Directive 16 from 24 July until 2 August. Hanoi will apply them from 24 July until 8 August. These periods may be extended.
    In accordance with Directive 16, you should ensure you are strictly following the social distancing rules in place. These include but are not limited to:
    • staying at home and only going outside for essential needs such as food shopping, obtaining medicine, or urgent medical services
    • ban on gatherings of more than two people at public places
    • suspension of public transportation including taxis, motorcycle taxis and food delivery services
    • ban on travelling to other localities
    From 26 July until further notice, Ho Chi Minh City has imposed a curfew from 6pm to 6am. All residents must remain indoors except for emergency medical care. Shops and businesses must also remain closed. Other provinces and cities may impose similar curfews at short notice, so you should monitor local regulations for updates.
    All those returning from Ho Chi Minh City to other provinces in Vietnam will be quarantined in state quarantine facilities for 14 days, be tested 3 times and must monitor their health for 14 days afterwards. Other provinces may also apply quarantine, social distancing measures and curfews at short notice and depending on where you are travelling from. You should check current measures in place at your destination before you travel.
    To ensure the safety and wellbeing of British nationals and our staff, the British Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City will be closed for in-person appointments until further notice. We will keep you updated when you can reschedule your appointments.
    Hanoi authorities have deployed checkpoints at major gateways into Hanoi where officials will check temperatures and collect health declarations for those entering Hanoi. All those arriving in Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City or areas with Covid outbreaks must provide a negative Covid PCR test taken within 72 hours and self-isolate for 14 days.
    If in doubt, check with your local authorities to make sure that you are in compliance and to avoid being fined.
    *Be prepared for your plans to change: No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
    Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

    Read more
    30.07.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: Hanoi authorities to tighten COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, suspend all nonessential services, public transport to, from affected provinces from 19 July (Reuters, 18.07.2021). All flights to Ca Mau and Rach Gia airports will be suspended from 19JUL21 to 01AUG21 because of COVID-19 (Vn Express18.07.2021). Government will impose restrictions on movement in 16 southern provinces for two weeks because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 17.07.2021). Flights to, from Ho Chi Minh City cut because of COVID-19 (The Star, 11.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *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 and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. Violations carry strict penalties.
    Quarantine lasts a minimum of 21 days and will 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 for 7 days during which you should not leave your home and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 5 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 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.

    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. Before travelling to another province you should check with your travel provider and/or accommodation what requirements are in place, both where you are travelling to and on return.
    Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.
    Starting from midnight on 9 July 2021, Ho Chi Minh City will apply social distancing measures under Directive 16 for 15 days and may extend this period. All those returning from Ho Chi Minh City to other provinces in Vietnam must self-isolate for 14 days, be tested 3 times during self-isolation and monitor their health for 14 days thereafter. Other provinces may also apply social distancing measures at short notice.
    In accordance with Directive 16, you should ensure you are strictly following the social distancing rules in place. These include but are not limited to:
    • Staying at home and only going outside for essential needs such as food shopping, obtaining medicine, or urgent medical services
    • Ban on gatherings of more than two people at public places
    • Suspension of public transportation
    • Ban on travelling to other localities
    To ensure the safety and wellbeing of British nationals and our staff, the British Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City will be closed for notarial appointments until further notice. We will keep you updated when you can reschedule your appointments.
    Starting from midnight on 19 July 2021, Hanoi will apply social distancing measures. These include:
    • Staying at home and only going outside for essential needs such as food shopping, obtaining medicine, or urgent medical services
    • Ban on gatherings of more than five people at public places
    • Social distancing of 2 metres and the number of staff working in offices to be 50% of normal capacity
    • Reduction of public transportation capacity and frequency
    • Ban on travelling to some other localities, and request to refrain from all travel to and from Hanoi
    Hanoi authorities have deployed checkpoints at major gateways into Hanoi where officials will check temperatures and collect health declarations for those entering Hanoi. All those arriving in Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City or areas with Covid outbreaks must provide a negative Covid PCR test taken within 72 hours and self-isolate for 14 days.
    If in doubt, check with your local authorities to make sure that you are in compliance and to avoid being fined.

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    19.07.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: Hanoi authorities suspend public transport to, from 14 provinces because of COVID-19; restrictions will also be imposed in Dong Nai (Reuters, 08.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *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 and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. Violations carry strict penalties.
    Quarantine lasts a minimum of 21 days and will 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 for 7 days during which you should not leave your home and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 5 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 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.

    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.
    Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.
    Starting from midnight on 9 July 2021, Ho Chi Minh City will apply social distancing measures under Directive 16 for 15 days.
    In accordance with the Directive, you should ensure you are strictly following the social distancing rules in place. These include but are not limited to:
    • Staying at home and only going outside for essential needs such as food shopping, obtaining medicine, or urgent medical services
    • Ban on gatherings of more than two people at public places.
    • Suspension of public transportation
    • Ban on travelling to other localities
    If in doubt, check with your local authorities to make sure that you are in compliance and to avoid being fined.

    Read more
    08.07.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: Vietnamese aviation authorities propose resumption of international arrivals from several Asian countries from July; other regions from September (Bloomberg , 31.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *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 and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. Violations carry strict penalties.
    Quarantine lasts a minimum of 21 days and will 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 for 7 days during which you should not leave your home and should follow the instructions issued by the local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 5 times prior to release, and will be required to produce at least 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.

    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. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.

    Read more
    06.05.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: Vietnamese aviation authorities propose resumption of international arrivals from several Asian countries from July; other regions from September (Bloomberg , 31.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *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 and returning Vietnamese nationals.
    *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.
    *Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus inside Vietnam and for most coming to Vietnam Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic. 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. This is not guaranteed, is time consuming and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.
    The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from 1 September 2020 must pay for quarantine costs both in government centres and in designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying for any coronavirus hospital treatment costs.
    Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are mandated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. Violations carry strict penalties.
    Quarantine lasts a minimum of 14 days and could be longer depending on local conditions and policies and 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 for 14days during which you should not leave your home unless urgent. 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.

    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. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.

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    05.05.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: Vietnamese aviation authorities propose resumption of international arrivals from several Asian countries from July; other regions from September (Bloomberg , 31.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *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. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.

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    23.04.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: All public transportation including flights cannot enter or leave Quang Ninh province and Chi Linh City in Hai Duong province from 28 January because of COVID-19 concerns (VnExpress, 28.01.2021) Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh Province closed for disinfection through at least 29 January after employee tests positive for COVID-19 (Garda, 28.01.2021). Government to limit international flights until mid-February to reduce COVID-19 risks (Reuters, 10.01.2021) Vietnam suspends flights from South Africa, U.K. because of COVID-19 variants (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Authorities expected to suspend or limit incoming flights from at least 34 countries and territories with new COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 04.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    On 5 January 2021 Vietnam’s Prime Minister issued a new directive in response to the increased instances of COVID-19 around the world. The directive includes instructions to suspend flights from countries that have been particularly adversely affected by the new variants of the virus, including from the UK. It is possible that further restrictions might follow.
    *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. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.

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    29.01.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: Government to limit international flights until mid-February to reduce COVID-19 risks (Reuters, 10.01.2021) Vietnam suspends flights from South Africa, U.K. because of COVID-19 variants (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Authorities expected to suspend or limit incoming flights from at least 34 countries and territories with new COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 04.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    On 5 January 2021 Vietnam’s Prime Minister issued a new directive in response to the increased instances of COVID-19 around the world. The directive includes instructions to suspend flights from countries that have been particularly adversely affected by the new variants of the virus, including from the UK. It is possible that further restrictions might follow.
    *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. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.

    Read more
    19.01.2021
  • Vietnam Latest News: Vietnam suspends flights from South Africa, U.K. because of COVID-19 variants (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Authorities expected to suspend or limit incoming flights from at least 34 countries and territories with new COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 04.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    On 5 January 2021 Vietnam’s Prime Minister issued a new directive in response to the increased instances of COVID-19 around the world. The directive includes instructions to suspend flights from countries that have been particularly adversely affected by the new variants of the virus, including from the UK. It is possible that further restrictions might follow.
    *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. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.

    Read more
    06.01.2021
  • 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. Mask wearing is compulsory in public settings. Those not wearing masks may be liable to spot fines.

    Read more
    10.11.2020
  • 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. 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.

    Read more
    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    18.08.2020
  • 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. 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.

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    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
  • Source Government Newspaper/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    OSAC Travel Advisories/
    Ministry of Health/
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