Vietnam has a relatively low number of coronavirus infections. To keep it that way, the Vietnamese government implemented a number of measures, which can also affect the use of tourist and business visas. On this page you can read the impact of these measures on your travel plans. This information was last updated on 30 March 2020.
How big is the coronavirus problem in Vietnam?
Vietnam was relatively quick with implementing measures against coronavirus. Currently, 194 infections have been reported and 17 people have died of the virus (as of 30-03-2020). The steps taken by the government are not just aimed at stopping the current outbreak within national borders, but also to stop infected people from entering the country.
Vietnam has also taken strict measures to stop a further outbreak of coronavirus / Covid-19.
Can I still travel to Vietnam?
Business travellers and tourists currently cannot travel to Vietnam. This also applies to travellers that received a visa from the immigration service which states that they can enter the country. People with the Vietnamese nationality are still allowed in, however. Exceptions are also made for people that want to enter the country to offer medical or other specialised help. Each traveller must spend two weeks in quarantine after arrival in Vietnam.
Is my visa for a trip later this year still valid?
Many tourists already received a visa for a trip later this year, when the current coronavirus measures might not be in effect anymore. It is currently not known if the approved visas will be usable then. There is a big chance that they will be, but an official confirmation by the Vietnamese immigration service regarding this has not been given.
Is it still possible to apply for a visa?
Contrary to the VOA, applying for a Vietnam e-visa is still possible. However, new applications are not processed right away by the immigration service. This means that while it is still possible to submit an application, it is not known when it will be approved. Expect this to take at least several weeks. Also keep in mind that it is not yet known how long the travel ban will last, and if any other measures will be taken afterwards which might impact travelling with a Vietnam visa.
When is it safe to travel to Vietnam again?
This is currently not known. Keep a close watch on this page and contact your travel agency or airline. It is expected that travelling to Vietnam will be discouraged for at least a month.
I’m still in Vietnam, what can I do?
Try to return to your home country if possible. The measures taken by the government of Vietnam are very strict. You might be ordered to quarantine yourself in an undesirable and unhygienic environment if you do not leave the country. In that case, contact the British embassy in Vietnam. As fewer and fewer flights are leaving for Europe, both from Vietnam as well as the rest of Asia, it is becoming increasingly difficult to return. That is why it is recommended to return as quickly as possible, if this is possible.
Who is responsible for the financial damages?
Coronavirus has resulted in a large amount of financial damages for travellers, travel agencies, tour operators and insurance companies. In some cases, you might be successful in claiming damages, but this will most certainly not always be the case. The immigration service of Vietnam also does not refund the visa costs which have already been made by the traveller, even if they cannot make use of the visa due to the coronavirus.
Disclaimer: the coronavirus (Covid-19) has had grave consequences for a large number of travellers, with or without a Vietnam visa. Not all consequences can be properly assessed at present and many measures and restrictions are changed on a daily basis. The information on this page has been put together with care, but it cannot be guaranteed that they are at all times complete and up to date. Also contact your travel agency and/or airline for the most recent development regarding coronavirus in Vietnam.