Due to the coronavirus, a holiday to Vietnam is still not possible. Tourist visas can be applied for, but are not yet being granted. In this article, you can read more about the current state of affairs concerning the coronavirus/Covid-19 in Vietnam, and the expectations for the coming months. This page was updated on 20 October 2021.
The coronavirus pandemic in Vietnam
In Vietnam, the first case of COVID-19 was observed on 23 January 2020. On 22 March 2020, Vietnamʼs borders were closed to tourists and business travellers. As a result of rigorous measures, the number of coronavirus infections in Vietnam initially remained very low. It was only from spring 2021 onwards that the number of infections began to rise. This was partly due to the delta variant of the virus, which became dominant in Vietnam from then on.
Vaccinations in Vietnam
In March 2021, vaccination of the population in Vietnam started. Initially, the vaccination rate was very low, but since mid-August, about 20 million vaccinations have been administered every month. Vietnam has about 100 million inhabitants, so at this rate the vaccination rate could approach that of Western countries by the end of 2021. This could mean that holidays to Vietnam will be able to take place from early 2022, but no guarantees can be given.
Vietnam has also taken strict measures against further outbreak of coronavirus/Covid-19.
Can I travel to Vietnam if I am vaccinated?
Not at the moment. However, the government of Vietnam has announced that the island of Phu Quoc will soon be accessible to vaccinated tourists. This experiment will show whether the Vietnamese government considers it responsible to allow vaccinated tourists to visit other parts of the country. It is not yet known when Phu Quoc can be visited by tourists who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
In addition to the experiments and expectations of the Vietnamese government, tourists are also advised to heed the travel advice of their home country. Currently, the English government advises tourists against making travel plans for Vietnam. Most countries in the European Union share this opinion.
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Exceptions to the entry ban
In general, foreigners currently cannot travel to Vietnam. However, persons with Vietnamese nationality are admitted. Exceptions can also be made for people who want to enter Vietnam to provide medical or other specialised assistance. There is also an exception for highly qualified people and experts who are considered of key importance to the Vietnamese economy, and for their immediate families. These persons cannot apply for their visa through the embassy or consulate, but must have it done by their associate/partner in Vietnam.
Those who are currently able to obtain a visa for Vietnam due to an exceptional situation should still be aware of a number of strict coronavirus/Covid-19 measures that are currently in place. Travellers who are admitted, including those with Vietnamese nationality, must have a medical certificate from a doctor at the time of departure stating that they have no symptoms of coronavirus and have been tested negative. They must present this certificate at passport control and spend a minimum of 14 days in quarantine at a designated location after arriving in Vietnam. During this time, they are tested for COVID-19 three times. If all tests are negative, they are allowed to spend the next 14 days in home quarantine/self-isolation, where they are tested 2 more times. The costs of the stay in the designated quarantine location and the tests must be paid for by the individual.
An exception to the quarantine rules in Vietnam is sometimes made for diplomats, investors, senior management, experts, other highly qualified employees and relatives of these persons. Like the visa, this exception must also be applied for by the Vietnamese associate/ partner. Once granted, these individuals must have undergone a PCR test at a Vietnamese government approved testing facility 3 to 5 days prior to arrival in Vietnam and must regularly undergo PCR tests in Vietnam itself. They may only leave their accommodation to attend approved appointments. In addition, all travellers must be able to present a health insurance policy that covers foreign medical expenses or a guarantee from their company that it will cover any costs related to the coronavirus.
Is it already possible to apply for a visa?
Unlike the visa on arrival, applying for an e-visa Vietnam is still possible. However, applications for an e-visa will only be processed by the immigration service once the entry ban has been lifted. Please note that it is not yet known when the entry ban will be lifted, nor whether there will be additional conditions for travelling with a Vietnam visa afterwards.
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Disclaimer: the coronavirus has had a major impact on travel to Vietnam, and it is expected that this will remain the case for the foreseeable future. Coronavirus rules can change rapidly and although this page has been carefully compiled, it is not possible to guarantee that all information is complete and entirely accurate at all times. Please check with your airline, travel agent or tour operator before making any travel plans.