Vietnam decided on 15 March to reopen its borders to international travellers. Travellers can also apply for their Vietnam visa again. In this article, you will find all information about the current state of Covid-19 in Vietnam. This page was updated on 03-05-2022.

The COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam

Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020, the Vietnamese government has taken measures to protect the inhabitants as much as possible and to relieve the healthcare system. One of the measures was a ban on foreign travellers entering the country. By now, almost 80% of the population of Vietnam has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, which means that the government considers it safe again to fully open the borders to international travellers.

Vietnam has also taken strict measures against a further outbreak of COVID-19Following a successful vaccination campaign, holidays and business trips to Vietnam are again permitted.

Am I allowed to travel to Vietnam again?

On 15 March, the Government of Vietnam lifted the entry ban for foreigners. It is therefore again possible to travel to Vietnam for holidays or business trips. Travellers are advised to be well prepared, as the safety situation in Vietnam is different from that in the UK or Ireland.

A number of coronavirus measures and a visa requirement still apply. Travel to Vietnam is currently only allowed for travellers who can present a negative test result and have health insurance. Below, you can read about the steps you need to follow to be allowed to travel to Vietnam.

Applying for a visa

Most travellers need a visa to travel to Vietnam. However, since 15 March 2022, Vietnam has reintroduced visa waivers for some countries, including the UK. You can travel with this visa waiver if you are staying in Vietnam for up to 15 days. If you are staying for longer than that, you must have a visa. You can easily apply for a visa for Vietnam online before your departure. To do so, you need to fill out an application form and provide some documents. The application process takes only 10 minutes and the visa will be sent to you digitally after it has been approved.
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COVID-19 test before departure

Travelling to Vietnam is subject to testing. Travellers must undergo a molecular test (PCR or LAMP) or an antigen test for COVID-19 before departure. The PCR or LAMP test must be taken no later than 72 hours before arrival in Vietnam. The antigen test must not be older than 24 hours on arrival. Travellers under 2 years of age are not required to be tested.

Download PC-COVID app and arrange health insurance

The Vietnamese government has developed an app to map the spread of the coronavirus, the PC-COVID app. Anyone who wants to travel to Vietnam must download this app. This can be done via this website.

In addition, travellers must have health insurance that covers the costs of possible COVID-19 treatment in Vietnam to an amount of at least USD 10,000.

Return trip to the UK and Ireland

Different rules apply per country for the return trip to Europe or the United Kingdom. As of right now, to return to the UK, there is no requirement to test or quarantine upon return. Are you travelling back to Ireland? As of 6 March, you no longer need to complete a passenger locator form. You also no longer need proof of vaccination or recovery, or take a COVID-19 test

However, check with your airline in case your airline has different rules. If you transit through a third country, you may also be required to show evidence of a negative test, depending on that country’s rules.

Disclaimer: the coronavirus has had a major impact on travel to Vietnam and is expected to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Coronavirus measures 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.