After almost 3 months without domestic coronavirus infections, Vietnam currently has a few new infections each day. To keep the risk of further spreading as low as possible, the Vietnamese government has virtually sealed off the country from the outside world, which also affects the use of tourist and business visas. On this page, you can read about the impact of these measures on your travel plans. This information was last updated on 8 June 2021.
How serious is the coronavirus problem in Vietnam?
Vietnam was relatively quick with implementing rules against the coronavirus, but the country is seeing larger-scale outbreaks since May 2021. Currently, 23 385 infections have been reported and 102 deaths have been confirmed as a result of the virus (as of 07-07-2021). This makes Vietnam one of the countries that has managed the coronavirus outbreak the best, even if infections are rapidly rising by Vietnamese standards the past few weeks. The measures taken by the government are not just aimed at stopping the spread of the virus within national borders, but also to stop infected people from entering Vietnam.
Vietnam has also taken strict measures to stop a further outbreak of coronavirus / COVID-19.
Can I still travel to Vietnam?
In general, foreigners cannot travel to Vietnam until further notice. Persons with Vietnamese nationality are still allowed in, however. Exceptions are also made for persons that want to enter the country to offer medical or other specialised help, and there is also an exception in place for "experts, business managers and highly skilled workers" which are necessary to keep the Vietnamese economy running or get it back on its feet. These persons must acquire their visa through their Vietnamese business partner, and not through the embassy or consulate.
Travellers that are allowed to enter must have a medical certificate from a doctor which states that they do not have coronavirus symptoms and tested negative for COVID-19. They must present this statement at the passport check, and spend 21 days in quarantine at a designated location in Vietnam on arrival (a mandated hotel or a government established quarantine facility). During this time, they will be tested for coronavirus three times. If all tests are negative, they can spend the next 7 days in self-isolation, where they will be tested twice again. Travellers will have to pay for the cost of the quarantine and the tests themselves.
An exception to the quarantine rule is in place for diplomats, holders of service passports and business travellers, the above-mentioned "experts, business managers and highly skilled workers" and their familes, provided they are staying in the country for less than 14 days. However, they must undergo a PCR test 3 to 5 days before arrival in Vietnam, at a testing facility recognized by the Vietnamese government. In Vietnam, they must also regularly take a PCR test. Additionally, they are required to have health insurance which covers health costs abroad, or be able to provide a guarantee from their company that it will cover any coronavirus-related costs.
Is it still possible to apply for a visa?
Contrary to the VOA, applying for a Vietnam e-visa is still possible. However, applications are only processed once the travel ban is lifted. Keep in mind that it is not yet known when this will be, and if additional requirements will be set to 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 another month.
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I am still in Vietnam, what should I do?
Due to the rising infection numbers since the beginning of May, many provinces have banned parties, events, gatherings and religious meetings, and closed schools, catering facilities and other non-essential services. In provinces with particularly high infection rates, (partial) lockdowns apply. Throughout the country, wearing masks in public places is mandatory, and restaurants have a minimum distance requirement. Coronavirus tests are being performed in public places, which are mandatory. Violations of these hygiene regulations can result in heavy fines. You may be required to go into quarantine under undesirable and unhygienic conditions if you show signs of illness. In that case, contact the British embassy in Vietnam.
If you want to leave Vietnam, you can do so with a commercial flight from Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, via the South Korean capital Seoul airport Incheon. Asiana Airlines, Korean Air and KLM offer flights. On returning to the United Kingdom, you will need either a negative NAAT(PCR) test taken no more than 24 hours before boarding your flight, or both a NAAT(PCR) test taken no more than 72 hours before arriving in the United Kingdom and a rapid test taken no more than 24 hours before boarding your flight in Vietnam. Instead of the NAAT test, you may also submit proof of your completed COVID-19 infection, which must be at least 2 weeks and no more than 26 weeks old and must have been issued in the European Union, or a vaccination certificate showing that you have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO or the EMA.
If you are still in Vietnam and cannot or do not want to return yet, contact the Immigration Services to find out if and how you can extend your visa or residence permit. Offices of the immigration services can be found in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City
Who is liable 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.