Vietnam entry and quarantine procedure in COVID

Hanh Pham Last update: Nov 19, 2020

At the moment, all experts entering Vietnam under the expert entry program approved by the Vietnam Government are required to follow this Vietnam entry and quarantine procedure.

Experts entering Vietnam in COVID - Entry and quarantine procedure
Experts entering Vietnam in COVID – Entry and quarantine procedure

This procedure is divided into 3 phases, before – upon – and after arrival. Its details are as follows.

Before Entering Vietnam in COVID

Before entering the country, the entrants shall:

  • Register a concentrated facility for quarantine upon arrival in Vietnam together with a specific work schedule in Vietnam;
  • Get a Medical certificate confirming negative SARS-CoV-2 result (in English) tested by the viral RNA (RT-PCR/RT-LAMP, etc.) detection from a competent healthcare agency 3-5 days before entry.

Upon entry into Vietnam

The authorities shall

  • check the Medical certificate confirming negative SARS-CoV-2 result provided by the entrants, take body temperature, and medical examination to detect suspected cases, and take the measures as prescribed.
  • collect information about the concentrated quarantine facility, inform the authorities of related localities for further monitoring and supervision.
  • guide the entrants to carry out electronic medical declaration, install and use tracking applications.
  • take samples for testing at the checkpoint (if any), arrange separate sampling areas, ensure epidemic prevention, and divide flows of movement to the sampling area, take samples, carry out rapid tests using viral RNA or antigen detection.
    • If the test result is positive, the medical isolation at the medical facility shall be applied immediately, the entrants shall be taken samples for testing, treated in accordance with current regulations for cases with COVID 19.
    • If it is negative or not clear, the entrants are taken to their registered quarantine facility by a dedicated vehicle arranged by the local authorities or People’s Committee in compliance with the safety regulations during movement as instructed by the Ministry of Health under the Decision No. 1246/QD-BYT dated March 20, 2020.

Then, the entrants shall be grouped based on their rapid test results for leaving the entry area.

In case a rapid test has not been taken at the checkpoint, the entrants shall be taken to their registered quarantine facility in compliance with the safety regulations by the Ministry of Health.

In the Vietnam quarantine facility

At the concentrated quarantine facility, the entrants will be taken samples for SARS-CoV-2 test by viral RNA detection technique (RT-PCR / RT-LAMP, etc.).

In the case of non-performance of test at the checkpoint or unclear test result, the test sample shall be taken as soon as the entrants arrive at the concentrated quarantine facility.

  • If the test result is a positive, immediate isolation at a medical facility shall be applied; the entrants shall be treated in accordance with current regulations for cases with COVID 19.
  • If it is negative, quarantine, monitoring and medical supervision will be maintained until the second test sample is taken.

All cases are sampled for the second test on the 6th day of entry or as soon as they have suspected symptoms of disease.

  • If the test result is a positive, immediate isolation at a medical facility shall be applied; the entrants shall be taken samples for testing, treated in accordance with current regulations for cases with COVID 19.
  • If it is negative, they are allowed to move to their accommodation for further quarantine until full 14 days of entry and follow the epidemic prevention measures in accordance with the current guidance of the Ministry of Health.
  • Beginning September 1, all travelers entering Vietnam need to pay for all testing and quarantine costs.  For further information, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here
Quarantine upon arrival in Vietnam during covid - Vietnam-visa
Quarantine upon arrival in Vietnam during COVID

Travel from the quarantine facility to the accommodation must be carried out by private vehicles according to regulations of the Ministry of Health.

At the accommodation, the entrants shall strictly implement measures of medical supervision, quarantine, epidemic prevention, avoid contact with the community and immediately notify the health authorities upon any sign of suspicion of being infected with COVID.

Make the list of people in close contact with the entries until the end of 14 days of entry, specifying their full name, phone numbers.

The Local health authorities carry out medical supervision according to regulations and take samples for SARS-CoV-2 test by viral RNA detection (RT-PCR / RT- LAMP…) on the 14th day of entry or upon any suspected symptoms.

If test results are positive or are suspected, immediate medical isolation at the medical facility shall be applied; the entrants shall be taken samples for testing, treated in accordance with current regulations for cases with COVID 19.

This guide has just been issued by the Ministry of Health. Should you need any information about getting into Vietnam these days, feel free to let us know via +84.946.583.583 (WhatsApp, Viber, Zalo available), or leave us your message here.

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