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Vietnam entry and quarantine procedure in COVID

Last update: Dec 31, 2021

According to the latest Vietnam quarantine rules, Vietnam will apply home-based quarantine for entrants from January 1, 2022.

Here comes the detailed requirements and application process.

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

Latest Vietnam quarantine rules applicable to Vietanm entrants

According to the Official Dispatch No. 10688/BYT-MT dated December 16, 2021, the Vietnam entrants may be entitled to home quarantine as follows:

  • For entrants with full-vaccination certificate or Covid-recovery proof:
    • Within 3 days from entry: self-monitor health at the lodging (including private houses, hotel, motel, resort, headquarter of business, guesthouse of business etc.; not contact with others and not leave such lodging.
    • Take an RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test on the 3rd day of entry. If the result is negative, then continue to self-monitor health until the end of the 14th day of entry. In case it is positive, get treatment following the current policy.
  • For others
    • Self monitor health at the lodging within 7 days of entry;
    • Take RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 tests on the 3rd & 7th days of entry. If the result is negative, then continue to self-monitor health until the end of the 14th day of entry. In case it is positive, get treatment following the current policy.
Latest Vietnam quarantine rules for entrants

Here come the requirements for lodging/home qualified for quarantine.

Requirements for lodging/home qualified for quarantine

The requirements for lodging/home qualified for quarantine of Vietnam entrants are well provided for in the Official Dispatch No. 5599/BYT-MT dated July 14, 2021. Accordingly, the lodging used for home quarantine of entrants must :

  • Be separate houses, apartments;
  • Have a warning sign “QUARANTINE AREA FOR COVID1-9 PREVENTION AND CONTROL”  in front of the lodging.
  • Have a yellow-painted container lavelled with “SARS-CoV-2 HAZARDOUS WASTE” placed in front of the lodging to collect personal protective clothes removed by the health workers;
  • Have separate rooms which meet the following requirements:
    • Have separate toilets and bathrooms, personal hygiene tools, hand soap, clean water, hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol, body thermometer.
    • Have a container with lid, labelled with “SARS-Cov-2 HAZARDOUS WASTE”, opened by pedal, lined with yellow nylon bag to keep masks, towels, nose and mouth wipes; and a domestic waste container with kids, opened by foot pedal and lined with blue nylon bag;
    • Not share central air conditioner; possibly using separate air conditioner; ensuring ventilation, opening windows regularly.
    • Have washing machine, or bucket, basin for the isolated person to wash their clothes themselves.
    • Have brooms, mops, 02 buckets and disinfectant solution or common detergent for the isolated person to clean and disinfect the room themselves daily.
    • Have a table for food serving in front of the room.
Conditions for home qualified for quarantine of entrants
Conditions for home qualified for quarantine of entrants

If the lodging fails to meet the requirements mentioned above, the entrants may choose to stay at the hotel upon arrival for quarantine.

Regulations for entrants to be quarantined at home

The entrants who stay at home for quarantine upon arrival must:

  • Strictly abide by the regulations on home quarantine period; sign a commitment with the local authority.
  • Not leave the isolation room during the quarantine period, not contact family members as well as other people; not contact pets.
  • Always implement 5K Rules and epidemic prevention and control measures as prescribed.
  • Install, enable and do daily medical declaration on VHD or Bluezone app during the quarantine period.
  • Self-measure body temperature, monitor health and update daily on VHD or Bluezone app. If a smartphone is not available, the medical staff must be informed daily at the phone number provided. Especially when there are suspicious symptoms such as cough, fever, sore throat, difficulty breathing, you must update immediately on the VHD or Bluezone application and immediately notify the medical staff. In case it is not possible to measure body temperature by themselves, medical staff or caregivers and supporters (if any) will measure the person in isolation.
  • Not share personal items such as bowls, chopsticks, spoons, cups, toothbrushes, face towels with others.
  • Self-implement measures of daily cleaning and disinfection according to the instructions in Appendix 3.
  • Classify waste as guided.
  • After the quarantine period is over, continue to self-monitor at home according to regulations.
  • Take sample for SARS-CoV-2 test on the 3rd day of quarantine. If the test result is negative, further monitor the health until full 14 days.

Regulations for those sharing the same house with the quarantined persons

Those sharing the same house/apartment with the quarantined persons must:

  • Sign a Commitment with the local authority and those who provide care and support for quarantine.
  • Not allow the elderly and persons with underlying health conditions needing medical care to stay at the same house with the quarantined person.
  • Not directly contact the quarantined person, must minimize leaving the house, and strictly adhere to relevant quarantine rules.
  • Provide meals, drinking water and other essential necessities for the quarantined person every day.
  • Immediately notify the health worker when the quarantined person leaves the house without permission or has typical symptoms of Covid-19 such as cough, fever, sore throat, difficulty breathing.
  • Collect waste from quarantine room as instructed.
  • Not allow other persons to enter the house during the quarantine (except for those living in the same house, health workers and others competent for quarantine supervision).
  • Self-monitor health. Immediately notify the health worker upon any typical symptoms of Covid-19 such as cough, fever, sore throat, difficulty breathing.
  • Clean and disinfect the house daily.
  • Arrange an area inside the house for the health workers to take samples for test and carry out medical monitoring upon request. All persons sharing the house will be tested as regulated.
  • The caregiver sharing the same quarantine room will be tested for COVID-19 in the same manner as the quarantined person.
  • If the quarantined person is a child, or the elderly with underlying health conditions needing medical care, a caregiver may stay in the same room, but he/she must sign a commitment with the local authority.
Vietnam Quarantine rules for people sharing the same room with the quarantined persons
Vietnam Quarantine rules for people sharing the same room with the quarantined persons

Vietnam entry procedure in Covid time

The following entry process is currently applied:

Before Entering Vietnam in COVID

Before entering the country, the entrants shall:

  • Get Vietnam entry permit (if you are entering Vietnam as an expert)
  • Register a concentrated facility for quarantine upon arrival in Vietnam together with a specific work schedule in Vietnam (if you are entering Vietnam as an expert) or get Verification of Home Qualified for home quarantine approved by the local authotiries;
  • 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 within 72 hours before arrival in Vietnam;
  • Get your Vaccine passport verified by the Vietnam embassy/consulate general in issuing country if it is not included in this Vaccine passport acceptance list;
  • Arrange pick-up car.

Upon entry into Vietnam

The authorities shall

  • Check your entry permit and give you a visa stamp on your passport;
  • check your 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, 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 Steering Committee for Covid 19 Prevention and Control.

At the Vietnam quarantine facility

The quarantined persons will have their sample taken for SARS-CoV-2 test(s):

  • On the 3rd day of entry for entrants with a valid full-vaccination certificate or Covid-recovery proof; or
  • On the 3rd and 7th days for others.

If the result is negative, then continue to self-monitor health until the end of the 14th day of entry. In case it is positive, get treatment following the current policy.

Important note: Beginning September 1, 2020, all travelers entering Vietnam need to pay for all testing and quarantine costs.  For further information, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here

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