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Vietnam travel policies in Covid 19

Hanh Pham Last update: Sep 15, 2020

In the context of outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Vietnam Government has applied stricter regulations regarding entry, and travel of the foreigners in Vietnam in order to prevent spread of such epidemic throughout Vietnam, ensure safety for both Vietnamese and foreigners themselves.

This article will update you of the measures applied by our Government regarding entry, stay and travel of foreigners in Vietnam and it covers:

1. Vietnam visa – entry regulations

Vietnam visa exemption suspension in covid 19
Vietnam visa – entry updates in Covid 19

Update September 15, 2020

The Ministry of Transport said Vietnam would not resume regular commercial flights internationally from September 15, 2020, despite earlier suggestions to do so.


Update September 10, 2020:

Experts entering Vietnam and staying in the country for less than 14 days will no longer be required to stay in 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

But they have to continue complying with all other requirements on COVID-19 pandemic prevention required by the Ministry of Health. They also need to complete medical procedures including tests for Covid-19. The organization that invites them needs to guarantee that it, or an international insurance company, will bear all medical and other expenses if they contract the disease in Vietnam.

Subjects of Application:

  • Investors, experts, skilled workers, managers of enterprise with their relatives, and other subjects according to Agreements between countries (hereinafter “Expert”);
  • Those who enter with diplomatic purposes

Requirements and Procedures

Before entry:

  • The sponsor company shall build specific working schedules, accommodation, transport, quarantine plan for Experts, and scheme for keeping safety and maintaining COVID-19 pandemic prevention for Experts and people they met in their working time. The priority to select a meeting, contract, negotiation, residence location in province/city which has or be near the import and export gate in order to restrict Expert to go deep in inland and travel through many places.
  • The experts must be tested for SARS-CoV-2 by Real time-PCR technique from 03 to 05 days prior to entry to Vietnam and the result must be negative. The SARS-CoV-2 test must be done at a government-approved laboratory.

Upon arrival in Vietnam:

  • Experts must present the testing result to show that they are negative for SARS-CoV-2 before entering Vietnam.
  • They must declare electronic medical and measure body temperature.
  • They mustinstall “Bluezone” application when staying in Vietnam.

At the residence location:

  • The sponsor company shall arrange an isolated accommodation for Expert (hotel, accommodation scheduled by the enterprise, other accommodation) which is arranged by Provincial People’s Committee;
  • The experts shall be tested for SARS-COV-2 when coming to accommodation by RT-PRC technique. If they are negative with Covid, the competent agency will consider letting them work in local. To carry out sampling for SARS-COV-2 every 02 days during the stay in Vietnam.
  • The experts shall have health workers take samples of SARS-COV-2 one day before the expert leaves Vietnam in order to have an insolation and backup plan for those who contact Experts entering Vietnam in their working time in case of necessity.

Update September 1, 2020

Vietnam extends the automatic stay permit extension until September 30, 2020 for those entering Vietnam with tourist visa, visa exemption or e-visa who meets the these conditions for automatic stay extension.

Update July 10, 2020:

  • Due to complicated developments of COVID worldwide, Vietnam still remains shut to tourists.
  • Those allowed to enter Vietnam at the moments include those entering the country for diplomatic and official purposes, for participation in major diplomatic events, or being experts, business managers, highly skilled workers. In this case, their sponsor company/organization is required to obtain approvals from the Provincial People’s Committee, Department of Health, and the Government as well. Please see below for detailed guidance.

How to take foreign experts, business managers and highly skilled workers to Vietnam during COVID 19:

If planning to guarantee any foreign nationals to enter Vietnam, the employer shall prepare the documents and apply for approvals from Vietnamese authorities as follows:

  1. The sponsoring organization (normally the employer in the context of employment) of the Exempted Foreigners needs to submit a request letter to the Provincial People’s Committee where the sponsoring organization is located. In addition to the list of the Exempted Foreigners who are being requested entry approval, the letter must also provide a detailed plan regarding transportation options and quarantine measures. 
  2. After reviewing the request letter, the Provincial People’s Committee will make a decision and submit the approved list of the Exempted Foreigners to the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Public Security.
  3. If approved, the sponsoring organization also needs to submit a request dossier to the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Public Security. Official Letter No. 2847 requires the dossier to include the list of the Exempted Foreigners, which must be divided into two groups: those holding a valid visa and those requesting for new visa issuance, along with the Provincial People’s Committee’s decision on approval for the Exempted Foreigners’ entry into Vietnam. 
  4. Preventive measures upon the entry
    • In order to curb community transmission of COVID-19 due to imported cases, all Exempted Foreigners entering Vietnam would be quarantined for 14 days at a centralized isolation facility or a hotel. The place of quarantine would be addressed during the process for obtaining the entry approval as mentioned above.
    • The Exempted Foreigners must also undergo testing for COVID-19 twice during the quarantine period.
    • Upon completion of the mandatory 14-day quarantine, the individuals will continue to be placed under medical surveillance for another 14 days.

Feel free to contact us at +84.946.583.583, or | or @vietnamvisaservice for consultation and assistance to take your experts to Vietnam now.

Update May 27: The Vietnamese government has confirmed the list of Vietnam e-visa countries and entry ports since June 1, 2020. However, this is not an indication showing the Vietnam will re-open its borders to tourists.

Update March 21, 2020: Vietnam temporarily suspends entry of all foreigners since March 22 due to swift and complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic. It means that no new visa will be issued as well.

For those entering Vietnam for diplomatic and official purposes, for participation in major diplomatic events, or being experts, business managers, highly skilled workers, the Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of  National Defense shall coordinate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, and other relevant agencies to issue visa if necessary.

Entrants mentioned in the above paragraph shall be subject to mandatory medical declaration and other effective regulations at designated areas at ports of entry and shall have to isolate themselves at places of residence as currently regulated.

Temporary suspension of entry shall also be applied to all overseas Vietnamese and their spouses and children who have been granted with certificate of visa exemption, also effective since March 22.


Updated March 20, 2020: The visa-waiver program for citizens of Belarus, Russia, Japan will be suspended from 12:00 March 21, 2020 (Vietnam Time).

Citizens from these countries holding ordinary passports will still be able to visit Vietnam provided that they have obtained proper visas prior to their arrival.

Citizens who hold diplomatic or official passport are eligible to enter Vietnam without visa in line with the current agreements on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and official passports signed between Vietnam and the above countries.

Entrants from Belarus, Russia and Japan shall be subject to medical preventive measures in accordance with the applicable regulations of Vietnam.


Updated March 17, 2020: Government of Vietnam has decided to temporarily halt visa issuance to foreigners for 30 days, applicable since March 18.

Foreigners enjoying visa-waiver program or overseas Vietnamese and their spouses and children having been granted with certificate of visa exemption shall only be allowed to enter Vietnam if they can submit papers certifying they are not positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The aforesaid measure shall also be applied to foreigners who are experts, business managers, highly skilled workers upon arrival to Viet Nam.

All the above measures shall NOT be applicable to entrants for diplomatic or official purposes.

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Update March 14, 2020: From noon on March 15, Vietnam

  • temporarily suspend entry for tourist who come from the Schengen countries and/or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or have visited or transited through these areas within 14 days preceding their expected entry into Viet Nam;
  • suspend visa upon arrival for all foreign nationals

The bans will be in effect for 30 days. But it is not be applicable to entrants for diplomatic or official purposes.

Suspended Vietnam visa updates

Suspended Vietnam visa updates –

The new policy applies to all travelers, except those traveling for diplomatic or official purposes.  Foreigners who are experts, business managers, or highly-skilled workers entering Vietnam will need to undergo medical checks and quarantine will be applied in accordance with the guidelines of Vietnam’s Ministry of Health. 

► See this decision here.

Vietnam has indicated visa exemptions will be suspended for nations reporting 500 cases or more of COVID-19, or those with more than 50 new cases per day. 

At this time, Vietnam is refusing entry to all travellers arriving from mainland China, Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk, or those who have transited through these areas within the past 14 days.

Updated March 11, 2020: Officially from March 12, 2020 00:00, Vietnam visa exemption for the citizens of the following countries is suspended:

  • Spain
  • Germany
  • France
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Norway

At this time, Vietnam is refusing entry to all travelers arriving from mainland China, Hong Kong, Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk, or those who have transited through these areas within the past 14 days.

Also, at this time, it’s hard to get visa approval letter for citizens of the countries mentioned above to get visa on arrival.

► You can see full details here:

Additionally, as announced by the Vietnam embassy in London, United Kingom on March 10, 2020:

Beause of covid -19 outbreak in some countries in Europe, the Embassy of Vietnam in London for the time being will not accept requests for visa processing until further notice. Only applicants with visa approval letter from the Immigration Department of Vietnam can apply for visa issuance from the Embassy.

For those who wish to travel to Vietnam, they need to contact with their Vietnamese sponsors/tour-operators for arrangement of their visas with the Immigration Department of Vietnam. Once they get the visa approval letter from the Immigration Department, they can contact Vietnam Embassy for the issuance of their visas.

(Source: Vietnam embassy in UK)

Updated March 2, 2020: Officially from March 3, 2020 00:00, 15-day Vietnam visa exemption for the citizens of Italy is suspended. (You can see the source here.)

Updated February 27, 2020: Officially from February 28, 2020 00:00, 15-day Vietnam visa exemption for the citizens of South Korea is suspended.

In addition, all incoming travelers from South Korea or having travel record to South Korea are subject to to mandatory 14-day isolation.

► You can see the source here.

You are highly recommended to check Vietnam visa requirements before every trip to Vietnam.

In case you are of those nationalities and wish to stay longer in Vietnam but your visa is close to expiration, doing Vietnam visa extension seems to be the best way at present.

2. Health Check upon arrival in Vietnam

Required Vietnam health check upon arrival during covid 19
Required Vietnam health check upon arrival

From March 7, 2020, all travelers entering Vietnam are REQUIRED to have their health checked and complete a Medical Declaration Form on arrival.

This form can be filled out online via this link on the day of entry into Vietnam or on paper upon your arrival at the entry point.

For online declaration:

  • Follow this link, select the language and complete the form.
  • After submission, you will be provided with a unique code. Please keep it in your phone or note it on your paper and bring it with you to Vietnam.
  • Upon reaching the entry port, visit the Medical Declaration Area, and show your code to take the print of your Medical Declaration Form.
  • The health staff there will check your health status and seal your Statement if there is no problem with your health.
  • You then take the sealed Statement and go to the visa/immigration counter.

For paper declaration:

  • Upon reaching the entry port, go to the Medical Declaration Area to take the Medical Declaration Form and fill it out.
  • The health staff there will check your health status and seal your Form if there is no problem with your health.
  • You then take the sealed Form and go to the visa/immigration counter.

All entrants shall be medically checked and have to comply with the nation’s COVID-19 prevention and control measures.

3. Quarantine regulations in Vietnam

In order to minimize the risk of infection in Vietnam, all those with close contact with those carrying Coronavirus will be quarantined. So, if you have any contact — such as the sharing of flights, vehicles, or hotels — with others who have tested positive for COVID-19 while in Vietnam, you can expect to be tested for the virus and placed in 14-day quarantine.

Here come 3 levels of quarantine observed by Vietnam at the moment:

  • Self-quarantine in homes or hotels with regular check-ups by local health authorities,
  • Quarantine in health establishments for those showing symptoms of the virus, as well as those who have tested positive for COVID-10 and those in close contact with them, and
  • Quarantine in non-medical establishments for those returning from high-risk areas.

Updated March 20, 2020: All incoming travelers to Vietnam shall be subject to mandatory centralized quarantine for 14 days, applicable since March 21. This measure shall NOT be applicable to entrants for diplomatic and official purposes but they shall have to isolate themselves at places of residence under the supervision of local authorities.


Update March 31, 2020: Viet Nam to go into 15-day nationwide social distancing to curb COVID-19, starting from April 1, 2020.

Accordingly, the people are told to stay at home and should only go out in case of extreme necessity, such as buying food, foodstuff and medicine; emergencies; working at factories, production establishments, facilities trading in essential services and goods that are not subject to provisional closure; and other emergency cases.

In case it is required to go out, they shall keep an interpersonal distance of at least two meters and not gathering in groups of more than two people outside the workplace, schools and hospitals, and in public places.


Updated March 5, 2020 by Vietnamairlines: Starting from 5th April 2020, Da Nang City will impose a 14-day quarantine for citizens from Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City, including Da Nang citizens living, studying and working in these two cities. The quarantine work will be conducted at centralized facilities in the city and charges for accommodation and other costs will be applied according to current regulations.

Updated April 7: Bac Ninh province has applied pay-to-stay quarantine service. Accordingly, people who are from or passing through COVID-19 hit areas will have to pay for isolation when arriving in the northern province of Bắc Ninh from April 7.

Updated April 23: Vietnam eases social distancing nationwide. All activites can be resumed as normal but the citizens and residents are still required to observe the regulations in Covid-19.

4. Closure and procedures of hotels, tourist attractions and others in Vietnam

At the moments, all the hotels and tourist attractions are kept open to tourists.

For a full overview of the COVID-19 situation in Vietnam as it relates to travelers, as well as daily updates, please see our travel advisory here.

5. Others

From 16 March 2020, Vietnam Government requires that:

  • All Vietnamese and foreign nationals in Viet Nam shall wear face masks at crowded public places, including supermarkets, airport terminals, train stations, coach stations, and public transport vehicles.
  • All passengers on domestic and international flights to and from Viet Nam shall wear face masks throughout the flight and during their stay at the airport terminals.

Hà Nội stops all bus operations until April 15. Taxies are ordered to lower the windowpanes, while both drivers and passengers must wear face masks at all times, and the vehicles must be sterilised after each trip.

From March 30, 2020, 00:00 until April 15 or longer with further notice,

Vietnam reduces domestic passenger flights as follows:

  • Hanoi – HCMC – Hanoi: Each Vietnamese carrier is allowed to carry one flight/week
  • Hanoi – Da Nang/Phu Quoc – Hanoi: Each Vietnamese carrier is allowed to carry one flight/week/route
  • HCMC – Da Nang/Phu Quoc – HCMC: Each Vietnamese carrier is allowed to carry one flight/week/route
  • All other routes temporarily stop receiving passengers

For road passenger transport:

  • Temporary suspend all contractual or tourism vehicles of more than 9 seats starting from/reaching Hanoi or HCMC
  • For fixed routes from/to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city:
    • 02 runs/day for a distance of under 100 km, number of passengers should not exceed 50% of number of seats
    • 01 run/day for other distances, number of passengers should not exceed 50% of number of seats

For rail passenger transport:

  • Temporary suspend all local trains
  • Hanoi – HCMC trains: 02 trains/day on Hanoi – HCMC route and 02 trains/day on HCMC – Hanoi route

From April 1 until April 15, Vietnam will apply strict nationwide social distancing rules. Accordingly:

  • Each family isolates itself from other families, one village from other villages, one commune from other communes, one province from other provinces
  • Only factories, businesses and service establishments producing and providing essential goods and services are allowed to open and asked to ensure workers follow strict health guidelines. This includes ensuring they wear face masks, keep a safe distance from each other and make sure areas are properly disinfected and sterilized.
  • All people are ordered to stay at home and only go out in case of emergencies, buying food or medicine, or going to work at factories, manufacturing facilities, or other business and service establishments which provide essential goods and have not been closed. If leaving the house, people are to keep a minimum distance of two meters from others.
  • Any gathering of more than two people in public outside of offices, schools and hospitals is prohibited.


Updated April 15:

  • For high-risk localities which consist of 12 provinces and cities namely Hanoi, Lao Cai, Quang Ninh, Bac Ninh, Ninh Binh, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Binh Thuan, Khanh Hoa, Ho Chi Minh City and Tay Ninh, and Ha Tinh, the social distancing shall continue until April 22 or April 30 depending on specific situation and may be further extended.
  • For risky localities which consist of Binh Duong, Can Tho, Dong Nai, Ha Nam, Hai Phong, Kien Giang, Nam Dinh, Nghe An, Thai Nguyen, Thua Thien-Hue, Soc Trang, Lang Son, An Giang, Binh Phuoc, and Dong Thap, the social distancing shall continue until April 22 and further decided then depending on the specific situation.

Updated April 24: The social distancing is eased but people are still recommended to stay at least 1m from another to avoid the spread of the virus.

6. Local sources

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