COVID-19 Guide for Travelers to and in Vietnam

The Vietnamese border reopened to travellers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (with exceptions) on 19 November 2021. If you’re planning to travel to Vietnam, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Under the three-phase pilot plan to welcome international tourists, five destinations are allowed to open from 19 November 2021 to international tourists in the first phase, including the southern provinces of Kien Giang (Phu Quoc Island), Khanh Hoa (Nha Trang), the central province of Quang Nam (Hoi An), the beach city Danang and the northern province of Quang Ninh.

The second phase would start from January 2022 and after assessing results from these two phases and the situation of Covid-19 development, the country will fully be reopened to international travelers.

I. The basics

Vietnam has recorded over 1.3 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 26,000 deaths as of 5 December 2021. The country is currently easing out of its worst wave since the start of the pandemic, with Covid-19 cases now declining. On average, around 12,000 Covid-19 cases are reported per day in the last 7 days.
From 19 November 2021, international tourists (foreigners and Vietnamese residing aboard coming from key and potential tourism markets of Vietnam) who meet the following conditions may travel to Vietnam. Further details below.

II. Who can travel to Vietnam?

The 72 countries and territories whose COVID-19 vaccine certificates and/or recovery documentation Vietnam currently accepts (according to the Consular Department): Poland, the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of Korea, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Oman, Thailand, Romania, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil, Sri Lanka, the Czech Republic, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Ireland, Austria, San Marino, Laos, Singapore, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, the United States, Italy, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Norway, Sweden, Israel, France, Turkey, Azerbaijan, India, Switzerland, China, Pakistan, Greece, Kuwait, Colombia, the Netherlands, Australia, Finland, Chinese Taipei, Hungary, Belarus, Cambodia, Algeria, Canada, Indonesia, Nepal, Mexico, Bolivia, Croatia, Portugal, Turkmenistan, Palestine, Qatar, Libya, Egypt, Timor Leste, Ukraine, the Philippines, Malaysia, Luxembourg, Argentina, Jordan, and Brunei Darussalam.

International travelers to Vietnam need to have health or travel insurance that covers Covid-19 treatment worth at least 50,000 USD as well as book a tour package arranged by a local travel agency.

III. What are the entry restrictions to Vietnam?

• Have a vaccination certificate recognized by a competent authority in Vietnam. The second dose or first dose must have been administered at least 14 days and not more than 12 months before entry. Alternatively, show a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued within 6 months before entry.
• Have a negative test certificate of SARS-CoV-2 taken by RT-PCR/RT-LAMP-method test issued within 72 hours (from the time of sampling) before boarding.
• Show that children under 12 years of age traveling with a parent or guardian have taken a RT-PCR test, showing a negative result, within 72 hours before boarding.
• Have medical/travel insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment with a minimum of 50,000 USD cover.
• Participate in a package tour from an approved travel agency.

Pre-Departure Guidlines to Vietnam 2021-2022

Pre-Departure Guidlines to Vietnam 2021-2022.

IV. What’s on offer

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) launched a campaign called “Live fully in Vietnam” to welcome international tourists back to five destinations in the country.

Under the three-phase pilot plan to welcome international tourists, the five cities and provinces are Quang Ninh in the North, the three central localities of Quang Nam Province, Danang City & Nha Trang, and Phu Quoc Island in the South.

Vietnam is opening the five destinations mentioned above following careful preparations, with comprehensive safety measures in place to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic.

V. Travel protocols

4.1. Book a tour package
• Select and register to participate in travel programs of appointed travel agencies. The program must provide:
– Flight information.
– Accommodation.
– Tour services.
– Itinerary.
4.2. Visa issuance: Visa application through travel agencies (if required)
– Travelers provide travel agencies with required documents.
– Travel agencies carry out procedures for visa application as per regulations. Visas are issued at diplomatic missions of Vietnam overseas, or at border gates, depending on the requests of the travel agencies.
4.3. Preparations before the flight
– Conduct RT-PCR/RT-LAMP test within 72 hours before boarding.
– Before entering Vietnam, the travel agency should advise travelers to monitor their health and consider not traveling to Vietnam if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
– Practice precautions against COVID-19 on means of transportation before entering Vietnam.
– Prepare copies of required documents, except for electronic copies accepted by the Vietnamese authorities.
– Prepare the negative RT-PCR/RT-LAMP test results (taken within 72 hours before boarding) to present to the airline and immigration authorities upon request.
– Children under 12 years of age traveling with a parent or guardian must have a negative RT-PCR/RT-LAMP test result taken within 72 hours before boarding.
4.4. Immigration process
– All travelers are required to undergo health screening at the international airport of entry, and:
– Proceed through the temperature checkpoint.
– Install the IGOVN and PC-COVID.
– Use the above Applications during your stay in Vietnam.
– Carry out immigration procedures at the international airport as per regulations.
– Travel agencies should support and guide travelers while preparing their entry documents.

VI. Procedure while participating in a tour package

Day 0-1 • Travel agencies arrange transportation for travelers to accommodation facilities.
• At the accommodation, travelers are required to self-test for COVID-19 under the supervision of the accommodation’s medical staff or staff who have been trained in COVID-19 testing safety. The test results will be kept by the accommodation’s staff as per regulations.
• COVID-19 test results:
– If negative, travelers can continue to participate in the travel program.
– If positive, travelers will be taken to a qualified medical facility. The treatment costs must be covered by the traveler’s health insurance.
Day 1-7 • Travelers are allowed to participate in tour activities and services in the travel program package provided by tourism service providers that are selected and monitored by the local authorities.
• Travelers self-monitor their health, if they have symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, body aches – fatigue – chills, loss or loss of taste or smell or test positive for COVID-19 during self-testing must immediately notify medical staff for timely screening and management.
• All activities of travelers and service providers must comply the Ministry of Health’s 5K message and infection prevention and control measures as per regulations by health authorities.
• Accommodation facilities will arrange rapid test kits for hotel rooms. Travelers are advised to self-test every 2-3 days and notify the accommodation facility of the results for follow-up according to regulations.
• Travelers who register for a tour package of under 7 days: return to their home countries according to the guidelines and procedures published by the respective countries.
Day 7+ • Travelers who register for a tour package of over 7 days: conduct self-tests for COVID-19 under the supervision of medical staff on the 7th day of the tour. After receiving a negative test result for COVID-19, tourists can continue to participate in the tour program of the travel agency to other destinations that are allowed to welcome international tourists.
• If tourists have the need to visit relatives at locations other than those already welcomed by international tourists, they must have a written registration with the organizer to notify the local authorities of the destination to coordinate. health monitoring, management according to regulations.
• Travelers can leave the country on commercial flights or licensed charter flights.
• Travelers need to fully comply with each local authority’s safety measures.

VII. Health checks

5.1. On arrival
All travelers entering Vietnam need to submit mandatory Health Declarations on arrival. This form can be filled out electronically at airports and border crossings, or submitted online on the day of entry into Vietnam. Travelers are legally responsible for ensuring the information is true and accurate. All foreigners will need to comply with official health procedures when in Vietnam.

• All travelers are required to undergo health screening at the international airport of entry, and:
– Proceed through the temperature checkpoint.
– Install the IGOVN and PC-COVID.
– Use the above Applications during your stay in Vietnam.
• Carry out immigration procedures at the international airport as per regulations.
• Travel agencies should support and guide travelers while preparing their entry document.
• Tourists must:
– Self-monitoring of health.
– Comply with the Ministry of Health’s 5K message: “khau trang” (face masks), “khu khuan” (disinfection), “khoang cach” (distancing), “khong tu tap” (no gatherings), and “khai bao y te” (health declarations).
– Comply with the infection prevention and control measures as prescribed.
– Immediately notify the health authorities at the airport if you have any health abnormalities such as cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, body aches, fatigue, chills, decrease or loss of taste and smell.

5.2. On departure (or exit from Vietnam)
Domestic travel: Travelers are required to:
– Conduct self-tests for COVID-19 under the supervision of medical staff on the 7th day of the tour. After receiving a negative test result for COVID-19, tourists can continue to participate in the tour program of the travel agency to other destinations that are allowed to welcome international tourists.
– Comply with the Ministry of Health’s 5K message: “khau trang” (face masks), “khu khuan” (disinfection), “khoang cach” (distancing), “khong tu tap” (no gatherings), and “khai bao y te” (health declarations).
International travel: Travelers return to their home countries according to the guidelines and procedures published by the respective countries.

VIII. Health Declaration form

Travelers are required to complete the Health Declaration form before coming to the airport as required by the Ministry of Health. Fill in the information by following the instructions at the website http://tokhaiyte.vn or via the Vietnam Health Declaration App.

Travelers with symptoms of COVID-19, or those concerned they may have been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, should call Vietnam’s health hotline: 1900 3228 Vietnam has appointed 180 authorized testing facilities to carry out testing and diagnosis of COVID-19 disease. For the full list of screening centers, please see this link. For a full overview of the COVID-19 situation in Vietnam as it relates to travelers, as well as daily updates, please see Vietnam Travel Guide here.

IX. Roadmap to welcome international travellers

4 Quick Steps on Arrival in Vietnam

4 Quick Steps on arrival at Vietnam’s Airports.

X. Online trackers and official government sites

Travelers are required to download and use these applications during their stay in Vietnam: PC-COVID (from Apple Store or Android Market) or IGOVN (an App by the Ministry of public security).

The information above is compiled by the Vietnam Tourism Advisory Board as a public service for travellers. This article will be updated frequently by Vietnam Travel with new information from Vietnam’s health, tourism and aviation authorities.

 

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