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Vietnam Covid-19 Entry Requirements Travelers Need To Know

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A stunning country, packed full of diverse landscapes, tasty food and a rich tapestry of history, Vietnam had been enjoying something of a travel boom over the past few years. However, like many parts of the world, that’s all changed.

For Vietnam, the pandemic couldn’t have come at a worse time, with tourist levels plummeting and people’s livelihoods becoming more affected as time passes. As countries are starting to slowly open up, here’s a comprehensive list of entry requirement for travelers to Vietnam.

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Countries Allowed To Visit Vietnam

On March 22nd, Vietnam temporarily suspended entry for all foreign nationals, with some exceptions. Those exceptions apply to diplomats, officials, foreign investors, experts and skilled workers. Visa exemption and visa on arrival services have been temporarily suspended for the time being.


Travel Authorization To Visit Vietnam

As there are currently no foreigners permitted to travel to Vietnam, there are no travel authorization documents for tourists at present.

For those entering through as one of the special categories listed above, there is an online medical declaration from to fill out, which can be found here.

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Vietnam's COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements

Those who are planning to enter Vietnam must undergo a PCR test within three to seven days before arrival. These tests must be carried out at labs qualified by the WHO or the government in their departure country. They will also be tested again upon arrival into the country.

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Quarantine Entry Requirements For Vietnam

There are different quarantine rules depending on exposure to the virus. The mandatory 14 day quarantine for foreign experts, diplomats, managers and investors has be lifted for those who are visiting the country for less than 14 days. Those who wish to remain in the country for more than 14 days are free to do so, providing that they have not tested positive for Covid-19. Quarantine for short-term visits for Japanese businesspeople have also been lifted.

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However, for those that have been in close contact with people who have tested positive, there are four levels of quarantine:

  • 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,
  • Quarantine in non-medical establishments for those returning from high-risk areas, and
  • Closed-off communities for areas with high numbers of confirmed infections.
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COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements

In order to enter the country, travelers must have valid international medical insurance or commit to cover costs incurred by contracting Covid-19 when in Vietnam if required.

Travel Off Path recommends all travelers have proper insurance that covers COVID-19.

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Vietnam

Mask wearing remains compulsory on public transport and in airports. Many provinces experienced lockdown but have start to open up. Social distancing rules have been relaxed in many cities but it is still recommended that you practice social distancing, alongside routine hand washing and mask wearing.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements

A vaccine for COVID-19 is not yet available to the public. Vietnam has not announced any mandates on a proof of vaccine record (POVR) or an international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis (ICVP) for entry

Visa Entry Requirements For Vietnam During COVID-19

All visas are currently temporarily suspended, including entry from visa exempt nations and visas on arrival.

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Published on November 28th, 2020

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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories


Saturday 28th of November 2020

Me too. And thank you for this site! I have used the information here to travel to Colombia last month and will go to Mexico next month.


Saturday 28th of November 2020

Thanks for the update, Kashlee. The doom-and-gloom is about to be lifted. Vaccines are here and soon the IATA travelpass will be too. The doors are about to swing open worldwide. Doom-and-gloom attracts the headlines, but happy days are going to be here again by Spring (if not before!)

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 28th of November 2020

I am so ready for some happy days! :)


Saturday 28th of November 2020

So nothing has changed? Same as it’s been for months.

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 28th of November 2020

Yes, it has been the same, but we created an easy guide to summarize it all, plus one that can be easily updated when it does change :)