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Vietnam Now Has The Easiest Entry Requirements In Southeast Asia

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Vietnam has once again reopened for tourism purposes and now has the easiest entry requirements in Southeast Asia.

Following up on the news of Vietnam reopening and the minimal entry requirements that travelers need to adhere to in order to enter the country, it now seems that Vietnam is in fact the easiest country to enter in the region of Southeast Asia.

Hoi An, Vietnam

Why Vietnam Now Has The Easiest Entry Requirements In Southeast Asia

Firstly – unlike other nations in Southeast Asia that have also reopened for tourists – Vietnam does not require visitors to present a Covid-19 vaccine certificate, or certificate showing proof of recovery, when entering the country.

Also, there is no requirement to undergo any quarantine, whatsoever.

Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam

Basically, that now means that whether you are fully vaccinated – or not – all visitors follow the same guidelines for entry.

And, what is required of travelers is pretty minimal – with the following being all that you now need to do in order to enter Vietnam:

Phu Quoc, Vietnam
  • take a Covid-19 RT-PCR or RT-LAMP test no more than three days (72 hours) prior to your departure, OR;
  • take a Covid-19 rapid antigen test no more than one day (24 hours) prior to your departure.

However, this does not apply to visitors that are aged 2 and under.

Bui Vien Walking Street, Saigon

With regards to visa requirements, Vietnam has reopened its E-visa website – where citizens from 80 countries can apply for a 30-day (single entry) tourist visa.

Old Town in Hoi An, Vietnam

The country has also resumed its visa exemption scheme for nationals from thirteen nations – including the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy.

How Do Vietnam’s Entry Requirements Compare To Other Southeast Asian Countries?

The main reason why Vietnam is now considered to be the easiest country to enter in Southeast Asia is due to there being no requirement for travelers to show proof of their vaccination status.

Tourists in Vietnam

Whereas, other nations in the region have different entry requirements – which apply to vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors.

Let’s take a look at what the entry requirements are for four other popular Southeast Asian destinations – with each of the below being ranked in order of ease of entry.

Cambodia

Women in Cambodia

If you are fully vaccinated and want to visit Cambodia, you can now do so without having to undergo any Covid-19 testing – either before, or on, arrival.

However, the nation’s Health Ministry has recommended that all travelers do a self-ATK test prior to traveling to the country.

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Travelers – that are not fully vaccinated – are also able to enter Cambodia, however, they are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine.

It has also just been announced (17 March) that Cambodia’s ‘visa on arrival’ scheme will resume for all international arrivals – whether arriving into the country by air, land or water.

Philippines

Philippines drone pic

Just last month it was reported that the Philippines became the easiest country to visit in Southeast Asia – with fully vaccinated travelers no longer needing to undergo quarantine – and instead only being required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test – upon arrival.

However, for individuals that are not classified as ‘fully vaccinated’ there is a requirement to undergo quarantine at a government facility, as well as take a Covid-19 test on day 5 after your arrival into the country.

Siargao, Philippines

Thailand

At the start of this month – March – Thailand eased its entry requirements for fully vaccinated travelers, with such visitors being required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test upon arrival, as well as:

Wat Phra Kaew Ancient temple in bangkok Thailand
  • apply for a Thailand Pass 
  • book a one-night stay at a ‘test and go’ hotel and undergo Covid-19 testing upon arrival into the country
  • purchase health insurance which covers medical expenses for Covid-19.
Maya Bay, Thailand

Unvaccinated visitors can also enter the country – however – they are required to undergo alternative state quarantine.

Indonesia

At this present time, only the popular tourist hotspot of Bali is allowing visitors to enter for tourism purposes – with the Government of Bali having recently reopened their visa on arrival scheme for citizens from 23 countries.

Temple in Bali, Indonesia

The requirement for fully vaccinated travelers to quarantine upon arrival into the country has also been lifted. If you have received your full vaccination against Covid-19 you will be required to:

  • show proof of a negative Covid-19 test certificate – which must have been issued no more than 48 hours prior to your departure
  • undergo Covid-19 testing upon arrival
Beach in Bali, Indonesia
  • undergo Covid-19 testing on day 3 after your arrival
  • show proof of payment of a hotel booking for a minimum of 4 nights
  • download – and install- the Peduli Lindungi app on your mobile device
  • purchase health insurance – which includes up to $25,000 coverage of Covid-19 medical expenses.

Unvaccinated visitors are currently not allowed to enter Indonesia for tourism purposes.

Read more:

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covidvaxinfo

Thursday 17th of March 2022

competitive advantage for Vietnam. Many vaxxed are still afraid. By opening to unvax earlier...more mind share. Other Asian countries shooting themselves in the foot by cutting off unvax, who are less afraid.

You'd think countries in Asia would look at South Korea now. 80-85% vax, 60% booster, mask lovers, quarantine still there...and look where they are now. Of course, they'll blame unvax with their typical deceptive shenanigans.

Maybe I'll visit Phu Quoc one of these days.

Robin

Sunday 27th of March 2022

@covidvaxinfo, brilliant, lol 😆, the Vax doesn't work, they've every right to be afraid, the unvaxed (me) don't care, everyone that's had the Vax has gone down with covid, me Inc, it's nothing 😉 just mainstream hype , control, and BS.

Steve

Thursday 17th of March 2022

This is dumb. It’s only the easiest if you’re not vaccinated, and good luck getting there in the first place if you’re not. Cambodia is now by far the easiest for most people, and the VTLs will make it much easier all around for anyone moving between SEA countries.

carson willis

Thursday 17th of March 2022

Just in time for West Taiwans invasion of China next month.

carson willis

Thursday 17th of March 2022

@Maga patriots vs lefty traitors, Close to half of the international flights to Vietnam connect through China and Japan. I'm just saying this should factor further into the decision to visit SE asia at the moment rather than covid requirements.

Maga patriots vs lefty traitors

Thursday 17th of March 2022

@carson willis, how is Vietnam's covid entry rules relevant to that invasion?

Maga patriots vs lefty traitors

Thursday 17th of March 2022

Tests are a risk, what if you are positive - you lose airline tickets at the very least (I read that only few airlines let you choose another date if you test positive, others just take your money).

Anthony

Friday 18th of March 2022

@Maga patriots vs lefty traitors, I agree 100% I am in Vietnam from the UK and I want to go to the Philippines I got stuck in Vietnam because they stopped international flights. If I fail the test as well as losing the flight I need to do quarantine in Vietnam paying mega bucks.