Directive 16 to be Applied in Southern Vietnamese Provinces as of July 19

Per media reports, the Vietnamese government has ordered the implementation of Directive 16 in the southern provinces of Vietnam no later than midnight, July 19. Directive 16 mandates closures of non-essential businesses, restaurants, bans public gatherings, and severely limits transportation services.  Please note that any provincial or municipal government may apply additional measures.

The impacted provinces include: Can Tho, Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Tien Giang, Long An, Vinh Long, Dong Thap, Ben Tre, Hau Giang, An Giang, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang, Tra Vinh, Ca Mau, and Kien Giang.

The U.S. Mission in Vietnam reminds all U.S. citizens that they are subject to Vietnamese local laws and regulations while visiting or living in Vietnam.  We advise U.S. citizens to comply with the Vietnamese government’s testing and quarantine requirements.

The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City encourage U.S. citizens to abide by all Government of Vietnam directives. U.S. citizens should refrain from gathering in large groups and monitor local news and government restrictions to avoid travel disruptions.  Government of Vietnam regulations regarding business operations, quarantine, movement, and travel restrictions in all parts of Vietnam can change with little notice.

We recommend U.S. citizens check the Embassy’s COVID-19 page daily for information and register or update their information with the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).