Vietnam’s Directive 19 to Prolong Suspension of Festival, Religious, Sports Events, and Update Guidelines on Maximum Social Distancing Norms

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (April 28, 2020) 

Location: Vietnam

This is an update from the U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City to assist U.S. citizens in remaining informed during the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Vietnam.

Daily COVID-19 Numbers:

As of April 28, Vietnam has reported 270 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders since the virus first became known. To date, 222 people have recovered and have been released from the hospital.  

Government of Vietnam Guidelines:

On April 25, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc issued Directive 19 to prolong the suspension of festival, religious, and sports events, and update guidelines in Directive 16 (issued on March 31) on maximum social distancing norms.  Under the new directive, any event or public gathering involving a large crowd will continue to be banned, and non-essential entertainment services remain closed.  However, restaurants, retail and wholesale stores, hotels, and tourist sites may resume operations, provided that appropriate health and safety measures are implemented.  Public transportation has been allowed to resume, but all drivers and passengers must wear face masks and sanitizer must be available for passengers.  Schools may re-open at the discretion of local authorities.  Certain cities and provinces are considered to be at medium levels of risk, including Hanoi, Danang, and Ho Chi Minh City.  Residents of these locations are recommended to continue practicing caution when going outside.  Different localities may implement these guidelines differently.  The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General advise U.S. citizens to follow the health guidelines of local authorities, such as wearing masks, practicing social distancing, abiding by testing requirements, and avoiding gatherings of more than 20 people in public places.  U.S. citizens may read more detailed information here.

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