U.S. Mission Vietnam
Message for U.S. Citizens
August 21, 2021
Media reports indicate Vietnamese authorities are preparing to further restrict people’s ability to travel, leave their home, and transit throughout Ho Chi Minh City for the next two weeks in an effort to contain the COVID-19 virus. A formal declaration regarding the specific parameters of this containment initiative is expected to be released on Sunday, August 22.
In the meantime, U.S. citizens are urged to prepare to shelter in place. Although official rules have not been formally announced, it is likely that people’s ability to travel, even to essential businesses such as a pharmacy or grocery store, will be impacted. It is possible that different neighborhoods, wards, and districts will apply these policies unevenly.
The U.S. Consulate General encourages U.S. citizens to communicate with their employers, landlords, neighbors, and other local contacts to determine what new restrictions, if any, will come into effect in their area.
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.
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.