Daily Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (April 9, 2020)
This is a daily update from the U.S. Embassy Hanoi and U.S. 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 9, Vietnam has reported 251 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders since the virus first became known. To date, 126 people have recovered and have been released from the hospital.
Important Information for U.S. Citizens:
The U.S. Department of State has limited routine passport and citizenship services overseas as part of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This has resulted in the closure of several passport print centers. U.S. citizens who applied for passports before April 2 should receive their passports as scheduled. Passports for those who applied after April 2 will be significantly delayed. We do not have a timeline for when passport print centers will reopen and when routine processing can continue. The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City will be contacting affected applicants who applied for full-validity passports (valid for five or ten years) after April 2 to inform them of the delay and give them the option of requesting a locally issued emergency photo digitized passport (EPDP).
The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City will continue to process locally issued emergency photo digitized passports (EPDPs) for applicants who need immediate access to a passport. EPDPs are valid for one year and may be used for travel and accepted for visa processing. U.S. citizens with questions about emergency passport services may contact us 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).