Daily Health and Travel Alert – Secretary of State Urged Returning U.S. citizens to Make Immediate Use of Available Commercial Flight Options

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (April 3, 2020)

Location:  Vietnam

Event:  The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City are providing U.S. citizens with daily information about the outbreak of COVID-19 in Vietnam.

As of April 3, Vietnam has reported 233 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders since the virus first became known. To date, 75 people have recovered and havebeen released from the hospital.

Reminder:  On March 31, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo urged U.S. citizens interested in returning to the United States during the outbreak of COVID-19 to make immediate use of available commercial flight options, as the number of locations in need of assistance around the world may not allow for a charter option:  “We do not know in some countries how long the continued commercial flights in your country may continue to operate.  We can’t guarantee the U.S. Government’s ability to arrange chartered flights indefinitely where commercial options no longer exist.  I urge Americans to register with their nearest embassy at step.state.gov and work your way back here.”

Commercial flight options are still available from Vietnam to the United States.  U.S. citizens overseas should immediately make use of these options to return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad indefinitely, as stated in the U.S. Department of State’s recent Global Level 4 Health Advisory.  The U.S. Government does not anticipate repatriation flights in Vietnam at this time.

U.S. Citizens in Vietnam are advised to monitor the situation closely and follow COVID-19 guidelines from Vietnamese government authorities.

  • Vietnam is currently under a nationwide social distancing order for 15 days, starting April 1, issued by Vietnam’s Prime Minister.  Residents and visitors are asked to restrict their movements and only go out for necessities.
  • Vietnam suspended entry for all foreigners, including people with a Vietnamese visa exemption certificate.  All people entering Vietnam are subjected to mandatory centralized quarantine for 14 days.
  • People entering Vietnam may be tested for COVID-19 by Vietnamese government authorities.

Additional information may be found on our Embassy COVID-19 website. 

Other Actions to Take:

  • We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Vietnam enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), or update their profile with the most current information.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • The CDC has guidance on how to evaluate asymptomatic people you might have come into contact with:CDC Risk Assessment.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.govfor the latest information, and check the Vietnam Country Information page.
  • Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • In Vietnam, a series of tourist destinations, hotels, and other establishments have temporarily closed or suspended services to foreigners.  If you plan to visit a location, call in advance to confirm reservations are valid.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s websiteon the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
  • Follow the U.S. Embassy and Consulate on Facebook for periodic updates (U.S. Embassy in Hanoi orU.S. Consulate General in HCMC).


U.S. Embassy Hanoi

From outside Vietnam: +84-24-3850-5000

From the U.S.: 011-84-24-3850-5000

From landline within Hanoi: 3850-5000

From mobile or landline within Vietnam: 024-3850-5000

Submit an Inquiry Form

U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City

From outside Vietnam: +84-28-3520-4200

From the U.S.: 011-84-28-3520-4200

From mobile or landline within Vietnam: 028-3520-4200

Submit an Inquiry Form

Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs: +1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444