Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Location:  Vietnam

The Vietnamese government announced that, starting at 12 p.m. (noon) on March 15, travelers from the 26 Schengen countries and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or those who have visited or transited through these countries within the 14 days preceding their expected entry into Vietnam, will not be issued visas or allowed entry into Vietnam. This also applies to those who currently possess visas or visa letters.  Vietnam has also suspended visas on arrival for all foreign nationals.  Travelers may be denied entry and returned to their point of embarkation, or may be sent to quarantine in Vietnam.

The new policy applies to all travelers, except those traveling for diplomatic or official purposes.  Foreigners who are experts, business managers, or highly skilled workers entering Vietnam will need to undergo medical checks and quarantine will be applied in accordance with the guidelines of Vietnam’s Ministry of Health.

For further official Vietnamese government information in English, please visit the Vietnamese government’s website here.

Additional Information:

There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 100,000 reported cases worldwide.

The Government of Vietnam has implemented enhanced screening to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The government of Vietnam has also quarantined individuals, including Americans, who have come into direct or indirect contact with persons infected with COVID-19 or who have traveled from areas affected by COVID-19.  Visit the local government COVID-19 website (in Vietnamese): for updated information.

Actions to Take: Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.

  • 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 for the latest information.
  • Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 Mission Vietnam’s COVID-19 webpage for information on conditions in Vietnam.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
  • Seek medical care right away if you believe you may have COVID-19 (or similar symptoms) or were exposed to someone who may have COVID-19 in the last six weeks.


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

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

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

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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).  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.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website at www.Travel.State.Gov, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.