IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR U.S. CITIZENS IN HO CHI MINH CITY: After the Health and Travel Alert below was sent to U.S. citizens, Ho Chi Minh City decided to allow certain means of transportation to operate again, including taxis, contract cars (under 9 seats), and ride-hailing services. Most passenger buses are also allowed with certain restrictions on route frequency and seating capacity, but public bus routes will not operate until May 3. Keep yourself updated with these rapidly changing requirements by monitoring U.S. Mission Vietnam’s COVID-19 page here.
Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (April 23, 2020)
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 23, Vietnam has reported 268 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders since the virus first became known. To date, 224 people have recovered and have been released from the hospital.
Important Information for U.S. Citizens:
On April 22, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc lifted guidelines under Directive 16 (issued on March 31, 2020) on maximum social distancing for almost all localities without recently confirmed COVID-19 cases, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Danang. Starting April 23, most cities and provinces are expected to begin loosening maximum social distancing guidelines in compliance with Directive 15 (issued on March 27, 2020. ). Under the new guidelines, Hanoi is expected to resume the normal operation of passenger buses, taxis, and ride-hailing services. Vietnamese media reports that Ho Chi Minh City is still suspending the operation of passenger buses, taxis, and most ride-hailing services (except food delivery). Other localities may take similar measures, albeit inconsistently. The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City advise U.S. citizens to follow the guidelines instituted by their locality, practice continued vigilance of the COVID-19 situation in Vietnam, and monitor the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for updates.
In addition, Vietnamese authorities announced that immigration offices are now open. U.S. citizens and other foreigners with visas that expired during the April 1-22 closure will not be considered overstays. U.S. citizens should proceed to their nearest immigration office to process Vietnamese visa-related services. More information on Vietnamese visas for U.S. citizens can be found on our information page here. Additional questions from U.S. citizens may also be answered by the Embassy’s Flight Departure and Other Assistance Frequently Asked Questions page.