Travel within Vietnam Severely Limited by Checkpoints and Flight Cancellations

Daily Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (April 14, 2020)


Location: Vietnam


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 14, Vietnam has reported 265 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders since the virus first became known. To date, 155 people have recovered and have been released from the hospital.


Important Information for U.S. Citizens:

U.S. citizens should be aware that travel within Vietnam has been severely limited by checkpoints and flight cancellations during the Vietnamese government’s nationwide maximum social distancing directive, currently in effect until April 15. The Government of Vietnam has not yet officially announced whether the directive will be extended. The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City advise U.S. citizens to plan well in advance of any travel in order to find alternative transportation options or to consider delaying travel until restrictions are lifted.  People traveling within Vietnam have sometimes used trains, car services hired through hotels or landlords, or flights on alternate travel dates to resolve transportation challenges.  U.S. citizens should consult directly with their travel provider and review the Embassy’s COVID-19 page.


During their time in Vietnam, U.S. citizens should follow all guidelines imposed by Vietnamese authorities, including directives to wear masks in public, requests to self-isolate, and regulations in public quarantine facilities.  Failure to follow Vietnamese regulations can result in fines or imprisonment.  For example, U.S. citizens not wearing a mask or protective equipment in public may be fined between 100,000 to 300,000 VND, or face prison time in cases where failure to wear protective equipment leads to the infection of others. 


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).