COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [06/22/2022]

  • The U.S. Mission in Vietnam reminds all U.S. citizens that they are subject to local laws and regulations while visiting or living in Vietnam.  We advise U.S. citizens to comply with the Government of Vietnam’s testing and quarantine requirements. Government of Vietnam regulations regarding business operations, quarantine, movement, and travel restrictions in all parts of Vietnam can change with little notice.  For more specific information regarding the COVID-19 situation in Vietnam, the Vietnamese government’s corresponding measures, entry and exit requirements, transportation options, quarantine policy, and fines for non-compliance, please see the appropriate sections below.
  • Effective March 15, 2022, the Vietnamese government has resumed pre-pandemic visa issuance policies.  All previous visa restrictions have been lifted.  Effective May 15, 2022, the Vietnamese Government no longer requires a negative COVID-19 test prior to entry into Vietnam.  For further details, please see “Entry and Exit requirements” below.
  • Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States. Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

  • All persons recently diagnosed with COVID-19 in Vietnam are mandated to isolate for treatment in government facilities or at homeFor further details please see the Vietnamese Ministry of Health website here.
  • Any individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms — including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing — or those concerned they have been exposed to COVID-19 should call Vietnam’s health hotline immediately: 19009095 (Press 1 for English).
  • Has the government of Vietnam approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? [Yes]
    • The Government of Vietnam has approved 9 vaccines for emergency use in Vietnam: Comirnaty (Pfizer – U.S.), Spikevax (Moderna – U.S.), Janssen (Johnson & Johnson – U.S.), AstraZeneca (British-Swedish), Sputnik V (Gamaleya – Russian), Vero Cell (CNBG/Sinopharm – Chinese), Hayat-Vax (CNBG – Chinese/UAE), Abdala (BBU – Cuban), and Covaxin (BBIL – Indian).  Only Pfizer (U.S.) and Moderna (U.S.) COVID-19 vaccinations have been approved for children under 18 years of age in Vietnam. 
    • The Vietnamese Ministry of Health announced that the Nano Covax vaccine will soon be considered for emergency use.  Nano Covax is the first Vietnamese developed COVID-19 vaccine and has been approved by the National Ethics Committee in Medical Research of Vietnam. 
  • Does Vietnam have a vaccination certificate? [Yes]
    • Vietnamese Vaccination “Green Pass”: Individuals in Vietnam should receive a paper vaccination certificate from the medical facility where they received their vaccines.  In addition, they may also obtain a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate (equivalent to a vaccination “Green Pass” that may be requested for entry into venues in Vietnam on an inconsistent basis) through the Vietnamese Vaccine portal linked here.  Vietnamese medical authorities are responsible for issuing official certificates to individuals vaccinated in Vietnam.  The U.S. Mission in Vietnam does not provide any additional vaccination documents for individuals vaccinated in Vietnam.  Any questions regarding vaccination certifications for vaccinations received in Vietnam should be directed to the Vietnamese authorities.
    • Vietnamese Vaccination Passport: As of May 15, 2022, more than 14 million Vietnamese people have been issued vaccine passports, and Vietnam has reached an agreement on mutual recognition of vaccine passports with 19 countries, including the United States.  Further details, including a sample of the digital vaccination passport, are available on the Vietnamese government’s website here.  Any questions about the issuance of this document as well as its applicability should be directed to the Vietnamese authorities.
    • Vietnam recognizes COVID-19 vaccination certificates issued by 72 countries, including the United States.  Individuals vaccinated in the United States may use their CDC vaccination record card in lieu of a vaccination “green pass” in Vietnam.  Although Vietnamese authorities confirmed the CDC vaccination record card will be accepted, it may require some explanation in some situations.
  • Are vaccines available in Vietnam for U.S. citizens to receive? [Yes]
    • The Government of Vietnam’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign is coordinated at local ward and district levels.  Therefore, U.S. citizens should watch out for potential sign-up lists disbursed at local government levels.  Employers, landlords, neighbors, and local authorities are good contacts to consult regarding local vaccination efforts. 
    • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  The Department of State is working with other countries to ensure all residents, including U.S. citizens, can receive vaccines through local vaccination programs.  U.S. citizens currently in Vietnam should follow local updates regarding vaccination efforts in Vietnam.  For further information, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s website here.
    • The Government of Vietnam’s COVID-19 vaccine online registration portal is available here (in both Vietnamese and English) for all residents in Vietnam, including U.S. citizens. Per the Vietnamese government, portal registration is not necessary to be vaccinated, but registering online offers more convenience and safety than physically registering for a vaccine appointment.
  • Which vaccines are available in Vietnam?
    • Any individual, Vietnamese and foreigners alike, with questions about COVID-19 vaccination access in Vietnam should contact the Vietnamese Ministry of Health (MOH) directly.
    • As of June 14, over 223 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Vietnam, including over 17.5 million doses for children aged 12 to 17 and over 5.3 million doses for children aged 5 to 11.
    • Since April 16, many cities and districts have vaccinated for children from 5 to 12 years old using Pfizer (U.S.) or Moderna (U.S.) COVID-19 vaccines (each child must receive one type of vaccine only; for this age group, the Vietnamese Ministry of Health does not allow a combination of two different vaccines) .  Earlier, the Vietnamese Government announced their plan to fully vaccinate children from 5 to 12 years old across Vietnam by September 2022 and to continue exploring vaccination plans for children from 3 to 5 years old.  Detailed statistics about Vietnam vaccination rates are available here.
    • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-authorized vaccines in the United States.
  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? [Yes]
    • Effective March 15, 2022, the Vietnamese government has resumed pre-pandemic visa issuance policies. All previous visa restrictions have been lifted.  All questions on Vietnamese visas, residence applications, customs matters, entry and exit, and other immigration issues should be directed to the appropriate Vietnamese immigration office.  These issues are at the sole discretion of the Vietnamese government.  If you are in the United States, you may contact the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate for official instructions.  If you are in Vietnam, please contact the nearest Vietnamese Immigration Office.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? [No]
    • Effective May 15, 2022, the Vietnamese Government no longer requires a negative COVID-19 test prior to entry into Vietnam.  Prior to travel into Vietnam, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City recommend all U.S. citizens check with airlines to confirm airline-specific policies on testing for flying or for transit through other countries.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? [Yes]
  • Is a curfew in place? [No]
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? [No]
    • Pre-emptive measures may be applied by different localities in Vietnam with little prior notice. U.S. citizens should keep this in mind when planning travel by car, air, or train within Vietnam during this time.  Please note that the U.S. Embassy and Consulate General may not intervene in these policies in any way.
  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? [Yes]
    • The U.S. Mission in Vietnam reminds all U.S. citizens that they are subject to Vietnamese local laws and regulations while visiting or living in Vietnam.  We advise U.S. citizens to comply with the Vietnamese government’s testing and quarantine requirements.  The U.S. Embassy and Consulate cannot intervene in the quarantine rules established by the Vietnamese government, and may not issue any documentation requesting the Vietnamese government to waive the quarantine requirements for U.S. citizens.  For further details, please see “Question: What can you do for me if I’m forced into quarantine?” and “Question: How can U.S. citizens present their vaccine cards to local officials for quarantine purposes?” on our Frequently-Asked-Questions page here.
    • Positive COVID-19 cases in Vietnam, a.k.a. “F0”, are defined as: 1) individuals tested positive using RT-PCR method; or 2) individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and tested positive using antigen method (quick test); or 3) individuals with epidemiological factors (i.e. close contact to a confirmed F0) and tested positive using antigen method (quick test).  As of April 15, the Vietnamese Ministry of Health has confirmed that only F0 patients are required to self-quarantine; individuals with close contact to a confirmed F0 but tested negative (F1) are no longer required to self-quarantine.  Depending on the number of COVID-19 vaccination shots that the people have received, or the time since the last recovery from COVID-19, self-quarantine time may vary from 5 to 10 days or until the patient has tested negative. 
    • The Vietnamese Ministry of Health issued the decision 604/QĐ-BYT on March 14 and 616/QĐ-BYT on March 15 to provide guidelines on caring for people with COVID-19 at home.  Clinical criteria of people with COVID-19 who can be treated at home are:
      • not showing symptoms or only having mild symptoms
      • have no adverse medical history or have an already-managed medical condition
      • already treated at some medical facility but are not fully recovered yet and can continue to treat at home.
    • F0 or caregivers should notify local health facilities or F0 monitoring unit in their neighborhood or their ward to provide personal information, time of being diagnosed with COVID-19, and what type of clinical criteria that allows them to stay at home. They should follow the authorities’ instructions to know when quarantine ends. 
    • The application of the quarantine rules may be subject to the current situation of COVID-19 in each city or province.  U.S. citizens with further questions on the most updated quarantine rules may consult with their accommodation provider or local ward representatives.  Please note that the Vietnamese government may extend quarantine periods or impose post-quarantine movement restrictions if deemed necessary to minimize the spread of an outbreak.  U.S. citizens with questions about this issue should contact the Vietnamese authorities directly.  The U.S. Mission in Vietnam may not intervene in these policies in any way.
  • Are commercial flights operating? [Yes]
  • Is public transportation operating? [Yes]
    • All people in Vietnam are advised to wear face masks and avoid close contact with others on public transportation.

The Government of Vietnam’s Decree 117/2020/ND-CP regarding fines for non-compliance in the medical sector went into effect on November 15, 2020.  This Decree imposes strict administrative and criminal penalties on violators who fail to adopt personal protective measures in compliance with the guidance of health agencies.  Vietnamese media have reported cases in which the Vietnamese government pursued heavy charges for such violators.  We continue to advise U.S. citizens currently in Vietnam to comply with Vietnamese laws and regulations.  The U.S. Mission in Vietnam cannot intervene in the Vietnamese government’s COVID-19 regulations.  The full content (in Vietnamese only) of Decree 117/2020/ND-CP is available on the Vietnamese government’s website here.  For your reference, an English translation of this Decree is also available on a third party website here.  Please note, however, that our offices bear no responsibility for the accuracy of the English translation posted on this third party website.

The Consular Sections of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City have resumed normal operation.  However, please note that customers and applicants may continue to encounter scheduling delays.  American Citizen Services (ACS) customers should visit the ACS scheduling portal to schedule an appointment or submit an ACS inquiry if they need to contact the ACS Unit.  Nonimmigrant visa applicants who are in an urgent need to travel should continue to follow the instructions here to request an expedited appointment.  Fiancé(e) and immigrant visa applicants who have questions about their specific case may contact the Immigrant Visa (IV) Unit here.  We encourage you to book your appointment as soon as you think you may need to travel in the future.