COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [05/10/21]

Latest News:

*** Since April 27, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has confirmed 411 new cases of community transmission in Hanoi (120), Bac Ninh (85), Vinh Phuc (52), Da Nang (48), Bac Giang (37), Ha Nam (16), Hung Yen (13), Thai Binh (6), Hoa Binh (4), Hai Duong (4), Lang Son (4), Quang Nam (3), Thua Thien Hue (3), Dien Bien (2), Dak Lak (2), Nam Dinh (2), Thanh Hoa (1), Nghe An (1), Phu Tho (1), Quang Ninh (1), Hai Phong (1), Quang Tri (1), Ho Chi Minh City (1), Dong Nai (1), Quang Ngai (1),  and Yen Bai (1), prompting the isolation of specific areas, large-scale contact tracing, and closure of several non-essential businesses.  Please see “Movement Restrictions” below for further information.  Vietnamese authorities are urging people to follow COVID-19 prevention measures – including wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and following hand washing guidelines.

*** The Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City will limit the number of applicants and customers allowed to enter the U.S. Consulate General from Monday, May 10, 2021 to Friday, May 14, 2021.  Several American Citizen Services (ACS), Immigrant Visas (IV), and Nonimmigrant Visas (NIV) appointments have been canceled.  Impacted applicants will receive notification individually via e-mail with instructions on how to reschedule their appointment.

*** 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. Individuals required by the Vietnamese government to conduct COVID-19 testing and to quarantine should comply with these instructions; violators may be subject to serious charges.  The Vietnamese government currently mandates 21-day quarantine periods (a 7-day increase from previous regulations).  Please note these quarantine periods may be extended without prior notice. U.S. citizens considering travel to or within Vietnam, especially from locations the Vietnamese government has designated or determined to be an “outbreak area,” may be subject to testing, quarantine, and lockdowns, sometimes with little or no advance notice. The U.S. Mission in Vietnam may not intervene in these policies in any way.

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  For further information and a list of testing locations in Vietnam, please see the “COVID-19 Testing” section below.

Country-Specific Information:

  • Vietnam currently has over 700 COVID-19 active cases, all being isolated for treatment in government facilities.  All travelers are quarantined upon arrival in Vietnam, and cases identified during quarantine are immediately transferred to specific treatment centers.  For further details please see the Vietnamese Ministry of Health website here.
  • The Vietnamese government issued Directive 01/CT-TTg on January 5 calling for stricter border control, quarantine surveillance, and more drastic COVID-19 prevention measures.  For further details, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here (in Vietnamese only).
  • Any individuals experiencing symptoms of the COVID-19 virus — such as a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing — or those concerned they may have been exposed to the virus should call Vietnam’s health hotline immediately: 19009095 (Press 1 for English).

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Vietnam? [Yes]
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? [Yes]
  • Below is a list of medical centers and hospitals in Hanoi, HCMC, and Da Nang that have confirmed they will provide voluntary SARS-CoV-2 testing service for individuals departing Vietnam.  Test results are generally provided within 24 hours.  Please note that this list is by no means exhaustive, and U.S. citizens should contact these medical centers and hospitals directly if they have questions.  Please have your passport and airline ticket ready in case you are required to provide these documents when scheduling your testing appointment.  U.S. citizens should pay directly for testing: please note that the testing fee rates listed below were provided by the medical centers and hospitals on January 15, 2021, and are subject to change without prior notice.
    • In Hanoi:
      • MEDLATEC: Please visit their website here or contact their hotline 1900565656 or email at info@medlatec.com for instructions.  Their listed COVID-19 testing fee is 1,200,000 VND.
      • Hanoi French Hospital: Please visit their website here or contact them by telephone at (024) 3577 1100 or by email contact@hfh.com.vn for instructions.  Their listed COVID-19 testing fee ranges from 2,200,000 VND to 4,300,000 VND, depending on your citizenship (Vietnamese or foreigners) and the airlines you will fly with.
      • International VinMec Hospital: Please contact their hotline (024) 397 43556 (Press 2 for English then press 4 for appointment) or email at info.booking@vinmec.com; info.TC@vinmec.com for instructions.  Their listed COVID-19 testing fee is 734,000 VND.
    • In Ho Chi Minh City:
      • HCMC Center for Disease Control and Prevention (HCDC): Please call 0869-559-453 or email labo.hcdc@gmail.com for instructionsTheir listed COVID-19 testing fee is 734,000 VND.
      • FV Hospital: Please call (028) 5411-3333 for instructions.  Their listed COVID-19 testing fee is 3,400,000 VND.
      • Raffles Medical: Please contact their hotline (028) 3824 0777 for instructions.  Their listed COVID-19 testing fee is 4,510,000 VND.
    • In Da Nang:
      • CDC Da Nang: Please call (0236) 357 4665 for instructions.  Their listed COVID-19 testing fee is 734,000 VND.
  • Method of delivery of test results may depend on testing center.  Please contact testing centers directly to confirm available methods of delivery.
  • Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Please note that in addition to CDC pre-testing regulations, travelers are also subject to any testing or quarantine regulations required by individual states.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel.  There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.  For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review this page.  Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity.  In Vietnam, individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should complete the waiver form here.  The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi or U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.
  • Vietnam currently mandates COVID-19 testing for the following individuals.  Further details are available in the Official Document here (in Vietnamese only).
    • Those who have had close contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases;
    • Confirmed COVID-19 cases during treatment;
    • Individuals with symptoms of severe acute respiratory infections (SARI), severe viral pneumonia, or influenza-like illness (ILI);
    • Healthcare workers attending to confirmed COVID-19 cases without applying sufficient prevention measures;
    • New arrivals from foreign countries, individuals in centralized quarantine and one day prior to release from centralized quarantine; and
    • Individuals in isolated outbreak areas
  • There are currently 123 designated laboratories capable of conducting COVID-19 tests in Vietnam when mandated by the Vietnamese government.  The full list is available here.  U.S. citizens who have questions about whether any of these laboratories can provide voluntary testing service should contact the laboratories directly.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Vietnam approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? [Yes]
  • Are vaccines available in Vietnam for U.S. citizens to receive? [No] 
    • The Vietnamese government is vaccinating only individuals in defined priority groups, including healthcare workers, staff working at quarantine sites, Vietnamese diplomats and immigration officers, essential service workers, senior citizens over 65 with chronic diseases, residents in outbreak areas, etc.
    • Vietnam has not yet announced an official plan to offer vaccinations for foreigners and individuals not listed in defined priority groups.
  • Which vaccines are available in Vietnam?
    • The government of Vietnam has approved Oxford/AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine and Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for emergency use in Vietnam.
    • As of April 28, the Vietnamese Ministry of Health announced that 318,792 individuals in priority groups have been vaccinated.  Please click here for further information (in Vietnamese only).
    • Vietnamese health officials have announced they expect to receive 60 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in 2021 to ensure better COVID-19 vaccination access for individuals in Vietnam.  Any individual, Vietnamese and foreigners alike, with questions about COVID-19 vaccination access in Vietnam should contact the Vietnamese Ministry of Health directly.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-authorized vaccines in the United States.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? [Yes]
    • The Vietnamese government continues to allow pre-approved foreigners and their families in exempted categories, including diplomats, officials, experts, business managers, foreign investors, high-tech workers, and other business travelers to enter Vietnam.  Please note that these individuals will be subject to mandatory COVID-19 testing and quarantine upon arrival.  See Section “Quarantine Information” below for further information.  Detailed instructions for foreigners in exempted categories applying for entry into Vietnam are available on the Vietnamese government’s website here (in Vietnamese only).  If you have any questions about this process, please contact your employer or sponsoring organization directly.
    • On March 17, the Vietnamese government announced that they will work with relevant ministries and agencies to consider gradual resumption of routine international flights; however, there has been no official guidance at this time.
    • Please also check the Vietnamese Immigration Department’s FAQ page about Vietnamese entry and exit requirements here.  If you have further questions, please contact the nearest Vietnamese Immigration Office directly.
    • All entrants into Vietnam will be placed under medical surveillance for at least 28 days.  For further information, please visit the Vietnamese government’s website here.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? [Yes]
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? [Yes]
  • Vietnam has prolonged the automatic extension of its temporary stay program until May 31, 2021, for foreigners who entered Vietnam on or after March 1, 2020.  U.S. citizens who are still in Vietnam and have questions about this program or wish to resolve any issues related to their Vietnamese visa extensions should contact the nearest Vietnamese immigration office directly.  The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City no longer issue visa extension letters and exit letters.  For further information, please click here.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? [Yes]
    • The Vietnamese government has isolated several communes and venues in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Ha Nam, Vinh Phuc, Yen Bai, Quang Nam, Dong Nai, Hai Duong, Thai Binh, Bac Ninh, Quang Ngai, Lang Son, Bac Giang, Hoa Binh, Thua Thien Hue, Dien Bien, Dak Lak, Nam Dinh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Phu Tho, Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Quang Tri, and Hung Yen where recent COVID-19 cases were confirmed to minimize the possibility of an outbreak. Individuals with recent travel history to these isolated areas where strict social distancing measures are currently in place may be subject to mandatory quarantine and COVID-19 testing when entering other provinces.  Additional measures may be adopted without prior notice.
    • Hanoi has closed nightclubs, karaoke lounges, outdoor cafeterias, cinemas, fitness centers and massage parlors; primary and high schools in the city have also been closed; Hanoi’s government advised its residents not to leave their house unless necessary.
    • Ho Chi Minh City has closed schools and a wide range of non-essential businesses, including nightclubs, karaoke lounges, massage parlors, cinemas, video game centers, indoor sports service centers (gym, fitness, yoga, billiards, etc.), wedding halls, buffet restaurants and events/festivals of over 30 participants.  The HCMC Center for Disease Control (HCDC) has also published a webpage with frequently-updated information about individuals from other localities who are subject to mandatory quarantine and COVID-19 testing when entering Ho Chi Minh City.  Please click here for further details (in Vietnamese only).
    • Da Nang has closed schools, nightclubs, karaoke lounges, massage parlors, cinemas, fitness centers, festivals, and sporting events. From May 7, all restaurants in the city will only process take-away orders.
    • Thai Binh has applied strict social distancing measures across the province and Quang Ninh suspended all of its tourism activities from May 6.
    • Other localities may also apply similar or tougher measures without prior notice.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? [No]
    • Before any intercity or interstate travel, all passengers using public means of transport (buses, taxis, trains, planes, ships, etc.) must complete an online health declaration (choose “For domestic move declaration”).  The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam announced on February 17 that airlines will deny boarding to passengers who have not completed this required declaration.
    • Ho Chi Minh City authorities begaconducting random COVID-19 testing of travelers at HCMC’s airport (Tan Son Nhat) and bus and railway stations in mid-February.
    • Additional 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.

Quarantine Information:

  • 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?” on our Frequently-Asked-Questions page here.
    • Travelers currently allowed to enter Vietnam, including Vietnamese nationals and diplomatic, official duty, and special cases, including experts, business managers, foreign investors, and high-tech workers of businesses involved in important projects as determined by the Government of Vietnam, and their family members, are subjected to mandatory quarantine upon arrival.  For detailed information on designated quarantine sites, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here.  U.S. citizens who have further questions about these policies should contact their employer or sponsoring organization directly. 
    • On May 5, the Vietnamese government announced that it would increase the length of quarantine periods from 14 days to 21 days.  Vietnam currently mandates quarantine for all entrants from abroad, confirmed COVID-19 patients in Vietnam, and any individual considered high-risk (e.g. those with recent contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases or with recent travel history to outbreak areas identified by the Vietnamese government).  Please also 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.
    • All travelers entering Vietnam need to pay for all testing and quarantine costs.  For further information, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? [Yes]
    • One-way outbound commercial flights from Vietnam to other countries are still available, and U.S. citizens interested in repatriating to the United States are advised to book these commercial flights as soon as possible.  Check our Airline Departure Information page for the latest information we have regarding airlines that continue to serve international destinations from Vietnam.
    • Inbound commercial flights from abroad to Vietnam are still suspended. Currently two types of passenger flights are permitted to enter Vietnam: 1) Vietnamese government-organized rescue flights on Vietnam Airlines repatriating Vietnamese citizens who have registered with the relevant Vietnamese Consulate or Embassy and 2) special flights operated by commercial airlines available to Vietnamese citizens and individuals in exempted categories (see entry and exit requirements above) that require government pre-approval.  Both types of flights offer limited seat availabilities and are subject to schedule changes. Although regular commercial flight options from the United States to Vietnam remain available for purchase online, travelers report frequent flight cancelations.  Recent travelers from the United States to Vietnam report a wait of 4-7 months for a flight.  All persons traveling from Vietnam to the United States and expecting to return to Vietnam within a few weeks should be aware of likely delays and critically assess their travel plans.
    • The Vietnamese government announced on January 5, 2021 the suspension of all incoming flights from countries that have reported  the new SARS-CoV-2 variants, firstly the United Kingdom and South Africa.  For further details, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here.
  • Is public transportation operating? [Yes]
    • All people in Vietnam are advised to wear face masks and avoid close contact with others on public transportation.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • 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.

Consular Operations:

  • The American Citizen Services (ACS) Units of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and the U.S. Consulate General in HCMC is only able to admit individuals who have scheduled appointments.  To make an appointment, please see this page.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City has resumed processing for all immigrant and fiancé visa services.  For more details, please click here.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City have resumed all nonimmigrant visa services.  For more details, please click here.  Applicants with an urgent need to travel can request an emergency appointment here.

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