COVID-19 Information

* Vietnam Airlines is offering a direct flight from Hanoi to Washington Dulles (IAD) on October 10.  The deadline for registration is at 5 p.m. on October 6.  Interested U.S. citizens should follow the registration instructions here.  Please note that other commercial flight options remain available.

Last updated: [09/18/20]

Country-Specific Information:

  • According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, Vietnam has had 1,063 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders since the virus first became known.
    • 940 people have recovered and were released from the hospital.
    • 88 cases are being isolated for treatment.
    • Vietnam has had 16 days without any community transmission cases; all recent confirmed cases involve people who arrived in Vietnam with COVID-19 and, like all arrivals, were sent directly to quarantine.  For further details please see the Vietnamese Ministry of Health website here.
  • Any individuals experiencing symptoms of the COVID-19 virus — fever, cough and difficulty breathing — or those concerned they may have been exposed to the virus should call Vietnam’s health hotline right away: 19009095 (Press 1 for English).
  • Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security and local authorities are conducting comprehensive inspections to locate undocumented individuals throughout Vietnam.  U.S. citizens should make sure their landlord or accommodation provider has registered their information with the local authority to avoid any inconvenience. For further information, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? [No]
    • As of today, the Vietnamese government continues to suspend entry into Vietnam to all foreigners, including people with a Vietnamese visa exemption certificate.  This policy has very limited exemptions for 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.  Family reunification is not one of the exemptions.  For further information, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here.
    • Please note that although Vietnam recently decided to resume commercial air routes to Guangzhou (China), Taiwan (China), Seoul (the Republic of Korea), Tokyo (Japan), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), and Vientiane (Laos), only Vietnamese nationals and individuals in the aforementioned exempted categories and their family members may enter Vietnam.  Individuals in these categories will have to present a certificate of negative COVID-19 RT-PCR testing report issued within the three days prior to departure.  After landing, a follow-up RT-PCR test will be conducted.  For detailed information about flight frequency and 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. 
  • 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 currently provides an automatic extension of temporary stay through September 30, 2020, for foreigners who entered Vietnam with a visa exemption certificate, e-visa, or tourist visa on or after March 1, 2020, and intend to depart Vietnam during the period of extension (by September 30, 2020).  Individuals in this qualifying group may exit Vietnam during this period without having to apply for an extension of stay.  For further information, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here.
  • The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City may issue exit letters in support of U.S. citizens who entered Vietnam before March 1, 2020, and can present concrete plans to exit Vietnam by September 30.  U.S. citizens may request an Exit Letter by following the instructions here.  Please note, however, that the Embassy and Consulate can in no way sponsor U.S. citizens during their stay in Vietnam and cannot  issue visa extension letters for U.S. citizens who wish to extend their stay in Vietnam.  Please contact the Vietnamese immigration offices directly for instructions on how to extend your visa.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? [No]
    • Beginning September 18, Da Nang further loosened social distancing requirements in the city; only karaoke lounges, massage parlors, and nightclubs continue to be banned in Da Nang.  For further information, please see the government’s website here (in Vietnamese only).
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? [No]
    • Some U.S. citizens previously reported being screened along roadways and required to undergo COVID-19 testing based on high temperature readings. Although the Vietnamese government has recently stepped down COVID-19 control measures and removed most interstate checkpoints, we continue to encourage U.S. citizens to practice caution before deciding to travel by car, air, or train within Vietnam, especially when they have COVID-19 symptoms (high temperature, coughing, or shortness of breath).
    • Before any intercity or interstate travel, all passengers using public means of transport (bus, taxi, trains, planes, ships, etc.) must complete an online health declaration (choose “For domestic move declaration”).
    • Individuals who wish to travel from Da Nang to Thua Thien Hue should complete the registration form here prior to the trip.  For further information, please see the government’s website here (in Vietnamese only).

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. 
    • Beginning September 1, all travelers entering Vietnam will need to pay for all quarantine costs.  For further information, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here

COVID-19 Testing:

  • On September 11, the Vietnamese government announced that cities and provinces should only conduct SAR-CoV-2 testing for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms (high temperature, coughing, or shortness of breath) instead of automatically conducting testing based on the provenance of the traveler.  For further information, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here (in Vietnamese only).

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? [Yes]
    • Commercial flights are still available and U.S. citizens are advised to book commercial flights as soon as possible.  We understand current airfares may be expensive and that flights may be cancelled with short notice.  Nonetheless, U.S. citizens who wish to return home should make use of available commercial flight options. The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City do not currently have plans to arrange charter flights back to the United States.  Check our Airline Departure Information page for the latest information we have regarding airlines that continue to serve international destinations from Vietnam.
  • Is public transportation operating? [Yes]
    • Public transportation is generally still operating in Vietnam except in localities considered high-risk, where movement may be restricted.  U.S. citizens stranded in a locality with movement restrictions who have an emergency need to travel should contact their landlord or accommodation provider for instructions.
    • All people in Vietnam are advised to wear face masks and avoid close contact with others on public transportation.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Hanoi’s Department of Justice issued Document 925/STP-PBGDPL detailing heavy fines or even criminal charges in some cases for people who violate the government’s COVID-19 prevention and combat regulations.  Depending on their local context and COVID-19 community transmission situation, localities throughout Vietnam may adopt these regulations to penalize individuals who violate the social distancing requirements in place.  For further information, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here (in Vietnamese only).
    • People who do not wear face coverings in public places may be fined from 100,000 VND to 300,000 VND. (Vietnamese media previously reported several cases including fines for not wearing face coverings in areas where strict social distancing requirements are in place.  Although there may be loosened social distancing requirements in some areas, we encourage U.S. citizens to keep a face covering ready when leaving their houses to avoid any unforeseeable inconveniences.)
    • Littering used face masks in public places may result in fines of up to 7 million VND.
    • People who deliberately hide their or others’ health conditions when infected with COVID-19 will be subject to a fine of 2 million VND.
    • Eateries or food stalls that fail to follow the order to close down in virus-hit areas will be subject to a maximum fine of 20 million Vietnamese dong.
    • Individuals or businesses that fail to follow the business restrictions order applicable in public spaces could face fines up to VND 10 million and VND 20 million, respectively.
    • Those who do not observe the authorities’ instructions on medical observation and safety protocols before entering or exiting virus-hit regions could face a maximum fine of VND 20 million.
    • Individuals who escape from quarantine sites, violate quarantine protocols, or reject or evade compulsory quarantine could face an administrative fine of VND 10 million. If their actions cause infections in other people, they could be criminally tried in accordance with Article 240 of Vietnam’s Penal Code on “spreading dangerous infectious diseases.”
    • In addition, individuals who escape from quarantine sites, violate quarantine protocols, or reject or evade compulsory quarantine that cause VND 100 million in additional costs for authorities to contain COVID-19, may be criminally tried in line with Article 295 of Vietnam’s Penal Code on violations of occupational safety and hygiene regulations in crowded areas.
    • People who fail to fully and accurately report their health status in a way that results in the spread of COVID-19 may face criminal liability in line with Penal Code’s Article 240.
    • Individuals who post misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic may face administrative fines of up to VND 15 million or criminal liability in line with Article 288 of the Penal Code on “Illegal provision or use of information on computer networks or telecommunications networks.”
    • Resorting to violence, threatening to use violence, or hindering law enforcement in their efforts to contain COVID-19 may lead to criminal charges  under Article 330 of the Penal Code on “resisting law enforcement in the discharge of their duties.”
    • Owners of service businesses like bars, night clubs (discos), karaoke bars, massage parlors or beauty salons, etc.- whose defiance of temporary closure orders lead to VND 100 million in damage and costs for authorities – would constitute a crime under the Penal Code’s Article 295.
    • People who exploit the scarcity or create artificial scarcity during the pandemic situation to buy in large quantities and stockpile goods that are in the government’s price control list in an attempt to resell and make “illicit gains” would be considered hoarding under Penal Code’s Article 196, which provides for administrative fines and imprisonment depending on the value of the goods.

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 United States Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City remains unable to resume routine immigrant visa services at this time.  We will resume routine immigrant visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date.  We will post updates on this site as the situation changes.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City have resumed certain nonimmigrant visa services, including visa types F, M, and certain J categories: alien physician, government visitor, international visitor, professor, research scholar, short-term scholar, specialist, secondary school student and college/university student.  For further information, please see this page.

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