COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [08/02/21]

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*** Since April 27, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has confirmed new cases of community transmission in multiple cities and provinces, 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 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 14-day quarantine periodsPlease 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 100,000 COVID-19 active cases, all under mandatory isolation 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).
  • The online Vietnam Health Declaration form, which is generally required when traveling, for entry into public hospitals, or any other situations as deemed necessary by the Vietnamese government, is available here.  U.S. citizens who have questions about health declaration in Vietnam may call the hotline 18001119 (free-of-charge) for instructions.

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:
      • Hong Ngoc Hospital: Walk-ins are accepted.  Results are returned the same day if you are tested before 9:00 a.m. or the following morning if you are tested after 9:00 a.m. Their listed COVID-19 testing fee is 1,930,000 VND. Please visit their website here or call (84-24) 3927 5568 for further information.
      • 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.
      • Medlatec: Please visit their website here or contact their hotline 1900 565656 or email at info@medlatec.com for instructions. Their listed COVID-19 testing fee is 999,000 VND.
    • In Ho Chi Minh City:
      • 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.
      • Family Medical Practice: Please call (028) 3822 7848 or email: hcmc@vietnammedicalpractice.com for instructions.  Their listed COVID-19 testing fee is 2,700,000 VND.
      • Hoan My Saigon Hospital: Please call (028) 3990 2468, or Hotline 0909940669, or email hmsg.vip@hoanmy.com for instructions.  Their listed COVID-19 testing fee is 2,200,000 VND.
      • Military Hospital 175: Please call 0399 175 175 – Ext. 2 for instructions.  Their listed COVID-19 testing fee is 2,100,000 VND.
      • Gia An 115: Please call (028) 628 85 886 for instructions.  Their listed COVID-19 testing fee is 3,150,000 VND.
    • In Da Nang:
      • CDC Da Nang: Please call (0236) 357 4665 for instructions.  Their listed COVID-19 testing fee is 734,000 VND.
      • Thien Nhan Hospital (Da Nang): Please call (0236) 3568 988 for instructions.  Their listed COVID-19 testing fee is: 1,800,000 VND (An additional 300,000 VND  is required for examination results in English)
  • 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.
  • COVID-19 Testing for Domestic Travel:
    • In Hanoi: Since July 10, Noi Bai Airport has offered pre-boarding COVID-19 testing service for passengers flying domestically from Hanoi.  U.S. citizens who have questions about this service should contact air carriers directly.
    • In Ho Chi Minh City: Since July 11, Tan Son Nhat Airport has offered pre-boarding COVID-19 testing service for passengers flying domestically from HCMC.  U.S. citizens who have questions about this service should contact air carriers directly.
  • If mandated by the Vietnamese Government to acquire a COVID-19 test, there are currently 175 designated laboratories capable of conducting COVID-19 tests in Vietnam when mandated by the Vietnamese government.  U.S. citizens who have questions about whether any of these laboratories can provide voluntary testing service should contact the laboratories directly.
  • On July 7, Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Health published a list of COVID-19 testing locations in the city for individuals who wish to obtain a negative-COVID-19-testing certificate for travel to other localities if required.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Vietnam approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? [Yes]
    • The Vietnamese government has approved the following vaccines for emergency use in Vietnam: Pfizer (U.S.), Moderna (U.S.), Janssen (U.S.), AstraZeneca (British-Swedish), Sputnik V (Russian), and Sinopharm (Chinese).
    • On July 22, the Vietnamese government announced that they are set to approve NanoCovax, their first home-grown COVID-19 vaccine, for emergency use.
  • Are vaccines available in Vietnam for U.S. citizens to receive? [Yes] 
    • The Government of Vietnam has begun vaccinations for individuals living in Vietnam.  For more information please contact local health authorities.
    • On June 24 the Vietnamese government announced that there will be no discrimination between Vietnamese citizens and foreigners during the COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Everyone will have access to COVID-19 vaccines as soon as more of these vaccines are available in Vietnam.
    • 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.
    • On July 10, the Vietnamese government announced a campaign to provide COVID-19 vaccines for all individuals 18 years and older in Vietnam from July 2021 to April 2022.  The vaccination rate is expected to increase to at least 50% this year and over 70% by the end of the first quarter of 2022, according to the Vietnamese government’s plan.  The plan also specifies the 16 priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination.
    • On July 14, 2021, the Government of Vietnam unveiled a portal where residents of Vietnam, including U.S. citizens in Vietnam, can sign up for a COVID 19 vaccination.  The portal is available here.
      • Currently the portal is only in Vietnamese.  Questions regarding vaccination appointments or portal website troubleshooting should be directed to Vietnam’s Ministry of Health.
      • Per the Vietnamese government, there is no indication that portal registration is necessary to be vaccinated, but registering online offers more convenience and safety than going to physically register for a vaccine appointment.  The Vietnamese government further clarified that this portal does not allow users to ‘skip-ahead’ of their priority group; it streamlines the process for local vaccination centers to contact users when vaccines are ready.  The Government of Vietnam is actively vaccinating individuals; however, the current wait-time for a vaccine remains unclear.
  • Which vaccines are available in Vietnam?
    • Vietnamese officials announced that they expect to receive 125 million COVID-19 vaccine doses (including AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Moderna, and Pfizer) 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.
    • As of July 25, per the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, 14 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to Vietnam.  As of August 1, over 6 million individuals have received their first dose; over 650,000 individuals in priority groups have been fully vaccinated. The Ministry of Health expects to receive over 91 million doses by the end of this year.
    • On July 22, the Vietnamese government announced that half of Ho Chi Minh City’s population will receive COVID-19 vaccination by the end of September 2021.
    • On June 26, the Vietnamese government announced that they expected Vietnam to be fully capable of producing home-grown COVID-19 vaccines by June 2022.
  • 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.  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.

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 May 14, the Vietnamese government issued Telegram 03/CD-LDTBXH to provincial people’s committees requesting more thorough management of foreign workers in Vietnam to detect illegal migrants.  Those who do not comply with Vietnamese law and foreigners employed by companies, organizations, export processing zones, etc. without a work permit or an official document demonstrating that a work permit is not applicable may be subject to deportation.
    • 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.
    • Currently, 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.
    • On July 19, the Vietnamese government announced on their website the possibility that Phu Quoc Island (Kien Giang Province) will admit foreign visitors who have been fully vaccinated beginning October 2021.  For further details please visit their website here.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? [Yes]
    • All airline passengers arriving in Vietnam must provide a negative Real-time PCR SARS-CoV-2 test taken within three (3) to seven (7) days before entering Vietnam.  Any further questions about this requirement should be directed to airlines.
  • 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 August 31, 2021, for foreigners who entered Vietnam on visa waivers, e-visas or tourist visas 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 across the country 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.
    • The Vietnamese government has ordered the extension of Directive 16 in southern provinces of Vietnam from August 2 for at least two weeks.  Directive 16 mandates closures of non-essential businesses, restaurants, bans public gatherings, and severely limits transportation services.  The impacted provinces include: Can Tho, Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Tien Giang, Long An, Vinh Long, Dong Thap, Ben Tre, Hau Giang, An Giang, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang, Tra Vinh, Ca Mau, and Kien Giang.  Please note that any provincial or municipal government may apply additional measures.  On July 20, the Vietnamese government also issued Resolution 78 indicating the possibility of stricter social distancing measures in COVID-19 high-risk localities.
    • From July 19, Hanoi has suspended all non-essential services and restricted travel to and from Hanoi; all public gatherings of over 5 people outside of offices, schools, and hospitals are not allowed; and residents are advised not to leave their house unless necessary.  From July 22, Hanoi will send all individuals traveling from localities where strict social distancing measures are in place to centralized quarantine.  Hanoi has also introduced an online form to report COVID-19 high-risk activities here or by telephone at 0889556655 and 0889557755.
    • Since August 2, HCMC government continues to implement strict social distancing measures under Directive 12 and Directive 16 for at least 2 more weeks. Residents are advised not to depart Ho Chi Minh City for other provinces and not to leave their houses after 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. the next day except for medical emergencies.  All non-essential businesses and restaurants; all public gatherings of over 2 people outside of offices, schools, and hospitals are not allowed; public buses, taxis, and ride-hailing car/motorbike services are temporarily suspended (Exception: taxis are allowed for medical emergencies and also for travel to and from Tan Son Nhat airport 24/7 for passengers whose names are listed on the air ticket or boarding pass; limited delivery services are allowed); public agencies are asked to limit their staffing to one third of total office size;  and residents are advised not to leave their house unless necessary.  Multiple checkpoints have been established across the city to make sure residents comply with the strict social distancing requirements.  On July 22, HCMC also introduced the hotline 1022 (extension: 2) where residents can call for COVID-19 related assistance.
    • From July 22 until further notice, Da Nang has suspended all non-essential businessesFrom June 3, travelers from Ho Chi Minh City or any localities applying similar social distancing level (under the Vietnamese government’s Directive 15) who enter Da Nang will be sent to centralized quarantine and are subject to all related expenses.  On June 21, Da Nang City announced its plan to conduct regular COVID-19 testing for high-risk groups, including health facilities, factories, industrial parks, etc.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? [Yes]
    • On July 12, the Government of Vietnam (GoV) announced that travelers from Ho Chi Minh City to other provinces will be asked to self-quarantine at home for at least 14 days and conduct mandatory COVID-19 testing (3 times).  However, please note that certain localities may send travelers to centralized quarantine depending on their local COVID-19 outbreak situation.  Earlier on July 7, GoV mandated that people traveling to or departing Ho Chi Minh City must present a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result issued within the preceding three days.
    • Several provinces with large volumes of daily interstate travel are establishing checkpoints to screen travelers and detect illegal migrants.  Individuals coming from areas considered high-risk or having COVID-19 symptoms (such as a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing) may be required to follow the specific COVID-19 outbreak prevention policy of the checkpoint’s province, including mandatory COVID-19 testing and quarantine, or may be asked to return to their point of departure.
    • 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.
    • 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. 
    • In Vietnam, individuals with recent travel history to areas where strict social distancing measures are in place may be subject to mandatory quarantine and COVID-19 testing when entering other provinces.  On May 14, Hanoi officials announced any individual who has been to Da Nang since May 1 could be tested upon entry to Hanoi.  Other localities make adopt similar, additional measures without prior notice.
    • From July 1 to 31, the Vietnamese government will initiate a pilot program allowing individuals entering Vietnam via Quang Ninh Province to quarantine in centralized facilities for only 7 days instead of the normal 14 days if these entrants have received full COVID-19 vaccinations.  Previously on June 8, the Vietnamese government announced that it would consider reducing the length of quarantine periods to 7 days for entrants who have received full COVID-19 vaccinations.  Please note that these discussions will take time and policies are subject to adjustments based on the specific outbreak situation of Vietnam.  Vietnam currently mandates a 14 day 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]
    • Please note, however, that public transportation in localities with ongoing COVID-19 outbreak developments, including Ho Chi Minh City, may be temporarily limited.  U.S. citizens who have difficulties identifying public transportation to transfer to a local airport for their flight back to the United States should consult with their landlords or hotels; they may also contact the American Citizen Services Unit here.
    • 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 Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City has been closed for all routine services, including appointments scheduled with the American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit, the Nonimmigrant Visas (NIV) Unit, and the Immigrant Visas (IV) Unit.  Impacted applicants will receive notification individually via e-mail with instructions on how to reschedule their appointment.
  • The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi is operating normally.

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