COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [11/24/20]

Country-Specific Information:

  • Most COVID-19 patients in Vietnam have recovered and were released from the hospital.  Vietnam has not had any new community transmission cases since September 2, 2020; all recent confirmed cases involve people who arrived in Vietnam with COVID-19 and were sent directly to quarantine and isolated for treatment.  For further details please see the Vietnamese Ministry of Health website here.
  • The Vietnamese government continues to advise all people in Vietnam to wear face masks in public places and to avoid large gatherings.  Vietnamese media previously reported several cases involving fines for individuals not wearing face coverings in areas where strict social distancing requirements are in place (for further details please see Section “Fines for Non-Compliance” below).  We continue to encourage U.S. citizens to wear a face covering, or at least keep one ready, when leaving their houses to avoid any unforeseeable inconveniences including in areas where social distancing requirements have been loosened.
  • Hanoi city’s government announced November 11 that wearing a face mask is mandatory at the following locations: 1) hospitals; 2) parking lots; 3) public transportation; 4) shopping malls; and 5) supermarkets and traditional markets.  Other localities in Vietnam may take similar measures without prior notice.  For further information, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here (in Vietnamese only).
  • 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).

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.  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.
    • 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 currently provides an automatic extension of temporary stay through November 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 November 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 in Ho Chi Minh City no longer issue exit letters.  U.S. citizens who entered Vietnam before March 1, 2020 with a visa exemption certificate, e-visa, or tourist visa will need to resolve visa extensions directly with Vietnamese Immigration and may be subject to overstay penalties.  For further information please click here.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? [No]
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? [No]
    • 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”).

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 need to pay for all testing and quarantine costs.  For further information, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here

COVID-19 Testing:

  • 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
  • On November 17, the Vietnamese government announced 86 designated laboratories capable of conducting COVID-19 tests in Vietnam.  The full list is available here .

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.  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]
    • 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.  According to Article 12(1)(a) of the Decree, individuals who fail to adopt personal protective measures in compliance with the guidance of health agencies, for instance people who do not wear face coverings in public places when required to do so, may be fined from 1,000,000 VND to 3,000,000 VND.  Vietnamese media previously reported several cases involving fines for individuals not wearing face coverings in areas where strict social distancing requirements are in placeWe continue to encourage U.S. citizens to wear a face covering, or at least to keep one ready, when leaving their houses to avoid any unforeseeable inconveniences including in areas where social distancing requirements have been loosened.  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 United States Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City remains unable to resume full routine immigrant visa services at this time.  We will resume routine immigrant visa services as soon as conditions permit but are unable to provide a specific date.  We will post updates on this site as the situation changes.
  • As of July 15, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City have resumed certain 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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