COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [01/22/21]

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*** 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.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

*** For more information, please see the U.S. Mission Vietnam’s January 19 Health Alert on U.S. COVID-19 Testing Requirements.

Country-Specific Information:

  • On January 5, the Vietnamese government issued Directive 01/CT-TTg calling for stricter border control, quarantine surveillance, and more drastic COVID-19 prevention measures.  The Directive also discouraged large gatherings, events, and festivals; requested that high-risk venues, including supermarkets, transport stations, airports, schools, hospitals, and factories, etc., be monitored more closely; and requested that individuals who refuse to wear face masks in public places be given strict penalties.  For further details, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here (in Vietnamese only).
  • Most COVID-19 patients in Vietnam have recovered and been released from the hospital.  Slightly more than 100 individuals are currently being isolated for treatment.  Vietnam has not had any new community transmission cases since December 2, 2020; all recently 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.
  • 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).

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.  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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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 91 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?  [No]
  • 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.
  • On January 14, the Vietnamese government announced progress in the human trials of their potential COVID-19 vaccines, and noted Vietnam also intends to import COVID-19 vaccines from abroad.  For further information, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here.  Any questions about COVID-19 vaccines in Vietnam should be directed to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

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 has prolonged the automatic extension of its temporary stay program until January 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? [No]
    • Please note, however, that areas with connections to any newly confirmed COVID-19 cases of possible community transmission may be placed under lockdown 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 (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

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.  While Vietnam continues to organize rescue flights to repatriate Vietnamese citizens and bring individuals in the exempted categories to Vietnam, the Vietnamese government announced on January 5, 2021 that they will suspend 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 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.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City have resumed certain nonimmigrant visa services, including B1/B2 temporary visitor visas.  For more details, please click here.  Applicants with an urgent need to travel can request an emergency appointment here.

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