COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [06/15/21]

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*** Vietnam Airlines is offering a direct one-way flight (for U.S. citizens only) to the United States from Hanoi to Washington Dulles Airport, in Dulles, Virginia on June 22, 2021.  The cost of a one-way ticket will be determined by Vietnam Airlines and interested U.S. citizens must arrange payment directly with Vietnam Airlines.  Further details and reservation instructions are available here (Deadline: June 17, 2021).

*** 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.

*** Given the current COVID-19 situation in Vietnam, 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.  As a result, several American Citizen Services (ACS), Immigrant Visas (IV), and Nonimmigrant Visas (NIV) appointments will be 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 6,000 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.
  • 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 141 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.

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?
    • On June 3, 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 May 19, the Vietnamese Ministry of Health announced that over 1 million individuals in priority groups have been vaccinated.  Please click here for further information (in Vietnamese only).
    • The Vietnamese government announced on June 11 that they would make every effort to vaccinate all workers at industrial parks across the country by August 2021.
  • 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 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.
    • 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 June 30, 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, Tuyen Quang, Son La, Ninh Binh, Thai Nguyen, Long An, Tay Ninh, Gia Lai, Bac Lieu, Dong Thap, Tra Vinh, Binh Duong, Ha Tinh, Tien Giang, Bac Kan, 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.
    • On May 20, the Vietnamese Ministry of Health announced that employees in export processing zones and industrial zones must complete an online health declaration daily.
    • Hanoi has closed all restaurants (only take-away service is allowed), hair salons, and public parks from May 25.  Individuals travelling from other provinces to Hanoi must complete the online health declaration within 24 hours of arrival.   Hanoi previously closed nightclubs, karaoke lounges, outdoor cafeterias, cinemas, fitness centers and massage parlors; Hanoi’s government advised its residents not to leave their house unless necessary and discouraged any public gatherings of over 10 people outside of offices, schools and hospitals. On May 30, Hanoi also advised all students in Grade 9 and Grade 12 not to leave the city before having completed respectively the high-school entrance examination (June 10-11) and the high-school graduation examination (July 7-8).  
    • On June 15, Ho Chi Minh City authorities extended strict social distancing measures under Directive 15 for at least two more weeks: most non-essential businesses and restaurants remain closed (only take-away service is allowed); all public gatherings of over 10 people outside of offices, schools, and hospitals are not allowed, and residents are advised not to leave their house unless necessary.  Ho Chi Minh City currently requires that anyone purchasing cough and fever medicines at pharmacies must complete an online health declaration.
    • Da Nang has reopened most non-essential businesses, including restaurants, from June 9.  From 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. 
    • From June 12 until further notice, Tien Giang Province has imposed the strict social distancing measures of Directive 15.
    • Thua Thien Hue and Quang Ngai are sending any travelers from Ho Chi Minh City to 21-day centralized quarantine.  Hai PhongQuang Nam, Binh Dinh, and Khanh Hoa will take similar measures for travelers from isolated areas in Ho Chi Minh City, including Go Vap District and Thanh-Loc Ward in District 12.  Other localities may adopt similar, additional measures without prior notice. 
    • From May 30, Binh Thuan Province (including Mui Ne, Phan Thiet) has asked hotels, resorts, and other accommodation providers to temporarily stop accepting new bookings of travelers coming from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Bac Ninh, and Bac Giang.  Other provinces may apply similar measures without prior notice.  We advise U.S. citizens to avoid unnecessary travel.  If traveling, we advise U.S. citizens confirm their accommodation bookings before traveling within Vietnam to avoid unnecessary inconveniences.
    • Hai Phong has reopened most non-essential businesses from June 13. 
    • From June 8, Ha Tinh City (Ha Tinh Province) has applied strict social distancing measures under Directive 16 and closed all non-essential businesses.  On May 25, Ha Tinh announced that any individual traveling from Ha Noi and any other outbreak areas within 14 days must contact the nearest medical center for instructions on quarantine and SARS-CoV-2 testing.
    • On May 20, Quang Ngai Province announced that any individual traveling from Da Nang must self-quarantine at home for at least 21 days.
    • From May 25, Hai Duong Province has applied stricter social distancing measures across the city of Hai Duong.
    • From May 25, Quang Nam has loosed social distancing measures in several localities, including Hoi An.  From May 24, Ha Tinh has reopened several non-essential businesses.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? [No]
    • 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.
    • From June 1 to 14, airlines have been asked to reduce domestic flights to Tan Son Nhat Airport (HCMC).
    • Bac Giang Province has suspended all public transport services from May 21.
    • Quang Ngai, Quang Nam, and Quang Tri have temporarily suspended passenger bus routes to and from COVID-19 outbreak areas.  Other localities may apply similar measures without prior notice.
    • Saigon Railway continues to suspend train routes between HCMC and Phan Thiet/Nha Trang/Da Nang.
    • From May 20, Bac Ninh has suspended all public buses and taxis.
    • 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. 
    • 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.
    • 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 21 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]
    • 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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