(Updated June 4, 2020)
Most Important Updates for U.S. Citizens
* Vietnam currently provides an automatic extension of temporary stay through June 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. Individuals under this qualifying group may exit Vietnam during this period without having to apply for an extension of stay. U.S. citizens who entered Vietnam before March 1, 2020, and intend to depart Vietnam before June 30, 2020, can request an exit letter from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to present upon exiting Vietnam. For further information, please click here.
* The Vietnamese government announced that non-essential businesses, except for discotheques and karaoke lounges, may reopen. Schools have also reopened. For further details, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here.
* The Vietnamese government is still suspending entry into Vietnam to all foreigners, including people with a Vietnamese visa exemption certificate. Only Vietnamese nationals, foreigners on diplomatic or official business, and highly skilled workers are allowed to enter the country at this time. All persons entering Vietnam must undergo medical checks and 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Please see “Entry and Exit Requirements” and “Quarantine Information in Vietnam” below for more details.
* The U.S. has temporarily closed several passport print centers as part of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a result, U.S. passport applications submitted after April 2 will be significantly delayed. The U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Vietnam will continue to issue Emergency Photo Digitized Passports (EPDP) locally for U.S. citizens with urgent need to travel. Further information can be found here.
* U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo urged U.S. citizens interested in returning to the United States during the outbreak of COVID-19 to make immediate use of available commercial flight options, as the number of locations in need of assistance around the world may not allow for a charter option. For those wishing to depart Vietnam, international flights are presently very limited. Additional information regarding flights departing Vietnam can be found here.
* 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. Please also note that the Vietnamese government has imposed strict penalties on violations. 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.
* The U.S. Department of State’s Global Level 4 Health Advisory applies to, and includes, Vietnam. On March 19, the Department of State implemented a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
* Any travelers 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: 19003228 (Vietnamese language only – if necessary, please try to have a Vietnamese speaker help connect you with the operator of this hotline).
Country-Specific Information for Vietnam:
* Vietnam has had 328 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders since the virus first became known.
- 302 people have recovered and were released from the hospital.
- 26 cases are being isolated for treatment.
It has been 49 days without any cases of community transmission in Vietnam; the most recent 61 confirmed cases are all people who arrived in Vietnam with COVID-19 and (like all arrivals) were sent immediately to centralized quarantine. For further details please see the Vietnamese Ministry of Health website here.
* All people in Vietnam must wear face masks in public places such as supermarkets, bus stations, airports, and on all means of public transport. U.S. citizens should be aware that they may be denied entry, fined, or detained if they do not have a mask. All travelers on domestic and international flights must wear face masks during the flight and while at the airport.
* Domestic airline and railway transportation has been allowed to ease restrictions. More daily flights and trains within Vietnam are now available. Please visit their websites or contact your ticketing agencies if you have further questions.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
* The Government of Vietnam has not lifted the suspension of entry for foreigners, including people with a Vietnamese visa exemption certificate. Vietnamese authorities have not announced a potential date to allow foreigners to enter Vietnam again. This policy, which went into effect on March 22, has limited exemptions for diplomatic, official duty, and special cases, including experts, business managers, high-tech workers, and other essential categories as determined by the Government of Vietnam. U.S. citizens may read the original announcement here. Additional health restrictions still apply for any foreign travelers in an exempted category allowed to enter Vietnam by local immigration authorities, including a mandatory two-week quarantine period and potential COVID-19 testing. U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City remind U.S. citizens that the U.S. Department of State’s Global 4 Health Advisory still applies, and U.S. citizens are advised to avoid all international travel unless absolutely necessary.
* The Vietnamese government recommends that all persons who have entered Vietnam (including Vietnamese citizens and foreigners) from March 1 until the present should: 1) Complete the medical declaration form here; 2) Implement 14-day self-quarantine at home (if not yet subject to concentrated quarantine) and limit contact with others after the 14-day period; 3) Wear face masks, wash hands with soap or antiseptic alcohol, and take other preventive measures; and 4) Contact the nearest health facility for advice and support.
* Health declaration is mandatory for all passengers entering Vietnam, which can be done by completing a paper form on arrival or a digital form online before the trip here. Travelers should contact their airlines directly for information.
Quarantine Information in Vietnam:
* The Government of Vietnam began a COVID-19 testing campaign for all people who have arrived from outside the country since March 8, 2020. The U.S. Embassy and Consulate advise U.S. citizens to comply with testing. Seek medical care right away if you believe you may have COVID-19 (or similar symptoms) or were exposed to someone who may have COVID-19 in the last six weeks.
* Travelers entering Vietnam, including Vietnamese nationals, have been subjected to mandatory, centralized quarantine for 14 days. This quarantine requirement has in some cases been prolonged to more than 14 days when deemed necessary by the authorities. Quarantine sites in Vietnam may be uncomfortable and may have only rudimentary facilities.
* 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.
* Online Health Declaration Form (available in Vietnamese, English, and several other languages)
* InfoGraphics by Vietnam News Agency (including useful infographics for Vietnamese most updated policies)
* National Hospital for Tropical Diseases ten useful Q and A’s about the outbreak
* Vietnam Tourism website (offers news rather than advisories)
* Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Consular Department (Vietnamese only) (on the right side).
* MFA Travel restriction announcement (Vietnamese)
* List of clinics and hospitals in Vietnam (U.S. Mission Vietnam’s website)