COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [11/24/21]

  • Vietnam currently has over 140,000 active COVID-19 cases, all under mandatory isolation for treatment in government facilities or at home.  For further details, please see Section “Country-Specific Information” below.
  • Authorities in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, and other localities considered to have controlled the COVID-19 outbreak, announced the gradual reopening and resumption of activities beginning late September 2021.  For more information, please see the “Movement Restrictions” section below.  Restrictions on inter-provincial travel remain and vary depending on location. U.S. citizens are advised to monitor local news outlets and observe changes in local behavior as well as to consult with their neighbors, landlords, employers, and local authorities for guidance regarding current conditions in their ward or district.
  • The U.S. Mission in Vietnam reminds all U.S. citizens that they are subject to local laws and regulations while visiting or living in Vietnam.  We advise U.S. citizens to comply with the Government of Vietnam’s testing and quarantine requirements. Government of Vietnam regulations regarding business operations, quarantine, movement, and travel restrictions in all parts of Vietnam can change with little notice.  For more specific information regarding the COVID-19 situation in Vietnam, the Vietnamese government’s corresponding measures, entry and exit requirements, transportation options, quarantine policy, and fines for non-compliance, please see the appropriate sections below.
  • Effective November 8, 2021, all nonimmigrant, non-U.S. citizens air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.  Fully vaccinated air travelers ages two (2) or older, regardless of citizenship, will continue to be required to show documentation of a pre-departure negative viral test from a sample taken within three (3) days of travel to the United States or documentation of recovery from COVID-19  before boarding.  U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. To best determine your individual travel requirements, check out CDC’s Travel Assessment Tool.  Additional information about these policies is available on CDC’s website and the Department of State’s website.  Exceptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact the American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit here to apply for an exception.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exceptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

  • Vietnam currently has over 140,000 active COVID-19 cases, all under mandatory isolation for treatment in government facilities or at home.  All travelers are quarantined upon arrival in Vietnam, and cases identified during quarantine may be transferred to specialized treatment centers.  For further details please see the Vietnamese Ministry of Health website here.
  • Any individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms — including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing — or those concerned they have been exposed to COVID-19 should call Vietnam’s health hotline immediately: 19009095 (Press 1 for English).
  • Domestic Travel Declaration Form: The Vietnamese Government announced U.S. citizens in Vietnam are able to register for the VN-eID application (available on Apple Store and Google Play) using their U.S. passport information and phone number; or register their domestic travel declaration via the website linked here or the Health Declaration Form linked here.  U.S. citizens are advised to monitor local news outlets and observe changes in local behavior as well as to consult with their neighbors, landlords, employers, and, when possible, local authorities for guidance on current conditions in their ward or district.
  • Vaccination “Green Pass”: Individuals in Vietnam should receive a paper vaccination certificate from the medical facility where they received their vaccines.  In addition, they may also obtain a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate (equivalent to a vaccination “Green Pass” that may be requested for entry into venues in Vietnam on an inconsistent basis) through the Vietnamese Vaccine portal linked here.  Vietnamese medical authorities are responsible for issuing official certificates to individuals vaccinated in Vietnam. The U.S. Mission in Vietnam does not provide any additional vaccination documents.  Any questions regarding vaccination certifications for vaccinations received in Vietnam should be directed to the Vietnamese authorities.
  • Vietnam recognizes COVID-19 vaccination certificates issued by 72 countries, including the United States.  Individuals vaccinated in the United States may use their CDC vaccination record card in lieu of a vaccination “green pass” in Vietnam.  Although Vietnamese authorities confirmed the CDC vaccination record card will be accepted, it may require some explanation in some situations.  
  • 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]
    • Information about testing requirements for travel, and the list of COVID-19 testing locations and detailed instructions on how to register for testing is available here.
  • Has the government of Vietnam approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? [Yes]
    • The Government of Vietnam 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), Sinopharm (Chinese), Hayat-Vax (UAE) and Abdala (Cuban).  Only Pfizer (U.S.) and Moderna (U.S.) COVID-19 vaccinations have been approved for children under 18 years old in Vietnam.
    • The Government of Vietnam has approved 9 vaccines for emergency use in Vietnam: Comirnaty (Pfizer – U.S.), Spikevax (Moderna – U.S.), Janssen (Johnson & Johnson – U.S.), AstraZeneca (British-Swedish), Sputnik V (Gamaleya – Russian), Vero Cell (CNBG/Sinopharm – Chinese), Hayat-Vax (CNBG – Chinese/UAE), Abdala (BBU – Cuban), and Covaxin (BBIL – Indian).  Only Pfizer (U.S.) and Moderna (U.S.) COVID-19 vaccinations have been approved for children under 18 years of age in Vietnam. 
    • The Vietnamese Ministry of Health announced that the Nano Covax vaccine will soon be considered for emergency use.  Nano Covax is the first Vietnamese developed COVID-19 vaccine and has been approved by the National Ethics Committee in Medical Research of Vietnam. 
    • Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Binh Duong, Kien Giang, Ninh Binh, Quang Ninh, Lao Cai, Thua Thien Hue, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Dong Nai, Ca Mau, Kien Giang, Hau Giang, Soc Trang, and Vinh Long have commenced COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 12 to 17 since October 27, 2021.  Hanoi began COVID-19 vaccination for students aged 15 to 17 on November 23, 2021.  Other provinces across Vietnam will take similar measures to vaccinate children against COVID-19 as local resources allow.  As of November 22, over 1.8 million doses of Comirnaty vaccines (Pfizer – U.S.) have been administered to children ages 12-17.
    • On November 1, HCMC announced their plan to provide booster jabs to people with chronic diseases, the elderly, obese people, and frontline workers.  Beginning 2022, HCMC plans to vaccinate children from 3 years old and provide booster jabs to individuals who have been fully vaccinated.
  • Are vaccines available in Vietnam for U.S. citizens to receive? [Yes]
    • The Government of Vietnam’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign is coordinated at local ward and district levels.  Therefore, U.S. citizens should watch out for potential sign-up lists disbursed at local government levels.  Employers, landlords, neighbors, and local authorities are good contacts to consult regarding local vaccination efforts. 
    • 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.
    • The Government of Vietnam’s COVID-19 vaccine online registration portal is available here (in both Vietnamese and English) for all residents in Vietnam, including U.S. citizens. Per the Vietnamese government, portal registration is not necessary to be vaccinated, but registering online offers more convenience and safety than physically registering for a vaccine appointment.
    • The Vietnamese government announced they are exploring a potential  “Vaccine Passport” to facilitate resumption of international travel.
  • Which vaccines are available in Vietnam?
  • 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.
    • The Vietnamese government on October 7 announced their plans to reopen borders to foreign visitors from June 2022, with several provinces, including Phu Quoc and Khanh Hoa implementing pilot phases as early as November 2021.  Any further questions about these plans should be directed to the Vietnamese authorities directly.
    • The Vietnamese Ministry of Transport has announced a three-phrase plan to resume international flights beginning 2022.
    • 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.
  • 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]
  • Is a curfew in place? [No]
    • The Vietnamese government has isolated several communities and venues across the country where recent COVID-19 cases were confirmed in attempts to contain outbreaks. Individuals with recent travel history to these impacted areas may be subject to mandatory quarantine and COVID-19 testing when entering other provinces.  The list of all outbreak areas in the country updated by the Ministry of Health is available here.
    • Beginning late September 2021, after several months of unprecedented severe social distancing measures, cities and provinces across Vietnam have gradually resumed operations of public services and lifted curfew requirements.  On November 1, the Vietnamese government announced their efforts to gradually reopen schools across the country depending on the specific recovery situation in each locality.  Interprovincial transportation remains restrained with requirements varying from province to province.  U.S. citizens should closely monitor guidance from local authorities and seek assistance from their landlords, accommodation providers, employers, or sponsoring organizations in Vietnam as needed.
    • On October 14, Hanoi further relaxed social distancing orders.  Most businesses are allowed to reopen, including restaurants, hotels, malls, supermarkets, and barbershops.  Public transportation, including buses and taxis, has resumed.  Since October 11, Hanoi has allowed individuals arriving from COVID-19 outbreak areas, including Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang, to self-monitor their health at home instead of being sent to centralized quarantine.  From November 8, Hanoi will reopen schools in districts considered low-risk for students in Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 9, Grade 10, and Grade 12.
    • Since October 1, Ho Chi Minh City resumed operations of public offices, healthcare facilities, restaurants (dine-in services resumed October 28), service centers, and cultural/sports activities.  Taxis and ride-hailing car services have also resumed operations.  Education centers may resume in-person classrooms if all attendants are fully vaccinated.  Religious ceremonies, indoor workshops, and public gatherings of 10-15 participants are allowed (or up to 75-100 participants if fully vaccinated).  Nightclubs, spa lounges, massage parlors, beauty salons, cinemas, discotheques, karaoke lounges, and video game centers remain closed.  HCMC People’s Committee also announced a plan to support foreigners affected by COVID-19.
    • On October 16, Da Nang plans to reopen most businesses, including restaurants, fitness centers, museums, cinemas, etc.  Beauty salons, karaoke lounges, nightclubs, casinos, and video game centers remain closed. The city also plans to reopen schools on November 1, 2021.  Travelers from other localities trying to enter Da Nang must complete an online health declaration here.  For further details please visit the Vietnamese government’s website here.
    • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? [Yes]
      • The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has published COVID-19 testing and quarantine guidelines for individuals travelling between localities here.  Those fully vaccinated may be permitted to self-monitor their health conditions at home upon arrival; however, that decision is determined by relevant authorities.  Any further questions about this issue should be directed to the Vietnamese local authority. 
      • Interprovincial passenger transportation, including trains and buses, has been gradually resuming since October 13.  Travelers from extremely high-risk areas may be asked to provide a negative PT-PCR COVID-19 test result.
      • Domestic flights in Vietnam remain limited.  U.S. citizens who need to travel from other provinces to Hanoi or HCMC for a flight to the United States but are unable to independently arrange travel may reach out to local transportation companies in their vicinity who have experience working with the local authorities. Three transportation companies have indicated they can assist foreigners when arranging trips even during lockdown periods without needing additional letters or governmental permissions. We do not endorse any company, but we have listed 3 options below that U.S. citizens have used successfully.  Please note that you need to arrange the service and any associated costs directly with them.
      • 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.
  • 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?” and “Question: How can U.S. citizens present their vaccine cards to local officials for quarantine purposes?” on our Frequently-Asked-Questions page here.
    • Entry into Vietnam is restricted to specific traveler categories and requires a local sponsoring entity. Travelers to Vietnam are subject to quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements upon arrival. U.S. citizens with further questions about these policies should contact their employer or sponsoring organization directly.
    • 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 subject to mandatory quarantine upon arrival. U.S. citizens with 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.  
    • The Vietnamese government has reduced the length of centralized quarantine periods to seven (7) days for entrants who have received full COVID-19 vaccinations, followed by a negative COVID-19 test and an additional seven (7) day period of self-monitoring.  Entrants who have not received full vaccinations continue to be subject to 14-day quarantine followed by a negative COVID-19 test and an additional 14-day period of self-monitoring.  The 14-day quarantine period also applies to 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
    • Parents/guardian are allowed to accompany their children to COVID-19 treatment facilities or centralized quarantine.
  • 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 several 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.
  • 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 local car companies, or their landlords or hotels.  Ho Chi Minh City plans to resume public bus routes after November 15 in phases.
    • U.S. citizens travelling to the airport for a departure flight should carry their plane ticket, passport, and negative COVID-19 test result.
    • All people in Vietnam are advised to wear face masks and avoid close contact with others on public transportation.

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.

The American Citizen Services (ACS) section has resumed scheduling normal appointments.  Customers should visit the scheduling portal to schedule an appointment or submit an inquiry if they need to contact the ACS Unit.

Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa interviews have gradually resumed as staffing, safety guidelines, and local regulations permit.  However, please note that applicants may continue to encounter significant scheduling delays.  Nonimmigrant visa applicants who are in an urgent need to travel should continue to follow the instructions here to request an expedited appointment.  Fiancé(e) and immigrant visa applicants who have questions about their specific case may contact the Immigrant Visa (IV) Unit here.  We appreciate your understanding of our limitations as we work through a backlog of applications.