COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [02/26/21]

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*** 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. Due to recent outbreaks, Vietnamese authorities may extend quarantine periods beyond 14 days without prior notice. U.S. citizens considering travel to or within Vietnam, especially from locations the Vietnamese government has designated or determines to be “outbreak areas,” including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, 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.

*** Since January 27, Vietnam has confirmed 827 new cases of COVID-19 community transmission in Hai Duong (643), Quang Ninh (61), Ho Chi Minh City (36), Hanoi (35), Gia Lai (27), Binh Duong (6), Bac Ninh (5), Hai Phong (4), Dien Bien (3), Hung Yen (2), Hoa Binh (2), Bac Giang (2), and Ha Giang (1), which prompted stricter social distancing measures in specific localities.  For further information, please see the Movement Restrictions section below.  The U.S. Mission in Vietnam advises U.S. citizens currently in Vietnam to practice caution and monitor the Vietnamese government’s instructions closely before any planned travel to avoid unnecessary inconveniences.

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.  For further details, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here (in Vietnamese only).
  • Vietnam currently has over 500 COVID-19 active cases, all being isolated for treatment in government’s facilitiesFor 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 immediately: 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]
  • 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.  For a list of COVID-19 testing locations in Vietnam, please see section “COVID-19 Testing” below.  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.
  • 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 96 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? [Yes]
    Vietnam has approved the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford for use in urgent situations.  According to Vietnam’s Ministry of Health, it is expected that the Oxford- Astra Zeneca vaccine will be available in the first quarter of 2021.  For further information, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here.
    On February 23, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health announced a list of priority groups to first receive COVID-19 vaccinations in Vietnam; Vietnamese health officials have also announced they expect to receive 60 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in 2021.
  • 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.
  • 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 March 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? [Yes]
    A curfew is currently in place for specific locations identified as “outbreak areas” by the Vietnamese government. Please find information about specific restrictions by location below.

    • Hai Duong: From February 16 at least until March 3, Hai Duong provincial authorities are imposing strict social distancing measures and movement restrictions on all Hai Duong districts.  Further details are available hereOn February 24, Hai Duong commenced massive COVID-19 testing for 7,000 people across the province to better evaluate the pandemic risks in their communities.
    • Hai Phong: From February 22 until further notice, Hai Phong City authorities have closed all non-essential businesses and imposed strict social distancing measures and movement restrictions across the city.  Hai Phong residents are not allowed to leave their houses after 10 p.m., except when absolutely necessary.  Further details are available here.
    • Several localities in Quang Ninh, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Gia Lai, and Binh Duong have also been placed under lockdown.  Hoa Binh, Bac Giang, Dien Bien, Ha Giang, Hung Yen, and Bac Ninh are taking pre-emptive actions, particularly contact-tracing and small-scale isolations, to minimize the possibility of an outbreak.  Other localities in Vietnam, especially where new cases of COVID-19 community transmission have been confirmed, may adopt similar measures without prior notice.
    • On February 22, Hanoi authorities announced they would consider loosening current social distancing measures by February 28, reopening schools and businesses and resuming festival activities. Starting February 16, Hanoi closed all outdoor restaurants and street-side cafes. Previously, on February 4, Hanoi’s government issued Directive 03/CT-UBND suspending festivals, religious ceremonies, sports tournaments, and large events.  The Directive also advises residents only to leave their houses when necessary, practice social distancing, and wear face masks in public places.  Hanoi also announced the closure of all nightclubs and karaoke lounges starting February 1 and of all video gaming centers and internet service centers starting February 2.
    • On February 26, Ho Chi Minh City authorities announced they would would continue to close all karaoke lounges, nightclubs, beer halls, pool halls, and indoor gym/fitness/yoga centers until further notice while other non-essential businesses may resume starting March 1.  Vietnamese media have reported that city health officials are conducting random site-checks at local restaurants to make sure outbreak prevention measures are in place; several customers may be asked to conduct no-fee COVID-19 testing as part of this pre-emptive program.
    • While Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City schools may remain closed until February 28 as a precaution, most cities and provinces across Vietnam have reopened schools.  For further information, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? [Yes]
    • 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”).  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, Thua Thien Hue, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, and Nam Dinh are sending individuals traveling from any areas identified by the Vietnamese government as an “outbreak area”, particularly in Hai Duong, Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Gia Lai, and Binh Duong, to centralized quarantine facilities for 14 – 21 days.  Ho Chi Minh City has announced it will establish additional centralized quarantine facilities for travelers with recent travel to outbreak areas.  Other travelers coming from areas with confirmed COVID cases may be required to conduct a COVID test, to self-quarantine at home, or to report to the nearest medical facility–depending on their recent travel history and the situation at the time of their arrival.
    • Ho Chi Minh City authorities have begun conducting random COVID-19 testing of travelers at Tan Son Nhat airport (starting February 14), as well as at the city’s bus and railway stations (starting February 17).
    • 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. 
    • 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 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 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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