Daily Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (April 7, 2020)
This is a daily update from the U.S. Embassy Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City to assist U.S. citizens in remaining informed during the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Vietnam.
Daily COVID-19 Numbers:
As of April 7, Vietnam has reported 245 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders since the virus first became known. To date, 106 people have recovered and have been released from the hospital.
Important Update for U.S. Citizens:
The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City remind U.S. citizens interested in returning to the United States to book a flight immediately with commercial airlines still operating flights between Vietnam and the United States. A list of commercial airlines with available flights is here. In most situations, the U.S. government will not schedule evacuation or charter flights as long as commercial flights remain available. At this time, the U.S. government has no plans for an evacuation flight from Vietnam. U.S. citizens should be aware that U.S. government-chartered flights are not free and U.S. citizens are required to pay for their tickets. In many cases, the cost of a seat on an evacuation flight may be more expensive than the cost of a commercial airline ticket.
U.S. citizens with questions about flight departure assistance can check the U.S. Mission in Vietnam’s Flight Departure Assistance Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.
We recommend U.S. citizens check the Embassy’s COVID-19 page daily for information, and register or update their information in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).