Daily Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Citizens should Practice Maximum Social Distancing during the Coming Weeks

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (March 27, 2020)

Location:  Vietnam

Event:  The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City are providing U.S. citizens with daily information about the outbreak of COVID-19 in Vietnam.

As of March 27, Vietnam has reported 153 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders since the virus first became known. To date, 17 people have recovered and been released from the hospital.

Reminder:  U.S. citizens are advised to practice social distancing to the maximum extent possible during the coming weeks.  Maintain adequate supplies of nonperishable foods and necessary medications, stay away from those who are sick, stay home if you are sick, avoid crowds, and otherwise stay home as much as possible.  This will help slow the spread of COVID-19.

U.S. Citizens in Vietnam are advised to monitor the situation closely and follow COVID-19 guidelines from Vietnamese government authorities.

  • As of March 22, Vietnam suspended entry for all foreigners, including people with a Vietnamese visa exemption certificate.
  •  As of March 21, all people entering Vietnam are subjected to mandatory centralized quarantine for 14 days.
  • People entering Vietnam may be tested for COVID-19 by Vietnamese government authorities.

Additional information may be found on our Embassy COVID-19 website. 

Other Actions to Take:

  • We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Vietnam enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), or update their profile with the most current information.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • The CDC has guidance on how to evaluate asymptomatic people you might have come into contact with: CDC Risk Assessment.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information, and check the Vietnam Country Information page.
  • Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • In Vietnam, a series of tourist destinations, hotels, and other establishments have temporarily closed or suspended services to foreigners.  If you plan to visit a location, call in advance to confirm reservations are valid.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
  • Follow the U.S. Embassy and Consulate on Facebook for periodic updates (U.S. Embassy in Hanoi or U.S. Consulate General in HCMC).


U.S. Embassy Hanoi

From outside Vietnam: +84-24-3850-5000

From the U.S.: 011-84-24-3850-5000

From landline within Hanoi: 3850-5000

From mobile or landline within Vietnam: 024-3850-5000

Submit an Inquiry Form

U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City

From outside Vietnam: +84-28-3520-4200

From the U.S.: 011-84-28-3520-4200

From mobile or landline within Vietnam: 028-3520-4200

Submit an Inquiry Form

Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs: +1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444