Daily Health and Travel Alert – Vietnamese Government Announced Sweeping New Restrictions on Personal Movement and Behavior

Daily Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (March 30, 2020) 

Location: Vietnam

This is a daily update from the U.S. Embassy Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City to provide U.S. citizens with information during the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Vietnam.  

Daily COVID-19 Update:

As of March 30, Vietnam has reported 194 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders since the virus first became known. To date, 52 people have recovered and been released from the hospital.


In response to the worldwide COVID-19 situation, the Vietnamese government has announced sweeping new restrictions on personal movement and behavior, including public and private transportation such as bus, taxi, and ride-sharing operations.  These measures are intended to limit interpersonal contact and minimize the spread of the virus.  Vietnamese police and other officials may have the authority to fine or arrest persons violating these regulations.  The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General recommend that U.S. citizens follow regulations and instructions given by Vietnamese authorities.  It will likely take some time to clarify how these restrictions will be implemented.  The U.S. Mission in Vietnam will post more information when it is available on the Embassy’s COVID-19 page.

Commercial flights departing Vietnam to the United States are still available, but rapidly decreasing.  U.S. citizens considering departing Vietnam are advised by the U.S. Mission to make travel arrangements as soon as possible.

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).