Vietnamese Guidelines Vary by a Locality’s Perceived Level of COVID-19 Risk

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (April 17, 2020)

Location:  Vietnam

Event:  The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City are providing U.S. citizens with information during the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Vietnam.

As of April 17, Vietnam has reported 268 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders since the virus first became known. To date, 177 people have recovered and have been released from the hospital.


With the extension of the Prime Minister’s directive on maximum social distancing until at least April 22, the U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City advise U.S. citizens to continue following the guidelines of Vietnamese authorities.  Current Vietnamese guidelines vary by a locality’s perceived level of risk.  U.S. citizens are asked to read information on affected localities here and continue practicing social distancing to the maximum extent possible.

In the 28 localities considered high-risk and medium-risk, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Danang, all passenger buses, contract cars, taxis, and most ride-hailing services continue to be suspended until April 22, except for official purposes or duties deemed essential.  In localities considered to have low levels of risk, these services may operate normally.  However, bus routes to the 12 high-risk localities remain suspended.  A list of high and medium-risk localities is available at the Embassy’s COVID-19 websiteRailway and domestic airline transportation also remain limited.

U.S. citizens are reminded that some cities and provinces have imposed special checkpoints and measures to vet visitors, some of which may include centralized quarantine.  U.S. citizens are advised not to travel to other cities and provinces except when extremely necessary.

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

  • Vietnam has extended the Vietnamese Prime Minister’s nationwide maximum social distancing  directive until at least April 22.  Localities are categorized by level of perceived risk.  More information can be found here.
  • Vietnam suspended entry for all foreigners, including people with a Vietnamese visa exemption certificate.  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.govfor 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 websiteon the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
  • Follow the U.S. Embassy and Consulate on Facebook for periodic updates (U.S. Embassy in Hanoi orU.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