Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security Informed the Public of an Expected Rise in Crime in Vietnam

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (April 29, 2020)

Location: Vietnam

This is an update from the U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City to assist U.S. citizens in remaining informed during the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Vietnam.

Daily COVID-19 Numbers:
As of April 29, Vietnam has reported 270 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders since the virus first became known. To date, 222 people have recovered and have been released from the hospital.

Important Information for U.S. Citizens:
As the COVID-19 situation continues to weaken economies worldwide, the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security informed the public of an expected rise in crime in Vietnam.  Vietnamese authorities underscore that, because many police and military resources are engaged in supporting disease prevention efforts, their investigative and response capacities may be hampered during this time.  The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City advise U.S. citizens to remain vigilant of a potential increase in crime against people and property consistent with patterns seen in times of economic distress, including robberies, attempted muggings, and online scams.  U.S. citizens should continue to practice proper caution as Vietnam continues to relax social distancing measures, including following local health guidelines, maintaining a low profile in public, and being aware of their surroundings.

U.S. citizens are reminded that they may contact U.S. Embassy Hanoi or Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City to report emergencies related to U.S. citizens by using the numbers below (available at all hours), and also found on our website here.  U.S. citizen emergencies include, but are not limited to illness, death, destitution, arrest, and being a victim of a crime.  In deciding whether to contact U.S. Embassy Hanoi or Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City, U.S. citizens are asked to consider their physical location.  U.S. Embassy Hanoi covers areas north of Hue, including Sapa, Ha Long Bay, and Hai Phong.  The U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City covers areas including and south of Hue, such as Danang, Nha Trang, and Can Tho.

U.S. Embassy Hanoi:
024-3850-5000 (within Vietnam)
+84-24-3850-5000 (internationally)

U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City:
028-3520-4200 (within Vietnam)
028-3520-4600 (within Vietnam)
+84-28-3520-4200 (internationally)
+84-28-3520-4600 (internationally)