Vietnam (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 21 January 2022.

Is Vietnam open for visitors?

Vietnam is partially open for international visitors. The Vietnam government partially resumed regular commercial flights on nine international routes from 1 January 2022, to China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, and the United States.

Moreover, the government issued a new Directive allowing foreign employees and overseas Vietnamese with valid Temporary Residence Cards (TRCs), Permanent Residence Cards (PRCs), valid visas, and valid visa exemption certificates to enter Vietnam without having to get approval from the immigration department and the local people’s committee. Further details on guidance and implementation are likely to be released soon.

Nevertheless, the authorities have stated that those who want to visit Vietnam for tourism purposes will still have to continue following all regulations applied to international tourists.

Is Vietnam open for international tourism?

The Vietnam government decided to resume the regular international passenger flights on a pilot from January 1, 2022, in a bid to boost its economic recovery.

The government has partially resumed regular commercial flights on nine international routes to China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, and the United States.

Only seven locations – Kien Giang, Khanh Hoa, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ninh, Ho Chi Minh City, and Binh Dinh – are currently allowed to welcome international tourists under the government’s pilot scheme.

Is Vietnam open for business travellers?

In a word, yes. The Ministry of Health has stated that travelers entering Vietnam for business purposes for less than 14 days will be exempt from quarantine requirements. However, they must comply with the Covid-19 measures including staying at separate accommodations. Further details are likely to be provided by the Ministry of Health.

What are Vietnam’s vaccine requirements?

It is generally possible to enter Malaysia without being fully vaccinated. However, Vietnam has reduced quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated international arrivals. Fully vaccinated people and those who have recovered from Covid-19 will have to self-isolate, either at home, hotels, or other facilities, for three days, as opposed to unvaccinated arrivals who are required to self-isolate for seven days.

Travellers are considered fully vaccinated if the final dose of a vaccine against SARS-Cov-2 has been administered at least two weeks before travelling and no more than one year prior to the date of entry.

The approved vaccines against Covid-19 in Vietnam are:

  • Abdala
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca:Vaxzevria
  • Covaxin
  • Sinopharm (Beijing)
  • Sputnik V

Source:  Vietnam – COVID19 Vaccine Tracker (trackvaccines.org)

What are Vietnam’s entry requirements?

Documents required

All passengers arriving in Vietnam are required to have the following documents:

  • All travelers entering Vietnam must submit the Health Declarations on arrival. This form can be filled out electronically at airports and border crossings, or submitted online on the day of entry into Vietnam.
  • Travellers will need proof of full Covid-19 vaccination or proof of recovery from Covid-19 to enter Vietnam. The time between hospital discharge and entry date must not exceed 6 months. Vietnam currently accepts proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from Covid-19 from 79 countries. Please visit the Consular Department website to know more about these countries.
  • Passengers must have medical or travel insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment, with minimum liability at $50,000.  This is typically about USD 40.
  • Travellers are further required to present booking with an approved package tour program of a travel agency.

Please visit the Vietnam travel website for more information

Testing and screening procedures

All travellers arriving from overseas in Vietnam must provide a negative RT-PCR test result taken 72 hours (3 days) prior to departing to boarding. Children under age 2 are not required to present a test result but must travel with a parent or guardian who presents a negative result.

All travelers are required to undergo health screening at the international airport of entry, and:

  • Proceed through the temperature checkpoint.
  • Install the IGOVN (Android, Apple) and PC-COVID (Android, Apple) applications.
  • Use the above Applications during their stay in Vietnam.
  • Carry out immigration procedures at the international airport as per regulations.
  • Prepare their required documents carefully.

Quarantine procedure

After arriving in Vietnam, fully vaccinated arrivals and those who have recovered from Covid-19 will have to self-isolate, either at home, hotels, or other facilities, for three days. They will further be tested on the third day and if the results are negative, they will be required to monitor their health for the next 11 days. In case of a positive result, travellers will be quarantined consistent with Government rules.

Travellers who test negative will also be free to travel in the allowed provinces or cities but will be required to avoid large gatherings or crowded places.

Note that travellers are considered fully vaccinated only if the final dose of a vaccine against SARS-Cov-2 has been administered at least two weeks before travelling and no more than one year prior to the date of entry.

Arrivals who are not fully vaccinated will be self-isolated for seven days and tested on the third and seventh days. In case of a positive result, they will be quarantined consistent with Government rules. In case of a negative result, they will be asked to self-monitor for 14 days after their isolation period.

Note that travellers will also be required to pay for their PCR tests.

Please visit the Ministry of Health website for more information.