Vietnam (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Upon arrival a health declaration is required
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantined for 14 days in a government facility is required

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: No
Events: Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Fully Open

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 06.05.2021
1.Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Viet Nam;
– passengers with a diplomatic or an official passport;
– passengers traveling on business as experts, business managers or high-tech workers.
2. Passengers are not allowed to transit.
3. Suspension of visa exemptions for British nationals and for nationals of Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Spain and Sweden.
4. Suspension of visa exemptions for nationals of Belarus, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.) and Russian Fed. with a normal passport.
5. Certificates of Visa Exemption issued to nationals of Belarus, Japan and Russian Fed. with normal passports are no longer valid.
6. Certificates of Visa Exemption issued to residents of China (People’s Rep.), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Korea (Rep.), Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom are no longer valid.
7. Suspension of visa on arrival facilities.
8. A Health Declaration Form must be completed before arrival. The form can be found at
9. Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 21 days.
10. Airline crew must make a medical declaration and are subject to quarantine until their next flight.
11. Passengers traveling on business must have:
– medical insurance or guarantee from the hosting company to cover COVID-19 expenses; and
– a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued from 3 to 5 days before arrival. The test result must be in English.


Detailed Tourist Information

Borders with Cambodia, China, and Laos are closed.

Foreigners remain banned from entering Vietnam, except foreign experts, investors, managers, skilled workers, and resident diplomats, among others.

While short-term trips to Vietnam for leisure purposes remain banned, officials have started to reissue electronic visas to foreign nationals from 80 locations, including Australia, mainland China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, the UK, and the US.

Inbound commercial flights remain suspended until further notice. Chartered flights may operate on a case-by-case basis to transport Vietnamese citizens and foreign nationals who are allowed to enter the country. However, authorities have banned flights from South Africa and the UK, due to new COVID-19 variants from the two countries.

Officials require people who can still enter Vietnam to test negative for COVID-19 within five days before the travel date. All passengers, including incoming foreign experts and flight crew, must quarantine at centralized facilities for 14 days upon entry into Vietnam.

Additionally, the government is limiting inbound repatriation flights through mid-February ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays.

Authorities have bilateral arrangements with some countries to allow reciprocal travel for business purposes. Business travelers from Japan and South Korea can enter Vietnam with protocols, such as testing negative for COVID-19 before the trips and adhering to a pre-agreed itinerary while in Vietnam.

Lockdown Details

Bars, nightclubs, and karaoke lounges, as well as street food stalls, are closed in Hanoi.

Large gatherings are prohibited in Hanoi.

Ho Chi Minh City banned festival and sports events, as well as any event or public gathering involving more than 30 people; bars and nightclubs must be closed.

The wearing of masks is no longer compulsory in all public settings. They are required / expected in some hospitals and on some public transport.


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