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Risk Ratings  

    HIGH MEDICAL RISK for Vietnam
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Vietnam

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Very High -

Inbound travel is generally not possible. Government authorities may grant exceptions to specific travellers.

No inbound entry, including for citizens and residents. Government authorities may authorise exceptions, but these are not applicable to the vast majority of travellers.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Medium -

COVID-related impacts posing routine challenges to business operations.

The medical, logistics and security environments are impacted by the pressures of COVID-19. Pre-existing security risks increasingly likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns and associated pressures in the near/medium term. There may be delay in accessing urgent care due to pressures on the medical system. Core protective  elements of BCP likely to be implemented: non-essential staff  working from home, staff tracing in place, reinforced hygiene and segregation practices with robust escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? Yes
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? Yes

(Until further notice)
Border restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions
- Inbound commercial flights are suspended
• Exemptions
- Vietnamese government-organised rescue flights on Vietnam Airlines repatriating Vietnamese citizens who have registered with the relevant Vietnamese consulate or embassy.
- Special flights operated by commercial airlines available to Vietnamese citizens and individuals in exempted categories.
(Until further notice)
Entry rules
• Inbound travel for local nationals / residents
- Overseas Vietnamese nationals can only return via official repatriation flights arranged by the government. Vietnamese nationals abroad seeking a repatriation flight should contact the nearest Vietnamese embassy.

• Inbound travel for “third country” nationals (including mention of any ‘fast track’ channels)
- Foreign nationals are not allowed to travel to Vietnam. Only foreign nationals who are diplomats or on official business, experts, and Vietnamese nationals (with prior approval) are permitted to enter Vietnam via Tan Son Nhat (SGN) and Noi Bai (HAN) international airports.

• Exemptions
- Vietnam may grant entry visas to foreign nationals with diplomatic and official passports, and certain investors, business managers, experts and high-skilled workers, on a case-by-case basis. Applications should be made to the Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs or the Hanoi People’s Committee, depending on the port of entry.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test?
- Permitted travellers, including infants and children of all ages are required to have the RT-PCR test.
• Type of test and timeframe
- No more than five days prior to date of travel.
• What information is required in the test result?
- In English and in hard copy.
- “RT-PCR” or “Real-time PCR” must be clearly stated on the test report.
- Test report must explicitly state that the test result is "negative" or “not detected”.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements

• Who must quarantine and for how long?
- All permitted international travellers regardless of nationality will be subject to a 21-day quarantine, followed by a seven-day medical observation.
• Where can this be done?
- Quarantine will be conducted at designated facilities on arrival while medical observation will be conducted at their residence. During the medical observation period, they should not leave their residence. If essential, they must report any journeys to the local police and medical staff.
• Additional tests in quarantine?
- At least two mandatory COVID-19 swab tests (at the beginning and end of quarantine period).
• Exemptions
- Those travelling for diplomatic and official purposes will be required to quarantine at diplomatic agencies or accommodation establishments where they will be closely monitored by medical authorities.
- Foreign experts entering via specific air routes from Guangzhou (China), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Seoul (South Korea), Taipei (Taiwan), Tokyo (Japan) and Vientiane (Laos) may be allowed to undergo a shorter quarantine of five days. They will be required to undergo two COVID-19 tests after entering Vietnam and will be required to self-quarantine at home or at their office following the five days.
- Travellers allowed entry on urgent business-related trips of less than 14 days will be required to follow their scheduled itinerary strictly and remain only at their designated accommodations. They will be required to install and use the Bluezone contact tracing app at all times. Such travellers are also required to obtain prior approval for a controlled itinerary.
(Until further notice)
Documentation required
• An online health declaration should be submitted prior to arrival at https://tokhaiyte.vn/
(Until further notice)
• Passengers are not allowed to transit.
(Until further notice)
• Any specific local rules?
- Passengers travelling on business as experts must also have an international medical insurance or guarantee from the hosting company to cover any COVID-19 related expenses.
(until further notice)
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any exit restrictions? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No

(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? Yes
• Can businesses operate? Restricted
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? Yes
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes

(Until further notice)
Curfews and lockdowns
• Locations and timings
- The Vietnamese government has isolated several communes and venues where recent COVID-19 cases were confirmed, including in Da Nang, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

While there is no city-wide lockdown in place in Ho Chi Minh City, areas designated as high risk or very high risk will be isolated from other areas.
Six wards in Binh Tan district and Hoc Mon district are under lockdown. Residents in these districts are only allowed leave home for essential purposes.
(until further notice)
Restrictions on businesses
• Hanoi
- Restaurants and hair salons are allowed to open under certain conditions; seats should not exceed 50% of the capacity. No more than 20 people are allowed to eat in restaurants. Restaurants must close before 21.00.
- Public parks, nightclubs, karaoke lounges, outdoor cafeterias, cinemas, fitness centres and massage parlors are closed.

• Ho Chi Minh City
- Most non-essential business and restaurants remain closed, only takeaway service is allowed.

• Hai Phong city, Hai Duong province
- Non-essential businesses, including entertainment venues, are closed.

• Ha Nam province
- Restaurants, hair and beauty salons, and cultural and sports venues are closed.
(Until further notice)
Movement restrictions
All returning residents to Hanoi must submit an online medical declaration within 24 hours after returning.
(Until further notice)
Other social distancing measures
• General
- All domestic travellers are advised to do the following by the Ministry of Health:
o Make an online health declaration at https://tokhaiyte.vn and regularly update your health status.
o Install the Bluezone app: https://www.bluezone.gov.vn/ or download the app on iOS or Android.
- Additional information can be found here: https://ncov.moh.gov.vn/web/guest/-/lien-he-ngay-voi-co-quan-y-te-gan-nhat-neu-ban-en-28-iem-duoi-ay
• Is mask wearing mandatory?
- Face masks have to be worn in public places.
• Other
- Vietnamese Ministry of Health announced that employees in export processing zones and industrial zones must complete an online health declaration daily.
• Hanoi
- The local government advised its residents not to leave their house unless necessary and discouraged any public gatherings of more than ten people outside offices, schools and hospitals.
• Ho Chi Minh City
- Social distancing measures have been extended until at least 30 June. Social events are suspended, and gatherings of 20 people or more are banned within workplaces, schools and hospitals, otherwise a cap of not more than three people in public applies. A distance of six feet (two metres) is required in public.
(Ends 30 June 2021)
Planned changes and internal conditionsThe Vietnam Transport ministry has requested the Civil Aviation Authority to temporarily suspend licensing of flights from countries & territories with the new variants of COVID-19. Further bans on such flights are likely in the coming days.
(Until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Vietnam

COVID-19 information for Vietnam

Dedicated COVID-19 website


There are no major security risks for foreign nationals. Theft, however, is a growing problem, particularly in tourist areas, bars and crowded locations. Criminals and smugglers are active in the border area with Cambodia. Security personnel do place some foreign nationals under surveillance, depending on their profile.

This information is intended as a summary of the security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For Vietnam
CholeraOral vaccination is recommended for travellers
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Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Japanese encephalitisVaccine is recommended for people who will
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Routine Vaccinations

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