Info for travellers on Covid-19 in Vietnam

Since the start of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Vietnam has closely monitored the situation and installed a series of proactive, comprehensive measures to combat the spread of the virus within the country and prepare its public health facilities. Past experience with other epidemics places Vietnam in a strong position to protect its population as well as visitors passing through. 

Travellers in Vietnam may have questions about the spread of the virus in Vietnam, as well as which destinations are still safe and open to visit. Below is a full overview of the COVID-19 situation in Vietnam as it relates to travellers. 

UPDATE: To staunch the spread of COVID-19, for 30 days from March 18, 2020, Vietnam will not be issuing visas to any foreign nationals. Travellers from countries with visa exemptions will only be allowed to enter if they can show medical papers certifying they are free of the virus. All incoming travellers from the United States, European and ASEAN nations must undergo medical checks and 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Vietnam. 

Current snapshot of COVID-19 cases in Vietnam

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The first confirmed cases of COVID-19 appeared in Vietnam on Jan. 23, 2020. Of the confirmed cases that have appeared in Vietnam to date, 46 are Vietnamese, and the rest are foreigners.

Confirmed cases were located and quarantined in the northern province of Vinh Phuc, in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa province, Quang Ninh Province, Quang Nam Province, Binh Thuan, Ninh Thuan Province, Lao Cai, Da Nang, Hue and Thanh Hoa. 

Suspended visa exemptions for travellers to Vietnam 

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Valid from noon on March 15 for 30 days after:

1) Travellers from the 26 Schengen countries, the UK and Northern Ireland, or those who have visited or transited through these countries in the past 14 days, will not be issued visas or allowed entry into Vietnam. This also applies to those who currently hold visas or visa letters.

2) Vietnam has suspended visas on arrival for all foreign nationals. This applies to all new applicants, except those travelling for diplomatic or official purposes. Those who currently hold visas to enter Vietnam will need to undergo medical checks and may be quarantined before being allowed to enter the country.

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Countries with more than 500 confirmed cases of COVID-19, or more than 50 new cases per day, can also expect to have visa exemptions to Vietnam suspended at this time. Vietnam may refuse to grant visas to travellers showing symptoms of COVID-19. 

With special exceptions only, all travellers arriving from and who have transited through mainland China, South Korea or Iran within the past 14 days will be refused entry to Vietnam at this time.