Do you want to visit Vietnam? Read the information about Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Every year, millions of foreign tourists visit Vietnam. A popular destination in Southeast Asia, it is a neighboring country with China and therefore the risk of contracting Coronavirus infection in Vietnam cannot be underestimated. Vietnam introduced a number of measures in March 2020 and prevention is relatively very high. There were several restrictions, such as canceled festivals or major cultural events or flights between China and South Korea were suspended. The most important thing for tourists is to observe careful hygiene and to avoid several other things.
How many cases of Coronavirus are in Vietnam?
The first confirmed case of COVID-19 appeared in Vietnam on March 6, 2020.
Realtime monitoring of Coronavirus in Vietnam on https://corona.kompa.ai)
Confirmed infections in Vietnam (September 4, 2021): 511 170
Recovered cases in Vietnam: 282 516
Deaths in Vietnam: 12 793
icon-medkit Health and Safety Precautions for Tourists and Travelers:
1. Wash your hands frequently
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
- Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
2. Maintain social distancing
- Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
- Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
4. Practice respiratory hygiene
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
- Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
5. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
- National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
6. Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
- Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
- National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
7. Avoid contact with live animals in Vietnam
- Wash your hands with soap and water if you touch live animals or animal products in markets in Vietnam.
icon-exclamation-circle Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading:
1. Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover. Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
2. If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers. Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
(These information are recommended by WHO – World Health Organization)
What to do, if you have symptoms of the Coronavirus in Vietnam?
Any travellers experiencing symptoms of the virus — fever, cough and difficulty breathing — should immediately call Vietnam’s health hotline:
icon-phone-square +84 19003228.
icon-check-square Health declaration – Medical declaration and medical check in Vietnam:
1. Upon Arrival to Vietnam: From March 7, all inbound travellers coming to Vietnam will be required to submit a health declaration upon arrival. Tourists can fill out the declaration at the airport or submit it in advance at this form icon-external-link-square. Tourists showing symptoms of COVID-19 may be required to carry out medical checks, and placed in a 14-day quarantine at designated health facilities in Vietnam. All visitors are required to comply with regulations on epidemic prevention and health screening upon landing in Vietnam’s airports.
2. All travellers entering Vietnam from or having transited through mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Italy, and Iran must carry out medical declarations and medical checks upon entering the country.
Travellers looking for updated statistics on COVID-19 can use the Coronavirus app.
Updates from the Vietnamese government: https://ncov.moh.gov.vn
More information about the vaccinations for Vietnam: Vaccination in Vietnam
icon-ambulance Quarantine regulations in Vietnam:
In order to minimise the risk of contagion, Vietnam is isolating individuals who have come into close contact with others carrying the COVID-19 disease. If you have any contact – such as the sharing of flights, vehicles, or hotels – with others who have tested positive for COVID-19 while in Vietnam, you can expect to be tested for the virus and placed in 14-day quarantine.
Vietnam observes several levels of quarantine:
- Self-quarantine in homes or hotels with regular check-ups by local health authorities
- Quarantine in health establishments for those showing symptoms of the virus, as well as those who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those in close contact with them
- Quarantine in non-medical establishments for those returning from high-risk areas
- Closed-off communities for areas with high numbers of confirmed infections.
icon-minus-circle Closures and cancellations in Vietnam due to COVID-19:
Pedestrian and walking zones in Hue and Hanoi — common gathering places for locals and tourists — will be closed until the situation improves. Activities for Visit Vietnam Year 2020 in Ninh Binh, Hoa Lu have been postponed to a more appropriate time. Ha Long Bay will be closed from March 12 – March 26. A number of festivals + events in Vietnam have been cancelled or postponed in alignment with the government’s directive to avoid public gatherings. Among the cancelled festivals this year are:
- Yen Tu Festival in Quang Ninh
- Tam Chuc Festival in Ha Nam
- Tran Temple Festival in Nam Dinh
- Huyen Tran Festival in Hue
Organizers have also announced that several tourism and sporting events will be postponed or cancelled:
- Huế Festival 2020 – Postponed to August 28, 2020
- Da Lat Sufferfest – Postponed
- Quang Binh Marathon – Postponed
- Techcombank Ha Noi Marathon – Postponed
- Sunrise Sprint – Postponed to May 3, 2020
- Da Nang International Fireworks Festival 2020 – Cancelled
- Da Lat Ultra Trail 2020 – Postponed to June 19-21, 2020
- Vietnam’s inaugural Formula One Grand Prix in Hanoi canceled.
(The information above is compiled by the Vietnam Tourism Advisory Board)
icon-info-circle Latest News about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Vietnam:
June 28, 2021 – International flights may resume later this year: Aviation authority.
Flight routes between Vietnam and Northeast Asia and Europe may resume later this year, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) anticipates. A CAAV representative said Monday that they expect Covid-19 vaccination rates in Vietnam and the rest of the world, especially in important aviation markets for Vietnam like Northeast Asia and Europe, would increase greatly in the second half of 2021. This would enable the achievement of herd immunity, becoming an important step to the gradual reopening of international flight routes in the third and fourth quarter. The domestic aviation market is also expected to recover in the third quarter, with over 70 million passengers expected, the representative said. Back in March, the CAAV had proposed the reopening of international flight routes in stages, where certain flights could resume this September under a “vaccine passport” program, which allows a shortened quarantine period for eligible entrants. A maximum threshold of seven such flights per week was proposed.. (More information icon-external-link-square).
June 24, 2021 – Vaccine passport program readied for foreigners to visit Phu Quoc Island.
The tourism ministry is urgently working on a plan for welcoming international tourists with the so-called Covid-19 vaccine passports to Phu Quoc Island in Kien Giang Province. Nguyen Van Hung, the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said Thursday that any plan to receive tourists must abide by coronavirus prevention measures. Previously, on Tuesday, the tourism ministry and Kien Giang authorities had been requested to prepare a plan to receive foreigners to Phu Quoc and submit it to Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh next month. The health ministry would cooperate with other relevant entities to trial the use of vaccine passports allowing foreigners to travel to certain tourism destinations that have managed the novel coronavirus pandemic well, it was announced. (More information icon-external-link-square).
June 19, 2021 – Quang Ninh throws open Ha Long Bay for free to bring back tourists.
Authorities in Quang Ninh Province, who had earlier cut Ha Long Bay entry ticket prices by 50 percent, have now decided to make it free to stimulate domestic tourism. The tickets, which used to cost VND250,000 ($10.86) a person, have been waived until year-end. The tourism industry in Quang Ninh, home to the UNESCO heritage site and beautiful beaches, has been hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis with hundreds of cruise ships remaining anchored for long due in the absence of visitors. After more than a month without new cases, Quang Ninh lifted the swimming ban and reopened tourist destinations, relics, historical sites, and golf courses on June 8, but still prohibits visitors from outside. (More information icon-external-link-square).
June 18, 2021 – Covid-19 vaccination sought for all Phu Quoc residents to reopen to foreign tourists.
Authorities in Kien Giang Province, home to Phu Quoc, are planning to vaccinate the island’s population against Covid-19 so that it can reopen its doors to foreigners. Lam Minh Thanh, chairman of the province, said the island has got the green light from the Politburo to trial vaccine passports and so the government would be asked to prioritize vaccination for the 100,000 residents of Phu Quoc. If everything goes well, the island could allow foreigners back in by September or October this year, he added. Visitors to the island must be fully vaccinated, failing which they will be quarantined and only allowed to visit isolated resorts.. (More information icon-external-link-square).
February 9, 2021 – Vietnam suspends major spring festivals as coronavirus stalks Lunar New Year.
Long-standing spring festivals in northern Vietnam have been suspended to prevent gatherings amid the complicated development of local Covid-19 outbreaks. Authorities in Hanoi’s My Duc District announced the cancelation of Huong (Perfume) Pagoda Festival, one of the country’s biggest spring celebrations. The festival lasts from the sixth day of the first lunar month to the last day of the third lunar month, that is, from Feb. 17 to May 11 this year. Huong Pagoda, a collection of many temples and pagodas built amidst mountains and forests, is still open to visitors but requires all to wear face masks and limit gathering in crowds to prevent the risk of spreading the virus. (More information icon-external-link-square).
September 12, 2020 – Trains back on track to popular local tourist destinations.
Several trains resumed trips to famous tourist destinations across Vietnam on Friday after the second Covid-19 outbreak was deemed contained. The Saigon Railway Transport JSC has pressed into service a pair of trains running between Ho Chi Minh City and Phan Thiet, a popular resort town in south-central Binh Thuan Province, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Starting Friday the company has also operated a train from HCMC to beach town Nha Trang in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa every Thursday and Friday and a train on the return route every Saturday and Sunday. Since last Tuesday, the company has run a pair of trains that operate daily between HCMC and tourism hotspot Da Nang. The Transport Ministry allowed the resumption of public transportation services to and from Da Nang starting last Monday after it had gone eight days without a new domestic infection. (More information icon-external-link-square).
September 12, 2020 – Vietnamese carriers prepare to resume int’l flights.
Vietnamese carriers have announced plans to restore commercial flights internationally after several months of suspension due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. Starting from September 18, Vietnam Airlines will operate one-way flights from Vietnam to Japan, carrying passengers wishing to work, study or stay in the country. Three one-way flights would depart from Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport in Japan on September 18, 25 and 30, as well as one from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on September 30, the national flag carrier stated. Air tickets are available from Saturday. Passenger flights from Japan to Vietnam would only recommence after approval from relevant authorities. All crews will undergo health checks and remain in quarantine upon returning to Vietnam as per Health Ministry protocol. (More information icon-external-link-square).
September 10, 2020 – Vietnam proposes tourism travel bubbles within ASEAN.
Vietnam has suggested ASEAN to research safe “tourism travel bubbles” within the region amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Specifically, Vietnam wants ASEAN to research “travel bubbles” between “green countries” as a preliminary initiative in opening borders and forming safe travel zones, said Nguyen Manh Tien, deputy head of the National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee. He made the remarks at a Wednesday meeting of the Committee on Economic Matters of the 41st General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA 41). “Tourism travel bubbles” would include specialized air routes to tourism sites in member countries, Tien explained. It means people traveling from and to different destinations are tested to make sure they are not infected with the novel coronavirus, and that they would visit only those tourism sites before returning, using transport within a closed loop. (More information icon-external-link-square).
September 10, 2020 – Vietnam to let businesses run Covid-19 tests at airports.
The Health Ministry will hire businesses for testing passengers at airports as Vietnam plans to ease travel restrictions and adapt to pandemic times, officials said at a meeting Wednesday. The National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control has said that it is necessary now to “live safely with the pandemic,” and to allow experts and investors into the nation for the cause of socio-economic development. For this, it is vital to implement a plan to perform rapid tests at border gates, airports, hospitals and mass gathering events, ensuring timely detection of infections and prevention of community transmissions. Experts have suggested the Health Ministry draw from experiences of Germany, India, Japan, South Korea and Thailand in performing tests on passengers when resuming some international routes. Acting Health Minister Long said that for now, Vietnam was not considering letting tourists in. (More information icon-external-link-square).
August 23, 2020 – Aviation businesses seek resumption of international flights.
The Vietnam Aviation Business Association has called on the government to resume international flights to and from countries that have contained the Covid-19 outbreak. It petitioned Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc late last week to also allow foreign tourists to enter the country if they meet pandemic prevention requirements. Dinh Viet Thang, head of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam, said discussions had been held with authorities in several countries that have contained the Covid-19 outbreak about the revival of commercial flights. “Those countries have agreed to resume flights to Vietnam with all passengers quarantined and tested for Covid-19,” he said without disclosing their names. Therefore, the resumption of international flights depends on Vietnam’s quarantine capacity and the capability of its medical sector, he said.. (More information icon-external-link-square).
August 14, 2020 – Second Covid-19 wave dampens Vietnam’s festive spirit.
Many cultural and tourism festivals across Vietnam have been postponed or canceled as the country grapples with a new wave of domestic coronavirus infections. Hoang Van Tuyen, chairman of the Lao Cai Province Tourism Association, said both the Y Ty Autumn and Ethnic Culture and Sports festivals in Bat Xat District on August 15 – 16 would be suspended to contain the Covid-19. The Sa Pa Rose and Wine Festival, planned for August 21-23, will be delayed until October. If the pandemic turns more complicated, the annual Sa Pa Winter Festival in November will also be canceled, Tuyen said. Sa Pa in Lao Cai Province is a top tourist attraction in northern Vietnam, which offers access to Mount Fansipan, “the roof of Indochina” at 3,143 m. (More information icon-external-link-square).
August 9, 2020 – COVID-19 impact leaves Sa Pa virtually deserted.
Situated in the northern province of Lao Cai, the usually-bustling tourist resort town of Sa Pa has fallen quiet in recent days as tourists stay away amid fears surrounding the spread of the fresh COVID-19 outbreak. Sa Pa is one of the country’s leading travel destinations for both domestic and foreign tourists, although these days it has become eerily quiet as it faces up to the huge decline in tourist numbers caused by the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic. (More information icon-external-link-square).
July 27, 2020 – Vietnam brings back Covid-19 protocols for public transport.
With renewed local transmission of Covid-19, Vietnam has returned to pandemic prevention protocols on aircraft, trains, ships, and buses. The Ministry of Transport on Sunday instructed all transport operators to install hand sanitizers, ensure everyone, including staff, wear face masks in stations and on vehicles and check all passengers’ temperatures. All passengers on long-distance vehicles must complete health declaration procedures. Operators are encouraged to open vehicles’ windows to let the air flow in instead of shutting them and turning on air-conditioners. Experts have advised health authorities based on their experience in treating Covid-19 patients that the new coronavirus loses virility in sunny and airy places. (More information icon-external-link-square).
June 11, 2020 – Vietnam Airlines eyes July resumption of international flights.
Tokyo, Seoul, mainland China’s Guangzhou city, Taiwan and Laos are among destinations being considered for early reopening of international flights, the government said. The consideration is based on the condition of places that have had no new Covid-19 cases for at least 30 days, the Government Office said in a statement Wednesday, citing a prime ministerial directive. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has directed that the flights should undertake strict anti-pandemic measures in line with the Health Ministry’s regulations. The premier assigned the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control the task of drafting a list of safe countries and territories where there have been no new cases for at least 30 days, saying these destinations will be prioritized for the resumption of international flights. (More infos icon-external-link-square).
June 2, 2020 – Vietnam carriers chart return to pre-pandemic domestic schedule.
With Vietnam going over a month without community transmission of Covid-19, local airlines have begun returning their domestic operations to pre-pandemic levels. National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines said it has resumed full domestic operations with the number of domestic passenger flights on Friday up 36 percent year-on-year to over 300. A representative said the resumption of normal domestic schedules was a positive signal, marking strong recovery of Vietnam Airlines in particular and domestic carriers in general.Vietnam Airlines said it was achieving an average flight occupancy of 90 percent on the domestic circuit. (More information icon-external-link-square).
May 27, 2020 – Vietnam prepares to resume select international flights.
The Transport Ministry has asked civil aviation authorities to submit plans by June 10 for reopening some international flight routes. The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) has also been tasked with proposing a specific time frame for resuming the flights on a bilateral basis to restore trade and investment activities and revive the tourism industry while ensuring strict maintenance of anti-pandemic measures. The administration will have to submit its report by June 10 for submission to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. (More information icon-external-link-square).
May 26, 2020 – Gov’t to issue E-VISA to citizens from 80 countries since July.
The Government has issued e-visa to citizens from 80 countries since July 1 this year, according to its latest Resolution No. 79/NQ-CP. Visitors with e-visas can enter Viet Nam at eight international airports, or arrive via land at 16 international border gates and via sea at 13 ports across the country. Specifically, e-visas are accepted at Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat, Cam Ranh, Da Nang, Cat Bi, Can Tho, Phu Quoc and Phu Bai international airports. (More information icon-external-link-square).
May 22, 2020 – Vietnam eyes tourism revival with select openings for foreign visitors.
Vietnam’s tourism industry is preparing different plans to welcome foreign visitors from countries and territories that have contained the coronavirus pandemic.Nguyen Trung Khanh, director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), said the industry is preparing plans to welcome visitors from countries and territories that have responded effectively to the pandemic. Tourism officials will submit to the government a schedule for gradually easing visa restrictions and resuming some international flight routes, Khanh told VnExpress. (More information icon-external-link-square).
May 19, 2020 – Vietnam reopens exclusive tours to world’s largest cave complex.
Tours of Son Doong, the world’s largest cave, have reopened in Quang Binh after being closed for two months over the Covid-19 pandemic. Oxalis, the only private company licensed to explore and conduct tours of Son Doong, was allowed to reopen its services starting May 15 as the Covid-19 situation improved in Vietnam. A four-day expedition that departs this year costs only $2,500 per person, down 16.6 percent from the previous price of $3,000. Buses can be taken from Hanoi to Dong Hoi, capital of Quang Binh, and from there to the park.. (More information icon-external-link-square).
May 18, 2020 – Hue pedestrian zone reopens after two months.
Thua Thien-Hue Province reopened its famous pedestrian zone last weekend with certain restrictions as the Covid-19 situation improved in the country. Tran Song, vice chairman of Hue Town, said that no gatherings of more than 30 people are allowed and crowded street art performances remain banned.Local police officers will patrol the zone more often to remind visitors to wear face masks and comply with other anti-pandemic measures. The zone, comprising Vo Thi Sau, Chu Van An and Pham Ngu Lao streets in the ancient town’s Phu Hoi Ward, has become a popular area for backpackers and locals alike, in similar fashion to the Bui Vien walking street in Ho Chi Minh City. (More information icon-external-link-square).
May 13, 2020 – Domestic flights get close to full capacity.
Flights within Vietnam are getting close to full seating capacity following the lifting of social distancing restrictions on aircraft and passenger number limitations. Low-cost carrier Vietjet Air said Tuesday that the last few days have seen flights on the Hanoi-HCMC route and those from Hanoi and HCMC to Da Nang operate at close to 90 percent capacity. Flights to other localities are also running close to maximum capacity due to an increase in travel demand among Vietnamese after the country eased its social distancing restrictions from April 23. National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines said it was achieving an average seating capacity of 82 percent on its domestic flights. (More information icon-external-link-square).
May 13, 2020 – Hanoi attractions reopen with restrictions.
Many historical relics in Hanoi will reopen Thursday after remaining closed for more than a month to contain the coronavirus. The Temple of Literature, Ngoc Son Temple, Hoa Lo Prison and other historic sites are among the attractions that will welcome tourists back, while still deploying safety precautions. Body temperature checks, hand sanitizers, information boards on Covid-19 prevention in Vietnamese, English and French will be displayed prominently in many places. All visitors will have to wear face masks.. (More information icon-external-link-square).
May 8, 2020 – Vietnam considers partial resumption of international flights.
The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) is proposing a partial lifting of the suspension on international flights starting June 1. It has mentioned the need to revive the hit-hard aviation industry in rationalizing its proposal. Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The has asked CAAV and the ministry’s Department of Transport to study the resumption of international flights with limited frequency, giving priority to foreign experts and investors, while ensuring strict maintenance of anti-pandemic measures. The move comes after Vietnam has gone 22 clean days without coronavirus community transmission and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has allowed resumption of more “non-essential” businesses except karaoke parlors and discos. (More information icon-external-link-square).
May 8, 2020 – Vietnam Airlines to resume all domestic flights next month.
Flag carrier Vietnam Airlines will resume all domestic flights in June after grounding most of them for more than a month. The airline said in a statement that it was currently operating 17 flights a day between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and in the second half of this month it will increase this to 23. It will also add more flights this month Hanoi and HCMC to Da Nang City, and from HCMC to Phu Quoc Island, Hai Phong City and Thanh Hoa Province. Jetstar Pacific, the low cost arm of Vietnam Airlines, resumed its flights from HCMC to Da Nang City and other destinations Thursday. All domestic flights of the two airlines are set to be resumed next month under management of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV). (More information icon-external-link-square).
May 7, 2020 – Ba Ria-Vung Tau reopens beaches.
Ba Ria-Vung Tau has reopened its beaches from Thursday, the last province in Vietnam to do so following a social distancing ease effective two weeks ago.Locals and holiday-goers are allowed to swim in public beaches in Vung Tau, the southern province’s capital, but large crowds are still banned as a preventive measure to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. Early in the morning, locals rushed to Bai Sau, a popular beach in the town, a top holiday destination in Vietnam. Nguyen Van Hung, a local resident, said streets leading to the beach were crowded Thursday morning and everyone was excited to be back to the beach after more than a month. (More information icon-external-link-square).
May 1, 2020 – Normal service resumes on inter-provincial bus routes.
Inter-provincial buses have resumed normal operations with passengers having to maintain a physical distance. Transport companies can operate 100 percent of their buses from Wednesday, double the figure regulated one day earlier, according to a Ministry of Transport announcement. Bus stations are required to ensure passengers sit one seat or one meter apart. Buses with beds can only carry a maximum of 30 passengers, including the driver. Most buses had only 10-15 passengers on Wednesday despite the fact a long weekend comprising Reunification Day (April 30) and Labor Day (May 1) was approaching, with station managers explaining that people are still afraid of the coronavirus, and so only travel if it is really necessary. (More information icon-external-link-square).
April 1, 2020 – Vietnam closes borders with Laos, Cambodia in Covid-19 fight.
Vietnam has closed borders with its south-western neighbors Laos and Cambodia starting Wednesday in its continued bid to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. The country decided to suspend cross-border activities at main border gates, secondary border gates, trails and entry points at its border areas with Cambodia and Laos, the Foreign Ministry said in a release Tuesday. The measure aims to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus and ensure maximum effectiveness of Vietnam’s anti-epidemic measures in the context that the country has recorded 212 infections, with many of them returning from Europe, U.S. and Cambodia or going through other pandemic-stricken areas. The decision has been conveyed to the Cambodian and Lao embassies. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 31, 2020 – Covid-19 curfew: Stay at home, no gatherings of more than two people.
Vietnam starts a nationwide social distancing campaign Wednesday, not allowing gatherings of more than two people, asking people not to leave their homes. The curfew imposition would last 15 days, under a directive issued Tuesday by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. It calls for people in the same families, villages, communes, districts and cities to stay put where they are. Factories must maintain safe distances, disinfect premises and employees must wear masks to prevent infection. People should only leave home for emergencies, buying food and medicine, and working in factories, production facilities and businesses that involve trade in “essential” goods and services. People must maintain a distance of at least two meters from each other, and no gathering of more than two would be allowed in public, except for in offices, schools and hospitals, where the government imposed a 20-person limit earlier. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 26, 2020 – Railroad operators suspend more routes as coronavirus continues to hit demand.
Several trains to tourist destinations will be suspended from Thursday due to the dwindling demand as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Hanoi Railway Transport Jsc, the railroad operator in the north, will also suspend SE9 and SE10 trains between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. All three trains every day from Hanoi to tourist hotspot Sa Pa, two to central Vinh Town and one to central Da Nang City will also be suspended. There will remain two trains each to Vinh, northern Hai Phong City and two to HCMC in either direction. The company earlier suspended most daily services between Hanoi and northern localities of Lang Son, Thai Nguyen and Ha Long, retaining only weekend trains. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 21, 2020 – Vietnam suspends entry for all foreign nationals.
Starting Sunday, Vietnam will suspend entry for all foreign nationals, including those of Vietnamese origin and family members with visa waivers. The directive, issued by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc Saturday night, comes as Covid-19 infections continue to rise in the country, with most new patients having come in from foreign countries. For those entering the country for diplomatic purposes or other special matters such as business managers, experts and high-skilled workers, the Ministries of Public Security, National Defense, Foreign Affairs, and Health will decide whether it’s necessary to issue visas for them, Phuc said.Even when they do enter the country, they must fulfill health declarations and follow 14-day quarantine procedures, he said. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 20, 2020 – Cambodia to shut borders with Vietnam amid raging pandemic.
The border between Cambodia and Vietnam will close due to Covid-19, while Singapore requires recent returnees from Vietnam to self-quarantine for 14 days. Cambodia would not allow no border traffic via either land, sea or air starting 11:59 p.m. March 20 to alleviate the burden on both Vietnamese and Cambodians in quarantine, according to a Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation letter sent March 18. The request aims to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Cambodian foreign ministry affirmed. The Cambodian travel restriction would not be applied to Vietnamese and Cambodians carrying diplomatic or official passports. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 18, 2020 – Vietnam Airlines to suspend all international flights until April 30.
National carrier Vietnam Airlines is set to suspend all international flights until the end of April as the Covid-19 pandemic worsens. The carrier will stop Southeast Asian flights to and from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand from March 21 while flights to and from the U.K. and Japan would stop from March 23, it said Thursday. Flights from Vietnam to Germany and Australia would be stopped from March 24, and flights from Germany and Australia to Vietnam would stop from March 25. The carrier had already suspended flights between Vietnam and mainland China, France, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Macao, Russia, South Korea and Taiwan. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 18, 2020 – Vietjet Air suspends ASEAN flights as Covid-19 fears escalate.
Vietjet Air will temporarily halt all flights from Vietnam to major Southeast Asian countries starting Friday as a Covid-19 safety measure. The budget carrier will suspend all flights to and from Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar and Indonesia. The carrier’s decision followed the Vietnamese government ordered all those coming from the U.S., Europe and Southeast Asian nations to be quarantined in medical camps for 14 days. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 18, 2020 – Vietnam suspends visas for all foreign arrivals to limit Covid-19.
Starting Wednesday, Vietnam will stop issuing new visas to all foreigners in an effort to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.The restriction applies to arrivals from all countries and territories, except for those who are eligible for visa waivers, including overseas Vietnamese and those who have to enter the country for special matters, like experts and highly-skilled workers. These people must present a statement confirming that they are free of the novel coronavirus to be allowed to enter Vietnam, and that document must be an official one released by competent authorities of the host countries and must be approved by the Vietnamese government, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said in a directive. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 16, 2020 – A tourism lockdown in central Vietnam as Covid-19 fears escalate.
Popular tourist destinations in central Vietnam are closing their doors amid rising anxieties about coronavirus infections.Quang Binh Province, home to the UNESCO-recognized Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and the world’s largest cave Son Doong, has closed all historical and relics sites starting Monday.Oxalis, the only private company licensed to bring tourists to Son Doong, had temporarily suspended receiving visitors. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 16, 2020 – Phu Quoc forbids foreigners after Latvian tests Covid-19 positive.
Vietnam’s largest island Phu Quoc temporarily suspended receiving foreigners, closing all bars and restaurants after a Latvian tested positive for Covid-19 Sunday.Mai Van Huynh, chairman of Phu Quoc District, said Duong Dong night market, a major Phu Quoc attraction, suspended operation while all bars, restaurants, karaoke parlors and massage services were shut to contain the spreading epidemic. Authorities further called on local inhabitants to stay calm.. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 16, 2020 – Northern Vietnam train services suspended for lack of passengers.
A State-owned train operator Haraco announced it will suspend services on routes between Hanoi and five northern provinces due to poor demand.Haraco, formally known as Hanoi Railway Transport JSC, announced Saturday that it will suspend one of two pairs of daily trains running between Hanoi and Lao Cai Province, which borders China, from Monday. Daily trains between Hanoi and Hai Phong City, Ha Long Town of Quang Ninh Province, Dong Dang Town of Lang Son Province and Thai Nguyen Town of Thai Nguyen Province will be reduced to one pair of trains going in either direction on each route, Haraco said. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 14, 2020 – Vietnam requires that foreign and national citizens wear face mask.
As from March 16, 2020, Vietnam requires that foreign citizens in Vietnam as well as Vietnamese citizens must wear face masks in public places where there are many people, such as supermarkets, airports, bus terminal or public transport means… All passengers on domestic and international flights to and from Vietnam must wear face masks during the entire duration of their flights and when entering the airports. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 14, 2020 – Covid-19 moves: Vietnam suspends entry for Schengen, UK arrivals.
Visitors coming from or going through the U.K. and Schengen area in the previous 14 days will be barred from entering Vietnam starting Sunday.The restriction will be in place for 30 days and does not apply to those entering the country for state affairs or other special matters, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Vietnam will also suspend granting visas at border gates, the government has decided. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 14, 2020 – Foreigners must pay for Covid-19 treatment in Vietnam: PM.
Foreigners in Vietnam must pay for their own treatment if they are Covid-19 positive, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at a cabinet meeting Friday. However, they will not have to pay for being quarantined and tested, Phuc said, without revealing the amounts. People in places where many gather (over 100) must wear face masks to prevent possible infection, and industries must provide enough masks for the people. Airports and border gates must have enough masks for people who wish to enter Vietnam, he said. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 13, 2020 – Coronavirus: Vietnam confirms 46th and 47th patients.
Two Hanoi residents, a stewardess and a housemaid are the nation’s 46th and 47th Covid-19 patients, the Health Ministry confirmed Friday. The 46th patient is a stewardess of Vietnam Airlines who served on flight VN54 from London to Hanoi on March 8. She resides in Khuong Trung Ward, Thanh Xuan District.On Tuesday, she had a fever and a sore throat, but no chest pain. The next day, she went for a medical check at the Aviation Medical Centre and was transferred to the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Dong Anh District, where she was quarantined and tested positive for the novel coronavirus. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 12, 2020 – Ninh Binh province closes tourist sites as virus fears mount.
The northern province of Ninh Binh has decided to close all local tourist destinations as from 6:00 am on March 13 in order to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. In an urgent notice sent to agencies and People’s Committees of cities and districts, the provincial People’s Committee said hotels in the locality must bar tourists coming from or transiting virus-hit areas, who have yet to undergo quarantine and medical checkups or who show symptoms such as cough and fever.During the closure, the tourist sites and hotels need to conduct disinfection to ensure safety for holidaymakers when they are allowed to reopen. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 12, 2020 – Vietnam-Czech direct flight delayed as Covid-19 spreads its wings.
Budget carrier Bamboo Airways has delayed the launch of its direct flight from Hanoi to Prague until April 26. The private airline said in a statement Wednesday that the postponement was prompted by the spread of the novel coronavirus epidemic in Europe. The original launch date for the flight between the capitals of Vietnam and the Czech Republic was March 29. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 11, 2020 – Vietnamese islands refuse tourists over coronavirus fears.
Some famous islands in Vietnam have temporarily halted receiving tourists as the Covid-19 epidemic is getting more intense.Authorities in Hoi An have temporarily stopped receiving tourists to the town’s Cu Lao Cham (Cham Islands) starting Tuesday after a British visitor staying in the ancient town became Vietnam’s 33rd Covid-19 patient. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 11, 2020 – Quang Ninh closes relics and tourist attractions for two weeks.
Amid Covid-19 risk, in order to ensure both local people and tourists’ safety, Quang Ninh Provincial Standing Party’s Committee agrees to postpone overnight stay service on Ha Long Bay; cancel all visits to Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay, and islands in Co To, Van Don District; and close all historical relics and tourists attraction in the province. The order takes effect from 0.00am of Mar.12, 2020 to 0.00am of Mar. 27, 2020. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 11, 2020 – Vietnam Airlines screens boarding passengers for fever at European airports.
Vietnam Airlines has begun to screen all passengers at European airports leaving for Vietnam and made face masks mandatory for them. An airline spokesperson said the body temperature screening protocol, introduced on Tuesday, is meant to detect possible Covid-19 patients amid the worsening situation across Europe. During the flight, passengers are encouraged to remain in their seats, avoid movement and limit communication. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 11, 2020 – Hanoi tourist sites close for disinfection.
Hanoi authorities have closed several popular tourist sites to deploy protective measures against the continuing Covid-19 epidemic. Hoa Lo Prison in Hoan Kiem District has stopped admitting visitors since Monday afternoon. Two British tourists who tested positive for the coronavirus and are now quarantined in Da Nang in central Vietnam, visited the prison on March 3, Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy, its director, said (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 9, 2020 – Vietnam has temporarily suspended visa exemptions for citizens of these countries:
South Korea, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, Norway. Citizens from other countries with more than 500 confirmed cases of COVID-19, or more than 50 new cases per week, will be denied entry to Vietnam at this time. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 8, 2020 – Vietnam records 21st coronavirus infection:
A Hanoi man who was on the same flight as the city’s first Covid-19 patient has been confirmed to contract the novel coronavirus. The Ministry of Health announced Sunday morning that this man, 61, is a local living in the same neighborhood on Truc Bach Street in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh District with 26-year-old Nguyen Hong Nhung, who tested positive for Covid-19 Friday. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 6, 2020 – Vietnam requires health declaration from all arrivals:
Everyone arriving in Vietnam from overseas will need to fill out health declaration forms starting this Saturday. Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam, head of the National Steering Committee on Covid-19 Prevention and Control, issued the order at a meeting Friday.The arrivals can choose to file the declaration in paper or electronic form, via the Preventive Health Department website suckhoetoandan.vn/khaiyte. The declaration form is available in English, Chinese, South Korean, Italian and Cambodian. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 4, 2020 – Vietnam ends lockdown for coronavirus commune:
The lockdown of Son Loi Commune in Vinh Phuc Province to contain the coronavirus was lifted on Tuesday night. The commune in Binh Xuyen District has not recorded any new cases of Covid-19 in the last 20 days, and so the lockdown has ceased, Bui Hong Do, chief of the province People’s Committee office, announced. Son Loi had become the Covid-19 epicenter in Vietnam with seven confirmed cases, prompting authorities to completely isolate the 10,600 people living in its six villages from February 13. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 4, 2020 – Vietjet suspends flights to South Korea as coronavirus cases spiral:
Budget airline Vietjet Air will temporarily halt all flights to South Korea, the worst-hit country by the coronavirus after China, starting Saturday. The carrier, which operates 11 direct air routes between Vietnam and South Korea, or 480 flights a month, confirmed its decision as over 5,300 infections and 32 deaths have been reported in the country.
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March 3, 2020 – South Korean carriers cut Vietnam flights as coronavirus infections spiral:
Korean Air, the largest airline in South Korea, has announced that it will suspend many flights departing from Seoul and Busan to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam’s two largest metropolises, Da Nang and Nha Trang in central region and Phu Quoc Island in the south until the end of March. (More information icon-external-link-square).
March 2, 2020 – Vietnam suspends visa waiver for Italians as coronavirus knocks:
Italians will no longer be granted visa-free entry starting Tuesday as Vietnam responds to the coronavirus epidemic.The suspension was suggested by the National Steering Committee for the Prevention and Control of Covid-19 at a meeting on Monday, and has been approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang confirmed. (More information icon-external-link-square).
February 29, 2020 – Vietnam to suspend visa-waiver for South Koreans:
Vietnam will suspend a visa-waiver program for travelers from South Korea today, following a spike in confirmed cases there of the novel coronavirus, creating a knock-on effect for Vietnam’s already struggling tourism industry. All incoming travelers from South Korea or those having transited through the country will be subjected to a mandatory 14-day quarantine period. (More information icon-external-link-square).
February 24, 2020 – Bamboo Airways suspends S.Korea flights to contain coronavirus:
Vietnam’s private airline Bamboo Airways will suspend all routes to and from South Korea to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. Both routes from central Da Nang and Nha Trang to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport will cease operation starting February 26, it stated Monday. (More information icon-external-link-square).