[LATEST UPDATED ON FEBRUARY 21,2022]The Vietnamese government agreed to reopen inbound and outbound tourism from March 15 under new normal conditions on Wednesday, 15 February 2022.
1. Vietnamese government agree to reopen international tourism from March 15
On Tuesday, Ministries agreed that Vietnam fully reopens its air, land and sea borders from March 15. According to the approval, the government would remove all travel restrictions imposed since the pandemic broke out in 2020.
The ministries proposed the government resume the unilateral visa exemption policy for 13 countries and bilateral for 88 countries and territories as prior to the pandemic. These countries include Russia, Japan, South Korea, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Belarus. Visas for the tourists from these countries maximize 15 days.
2. New requirements are easier and simpler from March 15
Foreign tourists arriving in Vietnam do not need book tour packages with designated travel agencies.
Tourists aged from 12 and above need to have a fully vaccinated certificate or recovered from Covid. For the children under 12 and elderly people over 65 years old who have not been vaccinated can enter the country. However, they must be accompanied by a guardian, and under Covid-19 test and purchase health insurance.
Foreign tourists arriving by air must have a certificate of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result by RT-PCR technique issued within 72 hours before entry. Alternatively, they can show the rapid test within 24 hours . Foreign tourists arriving by sea/land must have a certificate of a negative SARS-CoV test result 24 hours for rapid test (except child under 2 yrs).
International visitors arriving by air would self isolate in their hotel or accommodation facility for one day to wait for test results.
International visitors need to have medical insurance cover for Covid treatment. It costs at least $10,000, which is around $30.
When entering Vietnam, they must install and use the health declaration application (PC-COVID) to make health declarations and monitor their health in accordance with local regulations.
Foreign tourists at old quarter Hanoi
3. Procedures for effective control of the COVID-19 pandemic after arrival
Foreign travelers showing Covid symptoms would have to undergo rapid Covid testing when they land at the airport.
Visitors would go straight to their hotel and self-isolate for 1 day to wait for test result.
In case of a negative result, they can continue their schedule. In case of a positive result, the company/accommodation establishment will be responsible for working with health facilities and local authorities on quarantine and treatment for visitors.
Foreign visitors self-monitor their health within 14 days from the date of entry. Besides, they would follow the local regulations and instructions of service suppliers.
Services suppliers should have procedures to ensure the safety and effective control of pandemics. They need to careflly support visitors, and arranging quarantine accommodation.
Hanoi flag tower
In case of need support in acquiring the entry permit, please contact Vietnam Immigration as following:
Email: email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: +84 (024) 3826114 / (024) 3826026 (Ha Noi) / (028) 3920 0365 (Ho Chi Minh City)