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Information For Travellers In Vietnam During Lockdown

Apr 15, 2020 469 Views By Ngo Long

Since the 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. Here is news on visa policies and information for travellers to Vietnam.
 

 

Visa policies for travellers to Vietnam 

On 17th March 2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam made the following announcement:

To strengthen measures in curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the community, the Vietnamese Government has decided as follows:

1. Entry visas shall be suspended for foreign visitors for 30 days, starting from 00:00 18 March 2020.

2. From 00:00 18 March 2020, entrants who are exempt from entry visas, holders of visa-exempt certificates (people of Vietnamese origin and their family members) or other special cases (experts, corporate managers, skilled labor) must present Covid-19 negative certificate issued by competent authorities of their country of residence at their arrival in Viet Nam. The certificate must be approved in advance by the Vietnamese competent authorities prior to their arrival.

These measures shall not be applicable to entrants for diplomatic or official purposes.

3. Entrants into Viet Nam shall be subject to medical screening and other preventive measures or quarantine in accordance with the regulations.

4. Mandatory quarantine at designated facilities shall be expanded to include all entrants from the US, European and ASEAN countries. Home quarantine and further medical monitoring at place of work and residence, and monitoring by groups shall be applicable to those not subject to mandatory quarantine at designated facilities.

Viet Nam has informed all diplomatic missions, consular offices and representative offices of international organizations in Viet Nam of the decision. Viet Nam will continue monitoring the Covid-19 developments, and maintain close collaboration with other countries, international organizations and partners in order to swiftly adjust our measures accordingly, thus protecting the health and safety of Vietnamese citizens and all foreigners in Viet Nam in line with our ultimate goal in this combat against the Covid-19.

Vietnam has officially suspended all visa exemptions for citizens of South Korea, Belarus, Russia, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. 

Foreigners in the country whose visa exemptions or tourist visas have expired and cannot exit due to quarantine, lack of flights, closed borders and similar objective reasons, may ask their embassies or consulates to apply on their behalf for an extension of temporary residence for a maximum of 30 days while awaiting departure. See here for a list of documents required to apply. 

Vietnam will consider penalty waivers for foreigners who have overstayed their temporary residence in the country for less than 10 days due to objective reasons. Those who have entered Vietnam for business, visiting relatives, or purposes other than travel should contact their embassies, consulates or sponsors regarding visa concerns.

Vietnam's Ministry of Health has ordered all Vietnamese and foreigners in the country to wear face masks in public places in an effort to combat the spread of the virus. A fine is in place for those found not wearing masks and those who fail to dispose of their masks properly.

All passenger flights to Vietnam on all airlines are suspended from April 1 to 15, 2020. Since February 1, all flights to and from mainland China on all airlines have been indefinitely suspended by the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam. Vietnam Airlines has announced it will suspend all of its two-way international flights from March 25 to April 30, 2020. 

All inbound travellers coming to Vietnam will be required to submit a health declaration and undergo COVID-19 medical checks upon arrival. Travellers can fill out the health declaration at the airport or submit it in advance at this link.

Closures and cancellations due to COVID-19

 

 

A number of festivals and events in Vietnam have been cancelled or postponed in alignment with the government’s directive to avoid public gatherings:

  • Huế Festival 2020 - Postponed to August 28, 2020

  • F1 Vietnam Grand Prix - Postponed

  • 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

To prevent the spread of the virus and disinfect their premises, several top tourism sites have announced temporary closures in the month of March. From now until April 15, tourism sites in Ha Long Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, Cat Ba, Bai Tu Long Bay, Ninh Binh, Phong Nha, My Son Sanctuary, Hue Citadel, and Perfume Pagoda will not be open. 

 

Health and safety precautions for travellers

Travellers in Vietnam are encouraged to take sensible precautions against COVID-19 during their trips.

The World Health Organization outlines these basic practices to keep yourself and your loved ones safe:

  1. Avoid travelling if you have a fever and cough. If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, alert health care services and share with them your recent travel history.

  2. Maintain social distancing. Stay a metre or more away from others, especially those who are sneezing or coughing, or have fever. 

  3. Wash your hands regularly with soap and running water. You can also use an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer to spray your hands as often as you like.

  4. Cover your mouth and nose with tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of dirty tissues immediately and wash your hands after coughing or sneezing. 

  5. Avoid contact with live animals. Wash your hands with soap and water if you touch live animals or animal products in markets.

  6. Eat only well-cooked food. Make sure your meals, especially animal proteins and dairy products are thoroughly cooked and prepared in a sanitary environment. 

 To apply for a visa extension in Vietnam, please send a scan of your passport and visa page via email: [email protected] for extension. Feel free to contact us at +84.899.33.12.12 or email us at [email protected] Our address: No. 88 Xa Dan Street, Phuong Lien Ward, Dong Da Dist, Hanoi, Vietnam


 
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