During the new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Vietnam has well controlled the situation and installed a series of proactive, comprehensive measures to restrict the spread of the virus within the country and complete its public health facilities from scratch. Past experiences with other epidemics helps Vietnam in a better way to protect its population as well as visitors through.
Travelers to 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 updated announcement of the COVID-19 in Vietnam for travelers.
COVID-19 cases in Vietnam
Updated on 2nd of April, 2020
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, 118 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. Lao Cai, Da Nang, Hue and Thanh Hoa.
Suspended visa exemptions for travelers to Vietnam
Valid from noon on March 15 for 30 days after:
1. Travellers from the 26 Schengen countries and the UK, or those who have visited these countries in the past 14 days, will not be allowed visas or entry into Vietnam. This applies as well 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.
Medical checks and quarantines
All travelers entering Vietnam from or having transited through mainland China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran must carry out medical declarations and medical checks upon entering the country.
From March 7, all inbound travelers coming to Vietnam will be required to submit a health declaration upon arrival. Travelers can fill out the declaration at the airport or submit it in advance at this link: https://suckhoetoandan.vn/khaiyte
Travelers showing symptoms of COVID-19 may be required to carry out medical checks, and quarantined for 14 days 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.
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.
Organizers have announced that several tourism and sporting events will be postponed or cancelled as below:
- Hue Festival 2020 – Postponed to August 28, 2020
- Da Lat Sufferfest – Postponed
- Quang Binh 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
- Pedestrian and walking zones in Hue and Hanoi — common gathering places for locals and tourists — will be closed until the situation improves. Tourism sites across the country are also setting aside closure days to disinfect their premises.
- F1 Hanoi Grand Prix 2020 – Postponed
NOTE: From now to March 26, Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba, Bai Tu Long Bay, and tourism sites in Ninh Binh will not be receiving guests. The Hoi An Ancient Town is not selling tickets to visitors, and has suspended its pedestrian and cycling street hours until the end of March 2020.
Health and safety precautions for travellers
Travelers into Vietnam are encouraged to take precautions against COVID-19 during their trips.
The World Health Organization WHO outlines these basic practices to keep yourself and your loved ones safe:
- 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.
- Maintain social distancing. Stay a metre or more away from others, especially those who are sneezing or coughing, or have fever.
- 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.
- 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.
- Avoid contact with live animals. Wash your hands with soap and water if you touch live animals or animal products in markets.
- Eat only well-cooked food. Make sure your meals especially animal proteins and dairy products are thoroughly cooked and prepared in a sanitary environment.
- Discard single-use masks. If you choose to wear a single-use mask, ensure it covers your nose and mouth, avoid touching the mask, and wash your hands after removing it.
NOTE: Any travelers experiencing symptoms of the virus — fever, cough and difficulty breathing — should immediately call Vietnam’s health hotline: 19003228
Official government sites & Online trackers
Travelers looking for updated statistics on COVID-19 can use the Coronavirus app.
Updates from the Vietnamese government: https://ncov.moh.gov.vn
The updated information may help travelers coming to Vietnam replan everything and protect yourselves from the Covid 19 epedemic. We Conical Travel Team will update all latest info and go with travelers through this time.