Covid-19 Updated: Vietnam Fully Reopen Border for Tourism
On the afternoon of March 16, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced a plan to reopen tourism activities under new normal conditions, including regulations for domestic tourists, overseas Vietnamese and international tourists to Vietnam.
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* Regarding to Travel Visa to Vietnam:
The government on Tuesday agreed to resume its unilateral visa exemption policy for citizens from 13 countries as Vietnam seeks to reopen inbound tourism after nearly two years of closure.
Citizens from Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K. will be allowed to visit Vietnam for up to 15 days without a visa regardless of passport type and entry purpose.
The government also announced to resume other pre-pandemic immigration procedures for foreigners and overseas Vietnamese.
Before the pandemic, Vietnam offered unilateral visa exemption policy for these 13 countries, the country's major tourism markets. Visitors from most other ASEAN countries do not require a visa for up to 30 days. The waiver was for 21 days for visitors from the Philippines and 14 days for those from Brunei and Myanmar.
The policy of visa exemption on entry to Vietnam for citizens of the above countries is implemented for a period of 3 years, from March 15, 2022 to the end of March 14, 2025 and will be considered for extension in accordance with law, provisions of Vietnamese law.
This Resolution takes effect from March 15, 2022 and replaces Resolutions No. 21/NQ-CP of February 28, 2020, No. 23/NQ-CP of March 2, 2020, and No. 29/NQ- CP dated March 11, 2020 and No. 33/NQ-CP dated March 19, 2020 of the Government on temporary suspension of unilateral visa exemption policy with other countries.
Also, International visitors traveling to Vietnam do not have to register on the tours as before, and only need to fully meet the regulations of the Ministry of Health on vaccination against COVID-19.
* Regarding to COVID-19 TEST and QUARANTINE:
As released by the Ministry of Health under the Official Dispatch No. 1265/BYT-DP, the travelers to Vietnam (including tourists) DO NOT need to enter any kind of quarantine. All the restrictions provided for under the Official Dispatch No. 10688/BMT-MT dated December 16, 2021 of the Ministry of Health are removed.
Ministry of Health announced guidelines on epidemic prevention and control regulations for people entering Vietnam. These regulations take effect from today, replacing the current regulations. People entering Vietnam need negative nCoV test results by PCR or rapid test, medical declaration, use of PC-Covid and do not have to be isolated.
- Accordingly, people entering by air need to test negative for nCoV by PCR within 72 hours; if it is a quick test, within 24 hours (certified), before leaving the country.
- People entering by land, waterway or railway shall apply similar regulations. In case there is no test, in the first 24 hours from the time of entry, from the border gate to the place of residence (hotel, private house...) it is necessary to limit stopping and contacting with other people. After having a negative test result, they are free to travel. If positive, imediately contact local authority for treatment.
- Children under 2 years old are not required to be tested and are accompanied by parents, relatives...
- All passengers must make a medical declaration at https://tokhaiyte.vn/ before departure. Within 10 days after entry, guests self-monitor their health and report to the nearest medical facility if they have symptoms of suspected Covid-19 infection, install the PC-Covid application during their stay in Vietnam.
* Other information:
- Travelers must have medical insurance or travel insurance with treatment content for COVID-19 with a minimum coverage of 10,000 USD.
- Passengers on entry must pay for testing costs, medical isolation costs, medical examination and treatment and other related expenses (if any).
- For passengers who are foreigners and Vietnamese people holding foreign passports, in case they have aspirations and problems with applying for a Vietnam entry permit, they can contact us at the following:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Guide and answer procedures for entry, exit and residence of foreigners: email@example.com.
- Phone: 02438260114/ 02438264026 (Hanoi)/ 028.39200365 (Ho Chi Minh City).
- Procedures for applying for an entry permit can be found at the website: https://xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn
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