(Last update: September 2021)
Vietnam country is one of the few nations that are able to contain the first virus outbreaks, and the people's daily life, as well as businesses, were soon able to return to somewhat of normalcy. However, the current situation of the Delta variants' widespread is another story. Infected cases are climbing at an unexpected speed with more than 300 thousand cases nationwide in total, almost 200 thousand cases of which are found in Ho Chi Minh City, and more than 80 thousand cases are found in Binh Duong province (Ho Chi Minh City's neighbor). See the latest updated stats here.
The affected areas (Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, and other Southern provinces) are put under strict lockdown measures according to Directive 16 (see the image below). People are barred from going outside (except for buying food and urgent medical reasons), and traveling cross-cities is out of the question.
Directive 15, 16, and 19 are the main guidelines of the government to tackle the pandemic, with Directive 16 being the most extreme. Note that the regulations may have some minor changes according to the severity of the situation
See also Vietnam Travel COVID-19 Updates for more information
In terms of traveling into the country, unless you hold a Vietnamese passport, only diplomats, officials, foreign investors, experts, and skilled workers are allowed to enter Vietnam at the time being. All entries have to go through a 14-to-21-day quarantine period and get tested for COVID-19 at least 3 times upon completing the quarantine. Quarantine is not required for short-term visits (staying in Vietnam less than 14 days), but visitors must follow a strict protocol as well as undergoing testing and health surveillance. Read more on COVID-19 Testing and Treatment in Vietnam.
Vietnam is also carrying out mass testing and vaccination plan. In terms of the COVID vaccine, the authority is prioritizing inoculation for priority groups (frontline workers, medical staff, reporters, etc.). The available vaccines in Vietnam are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, VeroCell, etc.
There can be a fine of up to VND 3 million if caught not wearing masks in public
If you're traveling to Vietnam, you'd need to prepare carefully not only for health and hygiene reasons but also for the required legal documents to enter the country. Vietnam has mandated certain rules and restrictions in public to prevent community infections, such as avoiding large public gatherings and wearing masks in public. See below for more information regarding COVID-19 rules in restrictions in Vietnam:
Visitors staying in Vietnam since March 1st, 2020 are allowed to have an automatic extension till September 30th, 2021 without charge, provided that they have proofs to have been stuck in Vietnam since and must acquire a letter from the embassy.
Foreign individuals in Vietnam during the "automatic extension stay" must apply for temporary residence and declare your health status.
Le Meriden Saigon Hotel
When traveling to Vietnam, you'll have options whether to quarantine in a government facility or self-quarantine in a hotel. A majority of first-class hotels in Vietnam are certified as quarantine centers for foreigner travelers coming to Vietnam, though the cost would be higher than the standard quarantine centers, the quality service makes the price all worth it and the experience will be nothing less of a short leisure vacation instead of feeling like an extended isolation period. Some recommended hotels are:
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TRAVELING VIETNAM DURING COVID-19
Ironically, this is the golden opportunity to travel in Vietnam due to multiple discounts and promotions to attract more travelers, and there are much less crowded in famous places of attraction
As of July 2021, outdoor activities are significantly limited. As a result, leisure traveling has been put to a halt, as well as other forms of entertainment. Outdoor exercising is also banned. Before we can go back to enjoy exploring the peaceful Vietnam we love, everyone needs to practice the government protocols earnestly.
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