(Last update: February 2021)
Vietnam's government, as well as the people, are still taking strict and careful measures to prevent the spread of the virus. The country is one of the few nations that are able to contain the virus outbreak, and the people's daily life, as well as businesses, are able to return to somewhat of normalcy. Traveling within Vietnam is also possible and safe, while international travel is much more challenging. See also Vietnam Travel COVID-19 Updates.
At the time being, only diplomats, officials, foreign investors, experts, and skilled workers are allowed to enter Vietnam, and all have to go through a 14-day isolation 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
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 March 31st, 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.
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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, but 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
Vietnam is among the few countries that are safe enough for certain outdoor activities, public events, and especially domestic trips. Therefore, even though 2020 has been quite a grim situation for tourism worldwide, you can take part in some tours in Vietnam, let yourself unwind in nature, and support the local communities in this challenging time.
For more useful information about traveling to Vietnam, check out our travel guides - authentically written by locals.
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