Last update: February 2022
After being homebound for such a long time, a holiday to a sunkissed beach or another distinct culture in Vietnam sounds like an enchanting invitation. Vietnam has been proven to show promising efforts to control the pandemic, and with massive subsidization and promotions to boost domestic travel, traveling in Vietnam is more affordable than ever.
Take notes of all the necessary information for traveling in Vietnam during COVID-19 in our article below.
From December 2021, Vietnam has seen an emergence of the Omicron variant in Ho Chi Minh City. Since then, the number of infected cases has gradually increased. Hanoi is currently the hardest-hit region with almost 3,000 cases detected daily. Hundreds and possibly thousands of new cases are recorded daily in other areas as well (See the latest updated stats here). Fortunately, thanks to the effective mass vaccination scheme as well as the government's relentless effort in containing the spread of community infections, life in Vietnam is slowly yet surely adapting to the "new normal".
In terms of traveling, Vietnam expects to fully reopen from 15 March 2022. Visitors coming to Vietnam will only have to go through one day of quarantine, as long as they are tested negative for COVID-19 before the departure and upon arrival in the country.
Most business activities throughout Vietnam are allowed to resume, including indoor dining, bars and pubs. Wearing masks are required in most indoor public places. Other than that, you might also need to scan a QR code to declare your health status and record your traveling history. For places that are or might be going under lockdown, if you're having a hard time shopping for your necessities, check out How to Buy Groceries Online in Vietnam.
Most Vietnamese wears masks voluntarily in public places
Thanks to the recent recovery, traveling in Vietnam is expected to resume as soon as mid-March 2022:
In short, lookout for the next trip within the country very soon. In terms of Vietnam opening the borders for foreign tourists, there
Traveling in Vietnam during COVID-19 is limited, but not impossible
Must-take Measures for Travelling in Vietnam during COVID-19
There are three ways to obtain a visa to Vietnam: application at the Immigration Office, E-visa, or visa on arrival.
See more details on Obtaining a Vietnamese Visa.
Even though international visitors are gradually allowed to come to Vietnam, the paperwork process can be a little bureaucratic so make sure to plan for your visa and other required documents well advance your departure.
Remember to contact a visa agent or your embassy/consulate for further information on visa policies
For visitors who are already in Vietnam:
The “automatic stay extension” for foreign nationals will be discontinued starting from 15th January 2022.
b. Staying Healthy in Vietnam during COVID-19:
It’s always good to be alert all the time, even if the situation is under control. Here are some recommendations from our team for staying healthy when you’re traveling in Vietnam during COVID-19:
In case of emergency, always keep these emergency contacts in Vietnam on your phone. The number for ambulances is 115.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been in places that might expose you to the virus, contact 1900 3228 (Vietnam’s health hotline).
Here’s a list of foreign embassies in Vietnam should you need further assistance.
Top Destinations for Travelling in Vietnam during COVID-19
Even as the situation is under control, it is still advisable to choose non-touristy places for traveling in Vietnam after COVID-19. To avoid the crowd, opt for a more thrilling experience by exploring these lesser-known destinations throughout Vietnam:
a. Staycation in Vietnam during COVID-19:
Isn't this article made for travel ideas? Why do I have to stay inside?
As we've mentioned earlier, there are attractive promotion programs to boost domestic tourism and a host of luxury hotels, as a result, are offering great discounts on their room and service prices. In case you don't have plenty of time in your hands for a holiday escape, treat yourself with an extravagant experience at Top Deluxe Hotels in Vietnam, or search for attractive offers at your dream hotels below:
Get adventurous in Sapa, home to Fansipan - Indochina’s highest peak
Although Sapa is famous for being one of the most popular travel destinations in Vietnam, you don't have to be afraid of drowning in massive tourist crowds. Many ethnic villages or exclusive resorts in Sapa are awaiting for you to enjoy some quality social-distancing time.
Ninh Binh is the more peaceful, yet not less awe-inspiring, version of Phong Nha - Ke Bang
Visit Moc Chau’s luscious tea plantations and learn about the ethnic minorities’ way of life
Con Dao is rich in history and in azure seas that immediately says summer
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Even though being able to stretch your legs is fun, traveling in Vietnam during COVID-19, as with traveling anywhere else, requires you to be extra careful and mindful about others’ and your own well-being. To get the safest trip, always stay updated on the COVID-19 situation and related policies, and follow WHO’s advice and the local government’s directives strictly. We hope that this article has helped you to have an enjoyable trip to Vietnam!
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