February 16, 2022
[Update] Requirements for International Tourists to Enter Vietnam Starting March 15, 2022
Note : Visitors entering the country must pay for insurance premiums. The insurance will have coverage of 10,000 USD, which is about 30 USD per person on average.
Vietnam is reopening to International tourists soon, allowing visitors to return to the country on March 15, 2022. Local reports state that Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has agreed to reopen tourism activities under the new normal conditions. Visitors who plan to visit the country do not need to register for entry or join any tours.
On Tuesday, February 15, 2022, the local government has removed the travel restrictions on international passenger flights. As a result, the frequency of inbound and outbound flights has now returned to pre-pandemic levels.
Now, the country is preparing to welcome tourists again, and the government agreed to lift all travel restrictions on March 15, 2022.
Issuance of Entry Visas
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the Vietnamese government had unilaterally exempted visas for 13 countries and 88 countries and territories bilaterally. However, when the Covid-19 pandemic started, the government has issued a resolution to stop the implementation of visa exemption. This is to minimize the entry of foreign visitors and curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
But on March 15, 2022, the government will remove the restrictive measures on visa issuance. It means that those tourists eligible for the visa exemption can now enter Vietnam without applying for a visa. Just like before the pandemic, the government will allow the visa-free entry of tourists who came from eligible countries. They will also start issuing e-visas and implementing the unilateral and bilateral visa exemption again.
Tourists Do Not Need to Register for Tour Package
Unlike the pilot program, where foreign tourists have to register and join tours when entering Vietnam, tourists planning to enter the country on March 15, 2022 do not need to register anymore. However, they need to meet the requirements set by Vietnam’s Ministry of Health.
First, tourists must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Next, they need to present negative PCR test results before boarding. The result should be within 24 hours if taken through the rapid test and 72 hours for the RT-PCR test. In addition, all visitors are required to install at least one health management application as required by a Vietnamese professional agency and must continuously turn on the app during their entire stay in the country.
[Update] Requirements & Procedures Upon Arrival In Vietnam
Foreign visitors entering Vietnam by plane will be asked to undergo rapid testing at the airport if they are showing any symptoms of the Covid-19 virus, such as coughing and fever. Other passengers who do not have any symptoms can proceed to their pre-registered accommodation, self-isolate for 24 hours, and undergo rapid or RT-PCR tests. Even if the result will return negative, they must continue medical monitoring within 14 days as per the guidance provided by the Ministry of Health and must strictly implement 5K.
5K is a program implemented by the Ministry of Health, which stands for Khau Trang (facemask); Khu khuan (disinfection); Khoang cach (distance); Khong tu tap (no gathering), and Khai bao y te (health declaration). They implemented this program to help citizens get used to living the “new normal.”
Foreign visitors entering by land will be tested at the border gate prior to entry.
Ministers and sectors have also agreed with the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism’s proposal that foreign visitors entering the country must pay for insurance premiums. The insurance will have coverage of 10,000 USD, which is about 30 USD per person on average. It will cover the cost of treatment if the visitor tested positive for Covid-19 and has to be taken to the hospital for treatment.
The Vietnamese government has adopted a zero-covid approach during the early days of the pandemic and has closed down its borders to foreign tourists. In September of last year, Vietnam slowly lifted its border restrictions as its vaccination rates increased.
Visitors from “approved countries” were allowed to enter the country under a pilot program, similar to Thailand’s Sandbox Program. Under this program, visitors are required to stay at only five beach destinations for a minimum of seven days. After seven days, they can travel to the rest of the country. These five beach destinations are Da Nang, Phu Quoc, Khanh Hoa, Quang Nam, and Quang Ninh.
On March 15, 2022, as the country reopens to tourists again, they will scrap the pilot program. This means that tourists can enter the country and stay anywhere they want. But they must follow the requirements. First, they need to present a negative Covid-19 test result upon boarding. When they arrive in the country, they need to be tested again and stay isolated for 24 hours while awaiting the test result. If the result is negative, they are free to roam around Vietnam. But even if they are negative, they must monitor themselves for any symptoms. Those who will test positive will need to quarantine at government-approved facilities.