14 March 2020


Updated visa policies related to COVID-19 in Viet Nam

On 13 March 2020, the Vietnamese Government decided to:

  1. Temporarily suspend the entry of foreign nationals who come from or have visited or transited via the Schengen countries and the UK within 14 days preceding their expected entry into Viet Nam for the purposes of tourism, visiting relatives, studying or other personal purposes;
  2. Suspend visa upon arrival for all foreign nationals, regardless of their country and territory of origin.

The above decisions will be effective for 30 days from 12:00 (noon) 15 March 2020, and not be applicable to those traveling Viet Nam for diplomatic or official purposes.

Foreign nationals, who are experts, business managers, highly skilled workers will be subject to medical screening upon their arrival and additional preventive measures at their places of residence and work in accordance with the regulations.


Medical checks and quarantines

1. People who come from or have visited or transited via Covid-19 affected areas shall regularly check with their airlines for updated regulations, and carry all documents as required, particularly their medical certificates (if any).


2. From 16 March 2020, Viet Nam requires that:

- All Vietnamese and foreign nationals in Viet Nam shall wear face masks at crowded public places, including supermarkets, airport terminals, train stations, coach stations, and public transport vehicles.

- All passengers on domestic and international flights to and from Viet Nam shall wear face masks throughout the flight and during their stay at the airport terminals.


3. Travellers showing symptoms of COVID-19 or those arriving from countries with outbreaks (including the Schengen countries and the UK, China, South Korea and Iran) may be required to carry out medical checks, and placed in a 14-day quarantine at designated health facilities in Vietnam. 


All visitors are required to comply with regulations on epidemic prevention and health screening upon landing in Vietnam’s airports./.​

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