Covid-19 Situation in Vietnam: Travel Updates & Reopening Status

Long Beach in Phu Quoc Island

Vietnam plans on gradually reopening its border to welcome back workers and travelers. To help you get a clear vision, we provide you with frequent updates on this information.


After more than 2 months of reopening to all domestic and international tourism, the conditions and regulations on immigration and health for international tourists to Vietnam have become much more favorable.

From May 15, passengers entering Việt Nam are required to show proof of negative test results for SARS-CoV-2 (by RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method) within 72 hours before departure, temporarily suspending COVID-19 test requirements for passengers entering Việt Nam by air.

Earlier from April 27, the Ministry of Health asked localities to stop requiring arrivals via all border gates to make health declarations and to do COVID-19 testing after entering the country.

For passengers entering by road, rail, or sea, the test can be carried out at the border gate before entry if the test result is not negative. Children under 2 years old who are not required to be tested, have not been vaccinated against Covid-19, or have never been infected with SARS-CoV-2 are allowed to enter and participate in activities outside the accommodation with their parents and relatives.

For tourists going abroad, it is necessary to comply with regulations on immigration, health, and related regulations of Vietnam and other countries and territories to visit.

For domestic tourism activities, tourists must comply with regulations and requirements set forth by localities and the Ministry of Health.


On 15th March 2022, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism issued a Guidance on reopening the tourism activities under the new normal with the spirit “Adapting safely, flexibly and controlling the COVID-19 pandemic effectively” following the directions of the Government and the Prime Minister.

So, how to travel to Vietnam in 2022?

1. Prior departure preparation

All visitors arriving in Vietnam including via air, routes, boats must meet these requirements when entering Vietnam:

  • A scan of the full-vaccination certificate with the 2nd dose administered within 6 months, or a certificate of being recovered from Covid within 6 months (recommended).
  • All visitors arriving in Vietnam must hold a certification indicating a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result using the RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method within 72 hours or within 24 hours with a rapid test issued by the competent authority of the country where the test is performed. (Children under the age of two are not needed to be tested for SARS-CoV-2; they are permitted to access and engage in activities outside the accommodation with their parents and relatives if they have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have never been infected with SARS-CoV-2.)
    • Note: In the absence of verification of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result as indicated in the preceding section, entrants must undertake a SARS-CoV-2 test at the border gate before entrance (using the RT-PCR/RT-LAMP technique or a quick antigen test for SARS-CoV-2). If the SARS-CoV-2 test results are negative, they are permitted to enter and participate in tour activities; nevertheless, if the RT – PCR test results are positive, they must closely adhere to the health authority’s requirements.
  • In case, the departing countries have stricter rules on flying abroad, travelers must follow those regulations.

2. Travel to Vietnam: Visas

In general, the Vietnamese Government allows recovering the policies on entry visas for foreigners as before the pandemic outbreak. Specifically:

Visa Exemption

In accordance with Resolution No. 32/NQ-CP issued on 15th March 2022, citizens who come from this list of countries and territories are allowed to stay in Vietnam up to 15 days without a visa regardless of passport type or entry purpose:

  • Federal Republic of Germany;
  • Republic of Italy;
  • Kingdom of Spain;
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;
  • Russian Federation;
  • Japan;
  • Republic of Korea;
  • Kingdom of Denmark;
  • Kingdom of Norway;
  • Republic of Finland;
  • Kingdom of Sweden;
  • Republic of Belarus;
  • French Republic.


E-visas are single-entry 30-day tourist visas that will be offered for citizens of 80 countries including the United States and most European nations not included in the visa exemptions above.

Visa Tourist

Requirements for One Month Single Tourist Visa

  1. A scanned passport of at least 6-month validity
  2. A scan of health insurance for 10,000USD to cover Covid Treatment
  3. Program in Vietnam (roundtrip ticket booking, hotel booking, guide contact or contact person in Vietnam, etc.)
  4. Before departure flight: A certificate of Negative Covid-19 Test Result (test taken within 24 hours prior to Vietnam arrival in case of rapid test, or 72 hours in case of RT-PCR test)
  5. (RECOMMENDED) A scan of the full-vaccination certificate with the 2nd dose administered within 6 months, or a certificate of being recovered from Covid within 6 months

3. On arrival process

  • At the border gate, visitors must make a health declaration and install/use the Vietnam health declaration program (PC-COVID), then undertake pandemic prevention and control measures as instructed throughout their stay.
  • Having medical or travel insurance with a minimum liability of USD10,000 that includes COVID-19 treatment.
  • If you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 at the border gate (fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches – fatigue – chills, the new loss of taste or smell, etc.), notify the health authority at the border gate immediately so that medical measures can be taken as prescribed.

4. During your vacations

  • Travelers are asked to continue self-monitoring their health for 10 days from the date of entry (Quarantine-free); if they have signs and symptoms of SARS-COV-2 (a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, etc.), they must immediately notify the nearest medical facility for timely guidance and management.
  • Take prevention measures, wear medical face masks regularly, disinfect hands with hand sanitizer.

5. Leaving Vietnam

Ensure conditions on exit and entry according to Vietnam’s immigration laws and other relevant regulations when traveling in Vietnam. When leaving Vietnam, visitors also need to adhere to entry regulations of destination countries.


Approximately 50.000 visitors have arrived in Vietnam over the first two months of 2022 which represents a YoY (Year-on-Year) surge of over 71.7 percent.

The information has been provided in the reports of the General Statistics Office shows that Vietnam witnessed a total of 49.200 visitors from abroad between January and February. Specifically, international visitors enter the country by air constituting 87.8%, followed by road with 12.1 percent and sea routes with only 0.1%. According to the reports, most of the arrivals were from Asia, accounting for 66.5%.

In February alone, the number of foreign visitors to Vietnam increased by over 49 percent month-on-month, and more than 196 percent compared to the same period last year.

The country underwent this increase in the number of visitors thanks to Vietnam’s pilot roadmap for re-opening its door to foreign visitors and the resumption of regular commercial international air routes.

After announcing the lifting of all aircraft frequency limitations on February 15, the country is planning to completely reopen its border to international visitors on March 15.

This year, the tourism sector is expected to receive 65 million visitors, including 5 million international travelers.


Breaking News: The Vietnamese Government agreed to reopen its border to welcome international visitors back to the country from March 15, 2022

On February 16, 2022, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam agreed to the proposal of the Ministry of Culture, History, and Tourism to fully open Vietnam’s border to welcome international travelers in Vietnam from mid-March 2022.

However, the Ministry of Culture, History, and Tourism has still been required by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam to cooperate with other Ministries to finalize the detailed plan. In general:

  • Visa granting policy: Prior to the outbreak of Covid-19 in March 2020, Vietnam had had a visa exemption policy unilaterally for visitors coming from 13 countries and bilaterally for visitors coming from 88 countries and territories. This policy has been suspended for over 2 years until now due to the dangerous pandemic. In the new normal condition, Ministries and Industries have agreed to propose to the government restarting the old visa granting policy which has been applied before the pandemic from March 15, 2022, including e-visa, unilateral and bilateral visa exemption policies.
  • Visitors coming to Vietnam will no longer have to sign in for a full-package tour of a number of designated tour agencies. They just need to be compiled with some requirements of the Ministry of Health such as:
    • Covid-19 vaccination.
    • Have a negative test result with Covid-19 (within 24-hour with a rapid test, and 72-hour with RT-PCR method)
    • Install a health tracking app that is developed by the Vietnamese Government and follow all of the regulations of the Vietnamese Government.
  • The plan starting from March 15 allows visitors to not only get into Vietnam by air but also by sea and road.
    • By air: Visitors who have symptoms will need to conduct a rapid test right at the airport. Otherwise, they can go directly to the accommodation which has been booked before to monitor their health condition in 24 hours. At the accommodation, they will need to conduct a Covid-19 rapid test or RT-PCR. Then, they’re free to enjoy the tour while still needing to monitor their health on their own in the next 14 days.
    • By sea, road: Every visitor will need to conduct a Covid-19 rapid test or RT-PCR at the border gates.
  • The new plan only requires visitors to have travel insurance which will cover the covid-19 treatment fee with a minimum of 10,000usd (around 30usd/pax) compared to the minimum of 30,000usd in the previous plan.

Please, kindly click here to check and download the infographic which we created to compare the difference between the plan before and after March 15, 2022.

Vietnam starts to resume international flights to 19 destinations

One month after Vietnam reopen its border to allow conducting regular commercial flights into and out of the country on January 1, 2022, the Vietnamese government has officially announced to remove all the restrictions for international flights on February 15, 2022.

Recently, Vietnam carriers have resumed more international routes to 19 destinations which are: Bangkok, Doha, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, London, Moscow, Paris, Phnom Penh, San Francisco, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, and Vientiane.


Vietnam will reopen its tourism industry next month

The Vietnamese PM emphasized that Vietnam must be ready to reopen for tourists in a secure manner, ideally by the end of March and no later than the end of April.

According to the VnExpress, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism had submitted the plan to entirely reopen Vietnam tourism on March 31.

Those entering Vietnam must be completely vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19, have a negative PCR test within the past 72 hours before arrival, and have a US$50,000 medical insurance policy that covers Covid-19 treatment, according to the ministry.

The pressure for reopening got even stronger last week when 11 airlines and tourism companies petitioned the government to disclose the timeframe for completely reopening the nation to foreign tourists by early February.


Being the 6th nation in the world in Covid-19 vaccination rate, it’s the foundation for The Tourism Advisory Board (TAB), the Private Sector Development Committee (Committee IV), and the Vietnam Business Forum (VBF) Alliance to propose to the Vietnamese Government to remove all the restrictions on domestic and international tourism from May 1, 2022. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will hold a conference on January 24 with the participation of representatives of six ministries and 20 localities as well as major travel firms to discuss the complete opening of the tourism market on April 30-May 1 holiday in a safe manner.

On January 21, Vietnam Airlines announced its plan to resume daily flights between Vietnam and Russia, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.

  • January 24, 2022: It will operate the first flight from Hanoi to London, which will transit through Paris.
  • January 27, 2022: Vietnam airlines will resume the first regular flight between Hanoi and Frankfurt.
  • January 29, 2022: Vietnam airlines will resume the first regular flight between Hanoi and Moscow.
  • February 08, 2022:
    + Hanoi to Moscow flight will depart every Friday and the other way will be on Saturday.
    + It will operate the first flight from Hanoi to London, which will transit through Frankfurt and back to Hanoi. This flight will be operated every Tuesday.
    + It will operate the first flight from Hanoi to Paris, which will transit through Frankfurt and back to Hanoi. This flight will be operated every Thursday.


Phu Quoc has successfully welcomed over 1000 international visitors over nearly two months of reopening the pilot with the vaccine passport program. This number is pretty lower than expected. However, in the second phase which will start next month, the island will allow eight more hotels, lodging facilities, and resorts to participate. We hope that this action will have positive effects on attracting more travelers.


After successfully resuming international flights between Vietnam and 7 other countries including The US, Japan, ROK, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, and Taiwan, Vietnam Airlines has tapped Australia, making it the eighth market.

The number of flights is not so frequent with one flight linking Hanoi and Sydney weekly, and two of them between HCM city and Sydney, Melbourne.

Furthermore, Vietnam Airlines is working closely with authorities and countries to soon restore regular international flights to Europe and China.


After the first week of resuming regular international flights on the pilot plan starting from January 1, 2022, a total of 16 flights carrying around 1,000 passengers to Vietnam has been successfully conducted by Vietnam airlines. Most of the passengers come from Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Taiwan, and the US.


  • Travelers from countries where the Omicron variant has been found will be subjected to a rapid COVID-19 test before boarding and when they arrive in Vietnam at their own expense. Furthermore, self-quarantine venues like houses and hotels must meet Ministry of Health criteria; otherwise, they will be quarantined in centralized facilities.


  • The Hanoi-based 108 Hospital announced on January 2 2022 that Vietnam’s first confirmed Omicron case (a man who arrived in Vietnam from the United Kingdom on December 19 and received a positive result for a rapid antigen test conducted) was discharged from the hospital the same day after testing negative for coronavirus the day before.
  • To date, 20 Omicron cases have been confirmed in Vietnam (all imported), all of which have been described as asymptomatic or mild. The most recent five found in HCM City tested negative five days or a week after testing positive for the new variant.


  • On the evening of January 1, a flight carrying 121 passengers from Cambodia’s Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City landed at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, making it the first regular international flight operated by Vietnam Airlines after a nearly two-year hiatus following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Vietjet Air – the new generation airline in Vietnam conducted the first commercial international in 2022 connecting Tokyo and Vietnam. The flight arrived at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on January 1, 2022, carrying 143 passengers on board the flight. This airline will resume the Hanoi-Tokyo route from January 1 with one flight per week.


  • In nearly two years, Khanh Hoa welcomed the first group of Russian tourists. On Sunday, a charter airplane carried 226 Russian visitors to the central coastal Khanh Hoa Province as part of a vaccination passport experimental program.


  • The Vietnamese government has approved the restoration of regular international commercial flights to a number of Asian and American countries commencing January 1, 2022. Initially, flights will be operated between Vietnam and Beijing/Guangzhou (China), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Seoul (South Korea), Taipei – Taiwan (China), Bangkok (Thailand), Singapore, Tokyo (Japan), Vientiane (Laos), and San Francisco/Los Angeles (USA). Visitors who are fully vaccinated only need to stay in quarantine for three days at their house or place of residence.
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