Health Guidelines and Preparation Steps for Foreign Travelers when visiting Vietnam in 2021

Health guidelines for foreign travelers in Vietnam

(Date: December 06, 2021)

At the moment, Vietnam has officially opened its border for the first time to welcome international visitors since March 2020 due to the extensive outbreaking and hazardousness of the covid-19 pandemic. However, coming into Vietnam to enjoy the sunshine on beautiful white-sand beaches is relatively different and complicated for foreigners compared with pre-pandemic protocols. Therefore, in this post, we provide you the information that’s just enough and clear to help you easily prepare for your upcoming trips to Vietnam, from tips to secure yourself from exposing with Sars-Cov-2 to what kinds of paper works you need to where you can travel in Vietnam.

1. Health guidelines for foreign travelers in Vietnam

Wearing mask: To prevent the virus from spreading, in Vietnam, when you are in public places, crowded areas, medical facilities, and quarantine areas, you must wear masks.

Keeping distance: During the pandemic, the Vietnamese government encourages people to keep their safe distance from others, at least 2 meters – especially those who are sneezing or coughing or have fever.

Hand sanitizer and Soap: Always carry it and use it frequently.

No gathering: A crowd is the most likely contagious place where people can be easily infected. So, the Vietnamese government forbids people gathering over 20 individuals in an area to ensure safety.

Health Declaration: By declaring the health status, people can help the government follow their citizen’s health and quickly detect new infected individuals in the community.

Travelers are required to Install the Vietnam Safe Travel and PC-COVID (an App by the Ministry of public security) in order to do so.

Cough in the proper way: Cough or sneeze with a disposable tissue or your own sleeve.

Disposing single-use masks after using: If you wear a single-use mask, avoid touching your mask and wash your hands after removing it.

2. Travel protocols when visiting in Vietnam

In order to help the tourism industry bounce back as well as ensure the safety of society, Vietnam has deployed a plan called Vaccine Passport. Specifically, Vietnam currently admits Covid-19 vaccine certificates and/or recovery documentation of 72 countries and territories for both foreigners and overseas Vietnamese: Poland, the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of Korea, Kazakhstan, the Czech Republic, Mongolia, Oman, Thailand, Romania, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Ireland, Austria, San Marino, Laos, Singapore, Belgium, Spain, the United States, Italy, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Norway, Sweden, Israel, France, Turkey, Azerbaijan, India, Switzerland, China, Pakistan, Greece, Kuwait, Colombia, the Netherlands, Denmark, Australia, Finland, Chinese Taipei, Hungary, Cambodia, Belarus, Algeria, Canada, Indonesia, Nepal, Mexico, Bolivia, Croatia, Portugal, Turkmenistan, Palestine, Qatar, Libya, Malaysia, Egypt, Timor Leste, Ukraine, Luxembourg, Argentina, Jordan, and Brunei Darussalam, the Philippines.

16/12/2021 Updated News: Vietnam has recently added 6 more countries to the list: Canada, Zimbabwe, Maldives, Iraq, South Africa, and Iran.

In particular, according to the guidelines of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, visitors who want to arrive in Vietnam must meet these requirements:

  • They must have the certificate confirming that they have been fully vaccinated and this certificate has to be recognized by Vietnamese authorities.
  • The duration of injection of the second dose, or the first dose with the one-dose vaccine is valid for 14 days, and not over 12 months.
  • They must have a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 not more than 6 months to the departure day.
  • Have negative testing results for the SARS-CoV-2 virus by RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method within 72 hours before departure. The Covid-19 test certificate in the host country must have the English language, clearly state the result of Negative/Not detected, only certificate provided in paper is accepted (not accept showing email or smartphone).
  • They must have medical or travel insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment with a minimum liability of $50,000.
  • They attend a package tour from an approved travel agency.
Pre-departure guidelines 2021

Apart from meeting these criteria, the length of the trip determines the time visitors take the Covid-19 test. So, visitors arriving in Vietnam will be divided into 2 groups: staying more than 7 days, and vice versa.

About visitors stay in Vietnam less or exact 7 days

  • Covid-19 Test Date: Day 1, right after visitors arrive in Vietnam. They can continue their trip if the result is negative.
  • Keep testing within 2-3 days during the trip by using test kits provided in all accommodations.
  • After the trip ends, foreign visitors must immediately come back to their countries, according to the law of the destination.

About visitors stay in Vietnam more than 7 days

  • They must execute the same schedule with the visitors staying in Vietnam less or exact 7 days.
  • On the 7th day of the trip, these visitors must be tested once again by the destination’s health authority by the method RT-PCR. If the result is negative, they can continue their tour.


After an 8 days and 7 nights tour package staying in approved accommodation which is compulsory for all visitors, there will be 2 situations if visitors want to stay longer in Vietnam:

  • Visitors can join the 7-day package tour, and then they can register to extend their travel visa within 30 days. visitors can only travel in the cities or provinces that have been put on the list of the package tour. For example, according to the legislation, after visitors who arrive in Quang Nam province finish their 7-day tour, they can extend the date of their travel visa to continue staying, but they can only move around Quang Nam and must not travel to other areas, cities or provinces.
  • For visiting friends and relatives (VFR) visitors: People who visitors visit must be their husbands, wives, parents, children, or relatives, and their relationship must be ascertained by the authorities and they must have an official written engagement to prove it (in case they do not have the certificate provided by the government, it will be denied). After finishing their 7-day package tour, these visitors can be allowed to go to locations where their relatives live to visit them if their travel visas have been exchanged for family visas by the Immigration Department.

All of the information above is updated on the 4th week of November 2021.

3. Where you can travel in Vietnam

To help the tourism industry recover after a long time being destroyed by the pandemic, the Vietnamese government has allowed some provinces and cities to open and welcome outbound visitors. And here are some destinations where foreign visitors can visit when they come to Vietnam in the new normal:

Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s largest island. This place is also known as a paradise for leisure travel with luxury hotels and resorts, as well as theme parks and entertaining activities.

Because of the special location, Phu Quoc is separated from other parts of Vietnam, so contact between people coming from different places is rare. That is the reason why this island is not affected vigorously by the Covid-19 pandemic.

November 2021 Update: On November 20th, the first international visitors arrived at Phu Quoc.

Quang Nam

Quang Nam is the most unique province of Vietnam with two world’s cultural heritages: My Son Sanctuary and Hoi An Ancient Town. This destination is suitable for people who are captivated by Eastern tradition, history, customs, religion, and culture. This is the spot of exchanging culture and customs between Vietnamese feudal dynasties and old Champa kingdoms, as well as exchanging religion between Hinduism and Buddhism.

November 2021 Update: Quang Nam is currently allowed to welcome foreign visitors in the new normal. Particularly, 50 international travelers visited Hoi An, according to the plan “Vaccine Passport” on November 20th, 2021.

Nha Trang

Nha Trang has a lot of gorgeous and romantic beaches which can draw visitors’ attention. This place is also known as a lively entertainment center featuring a great number of luxury accommodations, entertaining centers, a big theme park, night markets, delicious local cuisine, and so on.

November 2021 Update: Nha Trang has been allowed to welcome foreign visitors since November 11th, and several travel agencies exploiting Russian, Japanese, and Korean markets have been making plans to take international visitors here.

Da Nang

Da Nang, accompanied by Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, and Can Tho, is one of the four central cities of Vietnam. Besides, it is a city that owns numerous tourism services. Particularly, it has the most modern and luxury accommodations, restaurants to offer, but they are all at reasonable prices at the moment. Last but not least, Da Nang also has spectacular mountainous areas, peaceful riversides, and stunning beaches, which can captivate visitors ferociously.

December 2021 update: Da Nang is welcoming foreign visitors through package tours, charter flights, and international commercial flights to the designated areas.

Quang Ninh

Quang Ninh is famous with beautiful beaches, a big theme park named SunWorld, local night markets, delicious seafood, and especially Ha Long Bay – one of the seven natural world’s wonders recognized by UNESCO.

November 2021 update: Quang Ninh is going to open to welcome international visitors in December 2021.

4. What happens if you have symptoms

Self-monitoring your health condition in order to respond promptly in case you are positive for the Sars-Cov-2 virus. Below is the list of symptoms you should be aware of:

Less common symptoms:

  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhea
  • A rash on the skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes
  • Red or irritated eyes

The common symptoms of Covid-19:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of taste or smell

Serious symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Loss of speech or mobility, or confusion
  • Chest pain

If you get those symptoms on the trip, please calmly stay in your room and announce to your travel agency or the employees of that accommodation, so they can notify the local Center of Disease Control and they will take care of you to prevent your health from getting worse.

You also can call the hotline of the Ministry of Health to announce your health status by yourself, and the hotlines are always available to help people who are in need.

Vietnam’s Health hotline: 1900 3228 (English-speaking counselors) or 1900 9095.

This blog post is all but enough information you need to know before coming to Vietnam. If you need any further information or want our consultants to help you book a tour, don’t hesitate to contact us right here.

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