Vietnam Travel Restrictions And Advice

Nov 15, 2022

11 min read

Before you start packing your bag and are ready to travel, you must first apply for your Vietnam Tourist Visa or E-visa. In this post we'll discuss all the Vietnam travel restrictions and answer the question everyone is asking: 'Is Vietnam Open For Travel In 2022?'.

I know it feels like this pandemic is never going to end... Anyway, finally, there is some good news, Vietnam is reopening its international border to the rest of the world! And people are ready to flock to this beautiful country to get some much-deserved break. I am definitely ready to pack my bags and leave at any time.

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Is Vietnam Open For Travel In 2022?

COVID-19 is very much present among us, and we must try our best to protect ourselves from this deadly virus. Vietnam has finally reopened its borders and lifted some of the covid measures for international travel. However, there are still many things that you must be mindful of before traveling to Vietnam.

As I said earlier, the Vietnamese health authorities have eased some of the restrictions but have not entirely lifted them. So let’s dive straight into the precautions you must take on your travel.

We shall cover all the COVID-19 and health-related topics here:

covid 19 and mask wearing

Coronavirus Information

So what do I need to know when entering Vietnam?

First and foremost, any traveler wishing to enter Vietnam no longer needs to present a valid Covid-19 vaccine card or a negative PCR test as of 15 May 2022.

These Vietnam travel restrictions have been lifted for the time being. However your airline might have different rules in accordance with Covid-19 vaccines and PCR test - you will need to make sure with your airline about their rules and regulations.

What about if I get Covid-19 in Vietnam?

It will be the travelers responsibility to monitor their health closely. If you have symptoms of Covid-19, or are concerned that you may have been exposed, call Vietnam’s health hotline 1900 3228 immediately.

Covid Testing And Quarantine

Do I need to quarantine in Vietnam?


Currently, there are no quarantine requirements in place in Vietnam as of 15 May 2022.

However, the self-isolation and testing requirements might change anytime, considering the volatile times we are currently living in. There are health screening procedures at all airports and other ports.

You can also get vaccinated against Covid-19 in Vietnam if you choose to do so.

Vietnamese Authorities have also declared that a foreign national living in Vietnam can get Covid-19 vaccination under the national vaccination program. You can register yourself online for vaccination if you are over 18 years.

Public Spaces And Services

Do I need to wear a face mask at all times?

You must always have a face mask on when you are on public transport, in medical facilities, and in public places located in zones classified as orange or red.

Wearing a mask is compulsory in those areas, and if you are found not wearing it in public, it is a punishable offense. Social distancing from others is always recommended when out in public places.

Vietnam Covid public transport

Health Advice For Vietnam

If you see any covid-19 symptoms, visit any local doctor or hospital. However, the government hospitals might prioritize their citizens over foreign visitors. Hence, it is advisable first to try private doctors or hospitals.

What illnesses should I be weary of in Vietnam?

Remember to stay up to date with your routine vaccinations regardless of your travel destination. Some medical facilities and care centers might not have the best standards in Vietnam, especially in rural areas.

In addition, many food and water-borne illnesses in Vietnam include:

  • diarrhea
  • cholera
  • hepatitis A
  • schistosomiasis
  • typhoid

Always eat food that are well-cooked.

What vaccines should I consider getting before visiting Vietnam?

Consider getting vaccinated for diseases like:

  • Covid-19
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatites B
  • Influenza
  • Rabies
  • Measles
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Yellow fever

Suppose you are traveling in the rural areas of Vietnam and get afflicted with a more severe disease. In that case, you might have to be evacuated to a central hospital in one of the major cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. Unfortunately, Vietnam's major cities also have relatively poor air quality due to air pollution.

Entry And Exit Requirements In Vietnam

You must also make sure that you have all the required documents in compliance with the entry requirements for Vietnam. These are the documents required:

  • A valid passport for at least 6 months
  • A valid visa (you can apply for an e-visa, in person, or visa on arrival). You can apply for an evisa easily on Atlys.
  • An empty page on your valid passport
  • Yellow fever certificate (if required)
  • Advised to have decent travel insurance of up to $10,000

You must show the necessary documents at the airport or any other port when leaving the country. You must give a valid passport, and your flight itinerary. Before leaving the country, make sure to check your destination country’s requirements. Vietnam doesn't require covid-19 vaccine cards or negative PCR-tests.

The provision of health declarations before entry is no longer a requirement according to the Vietnamese Government and Health Authorities.

Safety And Security In Vietnam

There is crime everywhere globally, even in the safest countries, and Vietnam is no different. Most of the things mentioned here are basic precautions that you would practice anywhere. However, there are some extra things that I would like to point out.

  • Crimes like petty theft and pickpocketing can occur in large cities and busy areas.
  • Taxi services by recognized companies or authorized hotel transportation are majorly reliable. There are always approved taxi operators at the airport who can book you a taxi to your desired destination. Unfortunately, there have been instances where taxi drivers have robbed foreign visitors. Smartphone-based taxi services are also available for use in Vietnam.
  • Women traveling alone must take extra precautions as there have been reports of assaults on foreigners in the past. Be careful when engaging with strangers and avoid traveling alone at night.
  • Do not accept food items from strangers, and never leave your food or drinks unattended; they might get spiked with drugs.
  • Locals, as well as tourists, have been victims of credit card fraud. Be attentive when paying with your credit cards, make sure that your atm pin is not visible to others, and try to use the local currency by withdrawing it at a safe ATM or authorized bank.
  • Only ride a motorbike in you have the necessary documents like a license, are on a safe road, and are comfortable driving a bike. Because of poor driving and road standards, accidents occur frequently.
  • Buses can get overcrowded, and you might lose your items, or they might get stolen
  • Beware of gambling scams in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, as many tourists have fallen victims to this scam and lost thousands of dollars in a few hours.
  • If you require consular assistance, it might be challenging to get it outside major cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Ensure that someone knows your travel plans and has your local phone number, address, and itinerary.
  • In some rural regions, unexploded land mines remain a significant threat.

Remember to look after your belongings, and important documents must always be kept safe. Be vigilant and aware of your surroundings no matter how well your travel has been so far within the country. Hire a Tour Guide or travel with a person fluent in Vietnamese to avoid getting scammed.

Culture And Local Laws In Vietnam

You must always follow the local rules and regulations to avoid being penalized for non-compliance. To avoid any legal troubles, you must keep some of these points in mind:

  • Keep a photocopy of your passport and visa page for identification purposes by the local authorities. You can keep your passport safe at your hotel or place of stay.
  • Use or distribution of illegal drugs is a serious offense and is penalized by a long-term jail sentence and even death.
  • Know that gambling outside of licensed casinos, taking pictures of military installations and border crossings, possession of political or sexually explicit material
  • Sex offenses are punishable by lengthy sentences. Inviting a Vietnamese citizen to stay overnight at your hotel is also not allowed.
  • Vietnamese authorities may seize items on import if they deem them pornographic or political in nature or intended for religious or political. Exportation of antique items is prohibited and if you have an item purchased in the country you wish to take with you, always keep the receipt.
  • Never drive without proper documents, license, or gear (motorcycle). Do not drink and drive.
  • Do not work or carry out any volunteer work under a tourist visa.
  • Do not engage or associate with local political groups or parties.

In Vietnam, upon arrival or departure, you must declare the following:

  • 15 million Vietnamese dongs, or US$5,000 in cash, or the equivalent in any foreign currency
  • and over 300 grams of gold (jewelry, gold bars, and raw gold)

Upon departure, you must also present the following documents if in possession of the items mentioned above:

  • If you are carrying foreign currency or Vietnamese dong abroad, you need written confirmation from an authorized Vietnamese credit institution, according to the laws on foreign exchange controls
  • State Bank of Vietnam's written approval is needed to carry Vietnamese dong or foreign currency abroad in cash

You can save yourself from unnecessary troubles and avoid penalties by adhering to these laws. Since the legal system in Vietnam is not very developed, reporting crimes and investigating them take a very long time. As well as, the conditions in Vietnamese jails are of low standard and relatively poor.

Climate And Natural Disaster In Vietnam

Vietnam has heavy rain and tropical typhoons because of its dominating tropical climate. The northern regions of the country are covered in mountains and high altitudes. Winter in the north is cold and dry, with freezing temperatures from November to April, summers from May to October, and monsoon from July to September.

In central Vietnam, the summer (January to August) is hot and dry, and in the winter, it is cool and rainy, with monsoon-like rains (October and November). It is always warm in southern Vietnam. A year here is divided into two distinct seasons: wet (May to November) and dry (November to May).

The heavy rains result in flooding in many regions throughout the country. Flooding typically occurs between October and November during severe rainfalls. In addition, tropical typhoons with strong winds accompanied by heavy rain cause flooding and landslides.

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Free Atlys Tools You Can Use To Travel With Certainty

I know you will be very excited about this next section because I am. Atlys has some very helpful tools to help organise and structure your next trip.

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That's it!

The takeaway from this blog post should be that any place has its pros and cons. For example, Vietnam is usually a wonderful and safe place with gorgeous sites to visit. But accidents can happen anytime, and it is our responsibility to know all the necessary information about a foreign country to get needed help.

Before your trip and visa application make sure to also check out the blog on Vietnam E-Visa Payment Issues And Solutions. Will you use Atlys to make your visa application hassle-free and straight-forward?

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Written By: Nikhita Rathod

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to take an RT-PCR test even if you are fully vaccinated?

No, Vietnam's travel restrictions no longer require tourists to present a negative PCR test.

Does Vietnam have a visa exemption?

These countries can travel to Vietnam visa-free for the specified number of days:

  • Brunei and Myanmar for 14 days The Philippines for 21 days
  • Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand for 30 days
  • Belarus, Denmark, Italy, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Russia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, and The United Kingdom for 15 days.

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