The Covid-19 boom has spread to 165 countries and territories. In Vietnam, more than two-thirds of cases are people from abroad. Therefore, the Vietnamese government has tightened visa and entry policies to limit the spread.
Pay attention to the changes in Vietnam’s travel policies we have listed below!
By the morning of March 18, in Vietnam:
- A total of 76 confirmed cases have been reported for novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
- 16/76 cases have been cured and discharged from hospital.
- Current confirmed cases are being quarantined in Hanoi (20), Quang Ninh Province (6), Ninh Binh (1), Lao Cai (2), Da Nang (4), Hue (2), Quang Nam (3), Binh Thuan (9), Ninh Thuan (2), HCM city (12), Hai Duong (1), Bac Ninh (1).
Changes in Vietnam Tourism Policies
Temporarily stop issuing new visas to all foreigners for a period of 30 days starting from 00:00 on 18/3/2020.
The restriction applies to arrivals from all countries and territories, except for cases of visa exemption or visa exemption certificates for Vietnamese people and relatives, some other special cases (such as experts, managers enterprises, skilled workers …) upon entry must have a certificate not positive for the virus causing COVID-19 issued by the competent authority of the host country and this certificate is approved by Vietnam.
The above-mentioned measures do not apply to people on entry for diplomatic or official purposes.
Centralized quarantine for people coming from the U.S., Europe and Southeast Asian
Those coming from the U.S., Europe and Southeast Asian nations will be sent to medical camps for centralized quarantine for 14 days. The rest will be quarantined at home or other places of accommodation under supervision by local authorities.
Vietnam has already suspended entry for people coming from or through China, South Korea, Iran and Italy.
Most recently, Vietnam has suspend entry for visitors who have been to countries in Schengen border-free area, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland within 14 days prior to the expected date for arrival in Vietnam. Visa on arrival status is also temporarily suspended. The above mentioned Decisions shall be valid and effect within 30 days, from 12AM March 15th.
This rule does not apply for entries due to artificial and official purposes, but health check is required on entry. Suitable anti-pandemic methods according to Vietnam regulations shall be applied on site and at the accommodation.
Health checks on arrival
All travellers entering Vietnam need to submit mandatory health declarations and are required to undertake medical examinations on arrival. This form can be filled out electronically at airports and border crossings, or submitted online on the day of entry into Vietnam. Travellers are legally responsible to ensure the information is true and accurate.
Online medical declarations can be filed here.
Those with symptoms of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and those who have visited countries with more than 500 cases of COVID-19 or more than 50 new cases per day may be placed in 14-day quarantine before being allowed to enter Vietnam. All foreign travellers will need to comply with official health procedures when in Vietnam.
Tourism areas not accepting visitors at this time:
– Phu Quoc island.
– Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay, Cat Ba Island.
– Tourism sites in Ninh Binh including the Trang An Eco-tourism Complex.
– The Hoi An Ancient Town has suspended sales of tickets to the UNESCO Heritage Site, as well as its pedestrian-only hours in the Old Town until the end of March 2020.
– All tourist destinations in Phu Yen.
– Ly Son Island, Cham Islands, Con Dao.
– Several areas in Sapa and Hanoi have been zoned off and blockaded.
Visitors need to cancel their plans to visit these places until they reopen.
All must wear face masks
In an effort to stop the spread of the virus, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has ordered all Vietnamese and foreigners in the country to wear face masks on flights, in airport terminals, and in crowded public places such as supermarkets, bus stations, and public transport vehicles.
Pay attention to the people you have been in contact with
In order to minimize the risk of contagion, Vietnam is isolating individuals who have come into close contact with others carrying the COVID-19 disease. If you have any contact – such as the sharing of flights, vehicles, or hotels – with others who have tested positive for COVID-19 while in Vietnam, you can expect to be tested for the virus and placed in 14-day quarantine .
Flights identified with COVID-19 infection:
– SQ 176 of Singapore Airlines from Singapore to Noi Bai on March 15, 2020; – Vietjet Air’s VJ 826 from Malaysia to Noi Bai on March 4, 2020
– TK162 of Turkey Airlines from Istanbul to Ho Chi Minh City on March 8, 2020;
– QH 1521 of Bamboo Airways from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc on March 9, 2020;
– QH 1524 of Bamboo Airways from Phu Quoc to Ho Chi Minh City on March 13, 2020;
– SU 290 of Aeroflot originating from Moscow on 12/3 to Hanoi on 13/3/2020;
– QR 970 of Qatar Airways from Doha to Hanoi on 10/3/2020.
– Emirates Airlines flight EK 392 from Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City on March 12, 2020;
– Eva Air Flight BR 395 from Taiwan to Ho Chi Minh City on March 16, 2020.
– Thai Airways TG 917 flight from London to Bangkok on March 15, 2020 and connecting to Vietnam.
Travelers with symptoms of COVID-19 or those concerned they may have been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus should call Vietnam’s health hotline: 1900 3228
What Vietnam Is Doing To Prevent The Disease
Vietnam has closely monitored the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak since its start, and has installed a series of proactive, comprehensive measures to ensure the safety of its citizens and travellers.
- Develope a treatment protocol and is implementing it in health centers in all 63 provinces and cities. Vietnam has successfully isolated the corona virus, enabling tests to give quick and accurate results.
- Establish 45 Emergency Response Teams to combat infections of corona virus.
- Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has released instructions to the People’s Committees of local provinces and cities to:
– Temporarily cancel all festivals, including ongoing festivals, in provinces that have announced cases of the nCoV virus.
– Temporarily cancel almost activities at tourism sites and heritage sites across the country (except for specific cases) and avoid staging any large gatherings or events. Pedestrian and walking zones in Hue and Hanoi — common gathering places for locals and tourists — will be closed until the situation improves.
- Temporary close all public school in all 63 provinces.
- Vietnam Tourism Association has officially issued safety criteria for Covid-19 epidemic.
4 levels of quarantine in Vietnam when detecting an infected person:
Level 1: Move infected and potentially exposed people into quarantine. These potentially exposed people have directly contacted with patients.
Level 2: Move people having near contact with infected patients or their relations into isolation wards.
Level 3: Home-based self-quarantine for people have contacted with patients in case of level at 2
Level 4: Apply quarantine to the whole community in case of high number of infected cases
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Path of infection:
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. The virus spreads from person to person through close contact with infected body fluids. Depending on the degree of spread of the virus, coughing, sneezing or shaking hands can make people infected.
Recommendations for travelers to prevent infection include:
1. Seek immediate medical attention if you have symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Share your travel schedule with medical staff.
If you feel sick when traveling, you should immediately notify the airline, railway or road staff.
2. Some notes:
– Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
– Maintaining basic hand and respiratory hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and clean water; or alcohol-based hand cleaners.
– When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or a sleeve. After using a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash. Wash hands immediately.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
– Safe food practices. Only use foods that are cooked and ensure food safety
– Do not spit indiscriminately in public
– Avoid close contact with farmed or wild animals, whether live, sick or dead.
3. Use a medical mask properly
– When using a respirator, make sure the respirator covers the mouth and nose and avoid touching the respirator while in use.
– If using disposable masks, immediately put them in the trash after use. Wash your hands after removing the mask.
Hotline in Vietnam:
Travellers are advised to report to the Ministry of Health by calling 19003228 if they have visited outbreak areas in the last 14 days, are experiencing flu symptoms and have a compromised immune system.
Vietnam will strictly monitor the pandemic situation, cooperate closely with other nations, organizations and international partners to adjust anti-pandemic methods on time to prevent Covid-19 community spread.