Travel restrictions in Vietnam have been tightened, as the Country is now facing a new phase of the pandemic following the spread of the Omicron variant. Entry is allowed to specific categories of travellers with the authorisation from the local Authorities. The Vietnamese Government has implemented measures to preserve the health of its inhabitants, despite the vaccination campaign reporting positive data, with 79% of the population completely immunised.
In the Country, the measures are established on a provincial basis, according to increasing levels of risk that depend on the daily trend, the health system, and the vaccination rate. Currently, there is no curfew in place: in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, public transport and essential activities have been gradually restored. Workers from abroad are subject to health measures and undergo a minimum of 3 days of quarantine.
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Entry and transit through Vietnam are banned for all foreign travellers, consequently no visa waiver is allowed for trips of less than 15 days and no tourist visas are envisaged.
However, some categories are authorised to enter the Country exclusively for diplomatic reason and work needs, subject to specific conditions:
The following categories are allowed to enter:
For those who fall into one of these categories, there is an exemption form authorisation only if in possession of a residence permit in Vietnam or a valid entry visa.
Authorised travellers must submit a negative Real Time PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 in English carried out in a licensed facility within 72 hours before entering.
In addition, an international health insurance covering also COVID-19 infection must be submitted.
The Vietnamese Government has set up a quarantine period for foreign travellers entering the Country. The costs of quarantine and any health care costs are borne by the traveller.
Moreover, the Ministry of Health applies different periods of mandatory isolation based on the health status of each individual:
The isolation procedures are also activated in the event of close contact with a Covid-19 positive person (in this case, “F1” subject):
Public transport is operational and there are no specific restrictions in place for intercity and interstate travel, in addition to public health regulations such as mask wearing and social distancing of at least 2 meters. However, movements within the Country are subject to restrictions and quarantine and/or fiduciary isolation obligations upon arrival depending on the destination areas and the severity of the outbreaks in those of origin (even from neighbourhoods of individual cities).
In addition, for all travel from abroad and within the Country, it is necessary to download the PC-COVID application on a smartphone, in which it will be possible to fill in the health self-certification and unify the traveller’s certificates to receive a QR code to show to the Vietnamese Authorities.
Vaccination in Vietnam is also activated for foreigners who plan to receive the vaccine in Vietnamese territory. Currently, the vaccines authorised in Vietnam are:
Italian citizens and all those registered with the National Health Service who have received the vaccine in Vietnam could apply for the issue of the EU COVID digital Certificate if the vaccine received is recognised by the EMA (Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca), Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Nuvaxovid (Novavax), as well as Covishield, R-CoVI, Fiocruz.
To receive the vaccine in Vietnam you can register on the online portal or in Hanoi you can go directly to Saint Paul Hospital without having registered.
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