Vietnam resumes visa exemption and removes quarantine requirements

Vietnamese government agreed to restore the visa exemption policy for travelers from 13 countries and remove COVID-19 vaccine certificates, quarantine requirements as the country reopen inbound tourism.

Specifically, citizens from Germany, Italy, Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K. are allowed to stay in Vietnam for up to 15 days, from the date of entry, without a visa regardless of passport type and entry purpose.

The waivers will be valid for three years, starting from March 15, 2022, to March 14, 2025. An extension could be tabled in line with Vietnamese laws.

After entering Vietnam, travelers who show negative covid test can enjoy a quarantine-free vacation. 

Upon arrival, all visitors have to present proof of negative SARS-CoV-2 tests, certified by the authorities where the tests are conducted. The tests have to be done within 72 hours prior to departure in cases of RT-PCR/RT-LAMP or within 24 hours in cases of rapid antigen tests. 

COVID-19 tests are not required for children under two years old. They can still enter Vietnam and take part in activities with their parents or legal guardians even if they have not been vaccinated against the disease.

The requirements are applied for road, sea, and air travel.

If travelers are not able to show proof of negative tests, they need to take a test (either using RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method or rapid antigen tests) in the first 24 hours from the time of arrival.

If the results come out negative, they may travel freely, with public health measures in place. If the results are positive, they must notify local health authorities as soon as possible for further instructions.

Arrivals must make a medical declaration before entering and use Vietnam’s COVID-19 mobile app (PC-COVID, available on both iOS and Android) during their entire stay.

At the border gate, if one shows symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection (fever; cough; sore throat; runny nose, stuffy nose; body aches, fatigue, chills; reduced or loss of taste; reduced or loss of sense of smell; headache; diarrhea; breathing difficulties; respiratory infection, etc.), they must immediately notify the health agency at the border gate to take medical measures as regulated.

No mandatory quarantine is required, but in the first 10 days after entry, people should self-monitor their health and if any symptoms develop, ask for assistance from the nearest medical facilities.

Visitors are asked to wear masks and disinfect their hands frequently.

People without negative COVID-19 results prior to entry are asked to not make rest stops and make contact with other people along the way from the border gate to their accommodation.

The relaxed regulations will be the first step to a promising future for the tourism industry after two years of severe disruption caused by the pandemic.

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