By Meena Thiruvengadam
Mar 15, 2022
GORGEOUS BEACHES, BUSTLING CITIES, romance and family fun, history, beauty and tasty food everywhere — travelers who love Vietnam as much as we do have cause to rejoice as the country is now fully open to vaccinated foreign arrivals as of March 15, a full three months earlier than initially expected.
Under the tourism ministry’s reopening plan, international travelers need to test negative for Covid-19 before departure to Vietnam and again upon arrival in the country, and have been vaccinated against Covid-19 within the previous six months and at least 14 days ahead of travel to Vietnam.
Entry information can also be found on the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Vietnam’s website.
Much like the Thailand Test & Go program, visitors are required to quarantine for the first day of their trip, as well as carry travel medical coverage for up to US$10,000. The plan “is in accordance with the government’s new responses to the pandemic, which are adapting safely and flexibly and controlling the virus effectively,” a Vietnamese government official told Reuters.
The push to fully open Vietnam comes despite an increase of Covid-19 infections. But with hospitalizations and deaths rising less steeply than infections, officials are cautiously following in the footsteps of Southeast Asian neighbors including the Philippines and Cambodia by gradually welcoming back visitors.
In an attempt to limit the spread of Covid-19 within its borders, Vietnam implemented one of the world’s strictest travel policies early in the pandemic. With local vaccinations well underway, Vietnam begin welcoming foreign visitors again in November.
Whether vaccinated or not, travelers from several countries still need to obtain a visa to land in Vietnam, so check with your embassy.