Entry requirements – Vietnam travel advice

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This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of the current rules for people traveling with a full ‘UK citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.

Vietnamese authorities establish and enforce entry rules. For more information, contact the embassy, ​​high commission or consulate of the country or territory you are visiting. You should also consider checking with your transportation provider or travel agent to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Rules of entry in response to the coronavirus

Entry into Vietnam

Vietnam has suspended visa waivers, visa issuance and entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals. There are very few exceptions for diplomats on official business and certain highly skilled workers. These will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. These requests should be directed by Vietnamese employers who should work directly through the various provincial government offices. The requirements and process may differ from province to province. Quarantine fees, both at government centers and at designated hotels, must be paid by newcomers or their employers.

Demonstrate your COVID-19 status

Fully vaccinated visitors to Vietnam with negative COVID-19 test results may be allowed to shorten their quarantine period upon entry to an assigned facility to 7 days, followed by an additional 7 days of medical surveillance at their residence.

Vietnam will accept UK proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination for those with permission to travel to Vietnam. Your NHS vaccination center appointment card is not intended to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccination status.

For more information on entry requirements for those visiting Vietnam, visit Vietnam Embassy website.

Land borders

Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods and the return of Vietnamese nationals.

Vietnam in transit

Currently, transit through Vietnam is not allowed.

Data gathering

Those arriving in Vietnam are required to provide recent travel information.

Test at the start

There is no upfront testing requirement, although anyone who has ever tested positive may be asked to show their negative test results and issue certificates.

Visa

If you want to stay in Vietnam, you should only do so legally and with the correct visa and permission to stay. Immigration offices may close or go there may not be possible due to local COVID-19 measures. Before traveling, you should check whether the immigration offices where you are located remain open and are functioning normally.

Those who need to renew their visa can do so by filling out the assistance request form at https://xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/ or by calling the following number: 0283 920 0365 (ideally with the help of a Vietnamese speaker).

The Immigration Department has issued a notice that those who entered Vietnam with a visa waiver, electronic visa or tourist visa from March 1, 2020 will be entitled to an automatic extension until September 30, 2021. Those who entered Vietnam before March 1, 2020 will be considered for an extension if they have a written document from Vietnamese authorities confirming that they were to undergo mandatory quarantine or treatment for COVID-19. They will have to present this document when they leave Vietnam.

If you are now planning to leave Vietnam permanently and have entered before March 1, 2020 without undergoing a mandatory quarantine or treatment for COVID-19, you should contact your local immigration office in order to apply for your exit visa and pay the overrun fee. If you go to the airport without an exit visa, you will be denied boarding for your flight.

Vietnamese visit visas are issued to foreign nationals for a limited time and on the basis that visitors must leave on or before the expiration date. Those who come to Vietnam for work must apply for a visa / work permit. You should carefully check the validity and conditions of the visa. Exceeding your Vietnamese visit visa or working illegally is a serious problem and you may be delayed from your trip until a fine is paid, deported, and may be prevented from visiting Vietnam in the future.

The Embassy and Consulate General will not be able to assist you with individual visit visa extensions if you wish to stay in Vietnam, nor sponsor individual applications or sign NA5 forms (which have the same effect) because this involves legal and financial obligations. For those who have a valid work visa or resident card, you can extend them at immigration offices with the help and support of your family or employer.

Passport validity

Your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of your entry into Vietnam.

A number of UK nationals have been refused entry and exit due to damaged passports. Make sure your passport is in good condition before arriving in Vietnam. Being refused entry can result in significant costs and a long stay at the airport.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Vietnamese Immigration Department has received assurances from the UK government that any passport held by a UK national with an expiration date from January 1, 2020, or with less validity 6 months, would be valid until December 31. 2021, when submitted for renewal of a visa or residence permit. This remains valid for all passports held by UK nationals. However, since you can renew your passport online, we still recommend that you renew your passport if necessary.

The Visa Application Centers (VAC) in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang will operate at the following times:

Hanoi

From Friday September 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Ho Chi Minh City

From 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Anyone visiting VACs should:

  • have a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of the scheduled appointment
  • bring your VFS appointment confirmation to allow you to go to the VFS office
  • wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, and have your body temperature checked by building staff / security before entering the VACs

For more information on health and safety protocols when visiting VFS, visit VFSglobal website

Danang

Monday, September 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Quarantine requirements

Quarantine is mandatory for anyone who may have come into contact with the coronavirus in Vietnam and for most people coming to Vietnam, Vietnamese government quarantine centers are basic. Most do not meet Public Health England standards. There are provisions for people who are exceptionally allowed to enter the country for work to be allowed to self-quarantine in a hotel approved by the Ministry of Health. This is not guaranteed, takes time and must be arranged by your employer in Vietnam before you enter Vietnam.

The Vietnamese government has confirmed that anyone entering Vietnam from September 1, 2020 must pay the quarantine fee both at government centers and at designated hotels. You will also be responsible for paying all costs for hospital treatment for the coronavirus.

Vietnam’s quarantine requirements are imposed by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. The British Embassy and Consulate General are not in a position to intervene to have these requirements canceled, shortened or changed or to assist with the booking or transfer to hotels used for the quarantine. Violations carry severe penalties.

You should expect to enter quarantine for at least 14 days. Fully vaccinated visitors may be allowed to leave after 7 days with an additional 7 days at a place of residence. The quarantine will be longer if your test is positive at any time. If your test is positive, you will be treated in a Vietnamese hospital. Asymptomatic patients can be discharged from the hospital after 10 days and have 2 consecutive negative COVID-19 tests. Once released, you will be required to undertake a period of self-isolation for 14 days and follow instructions issued by local authorities. You should expect to be tested at least 3 times prior to release, and should produce at least 2 consecutive negative tests during quarantine and may require further negative tests during self-isolation. Quarantine periods and testing requirements may change in the short term and may vary from location to location.

Once you have completed the quarantine and self-isolation, you should receive a document stating this. You must keep it, as you may need to present it to the customs / airport authorities when you leave Vietnam.

Vietnam is using community testing as a way to ensure COVID-19 does not go undetected. If you are asked to perform tests, you must comply. Non-compliance can be an offense with significant penalties.

Regular entry requirements

Registration

When checking in at a hotel, you will need to hand in your passport so that the hotel can register your presence with the local police. Make sure your passport is returned and keep it in a safe place. Do not use your passport as a deposit for the rental of a hotel room. If you are staying in private accommodation, you will still need to register. Ask your host to help you as soon as you arrive. You could be fined if you don’t register.

Yellow fever certificate requirements

Check if you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.

Emergency travel documents to the UK

British emergency travel documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit Vietnam. Please contact the nearest Vietnamese embassy to obtain an appropriate visa before traveling. If your ETD was issued in Vietnam, to replace a lost / stolen passport, you will need an exit visa from the Vietnam Department of Immigration before you can exit Vietnam. This process normally takes 5 business days. Contact the immigration service directly for more information.

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