When Can We Travel To Vietnam In 2021?
LAST UPDATE: DECEMBER 3, 2021
Disclaimer: This information is collated from official sources but general in nature. Entry requirements are subject to change at any time. Keep checking for the latest advice from your local government, embassy, or consulate to confirm any visa or entry requirements before travel.
Things around the world are gradually returning to normal as the global vaccine rollout gains momentum. We are monitoring the situation closely and will keep this article updated with any new info. So, can we travel to Vietnam in 2021? Read on for the latest updates.
AM I ALLOWED TO TRAVEL TO VIETNAM?
Vietnam has suspended the entry of all foreigners since March 22, 2020 until further notice to limit virus spread. There are some exceptions for diplomats and skilled workers.
The granting of usual visas is suspended until further notice.
NEGATIVE COVID RESULT
Those allowed to enter the country for official purposes must present evidence of a negative Covid test issued 3-5 days prior to arrival. Travellers will be required to undergo a further PCR test on arrival.
DO I NEED A VACCINE?
The current restrictions do not have mandatory Covid vaccine requirements, however fully vaccinated travellers will be allowed a shorter quarantine period of 7 days as of July 2021.
PROOF OF INSURANCE
Travellers must provide proof of medical insurance that will cover Covid treatment.
Unvaccinated arrivals in Vietnam must quarantine at an appointed hotel for 14 days, undergoing regular temperature checks, and return a negative test prior to release.
Fully vaccinated arrivals in Vietnam must quarantine at an appointed hotel for 7 days.
Travellers are required to undergo medical surveillance for at least 28 days from the date of entry. In order to limit virus spread within Vietnam, the government is promoting Bluezone, an app to aid the early detection of suspected cases.
RESTRICTIONS & OPEN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Most bars, nightclubs, movie theatres and karaoke parlours in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are still closed, while large gatherings (i.e. festivals, religious events) have been banned until further notice. Most other businesses have resumed operations with safety measure in place, including restaurants, domestic air travel, public transport, hotels, monuments, tourist attractions, and government offices. All citizens and visitors are required to follow social distancing guidelines, wear face masks in public areas, and observing hygiene practices.
Each country has different restrictions for travellers arriving from abroad. For information relevant to your situation, keep up to date with local government announcements.
In the UK from October 4 2021, international travel restrictions will apply under a simplified two-tier system. Countries are either listed as 'red' (must quarantine on arrival in the UK for 10 days) or 'green' (good to travel). Good news is Vietnam is green, so once the country fully reopens to tourism we will be ready to restart group tours! Find out more about UK travel restrictions here.
Travelling Vietnam is an epic adventure, and joining one of our group tours in Vietnam once the country opens up is the best way to experience it! Whether you're on a short holiday, travelling on a gap year or anything in between, on our Vietnam trips we'll show you the best of this extraordinary country with a new bunch of mates and plenty of included activities.
We will update this article and our COVID page as official news breaks about borders opening and when we can recommence our trips in Vietnam.
NOTE: This information is of a general nature and restrictions are subject to change, so keep in touch with the latest official advice from your local government and Vietnamese authorities.
WHEN WILL VIETNAM FULLY REOPEN TO TOURISM?
Vietnam plans to reopen Phu Quoc Island to fully-vaccinated foreign travellers, mainly from Europe, the US, Australia and the Middle East, on a trial basis from November 2021. This will be followed by the opening of more popular areas like Ha Long Bay.
Vietnam is planning to resume regular flights with major markets from January 2022, and is planning a full tourism resumption in early/mid 2022. These moves follow similar steps taken by Thailand through the Sandbox programs. We will update this article as soon as we know more details about Vietnam reopening in 2022!
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO TRAVEL VIETNAM?
It’s always a good time to go travelling in Vietnam! The country's long and narrow shape means that the three major regions (north, central, and south) experience different types of seasons and weather patterns throughout the year, so there's no one 'perfect' month to travel Vietnam.
Most months of the year you can experience both sunshine and possibly some rain. It’s usually quite hot and humid most of the time, but it can occasionally get cold, especially in the north of Vietnam between November and February, so it’s wise to bring a couple of warm layers along with your summer clothing. Need some packing tips and inspo? Check out our ultimate Vietnam packing list here!
Needless to say, when Vietnam safely reopens for international travel we won't care what season it is... it'll be a bad day to be a Banh Mi.
WHY TRAVEL TO VIETNAM?
A little more off-the-beaten-track than neighbouring Thailand, Vietnam is one of South East Asia's most beautiful countries. Despite rapid modernisation, Vietnam's traditional charms have not been overshadowed. Whether you're a foodie, adventure seeker, thrifty backpacker, beach hopper, culture vulture, or everything in between - Vietnam's definitely got something for you.
DEVOUR THE WORLD'S BEST STREET FOOD
Fresh, flavourful, and full of spice and herbs, Vietnamese food is *chef's kiss*. While you probably have Vietnamese restaurants at home and may recognise dishes like Pho, Bun Cha and Banh Xeo, you haven't tasted the real thing until you've travelled around Vietnam. Frequented by Vietnamese people at any time of day, street storefronts are the perfect place to grab a stool, watch the world go by, experience daily local life, and enjoy food that is nothing short of amazing. Read more about why we think Vietnam is foodie heaven here!
SAIL THE MAGNIFICENT HA LONG BAY
The World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay is every bit as breathtaking as people say. Made up of 1600 rain-forest islands soaring out of the sea, this natural wonder is absolutely worth the journey from Hanoi. Our Vietnam group tours include an overnight stay on a private island in the heart of Ha Long Bay, meaning we have time to soak up the region's natural beauty from all angles, at all hours of the day.
EXPLORE BEAUTIFUL RURAL VILLAGES, MOUNTAINS & RICE PADDIES
Step out of the bustling cities and you're guaranteed to find tranquility in Vietnam's rural regions. With welcoming, generous locals and a slower pace of life, the country's natural beauty is best exploring by bike. Or simply choose to lay back in a hammock with a book and a banana smoothie, it's up to you! After all we've been through, we're as excited as ever to get back into Mother Nature.
LEARN ABOUT THE VIETNAM WAR
Vietnam has been occupied and divided by other countries for decades, so its long history is understandably complex. But no single event has battered the nation worse than the Vietnam War. The aftermath war is preserved in museums and monuments, such as the Cu Chi tunnels outside of Ho Chi Minh, that can now be visited by tourists. Learning about Vietnam's history is an intriguing, crucial history lesson, definitely a must-do when backpacking Vietnam.
WANDER THE PASTEL STREETS OF HOI AN
In Central Vietnam you'll find Hoi An, a charming town of pastel streets and colonial-style architecture. As day turns to night the electric lights make way for lanterns, transforming the traditional trading town into a magical affair. Sip a Vietnamese coffee by the river, get a suit tailored for cheap, or wander the town's markets, temples and galleries - there's plenty to do in the 'Venice' of Vietnam.
EXPERIENCE LOCAL LIFE IN THE MEKONG DELTA
Get a taste of ancient riverside lifestyle in the Mekong Delta, aka the 'rice bowl' of Vietnam. Our 12 day Vietnam Intro and 15 day Vietnam Experience small group tours include an overnight stay in the heart of the Mekong where we learn how the locals make a living, try delicious fresh produce, and even learn catfishing the traditional way... by hand!
Although we can’t travel to Vietnam just yet, we are keeping our fingers crossed for 2022! Travel restrictions are beginning to ease and tourism will return with a surge in demand, so now is the time to get planning.
If travelling in Vietnam sounds like your sort of escape, click through to check out our Vietnam small group tours. Expertly crafted itineraries, the guidance of a knowledgable group leader, full end-to-end support, and a new group of friends to make memories with... our trips are the ultimate way to discover a new country! Oh, and did we mention that all of the activities on our itineraries are included? Travel with a group and make the most of Vietnam's charms, stress-free.
With flexible booking policies and complete support during this uncertain time, you can be confident when booking with INTRO. Catch you in Hanoi!