When Can We Travel To Vietnam In 2021?
LAST UPDATE: MARCH 26, 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.
While many countries are still currently under lockdown, restrictions are gradually starting to ease as the global vaccine rollout gains momentum. While there is no exact date for the resumption of international travel just yet, we at INTRO are monitoring the situation closely. So, can we travel to Vietnam now?
Read on for the latest updates.
AM I ALLOWED TO TRAVEL TO VIETNAM?
Currently, most governments are advising against all but essential international travel, including to Vietnam.
Vietnam has suspended the entry of all foreigners since March 22, 2020, until further notice to limit virus spread. There are limited exceptions for diplomats on official business and highly-skilled workers.
The granting of normal visas is suspended until further notice.
NEGATIVE COVID RESULT
The few travellers allowed to enter the country for official purposes must present evidence of a negative covid test issued 3-5 days prior to arrival. They'll be required to undergo a further PCR test on arrival.
PROOF OF INSURANCE
Travellers must provide proof of medical insurance that will cover covid treatment.
All arrivals in Vietnam must quarantine at an appointed hotel for 14 days, undergoing regular temperature checks, and return a negative test prior to release.
In order to limit virus spread within Vietnam, the government is promoting an app called Bluezone to facilitate the early detection of suspected cases.
OPEN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Authorities have ordered the closure of bars, nightclubs, movie theatres and karaoke parlours in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, 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 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, and observing strict hygiene practices.
Each country has different restrictions for travellers arriving from abroad.
Anyone arriving in the UK must quarantine for 10 days and take 2 COVID tests while in quarantine. Residents arriving in the UK from the red list of countries must quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days.
Australia has banned entry to everyone but residents, who must undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility. They may be required to pay for the costs of quarantine.
For information relevant to your situation, keep up to date with local government announcements.
Like many countries, Vietnam is eager to reopen when it is safe to do so, but the government prioritises the health and safety of its citizens. Travelling to Vietnam is currently not possible for tourism.
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?
Due to the groundbreaking work of scientists around the globe, the distribution of covid vaccines has ramped up at incredible speed. Vaccines will hopefully see a return to 'regular' life sooner rather than later, and it's speculated that Vietnam will eventually ease restrictions so travellers may enter without quarantining. Like many countries, Vietnam is considering a 'vaccine passport' system that will allow safe travel. Find out more about vaccine passports from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) here.
Vietnam's tourism sector relies heavily on international travel, but domestic travel has kept the Vietnamese economy afloat since the outbreak of the pandemic. Vietnam closely monitored the situation from early 2020 and was proactive in its measures to combat the virus spread. Currently, Vietnam has only recorded 35 covid deaths. This success has been attributed to a well-developed public health system, decisive government, comprehensive testing and tracing, and citizen willingness to comply with a public health response. There are occasional local transmissions, but otherwise Vietnam is a relatively safe country to be in right now.
There is speculation of travel bubbles being opened countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Singapore, and South Korea, but the government has not made any official statement on when international borders will reopen.
We will update this article and our COVID page as official news breaks.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO TRAVEL VIETNAM?
The good news is 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 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 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 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 easily travel to Vietnam just yet, it is looking quite likely in the not-too-distant future. 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 here! With 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? You heard right - everything we mention is included in the tour - no extra payments required. Travel with a group and make the most out 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?