*This Vietnam coronavirus update will post the latest report every Monday.
*Data lifted from the latest Wikipedia report and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The risk of COVID-19 in Vietnam is now low. With only a few active cases, Vietnam is among the countries that have responded well to the coronavirus threat, despite being a small country with limited resources. Based on the numbers, new cases are few and far between.
The government’s strong leadership and coordination, rapid case detection, dedicated contact tracing, and strict quarantine measures are the reasons behind its success in fighting the virus’s spread.
Until this day, the Vietnamese government is closely monitoring the situation and has proactively put in place several proactive and extensive measures to prepare its public health facilities to help its citizens and tourists who are passing through.
Yes, it is safe to travel to Vietnam now since there the risk of infection is only minimal. Since September 22, Vietnam has begun resuming its international commercial flights going out of the country. During the height of the COVID-19 spread, those stuck in the country can now go out of the country to go to Taiwan, Tokyo, Guangzhou, Phnom Penh, and Vientiane.
Entry into the country is only applicable for skilled workers, investors, diplomats, and Vietnamese who wish to return home.
All foreign nationals who wish to visit the country must meet all COVID-19 regulations and must provide necessary paperwork before they can enter Vietnam.
For foreigners who entered Vietnam on tourist visas from March 1, 2020, will have automatic extensions of its free temporary residence until October 31, 2020.
All foreigners presently staying in the country at the moment must fill out and submit their health declarations online via https://tokhaiyte.vn/. They should also provide their hotels or landlords with temporary residence declarations.
Here is a sample of the health declaration:
Yes, all incoming travellers must present a negative RT-PCR test within three days before their departure and do another test again when they arrive in Vietnam.
All travellers (provided they are those included in authorized persons) coming to Vietnam will need to undergo a COVID-19 medical check-up and submit a declaration. These travellers must quarantine for 14 days and must shoulder all necessary expenses associated with quarantine measures. Foreign visitors who wish to stay in the government facilities must pay at least 120,000 VND per day.
Those who will visit for less than 14 days may no longer quarantine provided they comply with the regulations set by the government.
While the threat of the coronavirus is low in Vietnam, foreigners and locals, particularly those staying in Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hanoi, and Dong Nai, are required by law to wear masks in public. Those who violate may pay a fine from 100,000 VND to 300,000 VND.
Health officials are also encouraging all to maintain a safe distance from each other and to avoid crowded places as much as possible.
For those on a business trip to Vietnam, they must only stay at their declared accommodation. They are not allowed to veer away from their itinerary. During their entire stay in the country, they must download and use the Bluezone contact tracing app, and always practice personal hygiene, wear masks, and practice social distancing.
It also helps if travellers can get updates from the government through their official website: https://ncov.moh.gov.vn.
Below are some of the quarantine regulations that all must observe while in Vietnam:
Travellers exposed to the COVID-19 virus should call Vietnam’s COVID-19 health hotline at 1900 3228. One of the prevention measures that Vietnam has taken against the spread of the virus is setting up screening centres throughout the country. These screening facilities can do testing and diagnosis of the disease. It also has 45 quick response teams to assist the handling and management of patients.
As of the latest announcement from the Vietnamese government, tourist spots are slowly reopening. Most establishments have spent considerable time to disinfect their surroundings. All festivals in the country, however, remain suspended.
Note: This Vietnam coronavirus update was first published in October 2020 and has been updated to include the latest developments.