Vietnam officially reopened its borders to all international visitors on March 15, 2022, after two years of being closed.

Visitors are still required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arrival. Further, Vietnam no longer differentiates between unvaccinated and vaccinated travelers, and all travelers must adhere to the same entry requirements. 

Travelers must follow local guidelines for COVID-19 such as wearing a facemask in public and disinfecting hands. 

Travelers entering Vietnam must show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken at least 72 hours before their scheduled departure, or a negative rapid flow antigen (lateral flow) test, taken 24 within 24 hours before arrival. Children 2 years or under are exempt from testing. The results for either type of test must be certified by an accredited provider. 

Passengers who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, sore throats, breathing difficulty, loss of taste and smell, body aches, etc, must notify officials at the border. Once through the border, travelers are expected to self-monitor their health for 10 days of arrival and must notify the nearest medical facility if they present any COVID-19 symptoms.

Further, travelers must use the PC-COVID app and fill in their health declaration form before departure. The application can be found on the Google Playstore and the Apple App Store. 

Vietnam has reopened its e-visa portal and so citizens from over 80 countries can now apply for a tourist visa. A single-entry e-visa is valid for a maximum of 30 days and the fee is US$25.         

The following documents are required for e-visa applications: 

The E-Visa will be sent to the recipient’s email account within three working days. 

The government has issued visa exemptions for citizens of 13 countries:

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This article was first published by AseanBriefing which is produced by Dezan Shira & Associates. The firm assists foreign investors throughout Asia from offices across the world, including in in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, India, and Russia. Readers may write to [email protected]

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