News report | | 13-03-2020 | ±2 minutes reading time

Are you planning a trip to Vietnam in the coming weeks? Pretty exciting, of course, in these days of coronavirus and its restrictive rules. Thankfully, things seem to be headed in the right direction in Vietnam. But what is allowed and what is discouraged? Useful to check out the official sites.

The British government reports that there are strict checks at the Vietnamese borders. All travellers that enter Vietnam from China, by land, boat or aeroplane, or that in the past two weeks have been to one of the 31 provinces where coronavirus was reported, will immediately be placed in quarantine on arrival. Travellers from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan do not fall under this measure.

There is a travel ban in place for travellers from the mainland of China and a number of South-Korean cities: Daegu, Gyeongsan and the areas Cheongdo and Gyensanbuk.

Travellers from Iran, Italy, South Korea, or people that have been to these countries in the past 14 days (even just on transit), will be quarantined for 14 days in a local hospital in Vietnam on arrival.

There are warnings of poor hygiene in these hospitals. The quarantine measures may therefore also cause problems for travellers.

The site of the Vietnamese embassy in the UK currently cannot be reached well, but other Vietnamese sites report that the Vietnamese government has the virus under control and that no new cases have been reported for a few weeks already.

The FCO advises British nationals against travelling to Vietnam. While there is no official travel ban in place, the FCO does not deem it responsible to travel abroad during these times.

Important information, apps and sites

  • Download the travel app of the FCO via Google Play store or the Apple App Store, to stay up to date on the latest news. If you “favourite” Vietnam in the app, you will be notified whenever the travel advice changes. The app also contains the contact information of the Foreign Office and even of local emergency services, in addition to general information on what to do in case of hospitalisation.
  • The latest information of the FCO can also be followed on Twitter: @foreignoffice
  • Contact your travel organisation or airline for any possible consequences if this proves necessary.

Aside from these links and apps that can be useful with regards to the coronavirus, the following things are, of course, always important: make sure you have a valid passport and good travel insurance for yourself and your children, and arrange a visa for yourself and fellow travellers. Read the most frequently asked questions about the visa for Vietnam.

Take note: the information on this page may be outdated. Before applying for a Vietnam visa, read all about the current state of affairs surrounding the coronavirus in Vietnam.