Travel restrictions relaxed as Viet Nam fully opens borders to foreign arrivals

The Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism has updated travel regulations as Viet Nam fully opened borders to foreign arrivals from March 15

Vietnam fully reopened to travelers on March 15—with some travel restrictions.

The country imposed one of the world’s strictest border controls at the onset of the pandemic—very few people have been allowed access since spring 2020. Vietnam allowed foreign tourists to visit designated spots through a vaccine passport program starting in November 2021, but this is the first time the country has fully reopened to unrestricted travel.

Although the country is allowing earlier entry, it’s not fully flinging open the doors. There are still a few entry requirements. To travel to Vietnam, you will need:

Mandatory testing 

All travelers over the age of two are required to come armed with a negative COVID-19 test. Options are an RT-PCR/RT-LAMP test administered within the previous 72 hours or a rapid test taken within 24 hours of departure. 

Travel insurance

Each traveler must also carry medical or travel insurance that covers treatment costs associated with COVID-19 with a minimum liability of $10,000.

Complete health declaration and monitor health

Before arriving to the country, all travelers must fill out a health declaration. They'll also need to download a COVID-related app, where they will “self-monitor their health for 10 days upon arrival.” 

Travel visa 

This isn’t new, but it’s worth noting that Vietnam requires most travelers to obtain a visa ahead of their trip. (Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the UK are exempt). 

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