Vietnam Entry Requirements You Should Know Before Your Trip

Vietnam Entry Requirements You Should Know Before Your Trip

Say hello to historic sights, mouth-watering dishes, and more!

With Vietnam now open for tourism, there’s no better time to bask in the country’s diverse culture and heritage, incredible cuisine, and gorgeous natural wonders. But what exactly do you need to prepare beforehand? Read on to find out — including Vietnam travel restrictions and up-to-date requirements. 

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Vietnam entry requirements

All foreign travellers regardless of vaccination status can travel to Vietnam without quarantine. While some will have to obtain a tourist e-Visa, those who hold a passport from select countries in Asia and Europe can enter visa-free for a certain number of days. 

This includes the following Southeast Asian countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Brunei, and Myanmar. The permitted duration of stay ranges from 15 to 30 days

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Pre-arrival documents for travel to Vietnam

All travellers must meet the following Vietnam travel requirements:

  • Passport with at least six months’ validity
  • Negative COVID-19 test result, either:
    • RT-PCR taken within 72 hours before arrival, or
    • Rapid antigen taken within 24 hours before departure 
  • Tourist e-Visaif applicable 
  • A return ticket or a connecting ticket to continue travelling to another country
  • Proof of valid medical/travel insurance (including COVID-19 treatment coverage) of at least U$10,000
  • Registration to the PC-Covid app

Note: Children under two years old are not required to be tested for COVID-19.

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Arrival in Vietnam

As of writing, there are international commercial flights to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi (HAN), Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City (SGN), and Da Nang International Airport (DAD). 

You may also travel to Vietnam by land if you’re coming from Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. For this, it is recommended that you travel via private transport. As of writing, there are only two trains operating between Thailand and Vietnam, and Singapore and Vietnam. 

All international travellers will be subject to document checking and standard health screening protocols upon entry.  

Also read: Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh: Which City in Vietnam Is Perfect for You?

Vietnam entry requirements

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During your stay

Social distancing and mask-wearing are required, especially in Vietnam tourist spots. Make sure you comply with the Ministry of Health’s 4K message: khau trang (face masks), khu khuan (disinfection), khoang cach (distancing), and khong tu tap (no gatherings).

Foreign visitors will need to self-monitor their health for 10 days after arrival, especially if they’ll be staying longer. Make sure to bring your passport with you wherever you go, and have the PC-Covid app on your phone all throughout. 

For those looking to see more Vietnam destinations, it’s important to note that some domestic flights may have additional restrictions. Make sure to check beforehand. 

Also read: Thailand Travel Requirements: What to Know Before Visiting

Now that Vietnam travel is back after years of waiting, click here for our top recommendations; from the best places to stay, to exciting spots to check out. 


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