Vietnam Removes Quarantine Requirement for All International Travellers
Effective Mar 17th, Vietnam has announced to remove all quarantine requirements for all international travellers on Mar 16th. The change was an effort of the country to restart its tourism industry after two years of strict COVID-19 restrictions.
Travellers seeking entry to Vietnam will only require a negative COVID-19 test result, the country’s Ministry of Health confirmed in a statement. The results must be certified by the authorities of the country where the tests are conducted.
Travellers entering the country via road, sea and rail can take the test within 24 hours upon arrival. Once they are confirmed to be negative, travellers are allowed to travel outside of their place of accommodation while following the country’s health measures.
All visitors must download Vietnam's COVID-19 mobile application and complete the medical declaration within the application before entering.
Children under the age of 2 are excused from the COVID-19 test and are allowed to travel freely in Vietnam with the accompaniment of their parents or guardians.
Vietnam also announced the resumption of 15 days’ visa-free travel for citizens from 13 countries: Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Britain, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Belarus.
The country is still facing the Omicron-variant’s threat with nearly 200,000 new daily cases, at a population of 97 million people.
The Health Ministry affirms the safety of travellers stating that the situation “remains under control” with hospitalisation and death rates staying low.
The country also has a very high vaccination rate of 98% adults fully vaccinated, according to the Health Ministry.
Presently, the country is making efforts to roll out booster doses to the public while preparing to vaccinate children and young teenagers.