Vietnam is now fully open for tourism with no more testing required (both pre and on arrival). Vietnam allows visa-free entry for up to 15 days for citizens of 13 countries and e-visas for citizens of 80 countries (below).

General requirements for international travelers

After just less than 2 years of being closed to inbound tourism, Vietnam reopened its borders for inbound tourism starting 15 March, 2022. Although there are still some details to be sorted out such as what ‘new normal’ visa policies will look like and what hotel transport options will be available, this is certainly a positive development that we expect will gain momentum in the weeks ahead.

Below is a summary of the details as they are currently. We will continue updating this page as details come in, and please do feel free to reach out to us with any questions at [email protected]


  • Testing: No more Covid test required. 
  • Visa exemptions: will be offered for citizens of the following 13 countries: Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K.
    • Visa exemptions permit travel for up to 15 days without a visa regardless of passport type or entry purpose.
  • E-Visas: will be offered for citizens of 80 countries including the United States and most European nations not included in the visa exemptions above.
    • E-visas are single-entry 30 day tourist visas.
    • E-Visas can be applied for here.
  • Medical insurance: covering COVID-19 treatment worth at least US $10,000, which costs around $30 USD.
  • Children: Children under 2 years of age are exempt from all requirements.
    • Children between the ages of 2 and 12 must be tested prior to departure.


  • Install COVID Management and Prevention application (PC-COVID) for contact tracing.
  • Anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID infection will be asked to take a rapid antigen test at the airport before heading to their hotel.

During Stay

  • Monitor health for 10 days as per health ministry protocol
  • If guests tests positive for COVID during their stay, they can self-isolate unless there are serious symptoms requiring medical services. In these cases, either we or authorities will assist in transportation to a local hospital depending on the situation and severity.

Unanswered questions

  • Are unvaccinated travellers able to enter Vietnam?
    • We don’t know yet, although we recommend that all travellers be fully vaccinated.
  • Will guests be required to show proof of COVID insurance?
    • We don’t know yet, but we always recommend travel insurance covering COVID treatment and other incidents.
  • What will the procedures be for the rapid antigen test on arrival for those who were not tested before departure?


What are Vietnam’s travel restrictions now?

Most of the travel restrictions in Vietnam are lifted since March 16th, 2022. Here are 2 main points that you need to follow:

  1. Negative Covid test result before or after arriving in Vietnam
  2. Medical insurance covering COVID-19 treatment worth at least US $10,000, which costs around $30 USD.

Here is the latest update on Vietnam travel restrictions

What are the vaccination requirements?

All tourists aged from 12 and above are required to furnish a certificate stating they have been fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid and show a negative test result before or after arriving in Vietnam.

Those showing Covid symptoms would have to undergo rapid Covid testing when they land at the airport.

International visitors to Vietnam need to have medical insurance cover for Covid treatment.

Here is more detail about Vietnam Covid-19 vaccination guide

What is open in Vietnam at the moment?

After most of the restrictions are lifted, that makes the country an easiest country to visit in Southeast Asia, most of the services and businesses are now allowed to open as normal and preparing all the neededs to welcome visitors. Here is the latest update on Vietnam travel restrictions

Vietnam attracts tourism from all around the world

Dating back to 2000 BC, Vietnam has one of the most ancient cultures in Southeast Asia. Since then, it’s been influenced by the Chinese as well as Khmer, Indians and of course the French, who colonized the country.

One area in which the French influence can still be seen is the country’s coffee culture. This makes it unique in a region more known for tea.

The cuisine is also unique and delicious. From refreshing soups to French inspired sandwiches and exquisite tropical fruits.

There are also beautiful beaches, magnificent mountains, and budget accommodations. The people are generally friendly. One way to experience the local culture is to shop in the roadside markets. Here visitors will not only find delicious food, but they will also be able to shop for local crafts.

Guided tours can take visitors through a variety of natural wonders. In the north, there are many lakes and limestone caves.

In Central Vietnam, visitors enjoy touring the red and white sand dunes. In the southern part of the country, the Mekong Delta provides a look at an ancient lifestyle with its houseboats and river people. It is also rich in biodiversity – 10,000 new species have been found here.

Vietnam is an interesting and beautiful country in Southeast Asia. While it is currently undergoing another resurgence of the coronavirus, given how quickly the government got things under control, there is hope that the country will be able to open for tourists soon.

When it does, it would be a great place to visit with its stunning natural beauty, ancient culture and delicious food and coffee.

FAQs for Vietnam Reopening

Here are some frequently asked questions that we received from travelers all around the world. Check it out if it is your case sometimes.

Planning Your Visit

Q: What are the countries and territories from where travelers may enter Vietnam?

As the latest release today (March 15th, 2022), Vietnam is resuming its visa policies the same as before Covid-19 pandemic. Hence, the travelers from around the world can travel to Vietnam as long as they are fully vaccinated with their last dose at least 14 days and no more than 1 year prior to their travel date, or have a certificate of COVID recovery no more than 6 months prior to their travel date. Moreover, travelers must take PCR test within 72 hours before entry or, for rapid antigen test, within 24 hours (except children under 2 years). 

Entry Schemes

Q: What are the entry options for international travelers planning a trip to Vietnam?

From March 15th, 2023, international travelers can visit Vietnam as long as they are fully vaccinated and follow some simple requirements to enter Vietnam. 

Visa Requirements

Q: What are the visa requirements, if any is required?

The visa policy has been resumes to be the same as before pandemic. Check more about Vietnam visa here

Vaccination Requirements

Q: What are the vaccination requirements?

Vietnam currently approves 8 COVID-19 vaccines, and everyone 12 years of age and older should get fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before travelling to the contry, while rules differ for those under 12 years. More details on COVID-19 vaccine guide for travelers to Vietnam.

Exit / Entry Screening

Q: What is the documentation requirement for exit screening at the point of departure?

All tourists aged from 12 and above are required to furnish a certificate stating they have been fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid and show a negative rapid antigen test result obtained within 24 hours at their accommodation facilities after arrival.

Travelers under 12 years of age, traveling with their parents or guardians, must have a negative test result (PCR test within 72 hours before entry or, for rapid antigen test, within 24 hours)

Q: What is the procedure after disembarking from my flight?

Upon arrival, you will show all the documents including proof of your vaccine status and negative Covid-19 test result before boarding the flight to Vietnam to immigration officers while checking in. No other special requirement needed.

COVID-19 Testing Results

Q: What is the procedure in the event your COVID-19 test result returns as NEGATIVE?

If testing negative for COVID-19, travelers are free to go anywhere in Vietnam. 

Q: What is the procedure in the event your COVID-19 test result returns as POSITIVE?

If testing positive for COVID-19, travelers will be referred for appropriate medical treatment: 

  • Pending on their conditions, they may be medically advised by to receive treatment in either hospital hotel isolation or community isolation.
  • During receiving the medical treatment – at least 10 days, they must remain in their accommodation only. They should not leave their accommodation unless utmost necessary and must notify the Communicable Disease Control officer in-charge.
  • After having recovered from COVID-19, they will receive a medical certificate of recovery.

Kindly note that the expenses must be covered by the required insurance for foreign travelers, or national healthcare coverage for Vietnamese and eligible foreign expatriates.

Sonasia Holiday recommends that travelers make sure to check the small print of any COVID-19 insurance policy before purchasing. Ultimately, the policy should cover the cost of treatment and other medical expenses associated with being infected with COVID-19, including in-patient hospitalization, hospital isolation, hotel isolation, or related quarantine.

The insurance policy should also cover the whole duration that travelers are planning to stay in Vietnam, plus at least 10 extra days as a precautionary measure in the event that the traveler’s second swab test result returns as positive.

During Your Stay

Q: What are the health and safety precautions for travelers in Vietnam?

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

While in Vietnam, travelers are advised to strictly follow standard, good personal hygiene practices, such as, wear a mask in public, maintain hand hygiene (washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer), and keep physical distance of at least 1 metre from others.

Travelers who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms should get tested. If testing positive they must get an appropriate medical treatment. Those with COVID-19 testing appointment must get tested.

Tourist safety

The Vietnam’s Government places the highest priority on the safety and well-being of every visitor to Vietnam. As the main government agency responsible for the promotion and marketing of Vietnam as a preferred destination, the Tourism Authority of Vietnam is working closely with all the concerned public and private organizations to ensure the utmost efforts to prevent any unfortunate incidents occurring on tourists and the local Vietnamese people.

COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Q: What is the COVID-19 test requirement while in Vietnam?

There is no further test required while in Vietnam except in case you have specific symptoms. 

Travelers who book a tour package via a travel agency have responsibilities to report any abnormal symptoms to the guides, drivers, and tour agency that they book the tour with. 

The independent travelers need to check with the certified test centers throughout the country in case of any abnormal symptoms.

Here is the full list.

High-Risk Contact (HRC)

Definitions of close contact of probable/confirmed case of COVID-19.

Close contact is defined as a person who has had interactions with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 both on the illness onset or 1-2 days prior. However, for asymptomatic patients; a day of receiving positive test result is counted, and they have to reach these criteria as follow:

  • Close contact or a person having conversation with the patient within 2-metre distance for more than 5 minutes; or being coughed or sneezed on by a patient.
  • Those who are in an enclosed space without proper ventilation, e.g. in the same air-conditioned bus or room as the patient, for more than 30 minutes.

Close Contact Person or probable/confirmed cases can be divided into two groups

  1. High-risk contact is defined as a close contact as mentioned above and did not wear personal protective equipment (PPE).
  2. Low-risk contact is defined as a close contact who is less likely to contract or transmit the virus with the patient. This includes close contacts who have not met the definition for high-risk close contact. They are suggested to undergo self-monitoring and follow universal prevention. If experience respiratory symptoms, must undergo ATK . *In the event of asymptomatic infection, the date the patient has tested positive for the virus should be considered the date of illness onset.

Definitions of travel-related High-Risk Contact (HRC) person.

  1. Domestic transportation
  • Passengers on board the same vehicle/flight who is being coughed or sneezed on by a probable/confirmed case.
  • Passengers who travel in the same group.
  • Passenger on the same plane, who is close proximity to and sitting next to the case (left and right seats),  or being close contact within 1 metre-without a mask more than 5 minutes.
  • In case of large vehicles such as train, doubledecker bus, and ferry, only passengers in the same car or deck and do not wearing a face mask for more than 5 minutes.
  • All drivers and attendants in the same section who do not wear face mask for more than 5 minutes.  In case of flight attendants, just only who is on duty at the same section.
  1. International transportation
  • Passengers on board the same flight who sit next to probable/confirmed case (left and right) or one who is being close contact within 1 metre-without a mask more than 5 minutes.
  • Flight attendants in the same section who do not wear face mask for more than 5 minutes.

Guidelines and measures for High-Risk Contact (HRC) person

  • Undergo home quarantine for 7 days and self-monitoring for 3 days. In addition, ATK will be done 2 times; Day 5-6 and Day 10.
  • Take temperature check for 10 days after the day of last contact with the confirmed case.
  • Protect themselves and people around them by separating themselves from others, frequently washing hands and wearing face mask.
  • After completion of 7 days home quarantine, they are asked to follow strictly the Universal prevention and avoid going to crowded places or communities for 3 days.
  • If HRC experience respiratory symptoms, must undergo ATK immediately, if having positive result, must redo on a couple of days and contact official.

Domestic Departure

Q: What is the requirement for domestic travel?

There is no specific requirement for domestic travel. Every province is required to apply the same condition as the guidelines from the government.

International Departure

Q: What is the requirement of the country/territory I will fly to after my stay in Vietnam?

For travelling from Vietnam to other countries, travelers are advised to follow the guidelines and measures announced by the respective country of their destination.

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My name is Jolie, I am a Vietnamese girl growing up in the countryside of Hai Duong, northern Vietnam. Since a little girl, I was always dreaming of exploring the far-away lands, the unseen beauty spots of the world. My dream has been growing bigger and bigger day after day, and I do not miss a chance to make it real. After graduating from the univesity of language in Hanoi, I started the exploration with a travel agency and learning more about travel, especially responsible travel. I love experiencing the different cultures of the different lands and sharing my dream with the whole world. Hope that you love it too!


"Should I visit Thailand or Vietnam?" is some of the most frequently asked questions that we have from our travelers

Well, Vietnam and Thailand are the most popular holiday destinations in Southeast Asia. They are similar in climate and food, though obviously different in culture, lifestyle and travel experience.

Below we list 13 major differences between the two countries, to give you a quick overview and help you decide which to visit first. These are based on our own travel experiences, investigations, and partnerships with local operators.


How long to spend in Vietnam may seem like a ridiculous question to address, but if you have plenty of time and aren’t sure how much to dedicate, this blog will definitely help you out.

You can find here and there that you should spend 10 days, 2 weeks, 20 days, or 1 month to best explore Vietnam. So what is the best Vietnam tour duration for you?

Well, as long as you like! From 10 days to a month, there are various ways you can travel across Vietnam and uncover its secrets. Advising an ideal trip length for Vietnam is a bit of a complex challenge, as it depends on several factors such as the places you wish to visit, the activities you plan to join, or if you want to combine Vietnam with its neighbor countries. 

Stay tuned! We are going to sort all these things out including the step-by-step guide to create the best itinerary in Vietnam.


Vietnam currently approves 9 COVID-19 vaccines, and everyone 12 years of age and older should get fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before travelling to the country, while rules differ for those under 12 years. Here’s an update to our guide to COVID-19 vaccines for international travelers to Vietnam.


Since the start of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Vietnam has closely monitored the situation and installed a series of proactive, comprehensive measures to combat the spread of the virus within the country and prepare its public health facilities. Past experience with other epidemics places Vietnam in a strong position to protect its population as well as visitors passing through. 

Travelers in Vietnam may have questions about the spread of the virus in Vietnam, as well as which policies are in place in Vietnam. Below is a full overview of the COVID-19 situation in Vietnam as it relates to travelers. 


Both the international travel community and Sonasia Holiday team have fond memories of Phu Quoc Island, one of the best destinations in the world. With its kilometers of coastline lined with palm trees, powdery white-sand beaches, and azure waters, no wonder that the island has been listed many times as one of the most relaxing paradises in the world. 

After months of not being able to visit Phu Quoc because of COVID-19, the dream of returning to the island will slowly become a reality with the project Phu Quoc Sandbox. This initiative by the Vietnamese government was launched last September 2021 and aims to revive the travel industry before the end of the year.


Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian countries has taken the cautious approach to inbound travel and has had some of the strictest border restrictions and closures. At the moment, the nations of the region are in the beginning stages of reopening their borders for tourism, with every country introducing its own regulations.

The “unlocking” statuses vary widely. Travelers entering Asian countries may be required to do everything from going into quarantine, submitting negative COVID-19 test results, presenting proof of health insurance, and proof of vaccination (known a vaccine passports).

There is an understandable uncertainty with how you should travel to the Asian region if you are planning to. This is why we present you the list of 19 Asian countries, along with details on the current travel situation. As each country applies precisely defined regulations, you should always check the official websites listed in the article below for the latest government announcements.


We believe you have the right to arm yourselves with as much information as possible before making any decision.

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Friendly and food-obsessed, hedonistic and historic, cultured and curious, Thailand tempts visitors with a smile as golden as the country's glittering temples and tropical beaches.
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